The New York Jets face a familiar foe on Sunday night, quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, in a battle for first place in the AFC East.
The Patriots have lost two straight games and after throwing just four interceptions all of last season, Brady has already thrown 10 picks through eight games this season. Brady has never thrown more than 14 in any season.
Still, Jets superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis calls Brady “an unbelievable quarterback,” and Jets coach Rex Ryan was quick to put Tom Brady on a pedestal. “Clearly without [injured Colts quarterback] Peyton [Manning] playing, I’d say he’s the best quarterback in the league right now,” said Ryan.
And yet, Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine says he sees a weakness in the Patriots field general that he hopes to exploit in their second and final regular season meeting. Pettine explains:
I think losing the center [Dan Koppen] has affected him. It seems to me that he gets a little more anxious at times, where before you would see him sit in that pocket and not move and scan the field … we got him off his spot a couple of times [the first time the Jets played this Patriots this season], but it wasn’t enough. I think some of the teams that have stepped up and were able to do it, certainly Pittsburgh, they got him on the move a little bit, and the Giants, especially that front four, was able to get after him.
Some lines have the game even, others have the Jets as one-point home favorites.