What to Watch for Week 16: Jets vs Patriots

Not much to celebrate this season if you are the New York Jets, or a fan of them. All of that can change with a victory over the New England Patriots on Christmas Eve.

The Patriots are coming into this game with a five-game winning streak, which includes their 22-17 victory over the Jets in week 12. The Patriots victory over the Denver Broncos last week helped them clinch the AFC East once again for the eighth straight year, which now they have won the division 14 out of the last 16 seasons.

As bad as the Jets have been this year they seem to compete against the Patriots every time they face them. With the Jets getting a beating from the Miami Dolphins last week, you would think their pride would kick in and they would show some fight against their most hated rival.

The matchup to watch this week is Bryce Petty, can he take care of the football? Petty has played in five games so far this season and he has thrown at least one interception in four of those games. He has shown the ability to make some throws down the field, but if he wants to have a chance of remaining a starter he must take care of the football.

If the Jets are going to have any chance of winning this game they can’t afford to turn the ball over giving Tom Brady and the high-powered Patriots offense more opportunities to keep putting points on the board.

Petty is expected to start even with his bruised lung he suffered in the 4th quarter of the Dolphins game when he was sandwich by Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake. The offensive line has to step up because the Patriots are aware that he is banged up and most likely will provide pressure to get hits on him to make him feel more uncomfortable.

If you are a fan of the Jets don’t expect them to have a Christmas Miracle and pull off an upset over the Patriots. Look for the Jets to play hard and it will appear the Jets are in this game but the Patriots will prove to be too much to handle for Gang Green and get their 13th victory of the year.

Prediction 

Jets 16 Patriots 27

Featured image via Matt Rourke/Associated Press

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