With first place of the AFC East on the line, Todd Bowles and his New York Jets invade Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots.

New York Jets (4-1)
New England Patriots (5-0)
NFL, Week 7
Sunday, 1:00 PM ET on CBS
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

By Robby Sabo

Patriots week. It’s these two significant words placed together which often defines seasons for the New York Jets. Whenever they’re up against Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, attention spans blow up.

Week 7 of the 2015 NFL season – this Sunday at 1 PM ET – will hold just a bit more importance than the last few seasons.

There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name his Todd Bowles. If he can somehow come away with a shocking victory over the undefeated, defending Super Bowl Champions, he’d immediately put the rest of the league on notice about the Jets entering “real contender” status.


The rest of the league already knows about the defense. It’s hard to miss them when they’re staring down at the rest of the league. Bowles’s defense is currently ranked No. 1 in the NFL, yielding just 269.2 yards per game. Second is the very tough Denver Broncos unit at 281.3.

Not only does No. 1 sound beautiful, but the idea the Jets are No. 2 in both rushing (82.6) and passing (186.6) yards allowed is really something substantial.

Still though, the schedule they’ve faced up to this point is mere child’s play compared to what’s coming at them Sunday. Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman are primed to make the Jets miserable all afternoon.

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Only trailing the San Diego Chargers by 11 yards a game, the Pats currently boast the best offense in the league. No, they don’t have that primetime outside receiving threat who’ll fly down the field and go up and get it. No, they sure don’t have that beastly back who’ll run through and around defenders like a certain someone in Seattle.

What they do have though, is No. 12 – a future Hall of Fame quarterback who ranks among the greatest to ever lace them up. Brady’s sheer will to win and stuff between the ears are what legends are made of.

Considering that, and just that alone (which is scary enough), the Jets will have their hands full. Even still, it’s most definitely possible for the Jets to knock them down a peg or two.

Here are the top five keys to a New York Jets victory over the New England Patriots in Week 7.

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