Are they finally slipping?
One thing the Patriots can not do is allow the AC joint sprain to get worse due to another on-field beating.
McLendon is right about that. Elijah McGuire might be in store for a big day too against a putrid Patriots run defense and with Bilal Powell battling injury. They are No. 1 in total offense and passing offense, and No. 3 in scoring offense. "Yeah, I couldn't have asked for him to have any better attitude or any more cooperation than we've had from him". Never, ever. With that being said, it's not about what they do, it's about what we do. "It's always tough with the Jets and we know it'll be tough this week".
But ahead of Harris' first matchup against his former team Sunday, he's essentially a non-factor. In the three wins this season, the Jets are allowing just over 12 points per game. None of those guys are anywhere near Brady's class.
The Jets will only find success if they manage to pressure Brady and keep him off balance while at the same time stopping the Patriot run game. Bowles said the Jets weren't yet considering adding another running back to the roster. The Patriots now have a 91.9 percent chance of making the postseason according to ESPN's Football Power Index. "He's a great football player". Brady has 23 regular-season victories against Jets, joining Favre as only QBs with at least 23 wins against two division opponents. Maybe they turn it up this week but it just hasn't been there so far. He has a lot of different options, he uses them.
I think this game is going to be somewhat of a shootout, except the Jets don't have any chance of keeping up with the Patriots over four quarters.
Brady has been getting hit this year with more frequency than before.
Last week, the quarterback was sacked another three times and was hit several more.
Is this possible? Do I think Wilkerson will revive his career in this game? No. He's still back there and throwing it.
"We're building that unity and playing for each other", defensive lineman Leonard Williams said. We say this every year and he keeps getting better.
Brady does not have Julian Edelman, who tore his ACL in training camp, this season. The Patriots were not without their own problems, namely Rob Gronkowski. Still, he's finding ways to beat defenses. James White leads Patriots with 29 catches, tops among National Football League running backs.
"They have more than enough weapons to compensate for [Edelman's absence]", Bowles said.
Here is what they had to say about the Patriots moving up the power rankings.