The New York Jets have made some improvements lately, but they’ve yet to get more wins as a result, partly because of their poor showing to start games.
Even though the Jets have two weeks to prepare, NFL betting lines have them as 7-point underdogs when they visit the Patriots in Week 7.
Here’s a preview and some game predictions for this AFC East game.
New York Jets News
The New York Jets gave a gutsy performance in Atlanta in week 5. But spotting the Falcons a 17 point lead at the half proved too much for rookie QB Zach Wilson to overcome.
Part of the problem is Wilson himself, and he’s the first to admit he needs to change. Zach seems hesitant with his short passes, and it makes him prone to mistakes. As a result, he leads the league with nine interceptions, and he only has four touchdowns.
One of the glaring issues is the lack of balls getting thrown in the direction of Elijah Moore. The Jets rookie receiver has only eight catches on the season, with none in the Falcons game.
It doesn’t help that coaches took Moore out of his familiar slot position to move outside. At 5′ 10″, Elijah is at a distinct disadvantage on jump balls. The Jets need to figure out how to get their star rookies on the same page.
Week 7 Preview
This game features a rematch of two rookie quarterbacks. The Patriots’ Mac Jones has impressed with a 71.4% completion rate.
Jones has thrown for seven touchdowns, six interceptions, and 1472 yards. Oddly, Mac got sacked three times against the Jets in Week 1 and did not have a touchdown.
Of course, that stat could be a result of first start jitters. Jones didn’t turn over the ball, which allowed the Patriots to blow out the Jets 25-6.
On the New York Jets side, Zach Wilson has struggled to get anything going. However, hopefully, the coaching staff has figured some things out with an extra week’s rest.
This game is a coaching mismatch more than a game between rookie quarterbacks. Bill Belichick’s success, especially against rookie quarterbacks, is undeniable.
New England was very close to beating a championship-caliber Cowboys team last week. Bill’s record against the AFC East is currently 94-34. Improving on that record will not be an issue this season. Even though the Patriots lost to Dallas last week, this team is getting better as the season progresses.
The Jets follow this game with successive matches against playoff contenders, so if they’re going to get a victory in the next three weeks, this might be their best chance.
The New York Jets are a team that’s in the middle of rebuilding (again). Jets fans may not like to hear it, but there will be more pain before gain.
Until the Jets prove otherwise, it’s hard to see how they come on top in this one. So the only question is can they keep it close enough to cover the spread?
For me, there are not enough points to consider a Jets cover. I believe the Patriots will cover the spread at -6.5 at home.
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