Free NFL Picks: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets

New England Patriots
(1-0, 1-0 ATS)

New York Jets
(0-1, 0-1 ATS)

Divisional rivals that flat out don’t like each other meet in arguably the most important Week 2 betting affair that the NFL has to offer. The New England Patriots can take a two game lead over the New York Jets with a ‘W’ at New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

We have to give the Pats a ton of credit for the way they came out last Sunday and absolutely crippled the Cincinnati Bengals. QB Tom Brady went 25-of-35 for 258 yards with three TDs and no picks. He has to be thrilled to have WR Wes Welker back. The former Texas Tech Red Raider star was injured at the end of last season with a knee knock, but he fought back with some serious offseason surgery and now looks as strong as ever before. Welker caught eight passes for 64 yards and two scores to lead all New England receivers on the day. In a relatively surprising fashion, the rushing attack looked great. On this day, it was RB Fred Taylor that carried the load, rushing the ball 14 times for 71 yards. However, for the game, New England ran the ball 23 times for 118 yards, a stellar average of 5.1 yards per carry. If there is one concern for HC Bill Belichick at this point, it would be his defense, which conceded 428 yards of offense to a normally offensively challenged Cincinnati squad.

There’s good news, though for Patriots betting aficionados! The Jets’ offense stinks! Ok, perhaps we’re being a bit tough on the men in green, but the way that they played against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football last week was just downright disgusting. The Jets only managed six first downs for the entire game and had just 176 yards of offense. QB Mark Sanchez completed just 10-of-21 passes for 74 yards. RB Shonn Greene was benched after fumbling the pigskin, and RB LaDainian Tomlinson ended up with 62 yards on 11 carries in his Big Apple debut. That was about the only bright spot. New York committed 14 penalties for 125 yards worth of damage. The defense played respectable ball, but was stuck on the field for 38:32 of game time thanks to the fact that the offense was so atrocious. The Jets had their chances on some Baltimore turnovers, but going +2 in the turnover battle wasn’t enough to win their first game ever at New Meadowlands Stadium. New York also had a catastrophic injury loss in its opening week tussle as well, as DT Kris Jenkins will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Last year, the Jets pulled off the mild upset of the Pats to start off their rally towards the postseason. This year just won’t be the same. New York will throw the kitchen sink at Brady, but this has been the game that Belichick and his staff have been preparing for all offseason. Unless there is a major change on offense for the Jets, they are destined to fall into a huge hole at 0-2 at home.

Selection: New England Patriots -3

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