Re: Why am I so nervous about this game?
posted at 9/17/2010 1:51 PM EDT
In Response to Why am I so nervous about this game?
[QUOTE]...Jets playing at home ...Jets can't afford to drop first 2 games of the season ...Shottenheimer with nothing to lose on offense, will throw the kitchen sink at young Pats' D, and may even go to the wildcat ...Pats' defense and special teams hard pressed to duplicate game 1 successes ...Pats no longer under the radar and even as high as #2 in some NFL power polls ...And now Tom Brady on the cover of Sports Illustrated! Can this be considered a trap game? Somebody just ease my nerves...
Posted by wfdog[/QUOTE]
1.) The Pats were 8 for their last 9 at the old meadowlands. So Jets at home doesn't really mean much.
2.) The Pats are aware that the Jets can't afford to go down 0-2, but we can't afford to lose this game either. If we lose the Dolphins will take the lead in the division and the Jets will be second.
3.) Belichick figured out the wildcat two years ago. There is nothing that Mart can do to this defense that Belichick hasn't planned for.
4.) I doubt that. The Defense is that good. They would have played better, but Belichick started messing with pieces and turned the game into a preseason match in the second half. Also, The Bengals have much better WRs than the Jets. Tate is the NCAAF career kick return leader. You'll see him doing that a lot this season.
5.) And I don't know what the next two have to do with the Patriots and Jets, but whatever.
You want to know why you should be scared?
1.) The Jets have a good defense.
2.) This is a divisional rivalry. Teams play at 200% and sometimes it's not the better team that wins, it's the team that hates the other team the most. The Texans are not better than the Colts, but they had enough of the losing.
3.) Depth at the OLB position is thin. It's going to be hard for our OLBs to create a rush on long drives. Not too many people to sub in for them.
All in all, barring a few catastrophic disasters, the Pats should come out with a win here. 28-12 (That's right, 4 FGs.)