Game: New England at N.Y. Jets (Sunday, 4:15 p.m. ET)
New Meadowlands Stadium
Last time at site:
took care of the ball and made plays when he had to as
the Jets edged the Patriots, 16-9
, in a defensive battle.
Reason for road optimism:
should come into this game with loads of confidence. First there is the history.
, who recently said he hated the
, is 7-1 in September in his career, 7-1 against the
in his career and New England had won eight consecutive games at New York prior to
last year's loss
. Then there is the current situation. The
had one of Week 1's most impressive victories, dismantling the
in all three phases of the game, and star receiver
showed he is recovered from offseason knee surgery. If it brings its A-game, New England should have a good chance at beating its rivals on the road.
made a series of high-profile offseason moves and placed even more spotlight on themselves by participating in the HBO
series. And that's not even to mention coach
, who put his team squarely in the crosshairs by proclaiming it would win the
this year. The buzz was palpable going into last Monday night's game against the
-- and then the ball was kicked off. The
' defense was as good as advertised, but Sanchez struggled mightily in
a 10-9 loss
. This tough matchup will put New York's resolve to the test, and it could be in trouble if it doesn't respond better than last week.