The second game changing thing I noticed was the fact that the Jets have completely been shellacked by tight ends this season. While the Patriots clearly have the best tight end in the game and look like they have found a pretty good #2 option, the Jets haven't found a way to stop guys whose names you may not have heard. That is unless you went against them in fantasy football the week they played the Jets.
The first two games of the season the Jets were competitive when they went against the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. Since neither team really has a tight end, this deficiency went unnoticed. Enter game 3 against Chicago when Martellus Bennett (who?) caught 5 passes for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Week 4 Eric Ebron (rookie) and Brandon Pettigrew combined for 5 receptions for 53 yards and Elb touchdown. Week 5 against San Diego, eight time Pro-Bowler, Antonio Gates had 4 catches for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last week another guy you've heard of, Julias Thomas, also had 2 touchdowns and 4 catches (51 yards) against the Jets.
Looking at the recaps of the Jets first 6 games of the season, there are two things that jumped out to me besides the 1-5 record. Unlike the Patriots who are dominating the turnover battle with 14 takeaways to 5 giveaways (+9), the Jets are at -9 with 12 giveaways and only 3 takeaways. While the weather forecast for the game does not look very good for ball security, I still think that the Patriots win this battle.
If you add up the tight end touchdown receptions against the Jets in the past four weeks you will get a pretty hefty number (7). I think that number will hit the double digits after facing the Patriots on Thursday. If it doesn't, I'm sure it will be due to some defensive touchdowns preventing Gronk and Wright from seeing the field.
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