During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a break down of what to watch out for on gameday...

While it's still early in the season, we can look back at the first two games to get a handle on how this Bills team compares to those of the past few seasons.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for.

Quarterbacks

While the Bills are a familiar foe, the first of many changes is at the quarterback position. Rookie EJ Manuel has made a pretty good start to his career with a 96.3 rating through two games and (just like his rookie counterpart on the Jets) a fourth quarter comeback and a near-miss against the Pats to his name.

The new Bills offensive coordinator is Nathaniel Hackett, the son of former Jets' offensive coordinator Paul Hackett, and there are already signs that his system has shades of his father's dink-and-dunk style. Manuel has thrown 10 yards or more beyond the line of scrimmage just 16 times in two games, completing six. For perspective, Geno Smith is 12-for-25 on such throws. Smith has no touchdowns and three interceptions though, whereas Manuel has two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Perhaps more impressive than any of his other numbers is the fact that he's only been sacked once. He's also been effective when teams blitz; 7-for-12 with a touchdown, good for a 119.1 rating. Look for him to get rid of the ball when pressure comes. This might be where the Jets can set some traps in their secondary.

Offensive Line

It's all change on the offensive line for the Bills too. The personnel remains for the most part unchanged, but they have a new coach and perhaps a different philosophy. The old Bills blocked well as a unit and relied on Ryan Fitzpatrick either getting rid of the ball quickly or avoiding pressure with his legs to mitigate pressure despite a lack of elite individual talent.

The Bills return four starters from last year's group, but the one new starter, left guard Colin Brown, is a potential major weakness. Brown was a fifth round pick who had started just two NFL games in four previous seasons and he's had a rough time of it in his first two games. The Bills might need to help him out with double-team blocks, so the Jets might be well served lining Muhammad Wilkerson - who has also been drawing constant double teams - away from him, so that the Bills are forced to choose between leaving Brown to his own devices or trying to block Wilkerson one-on-one.

Of the four returning starters, second year man Cordy Glenn has the most talent and has made an outstanding start to this season with no pressure allowed. That's despite the fact that the Bills have only left an extra blocker in 13 times in two games (Jets: 46). Eric Wood, Erik Pears and Kraig Urbik fill out the other three spots. All three have been starters for the Bills since late in the 2010 season.

The Bills did pick up former Steelers utility man Doug Legursky in the offseason and he missed the first two games, but even if he's healthy, apparently they don't plan to start him over Brown. Legursky is listed as questionable and might not be much of an upgrade anyway, especially with the lack of chemistry he'll have with the other linemen.

Running Backs

The Jets know all about CJ Spiller, who rushed for 169 yards and a touchdown against them in last year's season opener and 103 yards against the Panthers last week. The Jets held him to 59 yards on 24 carries in their other meeting with the Bills last year, but he contributed in the passing game instead, with a 66-yard touchdown catch. The Jets have done a good job of setting the edge through the first couple of games, but most of Spiller's production this year has come rushing over the right side of the line, not to the outside.

Fred Jackson is 32 now, but one of the better backups in the NFL. You may be surprised to learn that Jackson has faced the Jets 10 times in his Bills career and has won just twice while averaging just 28 yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry. They also have Tashard Choice as cover. Frank "the Tank" Summers started at full back last week, just the fourth appearance of the fifth year pro's career.

Receivers

Stevie Johnson has long been a thorn in the side of the Jets, although the win over the Jets in last year's meaningless final game was his first as a Bill. A guy who gave Darrelle Revis issues over the years - although some of the damage was done while the Jets were in zone coverage - Johnson was able to rack up 111 yards on six catches in that final game. However, Antonio Cromartie was covering him most of the time and the damage was just four catches for 45 yards with Cromartie on him. Cromartie has made a slow start to the season, which he attributed this week to his hip injury, although he now says he's close to 100%. This could be a big match-up to watch.

Rookie Robert Woods scored a touchdown on his only catch in his NFL debut and then added four more catches and a two-point conversion last week. TJ Graham, who caught 31 passes last year, is the third receiver, but when the Bills go to three-wide sets, it's typically Johnson who is the slot guy, so Kyle Wilson could have an important role too.

Third round pick Marquise Goodwin - an Olympic sprinter - fumbled on his only NFL catch. He's out with a hand injury, anyway.

At tight end, Scott Chandler remains backed up by Lee Smith, just like last year.

Defensive Line

The big change on this side of the ball was the addition of Mike Pettine and the introduction of a defensive system with which Jets fans should be more than familiar. They've been blitzing a lot (37 times through two games - Jets: 23) and have recorded nine sacks and seven quarterback hits.

