EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms up against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)

Matchups to Watch:

1. Jamal Adams Against the RBs and TEs

Never has a New York Jets defense been more equipped to handle a Tom Brady offense than right now.

Why? Well, it’s simple. His name is Jamal Adams.

What Brady and the Pats do so well is taking advantage of today’s NFL rules and literally dink-and-dunk their way down the field. To Brady, it’s one giant matchup game. The moment he highlights a matchup in his favor — usually a running back or tight end on a safety or linebacker — he kills it. 

With Jamal Adams and Darron Lee replacing slow-footed defenders Calvin Pryor and David Harris, that advantage is suddenly wiped out.

2. Jets Rushing Attack Against Down Pats Defense

Whenever a team plays the Pats, ball control is usually one of the names of the game. Can the Jets rebound from a poor rushing attack-game against the Cleveland Browns and get right back at it against a Pats rushing defense that’s currently ranked 24th in the league (124.2 YPG)?

3. Todd Bowles Against the Clock

If the game is hanging in the balance, Todd Bowles will be literally on the clock.

We know how legendary Bill Belichick is when he’s handling the sideline. The way he navigates a game through clock management is second-to-none.

If the Jets want to win this one, Bowles will have to come through at least one giant time on Sunday as it pertains to the clock and sideline management.

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