New York Jets Week 8 keys to victory

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New York Jets safety Will Parks (39) celebrates his defensive touchdown with linebacker Jamien Sherwood (44) and cornerback Justin Hardee (34) against the Green Bay Packers during their football game Sunday, October 16, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Parks scooped up a blocked punt and ran it in for the score.Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Apc Packvsjets 1016222053djpb

The New York Jets have an opportunity to win five straight games today. One very exciting possibility. And Jets fans are more than ready to bring the energy.

Not only a winning streak of five games, but the Jets also have a chance to beat the New England Patriots for the first time since 2015. Entering this big game, much hype and anticipation surround this promising Jets team. A win to snap a 12-game losing streak to the Patriots clearly shows more steps being taken in the right direction for this young football team.

While the Jets are the more talented team across the board, going up against a Bill Belichick-led football team, the Jets cannot beat themselves. They have to be much better than they were a week ago when it comes to limiting penalties committed. Similar to last week’s tight win, winning the turnover battle and on special teams will again be key. Improved third down efficiency on both sides of the football is another point of emphasis. Lastly, the red zone battle will be a crucial indicator in this one.

New York Jets vs New England Patriots Preview:

It is fair to expect another sound day across the board from the dominant, ninth-ranked Jets defense. Led by elite superstars Quinnen Williams and Sauce Gardner, the Jets unit defensively should limit the Patriots’ offense to less than 20 points.

Without center David Andrews for the Patriots, Williams, Sheldon Rankins, and when he gets opportunities to rush inside, John Franklin-Myers should make their presence felt. Alongside Gardner, cornerbacks DJ Reed and Michael Carter II, along with the rest of the Jets’ terrific back seven defensively, should stifle the Patriots’ 21st-ranked passing game.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Jets will be without Breece Hall, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Corey Davis. They did, however, make one intriguing move yesterday, elevating preseason star Chris Streveler to the active roster.

Expect Mike LaFleur and the rest of the Jets coaching staff to be prepared with some packages for Streveler to exploit the Patriots on the ground. Especially in the first game without Hall and James Robinson just being acquired, a splash play or two from Streveler would go a long way. Michael Carter will also step up for the Jets in a game they need him.

Belichick will likely want to minimize the ground game, sending run blitzes to put the game on Zach Wilson and, from there, aggressive pass rush pressures, probably even some Cover-0. If so, in the passing game, it will lead to big-play opportunities for Wilson and the Jets’ talented skill position players in Carter, Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore, Braxton Berrios, and Tyler Conklin. Getting the passing game going would give the Jets a much better chance of winning this game.

This one, similar to last week, will likely be another tough challenge, but one the Jets should absolutely win. They should be able to score 20-23 points which should be enough with the way the defense is playing. Jets Nation will make an impact. In the end, the Jets will win this game by about a touchdown, improving their 2022 record to 6-2 and getting their winning streak to five games.

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