I don’t care what Tom Brady says, Thursday Night Football SUCKS. Don’t get me wrong, it could be great as I outlined (here), but as it’s set up now its atrocious football to watch. But I’m not here to expound on that and I’m not here to fix the Patriots depth issues. Bills famous for his next man up mantra – he drills into everyone heads so that’s his problem – I’m here to run through my Key Ring and show you and Bill exactly how to beat Rex and his J.E.T.S. (Just Eat The Snacks) crew.
Reservoir Dogs: Mr. Bolden, Mr. Devlin, Mr. Gray, Mr. White, Mr. Vereen and Mr. Pink – hey, I like Mr. Pink. Anyone smart enough to grab the diamonds gets some dap here. With Ridley gone for the season, running back by committee will be in full effect and it had better produce more than they did a week ago in Buffalo. Sexy Rexy is going to try to spellbound Tom with multiple blitzing schemes and this crew is going to have to be on point. Chip blocking and screen passes to both Vereen and Devlin should be a huge part in the Pats game plan in helping Brady battle the blitz packages that the Jets will utilize Thursday night. Bolden is going to have to get plus yards when he hits holes and takes tosses to the edge. I’m not expecting a hundred yards out of anyone this week. But they have to keep the Jets honest.
Win the turnover Battle: I warned you…every week.
Lights, Camera, Play Action: Again, the Jets DB’s are a mess. Blitzing Tom is going to be the game plan from the fist drop back till the last. Getting the passing game going with play action is high on my list of musts. Running backs picking up the Jets blitz packages is going to open up the of the field for Tom to exploit and allow Wright and Gronk to bust down open seams and create that YAK we all love so much.
Next Open Man Up: We all loved the game Brandon LaFell played Sunday. The reason he had such a great day? Rob Gronkowski was dragging DB’s across the field and Tom didn’t lean on just him and Edelman. When time allows, Tom needs to again look for the single coverage and hit it – HARD.
Lock Down: To say Eric Decker struggles against press coverage is like saying Butchie kind of likes a good root beer float. The reason Decker isn’t a Bronco anymore is the fact that when he gets any kind of press coverage he pulls a hammy gets a migraine or burses his “ego”. (I actually typed something different there but you know editors). Get in his face and force Geno to check down and make mistakes. Trust me, he will…
Stack That Line. With the corners pressing, Bill can take away the only hope the Jets have – running the ball. How will he do that now that his best run-stopping linebacker is gone for the season? Patrick Chung. As thin as this team is at linebacker is how deep it looks in the secondary. Using Chung in a mutant Godzilla style three safety set could be just the ticket to slow down the Jets running game. He’s fast, hits like a ton of bricks and you know, why not? Moving Collins or Hightower would only weaken a second spot across the second level and two weak links is never better than one. Lets Wang Chung Thursday Night.
Don’t Lose Your Edge: I’m not talking offense or defense here. The last two weeks the Pats came out of the tunnel with an edge – an attitude we didn’t see in the first four weeks of the season. Every year the Jets come here with something more than they show the rest of the season. Don’t let that happen – keep that edge.
That’s it folks my keys to Thursday night Patriots victory. Go Pats
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