Sunday, December 16, 2007

Jets @ Patriots - what the pundits are saying

Obviously any view I have on the Jets @ Patriots is going to be a little jaundiced, so how about we take a peek around the various online NFL pundits and see what they have to say on the matter?

Where to start...

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, well, what does he think?!

Patriots 105, Jets 3 — N.Y. Jets (+24½) at New England

The Patriots, if I’m reading their M.O. correctly this season, will try to score as much as possible and in every way imaginable.

My word. Moving along. How about Vinnie Iyer of Yahoo Sports.

New York Jets at New England. Last week, somehow, the words of a second-year safety incurred the wrath of Brady and the Patriots' juggernaut. This week, the Jets could have a gag order and it wouldn't matter: The Pats are looking for payback for that infamous playback.

I know the final score I've picked probably won't happen, because of that weather and because it's a ridiculous victorious point total, but it will feel that way for the losers after the game. If the Patriots don't feel they can pass at will and light up the Jets in poor conditions, they won't mind turning to a power running game to deliver some consistent physical abuse by pounding away on New York's front seven for four quarters. They will have the same goal for the defense -- hit and tackle as hard as they possibly can. The Patriots will get their gloves on -- mainly because it's cold -- and go for a real knockout this week. Patriots 70, Jets 14.

Goodness me. How about the voice of wisdom and reason, Peter King of CNNSI?

New York Jets (3-10) at New England Patriots (13-0)

Cris Carter made this point the other day. You know what happens when the whole world thinks you are going to lose a game 63-7? You spend extra time every day watching tape and lifting weights and thinking how to get an edge. Because the world is watching, and you do not want to be embarrassed.

Patriots 38, Jets 23

That's about as good as it gets for the Jets.

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