|The Buttfumble, Thanksgiving 2012|
The New England Patriots and New York Jets face off on Thursday Night Football this week.
New England has won each of the last 5 regular season match-ups by an average of 21 points. However, the New York Jets shocked the Patriots in the 2011 AFC Divisional round. This playoff win came just a month after losing (45-3) to New England.
On Thursday Night, they play in front of a national audience on NFL Network.
Score Early and Often
Using a balance of both speed no-huddle and slow, methodical drives, the Patriots should try and put up as many points as possible right off the bat. Don't be surprised to see a deep ball or two to try and hit an early home run.
Blitz Heavily Against Rookie QB
Jets rookie QB Geno Smith had a mixed performance in his season opener against Tampa Bay. As naive as he is, his late game luck probably has given him an extra boost of confidence and swagger. Guys like Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones need to attack relentlessly from the corners, keep him in the pocket and make him see ghosts.