The New England Patriots and the New York Jets will face off tonight for a Thursday Night Football showdown. Yes, whether you like it or not, Thursday Night Football is now a weekly thing. And the Patriots will be part of the first pre-Thanksgiving, not-opening-day Thursday game of the year (yeah, that was kind of a mouthful).
Both teams enter the game at 1-0 after both teams escaped week one with victories on last-second field goals.
Just a week ago, this was the type of game that most would have written down as a blowout. The Patriots with their high powered offense were expected to be coming off an easy opening day victory against the Bills while the Jets were expected to struggle behind untested rookie Geno Smith in their opener against the Bucs.
But how quickly perception can change. The Patriots are expected to be without three of their top offensive weapons in week two: Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, and Shane Vereen. That means that quarterback Tom Brady will be throwing to a bunch of rookies (and Julian Edelman), and his top runner will be Stevan Ridley, who was in Bill Belichick’s dog house just a few days ago.
The Jets meanwhile, came off a strong defensive performance against the Buccaneers in week one. It was a game that saw their rookie quarterback lead a game winning drive, which was impressive in its own right (even if it was assisted by a Lavonte David late hit).
More than anything, it means the Jets have momentum. And knowing the bad blood that still exists between these two teams, it means that tonight’s game should be a good one.
Game Time: 8:25 PM ET
TV Schedule: NFL Network
Streaming: NFL.com/live during the game (with some interruption for “analysis”)
Jets Coverage: Gang Green Nation