Good morning, Gang Green Nation! Tomorrow the New York Jets take on the New England Patriots in the Jets’ 2021 home opener. MetLife Stadium will be rocking as the fans get back together live and in person. While some may write this game off as a mismatch, perhaps we should keep in mind the 2013 Jets, who stunned the Patriots and racked up 30 points against Belichick’s defense behind the play of rookie quarterback Geno Smith. That 2013 team went 8-8, but anyone who remembers that team knows it was a seriously talent deprived unit that wasn’t nearly as good as the record indicated. That game saw Geno Smith throwing to his three leading receivers: Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson and Jeff Cumberland. Raise your hand if you think that group is better than Zach Wilson throwing to Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and Jamison Crowder. Anybody? Anybody? You in the back there? No?
Of course there is more to this than just the quarterback and three receivers. My point isn’t that the Jets will win on Sunday. It’s just, anything can and often does happen on Sundays. Rookie quarterbacks beat Belichick’s Patriots teams, especially at home. I’m not Joe Willie, I’m not guaranteeing anything. But I think Zach Wilson and the Jets have a better shot at sticking it to the hated Patriots than many are giving them credit for. And if the unexpected happens, the Patriots will have two division losses and sole possession of last place in the AFC East after week 1 for the first time in more than 20 years. If the Bills manage to beat the Dolphins as well, the Jets would have a share of first place. Wouldn’t that be grand?
Here are your links to your New York Jets this glorious Saturday in September:
Eric Allen - Jets-Patriots Game Preview | Big Game No Matter When It's Played
Eric Allen, Ethan Greenberg and Randy Lange - What Do You Expect From Rookie QBs Zach Wilson and Mac Jones in Week 2?
Ethan Greenberg and Jack Bell - Notebook | Jets HC Robert Saleh Focused on Eliminating Explosive Plays vs. Patriots
Zach Braziller - Jets defense wants to put a stop to opponents’ ‘explosives’
Peter Botte - Zach Wilson impresses Jets with ability to take a hit
Peter Botte - C.J. Mosley, Jets fans make their return to MetLife Stadium
Zach Braziller - Denzel Mims could be odd man out as more Jets receivers set to return
Ian O’Connor - Mike LaFleur must keep Zach Wilson from becoming a Jets mess
DJ Bien-Aime II - 4 battles to watch in Jets-Patriots Week 2 matchup
DJ Bien-Aime II - Jets must be ready for Patriots to stifle Corey Davis
Max Goodman - New York Jets defense hurt by safety Lamarcus Joyner season ending injury
Max Goodman - New York Jets Elijah Moore Due for Big Game Against New England Patriots
Zach Braziller - Jamison Crowder returns to Jets lineup after COVID-19
Justin Fried - NY Jets will return Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole in Week 2
Phil Sullivan - Crowder Activated; Jets Injury Report
Angelo Guinhawa - New York’s COVID-19 update will make Zach Wilson happy
Gary Phillips - New England Patriots vs. New York Jets final Week 2 injury report
Phil Sullivan - Zach Wilson on the Patriots
Steve Zavala - Zach Wilson opens up on expectations for Patriots matchup
Brandyn Pokrass - Starting Slow: Jets Need to Quickly Fix Offensive Line's Struggles
Steven Blush - NY Jets: 5 observations on the team's latest roster rebuild
Justin Fried - NY Jets were right to sign Corey Davis over Kenny Golladay
Tyler Capossela - NY Jets: Scouting the New England Patriots ahead of Week 2
Mike Mitchell - NY Jets: 3 keys to victory in Week 2 against the Patriots
Mike Mitchell - NY Jets: Denzel Mims seems likely to be a healthy scratch
Gary Phillips - Patriots vs. Jets, Week 1: Behind Enemy Lines with Patriots Wire
Tyler Greenawalt - Patriots vs. Jets: Things to know about New England before Week 2
Tyler Greenawalt - Jets QB Zach Wilson looking forward to 1st bout with Patriots
Tyler Calvaruso - Jets OT Mekhi Becton to undergo knee surgery
Tyler Greenawalt - Things to know about new Jets LB B.J. Goodson
Tyler Calvaruso - Jets DC Jeff Ulbrich praises Patriots QB Mac Jones ahead of Week 2
Tyler Greenawalt - Ex-Jets CB/KR Corey Ballentine claimed by Lions
Steve Johnson - Jets vs Patriots; Betting Perspective
Matt Wadleigh - Jets news: New York dealt massive blow with Mekhi Becton injury
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