The New England Patriots return home this week coming off a dominant 43-0 road victory over the Miami Dolphins — a game that was never particularly close, and that served as another reminder of the Patriots’ depth and talent on both sides of the ball. Their upcoming opponent, meanwhile, is heading into Week 3 with some major questions after getting blown out themself on Monday night with a final score of 23-3.
After all, the New York Jets are sitting at 0-2 and have scored only one touchdown during their first two games while having temporarily lost starting quarterback Sam Darnold to mononucleosis and his backup — Trevor Siemian — potentially for the year due to an ankle injury. Add it all up and you get an idea why the Patriots are entering the matchup between the two teams as enormous favorites (via Odds Shark):
Odds: Patriots -20.5
After already being favored by 17 points last week (and ultimately winning by 43), oddsmakers expect the Patriots to again win in blowout fashion in Week 3. The two teams’ recent performances in combination with the Jets’ questions at quarterback certainly do not make this an unreasonable projection even though three touchdowns is a lot. Then again, New England does has arguably the best offense and best defense in the league.