3. Get Off to a Hot Start
One of the main reasons why New England came up short against Miami last week was a slow start.
While the Dolphins scored 17 points through the first three quarters, the Patriots were only held to a single field goal during that span. That sort of play just isn’t going to produce results.
It’s the second game in a row that we haven’t had too much going on offensively. The Patriots are now only averaging 8.5 points between the first and third quarters, resulting in us trailing heading into the final frame of each of the first two contests.
We already couldn’t fight back from a late deficit twice and I don’t want to try for a third time.
With this game being on the road, Belichick & Co. can’t afford another slow start. Fortunately, the Jets aren’t any better. Wilson’s lackluster play under center has resulted in his team only averaging 8 points through the first three frames.
In other words, if the Patriots get on the board early chances are that the Jets likely won’t be able to bounce back.
If Mac Jones can successfully lead New England’s offense on two or three scoring drives before halftime, I like our odds of beating New York. However, if that isn’t the case, it’s going to be much harder for the Pats to earn their first victory of the 2023 season.