New York Jets at New England Patriots: Us Against the World

You will have a better chance finding Eli Manning on a football field this weekend than somebody who is going to pick the New York Jets to beat the New England Patriots Sunday at 4:30 p.m. They are currently 8.5-point underdogs to the mighty Patriots, who smashed them 45-3 the last time the two teams met. New England finished the regular season at 14-2 and on an eight-game winning streak. Do the Jets have a chance?

You can bet that Rex Ryan thinks they do, and he hasn't hesitated to throw some verbal jabs towards New England this week, calling out Tom Brady for showboating on the field and claiming the game is "personal" between him and Bill Belichick.

We all knew the road to the Super Bowl would eventually go through New England, so as Braylon Edwards said on Twitter the night of knocking Peyton Manning out of the playoffs in his building:

"All you hatin a$$ people....J-E-T-S. And let new England know we are coming."

For now, a few nuggets to boost your confidence about the Jets chances against the Pats --

  • The Jets are actually one of the two teams who beat New England this season, 28-14 way back in week 2.
  • The Patriots looked human against the Green Bay Packers and their backup quarterback, Matt Flynn, in week 15 when they squeaked out a 31-27 win.
  • The Jets ran the ball well in both meetings against the Patriots this year. They will need to do that again on Sunday to control the clock and keep Brady off the field.
  • Seattle beat the defending Super Bowl champs last week, this is the NFL...anything can happen.

Wednesday we will break down the team's offenses, followed by the defenses on Thursday, and the special teams on Friday. Here the Patriots 2010 season stats:

Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Tom Brady 16 111 324 492 65.9 3900 243.8 7.9 36 4 31 30 1.9 1 1 25 175
Brian Hoyer 5 69.3 7 15 46.7 122 24.4 8.1 1 1 10 -8 -1.6 -0.8 0 0 0

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
Tom Brady 16 31 30 1.9 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas Clayton 2 6 17 8.5 2.8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Julian Edelman 14 2 14 1 7 13 0 7 86 6.1 12.3 40 0
Kevin Faulk 2 8 45 22.5 5.6 11 0 6 62 31 10.3 21 0
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 16 229 1008 63 4.4 33 13 12 85 5.3 7.1 16 0
Aaron Hernandez 14 3 47 3.4 15.7 18 0 45 563 40.2 12.5 46 6
Brian Hoyer 5 10 -8 -1.6 -0.8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sammy Morris 16 20 56 3.5 2.8 9 0 7 77 4.8 11 22 0
Brandon Tate 16 5 62 3.9 12.4 22 0 24 432 27 18 65 3
Fred Taylor 7 43 155 22.1 3.6 24 0 2 6 .900 3 7 0
Danny Woodhead 15 97 547 36.5 5.6 36 5 34 379 25.3 11.1 50 1

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD
Deion Branch 15 48 706 47.1 14.7 79 5
Alge Crumpler 8 6 52 6.5 8.7 27 2
Julian Edelman 14 7 86 6.1 12.3 40 0
Kevin Faulk 2 6 62 31 10.3 21 0
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 16 12 85 5.3 7.1 16 0
Rob Gronkowski 16 42 546 34.1 13 28 10
Aaron Hernandez 14 45 563 40.2 12.5 46 6
Sammy Morris 16 7 77 4.8 11 22 0
Taylor Price 1 3 41 41 13.7 18 0
Brandon Tate 16 24 432 27 18 65 3
Fred Taylor 7 2 6 .900 3 7 0
Wes Welker 15 86 848 56.5 9.9 35 7
Danny Woodhead 15 34 379 25.3 11.1 50 1

Returns

Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
Dan Connolly 2 3 90 30 71 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alge Crumpler 8 5 18 3.6 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Julian Edelman 14 0 0 0 0 0 21 321 15.3 94 1
Kevin Faulk 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dane Fletcher 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sammy Morris 16 5 66 13.2 23 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Tate 16 41 1057 25.8 103 2 1 4 4 4 0
Wes Welker 15 0 0 0 0 0 5 36 7.2 22 0

Punting

Punting
G Punts Yds AVG Lng In20 TB
Zoltan Mesko 16 58 2505 43.2 65 19 5

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Stephen Gostkowski 8 0 - 0 2 - 2 6 - 7 2 - 3 0 - 1 10 13 80.0% 26 26 100.0% 56
Shayne Graham 9 1 - 1 5 - 5 5 - 5 1 - 1 0 - 0 12 12 100.0% 35 37 90.0% 71

Defense

 

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