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After dropping their last two games, the Patriots travel to MetLife Stadium this Sunday to finish up their regular season series with the AFC East rival Jets.
The Patriots won the first matchup in Week 5, 30-21 at home. Here are some keys for Sunday’s contest.
In the previous game against New York, the Patriots rushed the ball for 152 yards. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had by far his best game of the season as he racked up 136 rush yards alone.
He also tacked on two touchdowns on the ground. While it is obviously not the strength of the team, the way to attack the Jets defense is by running the ball.
The Jets give up 123 rushing yards per game compared with letting up only 196 yards through the air. The Patriots need to run the ball in order to set up play action.
It’s no secret that the Patriots secondary is bad. 314 yards per game bad. League-worst bad. But if there was ever a week to look better, it is this week.
Mark Sanchez is an inconsistent passer. You never know what kind of quarterback you are going to get. While Sanchez certainly has the ability to beat this defense (16/26 for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Week 5), he has not proven he can do this week in and week out.
If the Patriots can pressure Sanchez early and rattle him, he could make some bad decisions as he has in the past.