New England Patriots: All signs point to a comfortable win in Week 2

Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The New England Patriots had a rough outing in their season opener against the Miami Dolphins. Costly turnovers and penalties were the catalyst for a disappointing loss. The team now looks forward to a road trip to MetLife Stadium where they will face another AFC East rival, the New York Jets.

Ever since Tom Brady’s departure, it’s probably not wise to call for a blowout win by the New England Patriots anymore. However, an exception could be made for this matchup.

The Jets lost last week as well, to the Carolina Panthers. They are extremely beat up, as they lost two starters in offensive tackle Mekhi Becton and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner against Carolina. The Jets also had multiple brutal injuries to key players before the season even began such as Carl Lawson, Ashtyn Davis, Vinny Curry and Jarrad Davis.

The Patriots are fairly healthy, aside from Trent Brown and Kyle Van Noy who both missed Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. On top of that, they are simply a better team on paper.

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This has all the makings of a runaway for New England. Coming off a rather sloppy loss to a divisional opponent, the Patriots have an opportunity to remedy that by defeating the Jets and evening their overall record (and divisional record) to 1-1.

The Jets have quite the promising young rookie in quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson’s potential is through the roof, as he has a rocket arm and is a great improviser when the play breaks down.

However, Wilson will have his hands full without Mekhi Becton protecting his blindside. The Patriots defense did a solid job against Tua Tagovailoa last week, and Miami has an equally mediocre offensive line and arguably better weapons in their passing attack than the Jets do.

Wide receiver Corey Davis is no slouch, as he caught two touchdowns from Wilson against the Panthers, but J.C. Jackson should provide a challenge for Davis. The Jets are also expected to have Keelan Cole and Jamison Crowder back, as they were both absent for Week 1.

On the other side, Mac Jones will look to improve on what was a solid NFL debut. Jones has a great chance to have a big game, as the Jets do not have much talent in their secondary.

Look for Nelson Agholor to have another strong showing. He was very good against Miami’s strong pass defense, and this is a very soft matchup for these Patriots pass catchers.

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As long as the New England Patriots can keep the penalties down and hold onto the ball, they will most likely find themselves in the win column come Sunday afternoon.