Does Gang Green stand a chance?

Could the Jets actually beat the Patriots?


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Ehalt By Matt Ehalt

The first time the Jets and Patriots met, the Jets had every opportunity to win the game, but three fourth-quarter interceptions by Geno Smith sealed their fate.

Heading into the second matchup on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, there are plenty of reasons to think the Jets can keep it close again and ultimately make the plays that will win the game.

The biggest reason the Jets have a chance to win Sunday is their defense, which continues to play outstanding football. In the first meeting, the Jets held the Patriots to 232 total yards and just nine first downs. Yes, nine.

Tom Brady had a rough day, completing just 19-of-39 for 185 yards and one touchdown, and the Patriots rushed for just 54 yards. The Patriots' offense is having a down year. Couple that with the Jets' stingy defense, and Gang Green may find themselves in a close game on Sunday.

The pressure will be on Smith to deliver this time, and he should be able to perform better than he did in the previous encounter. In that game, he had his worst statistical game of the year, completing a season-low 42.9 percent of his passes and throwing a season-high three interceptions. Despite taking a step back against the Steelers, Smith has shown improvement the past few weeks. Just two weeks ago, he played the best game of his young career, throwing for three touchdowns in a win against Atlanta.

Smith has shown resiliency by rebounding well from his duds, though. After his wretched performance against the Patriots, Smith lit up the Bills for 331 yards and two touchdowns. After a stinker against the Titans, he torched the Falcons.

The last five times the Patriots and Jets played, the game has ended with the Patriots as the victors. If the Jets make a few more plays on offense Sunday, they can end that streak.

Matt Ehalt is a regular contributor to


Mazzeo By Mike Mazzeo

Last week, Tom Brady stunned one Ryan brother. This week, hes likely to take down another.

Bradys Patriots invade MetLife Stadium on Sunday, coming off a thrilling last-second victory over the previously undefeated Saints -- and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan.

The Jets always seem to play the Patriots tough, as evidenced in their last meeting up in Foxborough. In fact, if Clyde Gates had made that catch in the end zone, Gang Green may have ended up winning. This Patriots team isnt nearly as dominant as Patriots teams of old.

But they have Brady. And Bill Belichick.

And the last time I checked, Brady is 18-5 against the Jets in his career with 32 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 62.8 completion percentage. He owns them. Therefore, its hard to pick against him.

Geno Smith has been up-and-down -- as rookies tend to be. He was anointed a star in the making after beating Atlanta. And then he threw a couple careless picks a week later in a loss to winless Pittsburgh.

This is the year the Patriots can be had. I just dont see the Jets making it happen.

Perhaps theyll keep it close. They always seem to get up for New England. Rexs D is still stout. Its the offense you cant trust.

But it does seem that you can trust Tom and Bill -- despite their lack of championship success recently.

Last week, they took care of little brother Rob.

This week, theyll take care of older brother Rex.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to


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