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Devin McCourty made his first start at safety this season in the teams’ initial meeting Oct. 21 and he played conservatively, though Sanchez only hit his side of the field for 20 yards on one occasion. Tavon Wilson was the other safety, and Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard were the cornerbacks.
Tomorrow, Aqib Talib and Dennard figure to start at corner with McCourty and Steve Gregory at safety. The stability in the secondary played into the Patriots’ decision to ratchet up their aggressiveness. After all, if the coaches can trust the back end to cover, they’ll give the guys up front more chances to make plays in the offensive backfield.
“We always want to play aggressively,” said Gregory, who had a hip injury in Week 7. “That’s what defense is about, being aggressive, playing physical and flying around to the ball. That’s going to be key.”
As a -3.5 to -9 point favorite, New England is 17-9 Against The Spread while New York is just 3-7 ATS as an underdog in that same range.
In road games where the total is between 45.5 and 49 since 1993, the Patriots are 22-11 Against The Spread while the Jets are just 4-11 ATS. Gambling911.com should also note that the Patriots are actually 9-0 ATS in this range over the last three seasons.
In road games overall, New England is an impressive 14-5 ATS over the last three seasons.
Avenging a loss against an opponent, New York is 6-3 ATS over the last three seasons.
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PATRIOTS VS JETS PICK:
Short week for the Patriots and they have to try and adjust the offense in time for this big game against the Jets. The injuries are too much for the Pats to adjust and this game will come down to the wire.
The Jets simplified the offense for Sanchez against the Rams and it worked. It will work again today
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