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Ride the Ridley: The Patriots Successful Game Plan vs. The Jets

Jeff Lewis Icon SMI

Last year before the Patriots hosted the Jets in the AFC title game, Rex Ryan admitted Bill Belichick was the best coach of all time. However, Rex also stated that he just wanted to be the better coach of the two for their playoff matchup……and he was.  The Jets beat the Patriots 28-21 last year in the playoffs and they will head into Fox Borough this week with the same intentions.

The Jets are coming off a two game blow-out heading into week 5 and they will be looking to redeem themselves as their backs are against the wall with two embarrassing back to back losses. “Professional analysts” and Vegas Insider are favoring the Patriots to win by 8.5 points which I think, is totally absurd! The Jets and Patriots hate each other which is great and I expect a great game, but the Jets can’t be taken lightly. The Jets have a formula to beat the Patriots as we have seen in the past and Mark Sanchez is due for a solid game. Just before you think Mark Sanchez is an awful quarterback he convinces you otherwise with an outstanding performance and unfortunately the Patriots are dead last in the league against the pass and they are letting up 4.8 yards a carry on the ground. The Jets are the second best against the pass giving up only 180 yards a game while they have been struggling against the run this season. The Patriots love to pass, the Jets prefer to run, there needs to be an X-Factor in this game for the Patriots to come out on top and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots and Jets trade game plans with each other this week according to their weaknesses.

The Patriots are never scared and often sometimes a little too cocky, but so are the Jets for that matter. The Jets are giving up 4.2 yards a carry and they also led up 6 touchdowns on the ground (tied for most in NFL with the Colts) opposed to only 2 touchdowns through the air this season. I know Stevan Ridley is a rookie but he is averaging 8.2 yards a carry and looks super fresh, why not wait to see if the Jets shoot themselves in the foot? That’s what they have been doing lately anyway.

The Patriots need to take care of the football! I think the Patriots would be smart if they rode Mr.Ridley and Benjarvus Green-Ellis a little bit more in week 5 than they normally do because The Jets’ run defense isn’t gelling yet but I have a feeling that they won’t and that’s why the will lose the game. Jerod Mayo will be out for this game (opposed to the last time they met in the playoffs), Aaron Hernandez will still be out for this game, and Albert Haynesworth is questionable heading into this game which will allow Ladanian Tomlinson and Shonn Green to chew up clock when they need to. Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold will most likely be back for this one and will be key to the Jets success. With Aaron Hernandez out, will Chad Ochocinco ready to be an X-Factor yet for the Patriots? He was owned by Jets cornerbacks last year when he was a Bengal.  I think this game is going to be a great one regardless but I see the Jets wining this one, 24-19.