The Jets and Patriots will both start rookie quarterbacks who struggled in their debut in Week 1. Will these quarterbacks score enough points to reach their projected total? Let’s see the NFL odds.
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 1:00 PM EDT at MetLife Stadium
The Jets will showcase Zach Wilson for the first time at MetLife Stadium in a regular-season game. It took time for Wilson to get in a groove against Carolina but he finished his rookie debut with 258 yards passing on 20-of-37. The Jets ended up losing on the road, 19-14. Meanwhile, the Patriots elected to start rookie quarterback Mac Jones who played better than Wilson, yet still lost his first game to the Dolphins in Week 1. 17-16.
The Jets are going to need to patch some things up on the offensive end. Mekhi Becton, the Jets’ starting left tackle will be out due to knee surgery and will miss at least one month before returning back to action. The offensive line was miserable against the Panthers and struggled to keep the Panthers' pass rush away from Wilson. Wilson never really had much time in the pocket and the running game struggled to do much of anything against Carolina.
Tevin Coleman led the team with nine carries for just 24 yards. The only bright spot was Corey Davis, who caught both of Wilson’s touchdown passes along with three other catches and 97 yards in total. On defense, the Jets stepped up more in the second half. They had a fierce pass rush and tackled pretty well surprisingly.
But to no surprise, the Jets were awful in coverage and the rush defense wasn’t great against a premier running back in Christian McCaffrey. The Patriots featured running back Damien Harris, who hit the 100-yard mark in his first game of the season, rushing 23 times for 100 yards. He will look to have a field day against the Jets, who struggled against the run.
Mac Jones will also look to have some fun against the Jets. However, he’ll need to rely on an offensive line to protect him and that wasn’t really the case last week. The pass protection was below average and the run blocking wasn’t great either out of that offensive line. Until that gets fixed up, the Patriots could struggle to score some points.
The Jets might have the worst secondary in the league but if the pass rush can get to Jones quick enough, the coverage will be bailed out here and there. The Jets pass rush is very solid and is an intriguing portion of their team. On the flip side, the Jets' offensive line is going to struggle majorly this season and even more so with Becton out.
The Patriots have more playmaking ability but if you compared the Panthers and Patriots, you’d agree that the Panthers have more playmakers on their team. The Patriots might be held under 20 points and yet they still might win the game. The under 43 makes the most sense in this spot. A 20-10 type of game could be in play here. With two rookie quarterbacks, it’s extremely hard to take an over on our NFL picks.
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