New England Patriots vs NY Jets [PREVIEW]
New England Patriots at N.Y. Jets — 8:20 P.M.
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Spread: Patriots by 7
Forecast: Mostly sunny. Temperature in the low-mid 50s.
Records: Jets (Overall: 4-6, AFC East: 2-2); Patriots (Overall: 7-3, AFC East: 3-0)
Past results: Two most recent meetings — October 21, 2012 Jets 26, Patriots 29 (OT); November 13, 2011 Jets 16, Patriots 37. Series record: Patriots 54-52-1
New England has won four consecutive games thanks to an offense that’s averaging a league-high 35.8 points per game on the season — more than five points higher than the next team. Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski is out with a broken forearm. The Jets’ pass defense is fourth in the NFL, allowing just 200.1 yards per game through the air. New York (4-6) has a woeful passing offense, throwing for an AFC-low 192.7 yards per game. The Patriots’ defense is fifth in the league with 13 interceptions.
Will we see Tim Tebow?
All-Pro G Logan Mankins (ankle/calf) and rookie DE Chandler Jones (ankle) are out for the game. TE Aaron Hernandez is expected to play, however be limited. The Pats wore than likely need his help in the red zone. Gronkowski has caught 10 passes in that area of the field, with eight going for touchdowns. All other New England receivers have combined for eight touchdowns.