The Patriots come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to face the Jets surrounded by questions from doubters.
Are they lastly slipping? They’re three-2 and have been unimpressive this season. They’ve the worst protection statistically in soccer and held on to beat the Buccaneers final week after dropping to the Panthers at house the week earlier than.
Simply don’t attempt to inform the Jets the Patriots have declined in any respect.
“Tom Brady’s nonetheless again there,” Jets nostril deal with Steve McLendon stated. “They’re the identical guys that went to the Tremendous Bowl. Ain’t nothing modified.”
McLendon is true about that. For as dangerous because the Patriots’ protection has been this yr, Brady and the offense are nonetheless rolling. They’re No. 1 in complete offense and passing offense, and No. three in scoring offense. The forty-yr-previous Brady has thrown for extra yards than anybody within the NFL (1,702 yards) and has eleven touchdowns with only one interception.
“By no means rely Tom Brady out,” McLendon stated. “By no means rely him out. He was down 20-one thing factors within the Tremendous Bowl and gained. I by no means take that man calmly. By no means, ever. With that being stated, it’s not about what they do, it’s about what we do. We all know what we now have to do. We’ve got to go on the market and play extraordinarily quick, extraordinarily exhausting, however most of all we’ve to play extraordinarily sensible as a group, collectively.”
This can be a stiff check for a Jets protection that has crushed Jay Cutler, Blake Bortles and DeShone Kizer/Kevin Hogan within the workforce’s three-recreation profitable streak. None of these guys are anyplace close to Brady’s class. The Jets know what they need to do to rattle Brady, “get him off his spot,” as in make him transfer from the pocket.
Simpler stated than carried out.
“It’s a problem as a result of he’s seen all the things,” Jets coach Todd Bowles stated. “There’s nothing you are able to do that’s going to shock him. You’ve simply obtained to be sound and play soccer and hopefully make some performs on the again finish. He’s a fantastic soccer participant.”
The Jets haven’t gotten to quarterbacks with any regularity this season. They’re thirty first within the NFL with simply seven sacks. The Jets say that stat is deceptive, although, they usually have pressured quarterbacks even when they haven’t sacked them. By the Jets’ rely, they’ve 32 quarterback hurries this season.
Brady has been getting hit this yr with extra frequency than earlier than. He’s coping with a sore left shoulder after getting hit by the…