Before you think that the Rex Ryan and the New York Jets will just roll over when Tom Brady, Gronk and the New England Patriots come to town you are mistaken.
This rivalry dates back the the Bill Parcells/Bill Belichick days in New York, but it hasn’t cooled down in recent years. This week former Jet and current Patriot CB Darrelle Revis will be front and center in his return to New York.
"(I’m a) little sick to my stomach," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said of seeing Revis in a New England uniform.
Darrelle Revis stays mum about his future in New England http://t.co/EJkETAMpF9
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) December 17, 2014
Remember, it was only a blocked field goal that separated these two foes in October and now the visiting Patriots are 10 point favorites at MetLife Stadium when they face the Jets.
Matchup: New England Patriots at NY Jets
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Radio: New England Vs New York
Point Spread: Patriots -10
Game Total: 47
Analyzing The Week 16 NFL Betting Odds – New England Patriots at NY Jets
The Patriots may be riding high after securing their sixth straight AFC East title, but they have a lot to lose in this game — primarily, home-field advantage for the playoffs.
The Patriots have won the AFC East in 11 of the last 12 years. The only year they didn't win: when Brady tore his ACL pic.twitter.com/eHmGZiwuRF
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 15, 2014
New England has the number one scoring offense in the NFL averaging 31.6 points per game, and the reason has been Tom Brady’s return to MVP form. He has thrown for 3847 yards, 32 TD s & 8 INTs this season. His favorte target, TE Rob Gronkowski is healthy and has 76 receptions for 1093 yards & 11 TDs.
The Patriots have 6th ranked passing offense along the 19th ranked rushing.
The Patriots ground game has been showcased in several games, showing opponents that the Patriots can beat you on more than just Brady’s arm. The Pats RBs averaging 3.9 yards per carry with Jonas Gray leading the way with 407 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, the New England Patriots are allowing 20 points, 352.2 yards, and they’ve forced 36 sacks and 23 turnovers. Jamie Collins leads New England with 100 tackles and Rob Ninkovich has eight sacks.
The NY Jets snapped a three-game losing streak by barely beating the Titans 16-11 in Tennessee, in a game perhaps neither team wanted to win.
— SundayNight Football (@SNFonNBC) December 16, 2014
QB Geno Smith recorded 179 yards, 1 TDs without an interception and his total this season read 1957 yards, 9 TDs & 12 INTs, while leading his team to be the worst passing offense in the entire league.
"A real fan, a Jet fan, wants to win," NY Jets Rex Ryan said. "It doesn’t matter what pick you get or whatever. If Peyton Manning’s out there, I can understand it, but I don’t think Peyton Manning’s out there. You know what? We’re fighting every game, and we’re going to fight next week, too, against New England. Jet fans want to win, are you kidding me? We’ve only got two of them."
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) December 17, 2014
Smith is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Smith has two touchdowns and two picks in his last three games. WRs Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley have combined a shade over a shoddy 1,000 receiving yards and five touchdowns while newcommer Percy Harvin has seven receptions in his last three games.
The Jets ground game is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, as Chris Ivory leads the way with 739 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Defensively, the New York Jets are allowing 25.7 points, 329.8 yards, and they’ve forced 34 sacks and 11 turnovers. David Harris leads the Jets with 105 tackles and Sheldon Richardson has 6.5 sacks.
Bill Belichick leads the series against Rex Ryan 8-4 in 12 meetings, but Ryan is up 3-2 in games played in New York.
The Patriots are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0 points, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU win, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in December, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. AFC teams and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The NY Jets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games on field turf, 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win, but 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games in December.
Expect the Patriots to cover the 10 points. Belichick won’t be denied his last opportunity to beat Rex as Jets head coach.