The latest round of NFL fixtures comes to an end on Monday as the New York Jets host New England Patriots at the MetLife Stadium.
The Jets have still to win a game this season, and with an 0-8 record, they are looking like they will be picking first in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Even though the Patriots have not been at their dominant best, they should have enough experience and quality to get the job done in New York on Monday.
Too Little Too Late for Gase
The Jets’ fanbase has already given up in 2020. They cannot make the playoffs, and not many of their supporters would have expected them to do so in September.
However, Adam Gase’s outfit were expected to be competitive, which is something the Jets have not been all season long.
They have not had it easy, with injuries causing chaos and star players deciding to sit the season out due to events off the field.
But when all is said and done, the Jets have been outclassed in every game, and they will need to be at their best to even make Monday’s game competitive.
New England are as short as
4/17 to win, even with Bill Belichick’s side low on confidence after four defeats in a row.
But during that losing run the Patriots have lost to Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills, three teams who all have hopes of playing football come January.
The last time these two sides met, New England won 33-0, and they should have enough about them to cover the -10 handicap at odds of
Newton Ready to Lead the Way
The new-look Patriots offence has yet to hit top gear, and that comes as no surprise with Tom Brady now playing his football in Tampa.
Brady now leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offence, with former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton at the helm in New England.
Newton has struggled in recent weeks through the air, throwing no touchdowns in Weeks 6-8, while he has been picked off on five occasions during that time.
However, his six rushing touchdowns are a key reason why the Patriots are third in the rushing offence stats in the NFL.
1/1 to score anytime, and his ability on the ground has never been questioned.
Flacco Eager to Make a Statement
Veteran QB Joe Flacco will be under center for the Jets on Monday, with regular starter, Sam Darnold, still nursing a shoulder injury.
Flacco claims he now feels at home with the Jets offence, but his stats suggest he has got a long way to go before he can be proud of his efforts.
While New England should take their unbeaten run against the Jets to nine games, it is not to say that the Jets cannot make some small improvements.
For the first time this season, Gase will field all three of his starting receivers, with Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims all suiting up in the same game.
With some better options to aim at, Flacco should be able to make the Jets move downfield, and he is
20/23 to throw for over 216.5 passing yards.
The Jets should still lose on Monday night at the MetLife, but that is not to say they cannot enjoy some joy through the air.
*All odds correct at time of writing