The New England Patriots are fresh off an embarrassing home loss in prime time. Those who bet online figured they’d easily be able to handle a scuffling Chicago Bears offense.
Instead, the Bears put forth one of their best offensive efforts in a long time, sending the Patriots into a reset of sorts after a 33-14 drubbing.
Now New England heads out on the road to face the New York Jets. In recent years, the Patriots would be a huge favorite on the NFL betting odds and would typically dominate this series.
Now the Pats are an underdog in the sportsbook. Can the streaking Jets send a message to the Pats?
New England Patriots: QB Issues
So where do the Patriots go from here? They had won two in a row under rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe, outscoring opponents 67-15, and then they got smoked at home 33-14.
Why it stings so much is the defense completely collapsed, allowing 243 rushing yards and 11 of 18 conversions on third down.
On offense, all of the Zappe optimism has faded after a three-turnover effort where he had two picks and a fumble in relief of Jones. The team has decided to go back to Jones but how confident are they in him considering they pulled him?
Zooming out on the season, we know that the Patriots have won three games. However, the three wins have come against teams that are a combined 5-15. Maybe this team just isn’t very good.
New York Jets Surging
Many people expected the Jets to be bad but that’s been far from the case. They’re currently 5-2 and are in second place in the AFC East. They have won four straight and are feeling quite good about themselves.
The offense is producing, which was not the case last season. In the Jets’ five wins, they’re averaging 27.6 points per outing. Last season, they scored just 18.2 points per game.
On the other side of the ball, this was the worst unit in the NFL a season ago in points allowed at 29.6. They’ve shaved 10 points off that and are surrendering 19.6.
The Jets are riding him here but the loss of star rookie running back Breece Hall will hurt. Now more of the offensive load will fall on quarterback Zach Wilson. He only has 441 passing yards and no touchdowns in the last three weeks.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft was able to hide behind a good ground game but the spotlight will shine brighter on him going forward.
Patriots vs Jets Injury Report
Patriots vs Jets Head-to-Head
These teams last met in 2020. The Patriots won in Seattle, 17-12.
Patriots vs Jets Game Information
- Game:Patriots vs Jets
- Date: October 30, 2022
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: MetLife Stadium
- How to watch Patriots vs Jets? ESPN
Patriots vs Jets Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Patriots vs Jets Betting Lines
Patriots vs Jets Prediction
This figures to be a tough game to predict. Of course, the knee-jerk reaction will be to ride with the Jets. They’re hot right now and the Patriots are miserable.
However, it’s hard to see the Patriots getting embarrassed two weeks in a row. After their run defense was shredded last week, expect them to be much better this week.
And with the Jets losing Hall, their ground game might not be as effective. That being the case, we should see a low-scoring affair here. Go under the number with your NFL picks.
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