New York Jets vs. New England Patriots: Watch Live TV Stream Online For Free; Preview
Tom Brady and Wes Welker will look to exploit a Jets secondary playing without injured All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. (Photo: REUTERS)
The New York Jets and New England Patriots face off Sunday afternoon in the latest chapter of the AFC East rivalry. The game will be broadcast live on CBS at 4:25 p.m. ET, and you can also watch a live TV stream online for free here.
The Jets last week rebounded from two straight losses to defeat the Indianapolis Colts, 35-9. The previously dormant ground game came to life against the porous Colts defense, as Shonn Greene ran for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns.
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Greene may have to shoulder more of the load this week, as his two backups, Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell, each left the Colts contest with injuries. Powell has already been ruled out of Sunday's showdown, but McKnight remains a game-time decision with his high-ankle sprain.
With Powell out and McKnight hobbled, Jets coach Rex Ryan has hinted the team may use backup quarterback/wildcat specialist Tim Tebow in a running back role.
Defensively, the main challenge for the Jets will be slowing down the Patriots' no-huddle attack. The quick tempo limits defensive substitutions and has allowed New England to take advantage of on-field matchups.
According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, the Patriots are averaging 4.8 yards per carry on the ground against nickel and dime defenses, two yards more than they average against base fronts. As a result, the team usually known for its passing prowess also ranks in the top five in the league in rushing offense.
But the Patriots defense has continued to be a weak point for the team this season. While the squad added promising rookies like Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower in the draft, the Patriots are still 28th in the league in passing yards allowed per game.
That secondary hurt the Patriots last week in their upset loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots led by 13 midway through the fourth quarter before allowing two touchdown passes in the final seven minutes.
The final blow came on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson to Sidney Rice. The score gave the Seahawks a one-point lead with 1:18 left, and the Seattle defense stopped Tom Brady and company on the final drive to preserve the win.
The Patriots lead the all-time series with their New York rivals, 53-52-1. Last season New England swept the Jets, starting with a 30-21 victory in October 2011. In that game, the Jets limited Brady to just 321 yards in the air but were hurt by New England's run game and defense. The Patriots allowed just 255 total yards, while running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
A few weeks later, the Patriots won again, 37-16. This time the Jets were down just seven early in the fourth quarter before an 84-yard touchdown drive and a pick-six from New England linebacker Rob Ninkovich sealed the Patriots' win.