Pettine has something he never had as defensive coordinator with the Jets and that's an elite edge rushing talent, which was punctuated by Mario Williams' 4.5 sack performance last week. Williams had a lot of success against Byron Bell, but hopefully Austin Howard will handle the assignment better. Howard famously shut him down last year in his first game as a full-time starter, as Williams was outspoken in his complaints about Howard's physical play, then shut him down again in the final game of the year. Make no mistake though, Williams is a major threat, especially with Smith's propensity to hold the ball for too long. Oh, and I'm treating him as a lineman despite the fact he's listed as an outside linebacker because they run the same hybrid system as the Jets whereby the rush backer is more of a lineman than a linebacker, regardless of whether or not he plays with his hands in the dirt.

On the interior, the Bills are strong too. Kyle Williams is healthy again and always tough to move. Alongside him, Marcell Dareus is someone you can take advantage of in the running game, but he can get into the backfield and make plays.

The Mark Anderson experiment didn't work out, so the Bills are back to Alex Carrington as their other defensive end. The 2010 third round pick didn't start last year, but was in and out of the starting lineup in 2011, with six starts in total. He's another potential weak link.

In terms of backups, the best known is veteran Alan Branch, a former second round pick.

Linebackers

Opposite Mario Williams, the Bills have been starting Manny Lawson. Lawson was a first round pick in 2006, but has recorded just six sacks since 2009, despite starting 43 games. He's the Bryan Thomas of this defense, playing a variety of roles, although he is smaller than Thomas, so he probably won't play on the line as often.

On the inside, second round pick Kiko Alonso is already a three-down linebacker and leads the team with 11 solo tackles. Arthur Moats has been lining up alongside him. Moats is a versatile player, who was more of an OLB/DE in previous seasons. He barely played on the inside at all last year, so maybe this is an area in which the Jets can exploit the lack of experience.

The backups include former first round pick Jerry Hughes, old friend Jamaal Westerman and special teams specialist Nigel Bradham. They also have another former Jet in Marcus Dowtin, who had a great preseason, but has only played on special teams in the first two games.

Defensive Backs

Jairus Byrd is the star of the Bills secondary, but he's missed the first couple of games with a foot injury. He is set to return though - he's listed as questionable having been doubtful in the first two weeks.

With Byrd out, the Bills have been using last year's starting cornerback Aaron Williams at safety and he's been doing pretty well. The second round pick from 2011 is not going to move back to cornerback when Byrd returns, so it will be interesting to see whether he drops to the bench or Da'Norris Searcy does. Searcy was drafted in 2011 and made three starts as a rookie, but didn't start last year.

At cornerback, the Bills are a couple of men down. One of the players who remains out is Stephon Gilmore, last year's 10th overall pick and the player some Buffalo fans think will be Pettine's "Revis" in his version of Rex's defense. The Bills have been starting Leodis McKelvin - an even higher draft pick from five years ago who has failed to live up to expectations - and Justin Rogers - a 7th rounder from 2011, who mostly played in the slot last year.

Nickell Robey is the third cornerback and usually plays in the slot. He's an undrafted rookie. The third safety is another familiar face - former Jet Jim Leonhard.

Special Teams

The Bills kicker is Dan Carpenter who had a cup of coffee with the Jets in preseason. He's made three of four field goals so far this year. Shaun Powell returns as punter, after taking over the job as an undrafted rookie last year. In terms of returns, backup receiver Marcus Easley has been back deep (although Goodwin is listed as the #1), but every kickoff so far has been a touchback anyway. McKelvin has been returning punts, but Leonhard would be another option.

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I'll be back tomorrow to recap the game!

Stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:01:48
The GEICO SportsNite crew discusses the problems with the overturned Austin Seferian-Jenkins touchdown on Sunday.

 

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Daily News Live: Reffed Up 00:03:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses the controversial "fumble" call on Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the Jets' loss.

 

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New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets assigned wide receiver Jalin Marshall to the practice squad on Monday after they waived him on Saturday.

Marshall, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, was waived to make room for cornerback Xavier Coleman on the team's active roster for Sunday's 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots.

The 22-year-old Marshall recorded 14 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games last season. He also returned 18 punts for 100 yards and 13 kickoffs for 324 yards.

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(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The decision to turn an Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown on Sunday into a hard-to-explain fumble and touchback was a "clear and obvious" decision, according to the replay official who made the call.

Al Riveron, the NFL's senior VP of officiating, strongly defended his call in a conference call with reporters on Monday morning, one day after it impacted the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots. He said the reversal of the touchdown after a video review was absolutely the correct decision based on the rule, and he didn't see anything controversial about it.

"No doubt about it, it was clear and obvious," Riveron said. "And we use that (standard) for every replay. Unless it's clear and obvious to us, we will not change the ruling on the field, and this definitely met that criteria."

