By Jay Kirell
Tonight’s week two matchup between the New York Jets and New England Patriots is a continuation of a long-time (if somewhat lopsided) rivalry between the two franchises and surprisingly, an early-season battle for control over the AFC East.
Both teams are undefeated, with the Jets upsetting Tampa Bay in a come-from-behind win and the Patriots surviving a late charge by Buffalo. Both teams are banged up with injuries. Both displayed a few holes in their game as well as some clear strengths.
The Jets are still starting their rookie quarterback, Geno Smith, who lead the team on a game-winning drive in his first game as a pro. Smith looked like the capable field general able to break out the flashy play every now and then – something the Jets have been missing with recent starter Mark Sanchez.
The Jets defensive line, however, proved to be the difference-maker in the game against Tampa, and could be so again in tonight’s matchup. Or the Jets could get annihilated. Sometimes you can never tell with the Jets. But in this author’s humble opinion, the Patriots showed enough weaknesses in letting their big lead slip away from Buffalo that the Jets should be able to exploit some of them, and if they do – then the rest of the NFL has no choice but to stand up and take notice.
Prediction: Jets win a shocking upset in a defensive battle, 13-10.