Following an eventful week at Gillette Stadium, which included the release of Antonio Brown Friday afternoon, the Patriots will host the Jets on Sunday.
On paper, it doesn’t seem like much of game with the Patriots rolling to start the year, outscoring their opponents 76-3 in the first two games. Meanwhile, the Jets are 0-2 and playing third-string quarterback Luke Falk following injuries to Sam Darnold (mono) and Trevor Siemian (ankle).
The Patriots will have to adjust a little bit, as they planned to have Brown in the game, but given their talent on offense it shouldn’t be much of an adjustment.
Jets vs. PatriotsSunday, Sept. 22, 2019 1:00 p.m., CBSPatriots -21, over/under 48
3 keys to the game
Adjust to loss of Brown
While Brown was only a member of the team for just under two weeks, the Patriots were counting on having him Sunday, so the offense will need to adjust. Look for Phillip Dorsett, Josh Gordon and potentially Jakobi Meyers to have bigger roles than anticipated. In the end, it’s likely Dorsett who will be the player who sees the most increased playing time with Brown no longer in the picture. This could be the perfect game for Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels to figure out what works best without Brown in the mix.
Get things clicking up front
Dante Scarnecchia is big with continuity on his offensive line, and with Isaiah Wynn being placed on injured reserve earlier this week, the unit will have to figure things out. It seems like Joe Thuney will stay at left guard with Marshall Newhouse taking Wynn’s spot at left tackle. Right tackle Marcus Cannon (shoulder) is officially questionable, but if he is able to go, this could be the starting offensive line for quite some time. A solid performance would build momentum moving forward.
Continue impressive play on defense
The Patriots defense has been outstanding, allowing only three points in the first two games and has the chance to continue the trend against Falk and the Jets offense. It will be important to contain Jets running back Le’Veon Bell, but Bill Belichick is typically very good at taking away what the opposition does best. In this case it certainly is Bell.
1. The last time the Jets scored a touchdown at Gillette Stadium was October of 2015, a streak that spans 1,428 days.
2. With a win, Brady will claim his 210th regular-season victory, passing George Blanda for the second-most in NFL history.
3. If the Patriots do not allow a touchdown, they will join the 1937 Bears as the only two teams in NFL history not to allow a touchdown in the first three games of the season.
4. The Patriots have scored 76 points through two games. The franchise record for points through three games is 119 (2015).
5. Since 2000, the Patriots are 51-1 in the regular season when a rusher eclipses 100 yards on the ground.
Patriots 30, Jets 6
Just like last week, this one has the potential to get out of hand. It took well into the second half last week for the Patriots to pull away and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it happen earlier this time around. The two teams are going in opposite directions at the moment, so it wouldn't be a shock to see the Patriots run away with this one in a statement game.