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Keys to Victory in New England Patriots' Week 6 Matchup

11 October 2017

No, not the No. 1 draft pick — as so many predicted.

The New England Patriots are, according to BetNow Sportsbook, favored to beat the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. In a USA Today article that projected every team's record, the Patriots were picked to go 16-0, with the Jets going 1-15.

Jets players and coaches called their 20-45 blowout loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 2 the wakeup call they needed to snap them out of their funk. "They are still the same Patriots".

And while he was never a Pro Bowler, he is a shoe-in for the team's Ring of Honor, you'd have to think. Right now, they're both 3-2. Three games later, the Jets have defeated the Dolphins, Browns, and AFC South-leading Jacksonville Jaguars en route to a three-game winning streak.

Still, New York recognizes it has quite a few flaws, with penalties a major issue. "And we have to get the penalties down, which keeps hampering us every week, which has to change".

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NY doesn't cause a lot of turnovers as they only have four total on the year, and they're all by way of interceptions.

For the New York Jets, they have won three straight games. Only Tampa Bay, with four, has less.

As for why Harris hasn't played more, Belichick said, "That's a week-to-week thing with us".

Those are terrible numbers and are even more alarming being that the Browns came into the game with the 28th ranked defense in all of football.

While Ealy has had more success in NY, it could partly be due to the different system Jets coach Todd Bowles uses. "So we have to start faster". Muhammad Wilkerson needs to play up to his contract if the Jets want to win this game.

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This weekend's divisional matchup gives the Patriots a chance to start over with a clean slate, at least division-wise. "They've had three weeks in a row that they've played well".

After the Jets cut Harris in early June, he signed with the Patriots later that month. Preseason predictions had the Jets only winning 2 or 3 games, but those are the same predictions that had the Giants winning the NFC East and making a deep run in the postseason. His last kick at MetLife Stadium was a 41-yard OT victor against the Jaguars in Week 4, his fifth game-winning field goal of his career. They have some tough players to block up front and they have good speed in the back end. The Patriots are listed as 9.5-point favorites against the Jets but 67% of the early action has been on the Patriots. Defensively, the Jets are yielding 21.2 points and 354.6 total yards (211.6 in passing and 143.0 in rushing) per game.

From the coaches to the players, NY has stressed a sense of unity that has only grown stronger with every victory.

"It's a wave right now", Williams said. Elijah McGuire might be in store for a big day too against a putrid Patriots run defense and with Bilal Powell battling injury. Bowles said the Jets weren't yet considering adding another running back to the roster.

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Keys to Victory in New England Patriots' Week 6 Matchup