Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

New England Patriots move up ESPN NFL Power Rankings

New England Patriots move up ESPN NFL Power Rankings

They rank last in yards allowed, and second to last in points allowed. I know he had the one opportunistic interception.

Look, nobody will fault the Jets for their recent schedule, just like nobody will give them any breaks for the next 11 weeks, when they play teams with a combined 31-19 record.

"We have, in no way, arrived", left tackle Kelvin Beachum said after the win over the Browns. After seeing his club commit 29 infractions that were enforced for 227 yards during his team's three-game win streak, head coach Todd Bowles said the team has to cut down on the laundry. Patriots lead series, 59-53-1. Sure, the Jets have been pretty good to start the season, but the talent level between these two teams is too much.

"We have to come out and work on us and play hard and go into the game and try and compete and win". Their defense has had trouble stopping the run and the pass and their offense hasn't been able to find a consistent running game. Does that mean Josh McCown has 300 yards in him?

The lineman has seven tackles, five pass deflections and an interception in his four games with NY. Brand-name pass rushers Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson have yet to record a sack, and each has been battling injuries, a wrist for Williams and shoulder for Wilkerson.


After one season in Cleveland, linebacker Demario Davis found his way back home to the Jets. Reacquired by the Jets this summer in a trade with the Browns, the 28-year-old has been a wonderful re-addition to the Jets' defense, as he's now tied for second in the league with 46 tackles. He has been sacked 16 times though, already one more than he suffered in the entire 2016 season.

This year was supposed to be very different than it has turned out so far.

As good as the Jets are the moment, "there's that lingering thought around the league that says, 'Yeah, but they're still the Jets, '" Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald says. This matchup has an anticipation that isn't normally present when these two teams meet, but the Jets front seven will be a matchup terror for the Patriots offensive line.

"Kony's basically played end, defensive end in their system", he said on a conference call Monday. Right now, this looks like the most important game for NY since Week 17 in 2015, when they lost a heartbreaking game in Buffalo that would've put them in the playoffs. However, Kansas City is worst in that category at a net of 26.2 yards lost per game in penalties, and the Chiefs are the only undefeated team in the NFL. The Jets have scored 92 points, and allowed 106 on the season.

"Some of them are ticky-tacky, some of them are legit and some of them you can question", Bowles said. "But at the same time, we feel that we didn't play up to our standards that we've seen on film — speaking for my position and our defense, specifically".

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