The New England Patriots are off to a rough start this season, with a 0-2 record for the first time since 2001. They will be looking to avoid a disappointing 0-3 start as they face off against the New York Jets on the road. The Jets, led by rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, will be seeking redemption after a 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Despite their early struggles, the Patriots are considered slight favorites in this matchup.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at MetLife Stadium and will be televised on CBS. The Jets had a tough outing in Dallas following an emotional win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night. Wilson struggled, throwing three interceptions and completing only 44 percent of his passes. The running game also faltered, with Breece Hall managing just nine yards on four carries. The Jets’ defense was only able to force one turnover and sack Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott once. It’s worth noting that the Jets faced two playoff teams from the previous season in their first two games, making the Patriots potentially their weakest opponent so far.
Despite their winless record, the Patriots have shown competitiveness in both of their games. In Week 1, they outscored the Philadelphia Eagles 21-9 after the first quarter, and in Week 2, they had a chance to tie the game against the Miami Dolphins on their final drive. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones has been heavily relied upon, throwing a league-high 96 pass attempts in the NFL through two games. While his efficiency may have suffered due to the volume of passes, he has managed to throw four touchdowns and only two interceptions. Jones’ performance has been complemented by the Patriots’ defense, which has held two strong offenses to an average of 24.5 points per game.
Now let’s take a look at the odds for the Patriots vs. Jets matchup. All odds mentioned are from BetMGM. As slight favorites, the Patriots have a moneyline of -140, while the Jets have a moneyline of +120. The point spread is set at -2.5 in favor of the Patriots, and the over/under is set at 43.5 points. These odds indicate that the game is expected to be relatively close, with a slight edge given to the Patriots.
There are several storylines to watch out for in this game. The Jets will be looking to address their biggest issues after their loss to the Cowboys. An article on The Athletic analyzes these issues and offers potential solutions to fix them. On the other side, Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon and three other players react to their NFL Draft scouting reports in another interesting piece on The Athletic.
As for expert picks, it’s always interesting to see what the analysts have to say. Unfortunately, no specific expert picks were mentioned in the provided content.
In conclusion, the New England Patriots will be aiming to avoid a 0-3 start as they face the New York Jets on the road. Despite their winless record, the Patriots have shown competitiveness in their games, thanks in part to rookie quarterback Mac Jones. The Jets will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss to the Cowboys. With the Patriots considered slight favorites, this game is expected to be closely contested. Fans can tune in to CBS at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday to catch all the action.
(Note: The content provided for this article was sourced from The Athletic.)