Hello Jets Faithful,
MaPatsFan here, your friendly Patriots blogger. Your fearless leader and I thought it'd be cool to exchange FanPosts on each other's blogs and answer any questions you may have about our respective teams and our upcoming matchup.
If your first game is any indication, this is going to be a good matchup. Rex's defense is really hot and is already the topic of conversation with Tom Brady:
"Execution is what it comes down to,’’ Brady said. "You have to be able to block them. You have to account for their different blitz schemes and then get open versus some tight coverage. It’s an aggressive front. It’s very tricky to find out who’s coming. They do a great job disguising. "
It'll be interesting to see how Brady responds to this. My suspicion is he'll work to limit blitzing, possibly by dumping the ball to slant and checkdown guys like WR Wes Welker and RB Kevin Faulk. Maybe this will make the linebackers think twice, but who knows.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Patriots are weak at linebacker after the loss of ILB/MLB Jerod Mayo. Cornerbacks Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden are doing well, but are not dangerous yet. S Brandon Meriweather, on the other hand, has picked up where Rodney Harrison has left off. He's hitting hard and prowling everywhere.
Fire away with any questions. I'll check back every so often to give you my perspective.