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Jets QB Josh McCown got off to a hot start on Sunday, but couldn't hold on to the lead as the Patriots earned the win on the road. 

The Jets jumped to a quick, 14-0 lead in the first half. However, the offense couldn't get anything going allowing Tom Brady to do what he does best and get the Pats the lead back. 

"Obviously we broke stride there and didn't keep pace the way we'd like," McCown told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "We have some short-yardage situations that we have to find a way to convert and be better at. We weren't converting and (we were) putting our defense right back out there. You can't give Tom (Brady) that many chances."

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (14) runs in for a touchdown against New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon (30) (Brad Penner)

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While much of the attention from the Jets' loss to the Patriots will be focused on the controversial overturned touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Jets only have themselves to blame for giving up 24 unanswered points and letting New England back into the game.

Nevertheless, they gave a good account of themselves and, despite some glaring weaknesses, continued to prove that they're a more talented group than most people gave them credit for before the season...

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The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
The New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine misses the catch during the 1st half against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jets sometimes seem like they've cornered the market on finding interesting new ways to lose. Five years ago, it was the infamous "Butt fumble." This time, it was a fumble that maybe, probably, never was.

But the differences between those two plays are as stark as the differences between those two teams. The "Butt fumble" was an embarrassment on Thanksgiving 2012 that turned Mark Sanchez and the Jets into a national joke. The fumble by Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Sunday -- the "What fumble," as some have named it -- wasn't funny to anyone.

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 10/15 00:11:29
The Jets Post Game Overtime crew breaks down the Jets' 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 6.

 

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Jets Post Game Live: Overturned 00:02:19
The crew on Jets Post Game Live gives its thoughts on Austin Seferian-Jenkins' overturned touchdown.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins rolled into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter and the official's arms went up, the Jets were just like everyone else in the building and watching on TV: They were sure they had just scored a touchdown.

And long after their 24-17 loss to the New England Patriots, they were still shocked, confused and absolutely livid that the touchdown was overturned.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets lose 00:03:36
Ralph Vacchiano tries to make sense of the controversial decision to take away Austin Seferian-Jenkins' touchdown against the Patriots.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jets gave their fans quite a thrill for much longer than anyone expected. Not only were they battling for first place in Week 6 of what was supposed to be a lost season, they were leading for most of the first half.

The fact that the bubble burst on Sunday -- perhaps with a little help from the replay officials -- and the Jets ended up losing 24-17 may feel disheartening, but if ever a team could take a moral victory out of a loss, this would be the time. Yes, this was a blown opportunity for the Jets. Yes, they could've thrust themselves into a real, live playoff chase if they could only have held on to their 14-0 lead.

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Bowles and McCown on 24-17 loss 00:01:58
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown break down the team's 24-17 loss to the Patriots.

The Patriots escaped MetLife Stadium with a 24-17 win on Sunday after stopping Josh McCown and the Jets ' offense on a potential game-tying drive in the final minutes. >> Box score 

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Jeremy Kerley plays Pick Six 00:02:26
Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley plays Pick Six with SNY's Jeane Coakley before the Jets' home game against the Patriots.

 

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 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

Heading in to the 2017 season, the expectation was that the Jets would be one of the worst teams in the league and the Giants would be one of the best.

Well, the Jets are 3-2 and the injury-ravaged Giants are 0-5.

Click below for the video from The Ringer

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)

DE Muhammad Wilkerson will play in the Jets' Week 6 matchup with the Patriots, but RB Bilal Powell is among seven players who are inactive.

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Vacchiano's 3 keys to a Jets win 00:01:18
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets' victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns middle linebacker Joe Schobert and outside linebacker James Burgess bring him down during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The New England Patriots (3-2) vs. the Jets (3-2) at Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. ET.


Coverage on SNY:

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New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall (89) runs past Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas (13) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have waived wide receiver Jalin Marshal and promoted cornerback Xavier Coleman to the active roster from the practice squad, the team announced Saturday. 

Marshall had tested positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs before the season and was suspended four games by the the league. He was set to return from the suspension this week and had been practicing with the team. 

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) dances during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) dances during warmups before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With the Jets riding a three-game winning streak heading into Sunday's matchup against the Patriots, rookie safety Jamal Adams is excited to go against a division rival. 

"It's going to be a fun matchup, man," Adams told NorthJersey.com. "We just want to go out there and compete. We don't take it any different than the previous games. We don't look at it as a Super Bowl or anything. It's just another game in front of us and we have to go out there and compete." 

So far in his first season, Adams has 18 total tackles and one sack, but struggled at times in coverage during last week's game against the Browns. Head coach Todd Bowles has been impressed with the way Adams has worked to improve after Week 5.

