NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
New England 10 3 9 3 25
NY Jets 0 3 0 3 6
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST11:00 AM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , September 19, 2021
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey  Weather: 73°, Clear  Attendance: 75,626

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New England Patriots at New York Jets

  1. The Patriots are 19-3 against the Jets since 2010 and on a 10-game winning streak vs. the Jets, their longest active streak against a single opponent. The only teams with active streaks longer are the Eagles over the Jets and the Chiefs over the Broncos (11 each).
  2. The Patriots are coming off a Week 1 loss to Miami 17-16 despite converting 11 third-down attempts, the most since they converted 11 against the Jets in Week 16 of 2016. The Patriots have lost by one point only twice since 2013, both times to Miami.
  3. The Jets lost to the Panthers 19-14 in Week 1. Their 45 total rushing yards were the least amount of rushing yards for the Jets since they ran for 36 yards against New England in Week 3 of 2019. Their 2.65 rush yards per attempt was the lowest in the NFL in Week 1.
  4. Corey Davis caught five passes for 97 receving yards in Week 1. His two receiving touchdowns are the most of his career and the most of any Jets receiver in Week 1 since Stephen Hill did so in 2012, his rookie debut against Buffalo.
  5. Mac Jones threw for 281 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in his first career start, ranking him first all-time in Patriots history for most yards thrown in a rookie debut.
  6. Zach Wilson was 20-for-37 with 258 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. He joins Sam Darnold in 2018 as the only rookie QB's in Jets history to throw two touchdowns in their first career start. Mark Sanchez is the only rookie QB who threw for more yards (272).
Team Comparison

New England
 
New York
16.0 Points 14.0
281.0 Pass Yds 258.0
125.0 Rush Yds 45.0
1 Takeaways 1
(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Mac Jones and Zach Wilson are providing some fresh-faced buzz to an old AFC East rivalry that has gotten rather stale.

All eyes will be on the rookie quarterbacks Sunday at MetLife Stadium when Jones' New England Patriots square off against Wilson's New York Jets. And both young signal callers will be looking to avoid an 0-2 start.

"I mean, it's not fun to lose, so just learning from what we could have done better is definitely just the only thing you can do, really," said Jones, whose Patriots fell 17-16 to Miami last Sunday. "You can sit there and feel bad for yourself for a little bit because you're human and that's what you're supposed to do, or you're in the wrong profession. But you've just got to move on."

Jones, the No. 15 overall pick out of Alabama in April, was the first rookie quarterback to start a season opener for the Patriots since Drew Bledsoe in 1993. And he was solid, going 29 of 39 for 281 yards and a touchdown while being constantly pressured.

"We lost, and that's what people remember," Jones said. "So we've just got to move forward."

Same for Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick, and the Jets, who fell 19-14 to Carolina and their former quarterback Sam Darnold. Wilson was sacked six times but remained unfazed late in the game when he gave New York a chance to get back into it.

"I mean, it is tough, but it's part of the job, right?" Wilson said. "That's why we sign up to play quarterback. ... Having stuff in your face, you've got to be able to play. That's a part of the quarterback position. You can't just say, `All this pressure, I can't do my job.'"

The Patriots have won the last 10 meetings and swept the series against the Jets 21 times - including 12 under coach Bill Belichick - and five straight overall. The last time New York won the Jets pulled out a 26-20 overtime victory in Week 16 of the 2015 season.

When both Wilson and Jones were still in high school.

"A lot of people feel that logo carries a lot of weight, which essentially it kind of does," Jets wide receiver Corey Davis said of the Patriots. "But we're not really worried about that. It's really about us and what we do, not them."

ROOKIE MASTERY

Rookie quarterbacks facing the Patriots haven't typically fared well the past two decades. Wilson gets his first shot this time around for the Jets.

Belichick enters Sunday's matchup with a 21-6 record against first-year QBs since he became Patriots coach in 2000. Before losing to Miami's Tua Tagovailoa in Week 15 last season, New England had won nine straight against rookies QBs.

CHECKMATE

Wilson and Davis have shown quick chemistry, with the veteran receiver catching five passes for 97 yards and two touchdown in his Jets debut.

But you can be certain Belichick has also noticed. And he'll likely key in on taking a top target away from New York's game plan - something he has been known to do throughout his career.

"That's where that chess match with coach Belichick always happens," Jets coach Robert Saleh said. "And you've got to pick and choose your battles and stay sound and committed to what you're doing and get ready to play chess with one of the best chess players in the world."

New York is getting Jamison Crowder (COVID-19 list) and Keelan Cole (knee) back this week after they missed the opener.

"There's going to be a lot of opportunities for other guys to get open if they want to double a guy," Saleh said. "If they want to double a guy, there's going to be opportunities in the run game for that to break."

UNDER PRESSURE

Both Jones and Wilson are coming off NFL debuts in which they both faced a high amount of pressure.

The Dolphins tried their best to push Jones into poor decisions, forcing him into a fumble on the game's opening drive and blitzing him 21 times for the day.

Only Dallas' Dak Prescott was blitzed more often (33), and only Tennessee's Ryan Tannehill (12) and Wilson (10) took more than the nine hits Jones did last week. Wilson's six sacks were tied for the most in Week 1 along with Tannehill.

Wilson will enter Sunday's matchup missing a starter on his offensive line with left tackle Mekhi Becton sidelined at least a month with a knee injury. George Fant is sliding over from right tackle, while Morgan Moses will start on the other side.

Changes are also possible for the Patriots after starting right tackle Trent Brown began the week limited after he left their opener with a right calf injury.

RUNNING ON EMPTY

The running game is a key factor in the Jets' offense operating smoothly under Mike LaFleur, but New York managed just 45 yards at Carolina. Only Green Bay with 43 against Detroit had fewer last week.

With the offensive line struggling to make efficient lanes, Tevin Coleman finished with 24 yards on nine carries. Ty Johnson had 15 on four attempts and Michael Carter just 6 on four carries.

"We're right there," Fant said. "It wasn't like we weren't in a spot we needed to be. It's like one or two things here and there that could've sprung a run."

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AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower contributed.

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Updated September 16, 2021

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