New England (12-2) at NY Jets (9-5)
When: Sunday, December 27th 2015
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Time: 1:00 ET | TV: CBS
The New England Patriots can lock up home-field advantage throughout the Playoffs with a win today over host New York Jets. The Patriots are battling both Denver and Cincinnati for the AFC’s top spot, but those two will eliminate one or the other on Monday night. Quarterback Tom Brady is 22-7 lifetime versus the Jets and will look to complete the season sweep for the second straight season. The Patriots beat the Jets 30-23 back on October 25th. In that game the Patriots decided to completely abandon the run as Brady completed 34-of-54 passes for 355 yards, two scoring strikes, and ran in another. New England running backs combined for 5 carries for one yard. Rob Gronkowski hauled in 11 passes for 108 yards and a score. The Pats are still thin at wide receiver as Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola have been ruled out for Sunday’s game, while Bradon LaFell is questionable. Running back James White may find the going tough against the Jets’ solid rush defense, but the versatile back hauled in seven passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in New England’s 33-16 win over Tennessee last week. The Patriots signed veteran Steven Jackson to offset the season-ending injuries to fellow RBs LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis.
The Jets have reeled off four straight wins, but still find themselves on the outside looking in. Their 9-5 record is tied with both Pittsburgh and Kansas City for the final two Wild Card spots. They’re going to need to win their final two and hope that the Steelers or Chiefs lose another game. Ryan Fitzpatrick is doing his best to get New York in the playoffs for the first time since 2010. In the team’s current four-game winning streak, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 1,229 yards. He threw two touchdowns in the first meeting this season against New England. Oddly enough, the Jets have the number one wide receiver duo in football. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker have combined for 165 catches, 2,191 yards, and 21 touchdowns. Running back Chris Ivory was limited to just 37 yards on 13 carries in New York’s 19-16 win over Dallas last Saturday night. The Jets have the second best rushing defense in the league, but it might not matter if Brady decides to throw the ball 50 times like he did in their earlier matchup. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has recorded seven sacks in his last five games to push his season total to a career-high 12.
I think the Jets continue their roll towards the playoffs today. Brady has nobody left to throw or hand the ball off to and I believe he will get pressured a lot today. I’ll take the points and say the Jets win outright.
Pick: Jets +3