Who’s ready for some Sickos Football?
Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the New England Patriots play their first road game of the year visiting the New York Jets. The game figures to be a grind-it-out, slugfest, rock fight kind of football game, with both teams coming in to what is projected to be a rainy and windy game with strong defenses but questions on offense.
Just how little offense is expected in this game? As of Thursday afternoon, DraftKings has the Over/Under for this game at 36.5 points. That’s the lowest total in the league for Week 3, and by a good margin.
On top of that, these teams know each other well with the game being a divisional matchup. It’s a series that’s been lopsided for almost a decade now, with the Patriots having won 14 games in a row against the Jets. That streak is hanging on by a thread after last year, when Marcus Jones’ late-game punt return heroics won the game for the Patriots in the second of two meetings.
There was some thought before the season that this game would bring an end to that streak, with Aaron Rodgers joining the Jets in the offseason. However, Rodgers’ injury in Week 1 has thrust Zach Wilson – who the Patriots have consistently had success against since the New York drafted him in 2021 – back into the Jets’ starting quarterback job.
Will the Jets’ mistake-prone offense fall victim to the Patriots’ defense, or will New England continue to create its own problems and give the Jets a window to win the game? For both teams, establishing the run to limit risky plays will be key. That brings us to our first thing to watch this week…