ESPN Boston's picks: Patriots-Jets
| Tedy |
| PATRIOTS 41, JETS 20 |
The Jets' strength is running the ball, and the strength of the Patriots' defense is in their front seven. The iron triangle of Wilfork, Spikes and Mayo should put a stop to the ground and pound. And when they start to rely on Mark Sanchez to win the game, I see a pick-six coming from a member of the Patriots defense to cement the blowout win. This Jets defense will be overwhelmed with the tempo and power of the Patriots offense and running game.
| Mike |
|PATRIOTS 31, JETS 17 |
The Patriots are better than they showed last Sunday in Seattle. The concerns in the secondary are real, but I don't see the Jets being able to exploit them. I expect a better performance from the Patriots, as they are the superior team. Tom Brady has a big day.
| Jackie |
|PATRIOTS 31, JETS 13 |
Tom Brady mutes his critics and restores order in the division.
| Mike |
|PATRIOTS 35, JETS 21 |
A strong bounce-back performance for the Patriots. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has struggled against the Patriots' secondary at times, while the Jets' running game could have a tough time against a tough Patriots run defense. The relative weakness of the Jets offense should give the Patriots offense some breathing room, and at home, with tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski getting closer to full strength, this one could get out of hand.
| Field |
|PATRIOTS 23, JETS 10 |
The first step in the Patriots' attempt to disengage themselves from the gridlock atop the AFC East is taking care of business against the Jets, which they should do at home on Sunday. Darrelle Revis or not, the Jets' secondary has been competitive in recent weeks, but will still have its hands full against Tom Brady and the Patriots' passing attack. Even though running back Brandon Bolden is iffy to play after missing some practice time already this week, expect the Patriots to rediscover their balance on offense and wear the Jets down for their second home and division victory of the season.
| Madden 13 |
|PATRIOTS 35, JETS 20 |
Tom Brady picks apart the Jets defense to the tune of 303 yards, three touchdowns, and more importantly, zero interceptions, as the Patriots bounce back from their ugly loss last week against Seattle to take down the Jets, 35-20. Wes Welker catches eight passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, while Julian Edelman adds a 78-yard punt return to help New England get back to their winning ways.
| AccuScore |
|PATRIOTS 29, JETS 17 |
The Patriots won 79 percent of more than 10,000 AccuScore simulations, which have the Patriots putting up big rushing numbers against a Jets defense that ranks 28th against the run. But if the Jets can hold the Pats to less than 120 yards rushing and sack Tom Brady at least three times, they become 56 percent favorites, according to simulations. Protecting Brady and getting the running game going seem to be the keys to victory for the Patriots in simulations. If Brady is sacked twice or less and the Patriots' running backs rush for more than 120 yards, the Patriots become the heavy 89 percent favorites.
| ESPN |
|PATRIOTS OVER JETS |
All 12 ESPN experts pick the Patriots to beat the Jets.
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