Patriots vs. Jets: 3 Players to Watch Out for on New York

Nick Laham

In New England's first divisional battle against the Jets this season, let's take a look at three players to watch out for on New York.

With both the New England Patriots and the New York Jets tied at 3-3, along with the two other AFC East teams, the winner of Sunday's afternoon game will certainly have an edge when the playoff race starts to heat up.

The Patriots enter Week 7 coming off of a 24-23 against the Seahawks in Seattle last week and will look to get back on track against Rex Ryan and the Jets.

With that being said, here are three plays to watch out for on the New York Jets.

1. Tim Tebow

For starters, I want to publicly state that I believe Tim Tebow should be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets, not Mark Sanchez.

Either way, Tebow is still a player that the Patriots need to look out for.

When Tebow's on the field, he offers a dual-threat as he can not only throw the ball but he can effectively run the ball—quite arguably better than any of the Jets running backs are entering Week 7.

If Bill Belichick doesn't game-plan around Tebow, then we could see a repeat of what the Miami Dolphins did back in 2008 when they unleashed the Wildcat.

2. Shonn Greene

Aside from Week 1 and last, Shonn Greene hasn't really had that great of a season for the Jets. However, you can't deny that Greene isn't a solid running back—he's in somewhat of a cold streak, along with the entire New York offense.

Greene is coming off of a stellar 161 yards against the Indianapolis Colts and will look to continue his success against the Patriots this week.

Ultimately, if New England is able to shut-down Greene, then New York's offense will be a non-factor.

3. Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromatie might be New York's top cornerback with Darrelle Revis being sidelined for the entire season, but he might also be one of their best offensive weapons heading in Week 7.

According to Conor Orr via Twitter, Rex Ryan has said that Cromartie could see more time lining up at wide receiver this week against the Patriots.

You might find it hard to believe, but I do see Cromartie as a threat against the Patriots as a wide receiver.

Why? Because he's the best athlete on both team's rosters and could very easily beat any of New England's cornerbacks, as they're haven't been able to shut anyone down consistently thus far this season.

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