New York Jets: Upcoming opponent is not what it used to be


Unlike the Jets, or, for that matter, the Dolphins and Bills, the Pats are 0-0 in AFC East play. But Todd Bowles knows better than to take Bill Belichick's bunch lightly.

"Kony's basically played end, defensive end in their system", he said on a conference call Monday. But they were fresh off a trip to London, and since the National Football League started playing there in 2007, only three teams didn't have a bye the following week, and only Jacksonville was forced to play a road game.

Proceed with CautionBoth the Jets and the Patriots have been charged with 39 infractions for a marked off yardage total of 353. The Patriots win this game, and it's never close.

Still, New York recognizes it has quite a few flaws, with penalties a major issue. He's got his hands on some balls at the line of scrimmage. "And we have to get the penalties down, which keeps hampering us every week, which has to change". They have been a thorn in the Jets side for many years now, and this is the annual renewal of that rivalry.

They are the number one scoring team in the league, but only one of their three wins is by more than ten points. This should make things easier for a struggling secondary that has notched only three interceptions over five games. The Jets also gave up 140 yards against the Browns, a week after allowing 175 to the Jaguars. "But at the same time, we feel that we didn't play up to our standards that we've seen on film — speaking for my position and our defense, specifically". Going by just rushing numbers, NY has a significant edge. The quarterback is Josh McCown, who has tossed for more than 1,000 yards and 5 touchdowns.

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A little luck, maybe, but the Patriots also see a hungry and resilient squad in their division opponents.

Here's what Belichick said: "Alright, well, [we're] back in the division here".

"I've been really impressed with the way they've played the last three weeks", he said, per WEEI's Ryan Hannable. The Patriots and the Jets now share a third of first place in the division, as both teams are tied with the Buffalo Bills at 3-2. It is an important game as the Jets have started the season off stronger than expected. Even the much maligned inside linebackers have had good games. However, Kansas City is worst in that category at a net of 26.2 yards lost per game in penalties, and the Chiefs are the only undefeated team in the NFL. "They're doing a good job". They're a tough team to prepare for.

The Patriots opened as 8-point favorites, which is hardly a surprise. Offensively, Coach [John] Morton's done a good job of getting everybody involved in the offense. Elijah McGuire might be in store for a big day too against a putrid Patriots run defense and with Bilal Powell battling injury. Bowles said the Jets weren't yet considering adding another running back to the roster.