NFL Game Previews: Patriots-Jets Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Patriots-Jets Matchup

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New England at N.Y. Jets (+7), o/u 42.5 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

Welp. The Patriots have now lost four consecutive games, including one to the Bills, and it seems safe to say their 11-year reign atop the AFC East (and 11-year playoff streak) is over. The running back committee remains solid, with Sony Michel potentially returning and making it a four-headed monster this week, but nothing else is going right for Bill Belichick's crew. Cam Newton just isn't getting the job done under center — his 174 passing yards last week was his second-highest total of 2020 — and he hasn't tossed a TD pass since Week 3. If there's any secondary for a passing game to get right against though, it's this one. The Jets remain winless and hopeless, and while the Pats are playing badly enough to possibly hand their division rivals a win that would cost them Trevor Lawrence, they can probably still stumble into a victory despite themselves. The Jets will probably take no chances, though, and put Joe Flacco back under center to make sure they lose, and let future trade bait Sam Darnold rest his aching shoulder.

The Skinny

NE injuries: RB Damien Harris (questionable, ankle), WR N'Keal Harry (questionable, concussion), LG Joe Thuney (questionable, ankle), RG Shaq Mason (questionable, calf), RT Isaiah Wynn (questionable, ankle), LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (questionable, groin), CB Stephon Gilmore (questionable, knee)

NYJ injuries: QB Darnold (doubtful, shoulder), RB Frank Gore (questionable, hand), WR Jamison Crowder (questionable, groin), WR

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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