Patriots vs Jets Week 8 – Players to watch, betting overview and match prediction

After what happened to the Patriots on Monday night against the Bearsit’s probably best that we all move on and focus on week eight.

New England travel to the Meadowlands this weekend to take on division rival New York Jets. The game kicks off at 1:00 p.m. from MetLife Stadium, with Ian Eagle and Charles Davis on the CBS call.

Here are their odds for Sunday’s game at The Meadowlands, according to our exclusive betting partners at BetOnline.ag:

Odds – Patriots (3-4) vs. Jets (5-2)

Spread: Patriots -1.5

Total: 40.5

Money line: Patriots -130/Lions +110

Scenarios

I’m officially saying the way Bill Belichick handled the Patriots quarterback room was complete and utter malpractice.. Not only has he not named a starting quarterback all week – he oddly split their reps, booed his former first-round pick out of his own stadium, sent ROOKIE to the podium before himself after the game, and didn’t tell the rest of the offense what their plan was to position.

Pathetic.

Apparently, Jones is expected to start this week, and “everyone knows where we are.” We’ll see if that holds true on a Sunday.

They’ll need everything they’ve got on Sunday, as the Patriots travel to New York on Sunday to take on the New York Jets 5-2. It’s true, the 5-2 Jets.

Whether it’s Joe Flacco or Zach Wilson behind center, New York has been able to win games in 2022 thanks to its studded defense. Guys like CJ Mosley, Quinnen Williams and Sauce Gardner are the few to stand out, but Lamarcus Joyner, DJ Reed and Jordan Whitehead also made an impact.

Their offense could really start to struggle this week, as star rookie running back Breece Hall tore his anterior cruciate ligament last week in Denver. Hall paced the Jets’ offense with 463 yards and four touchdowns, and was turning into an all-around defenseman for Mike LeFleur’s offense. The team traded for Jaguars running back James Robinson this week to help fill the void.

Players to watch

patriots

McJones

As reported by ESPN’s Field Yates2021 first-round pick Mac Jones will start at QB this weekend against the Jets after taking about 90% of first-team reps in Wednesday’s practice.

I look like a broken record here, but go dang Bailey Zappe attack with Mac Jones this week! This is a chart showing how differently New England have called their offense depending on the QB on first and second downs this season (source: Evan Lazar, Patriots.com)

The attack went much better with Zappe. If you call this offense with the better quarterback, and you might be onto something.

Bailey Zappe

You can’t count on Zappe Sunday! Although reports say Jones will start against the Jets, that was also the case last week.

Even at his Thursday press conference, Belichick didn’t call Jones the team’s long-term starter, telling reporters “to stop trying to trick me into things about the future.”

I don’t think we’ll see Zappe play in New York this weekend, but I didn’t think we’d see him against the Bears either. That’s why he’s always someone I’ll keep an eye on.

Matthew Judon

Matthew Judon is by far the best player for the Patriots. He leads the NFL in sacks at 8.5 and paces the entire defense week after week.

One week after receiving embarrassed by the Chicago Bears, this defense will have to rely on their stars to get them on the right track. Sunday is Judon’s time to shine.

Jets

Gardner Sauce

Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner was taken with the Jets’ fourth overall pick in the last NFL Draft last April, and he’s been dominant in his rookie campaign.

Gardner deflected 12 passes and an interception in his first NFL season, and only looks to be getting better by the week. He’s the best player in a really solid Jets secondary.

Garrett Wilson

The New York rookies have been incredibly impressive. See Garrett Wilson as proof. Taken with the 10th overall pick, Wilson leads the Jets in receptions (38) and is second in yards (314) and touchdowns (2).

Although they haven’t had a dominant offensive performance yet with Zach Wilson back at the helm, Garrett Willson – with his 4.38 sprint time for 40 yards – has the ability to surge at any moment.

Prediction/Choose

With the New England defense in a clear rebounding position after last weekend the Jets lost Breece Hall to injury, I have a feeling New York is going to have a hard time scoring football.

I also think New England finally (sort of) clearing up their quarterback saga is going to be huge for their offense. The Jets are good, but they will always bet on the Jets.

The Patriots win outright and the total goes way under.

Prediction: Patriots 21 – Jets 10

Side: Patriots +1.5

Total: LESS THAN 40.5

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