New England Patriots Links 12/06/10 - Monday Night Football Can't Get Here Fast Enough

Ian Rapoport gives us five things to watch for tonight.  Here's one:

Can Brady and the offensive line can handle the Jets' creative scheme. If there’s one thing that’s clear with coach Rex Ryan’s defense, it’s that they will blitz. Whether it’s overloading one side, mixing-and-matching rushers, or disguising their looks, they will attempt to confuse Brady. And Brady has struggled against them. He had his lowest passer rating of 2009 vs. the Jets, and he had two interceptions in the first meeting this season. Yet this year, the Jets are just 12th with 24 sacks, a sign they may not torment Brady as much as usual. Can he handle them?

Christopher Price lists his 10 things worth keeping an eye on in Monday's Patriots-Jets game.

Exploiting matchups in the New York secondary. The Jets figure to have some sort of combination of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie on Deion Branch and Wes Welker. While Revis and Cromartie are two of the better corners in the league, there’s not much past that, which should allow the Patriots to take advantage of some mismatches, particularly when it comes to covering the two rookie tight ends. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez could create problems for the Jets, particularly with New York missing safety Jim Leonhard, who is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg. Hernandez had a career-day against the Jets in their first meeting, finishing with six catches for 101 yards, while Gronkowski remains a red-zone threat. Regardless of who gets the ball, there should be opportunities for New England in the passing game. It all depends on how the Patriots take advantage.

Jim McBride lists his three Patriots' keys to victory.

1. Lieutenant Zip: Tom Brady has to be at his distributing best, firing lasers to the open man quickly and efficiently to keep the Jets’ defense from grounding him.

2. Smack ’em, yak ’em: Getting to Mark Sanchez (and getting in his head) is imperative. Hit him early to prevent him from getting comfortable and gaining confidence.

3. Please clear the runway: Tough offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Dan Koppen have to make lanes for the running back crew.

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