By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
September 12th, 2013
W2W4: New York Jets vs New England Patriots Week 2
The New York Jets will be heading up to New England for a Thursday night game against the Patriots, who like the Jets had a close last second win in Week 1, as New England was able to defeat the Buffalo Bills on a Field Goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
- Geno's Encore
Geno Smith had a pretty good NFL debut earning his first victory as a NFL Quarterback on Sunday against the Buccaneers, and on Thursday night he will be getting his first taste of the big rivalry between the Jets and Patriots. In Week 1 Geno threw for 256 yards on 24 for 38 passing, with a touchdown pass, as it was clear that the Jets didn’t mind letting Geno lose in Week 1 showing confidence in their rookie QB. Geno did however have two turnovers in the game, as he fumbled and threw an interception, which is something he will have to continue to work on. Maybe most impressively about Week 1 for Smith was his ability to run the football, as he extended a few drives on good runs, and finished with 47 rushing yards on six carries.
- Ground Game
Besides the 47 yards the Jets got from Smith on the ground, their running game was extremely ineffective in the traditional way, and in the Wildcat. Against the Buccaneers the Jets Running Back combo of Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory both had poor games. Powell had just 29 yards on 12 carries and Ivory had 15 yards on 10 carries. Against the Patriots have a good ground game to control the time of possession and keep Tom Brady off the field, where he cant hurt the Jets.
- Lets Not Do That Again
The last time the Jets played played the Patriots it was a Thanksgiving most Jets fans don’t want to remember, as they were embarrassed by the Patriots in the prime time game. Quite possibly worse than the 49-19 loss was the famous “Butt Fumble” by then Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Butt Fumble will be a play that will be forever burned into the nightmares of Jets fans, as it is probably the most embarrassing single play in Jets history. The Jets look a lot different this year, and anyone to do with the organization will hope that nothing like that happens again on Thursday night.
- Injury Report
Both the Jets and the Patriots on a short week will be heading into Thursday with a ton of players on the injury report for Week 2. For the Jets it seems that Jeremy Kerley will be missing the game, as suffered a concussion on a big hit against the Buccaneers. Jeff Cumberland who also took a big hit in Sundays game is listed as probable along with Kellen Winslow and Santonio Holmes. For the Patriots and Tom Brady they will be missing running back Shane Vereen in this game, as he will likely be out until Week 11, and Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski are both listed as doubtful to play.