Thanksgiving Football: Jets vs. Patriots finishes football feast

Jared Wickerham

The New York Jets have had a season full of distractions. Team turmoil has not played particularly well, either. Thursday night, though, the Jets (4-6) get an opportunity to host the 7-3 New England Patriots, the AFC East division leader. If the Jets can somehow pull an upset they could have hope of making something of what has been a disappointing season. If they lose, they will be 4-7 and the season, for all intents and purposes, will just be another turkey.

"Right now, we’re just swinging. We’re going to focus on our opponents specifically, but anything we do, we’re behind where we have to be. We can only focus on ourselves and just find a way to punch it," said Jets coach Rex Ryan. "We earned where we are, and we just have to find a way to punch our way out. That’s it. I’m not even worried about tweaking New England or anybody else. It’s to the point where we have to focus on us."

Ryan, though, know that facing New England quarterback Tom Brady -- even without star tight end Rob Gronkowski -- is no easy task.

"The thing about him, he’s a machine, yet he’s passionate and a fiery leader and all that type of stuff so you wish he was just machine," said Ryan. "But his competitive side elevates his team as well."

Can the Jets elevate their game to match? If they can't there season will be effectively over.

Game time: 8:20 p.m.

TV: NBC

Where: MetLife Stadium

Odds: Jets +7

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