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Jets prepare for Patriots 00:01:40
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets practice where the team looks to keep rolling in a divisional showdown with the Patriots on Sunday.

 

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 (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
(William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets RB Bilal Powell (calf) and DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe/shoulder) are listed as questionable and will be game-time decisions on Sunday against the Patriots, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday. 

Powel and Wilkerson missed practice the last three days.

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I think the Jets will be comfortable to give Powell the week off. With Forté back in the lineup and Elijah McGuire filling in adequately so far, it would make sense to give Powell another week to recover. New England's run defense has been shaky so far, but any Jets success in Sunday's game will likely hinge more on the offensive line than who carries the ball...

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets-Pats 00:01:48
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Florham Park to get thoughts from the Jets on their upcoming matchup against a seemingly mortal Patriots team.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Remember when even some of the most diehard Jets fans were openly rooting for a full-tank, 0-16 season? And back then, even those who couldn't bring themselves to openly root against their team knew they'd be pleased if the Jets stumbled into the No. 1 overall pick.

Now they are 3-2, getting ready to face the hated New England Patriots, with first place in the AFC East on the line. The "tank" appears empty. The bandwagon is filling up...

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches his team play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus/AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches his team play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (Adrian Kraus/AP)

The Patriots are last in the NFL in yards allowed and passing yards, but Jets coach Todd Bowles looks past the numbers and sees a talented defense.

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Jets Game Plan: Patriots 00:05:13
The Jets Game Plan panel discusses the Jets' rivalry with the Patriots and how much Tom Brady has tormented Gang Green for years.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Tom Brady has taken a beating this season - far more than usual. In fact, the 40-year-old has already been sacked more times in five games this season than he was all of last year.

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell runs with the ball against the Cleveland Browns, (AP)

Jets RB Bilal Powell and DE Muhammad Wilkerson missed practice on Thursday for a second straight day.

Wilkerson played during the Jets' Week 5 win, with Powell injuring his calf during the game and leaving early.

"I'll be concerned at the end of the week," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said about Powell on Monday. "Right now, I'll see how the week goes, and hopefully, we can see some progress."

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Martin: Jets are playoff-bound 00:01:05
Former Jets RB Curtis Martin chats with Taylor Rooks about the possibility of the Jets making the playoffs.

The Jets will make the playoffs this season as a Wild Card team, former RB Curtis Martin said during an appearance on SNY's Timeout With Taylor Rooks podcast.

Martin added that he's not surprised with how the 3-2 team Jets have performed.

"No, I'm not surprised," he said. "I was banking on them being better than what most people thought."

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) walks out of the tunnel before an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (AP)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) walks out of the tunnel before an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) (AP)

Jets CB Jamal Adams is reveling at the chance to potentially defeat Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday.

The Jets play host to the Patriots as both teams are part of a three-way tiet for the AFC East lead. The matchup, however, doesn't favor the Jets as Brady and company are projected to earn the win on the road. 

But Adams is primed to do the exact opposite: He wants to defeat the quarterback he refers to as the GOAT. 

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are riding high as the 3-2 Jets get ready to face their biggest rival, the New England Patriots. The guys discuss what the building is like when the Patriots are the next opponent, and what Josh McCown and the Jets need to do to beat New England. Plus, Manish Mehta of the Daily News hops on the phone to discuss the surprising offense and the job general manager Mike Maccagnan has done assembling this team.

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Jets prepare for the Patriots 00:02:23
SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets practice as the team prepares for their Week 6 matchup against the New England Patriots at home.

 

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Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball past New York Jets linebacker David Harris (52) during the first half of their game at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 9, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball past New York Jets linebacker David Harris (52) during the first half of their game at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Jets linebacker David Harris will be coming back to MetLife Stadium this Sunday for the first time as an opponent, but he won't get the warmest of greetings from his former head coach. 

"We're not going to kiss and go on a date. I'll say hi," Todd Bowles told reporters jokingly. "I don't think there's going to be time for no Dear Abby meetings on the football field."

However, Bowles did say how much Harris meant to the Jets during his time with the club. 

"David was a great leader when he was here," Bowles said. "Obviously, a class guy, great football player, great person, his work ethic was outstanding. You don't get those guys to come around often. David was one of those guys personally to me and he'll always be missed."

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(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Patriots QB Tom Brady, who is dealing with a sprained AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder, missed practice on Wednesday for a second straight day. 

He was on the field and uniform for warmups.

Brady, who was present at the team facility before practice began on Tuesday, later had an MRI on his shoulder that revealed the injury isn't serious, according to NBC Sports...

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