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

I've been looking at some of the recent Falcons games to get an insight into how the team is performing so far and their strategic approach.

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

Quarterbacks

The guy Mike Tannenbaum recently called "the one player he wished he got the change to draft" is off to a good start in his sixth season as the Falcons' franchise quarterback. Matt Ryan is currently third in the NFL in passing yardage despite the Falcons disappointing 1-3 start (which renders this a must-win game for them heading into their bye week).

Despite all the weapons at his disposal, Ryan has only thrown more than 20 yards downfield 10 times, completing four. That's well behind his pace from last year when he had 67 attempts. He's ruthlessly efficient on short passes, though, with just two incompletions on 26 screen pass attempts. Perhaps his most important contribution so far has been that he's only been sacked seven times, despite being pressured 78 times. If you can limit your sacks to less than 10% of total pressures when you're under pressure a lot, that's pretty good. (For context, Geno Smith is at 21% this year and Mark Sanchez was at 23% last year).

If the Jets can knock Ryan out of the game, the Falcons' only other option is Dominique Davis, an undrafted rookie from last year who is yet to throw his first NFL pass and had a 62.8 QB rating in preseason.

Offensive Line

The Falcons' offensive line has been an issue for them over the first month of the season, not helped by Sam Baker's injury issues which will keep him out of tonight's game. Baker was struggling anyway, which is surprising since he had a pretty good year in 2012. The other starting tackle had been Lamar Holmes, a third round pick who rode the bench in his rookie season last year. Holmes had also been struggling and did not start against New England last week, but then ended up playing most of the snaps with Baker hurt again anyway. The other starter against New England was Jeremy Trueblood, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer who was signed for depth on the eve of the season after he failed to make Washington's roster. Trueblood was making his first start since 2012's opening day and struggled badly in 2011, his most recent season as a full time starter.

The interior line is much stronger. 329-pound former Texas Longhorn Justin Blalock is an above average left guard and probably their best lineman. Garrett Reynolds started off last year at right guard but lasted only six games before landing on injured reserve with a back injury, but he's back at right guard now and playing well. Reynolds was replaced by rookie Peter Konz in 2012, but Konz has been starting at center this season. He currently has the second worst run blocking grade among NFL centers per PFF, so the Jets will be banking on their defensive line taking advantage of that.

The primary backup is fourth year man Joe Hawley, who started 10 games at right guard in 2011 but has been a utility player since then. Another fourth year man, Mike Johnson, had entered the offseason as the projected starter at right tackle, despite only having one career start, but suffered a season-ending leg injury in August.

Running Backs

Steven Jackson is Atlanta's lead back, but he's been ruled out for this game, so they'll use Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling. They compliment each other well, with Rogers being the small speedy scat-back type and Snelling being more of a power back. Both are good pass catchers, as they've combined for 24 catches so far. Rogers is only averaging 3.5 yards per carry, but did have a good game against Miami, with 86 yards on 18 carries. Snelling is averaging 4.7 yards per carry so far.

Patrick DiMarco is the fullback. As a general rule, the Falcons don't use a fullback very often, but he did play 20 snaps against Miami in week three.

Receivers

The Falcons are loaded at wide receiver, but the good news for the Jets is that both Roddy White and Julio Jones are listed as questionable in the injury report, so even if they play, they might not be 100%. Obviously, they are two of the most dangerous receivers in the league. If either of them can't go, the third receiver - former third round pick Harry Douglas - is no slouch either. He has 14 catches for 213 yards through four games and plays in the slot most of the time when they go three wide.

The other receivers on the roster have just four catches between them. They can, however, lean on their future hall-of-fame tight end in the passing game. Tony Gonzalez isn't a great blocker these days, but he's still more than capable of being productive and is coming off a career-best 149 yard performance with 12 catches and two touchdowns. Rookie Levine Toiolo has just three catches for 10 yards so far and Chase Coffman has barely played.

Defensive Line

After the Jets faced an elite defensive tackle in each of their first four games, this week should be a much easier assignment for the interior offensive line. The Falcons effectively use a three-man rotation with three veterans - Corey Peters, Peria Jerry and Jonathan Babineaux - all of whom are solid players, but not much more than that. Babineaux and Jerry also get some reps at defensive end.

The Falcons best defensive end is former Giant Osi Umenyiora. He did have a couple of sacks against Miami, but he's 31 now and past his prime. Umenyoira plays the majority of the snaps on the blindside, so look for him to be mostly matched up with D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Surprisingly, they've only faced each other once in a regular season game, with Umenyiora recording one sack in their 2007 matchup. The starter at the other end spot is Jonathan Massaquoi, a second year pro who is yet to record his first NFL sack.

The backups aren't used much, but include two draft picks - Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga.

Linebackers

The Falcons have injury issues here too, with starting middle linebacker Akeem Dent already ruled out. Undrafted free agent Paul Worrilow made his first career start last week, but lasted just 12 snaps before suffering a knee injury which renders him questionable for this one too. That's after they already lost starters Sean Weatherspoon and Kroy Biermann to injuries. Both are on injured reserve, with Weatherspoon designated for return and Biermann, who converted from defensive end in the offseason, out for the year.

If Worrilow is ruled out, that would leave the Falcons with Joplu Bartu, Stephen Nicholas, Omar Gaither and Jamar Chaney. Nicholas was a full-time starter last year and did start in week two, while Bartu has started the last three games and been a pleasant surprise against the run. Gaither and Chaney were signed a couple of weeks ago in response to the injuries. Chaney has started 23 games over the last three seasons with the Eagles, including every game in 2011. Gaither is a player who has started games due to injury on his previous two seasons - four with the Raiders in 2012 and four with the Panthers in 2011. Prior to that, he was a teammate of Chaney's in Philadelphia, where he started 36 games over five seasons. Chaney hasn't played for the Falcons yet, but may be the best equipped to man the middle in Dent's absence.

Defensive Backs

There's an injury concern at cornerback too, with the Falcons' best corner, Asante Samuel, listed as questionable. If healthy, he'll start opposite first round pick Desmond Trufant. Quarterbacks have a 99.5 QB rating when targeting Trufant, but he does have one pass defensed in each of the first four games. While Samuel has been unavailable, Robert McClain has been starting, but when they went to three corners, McClain played in the slot with second round pick Robert Alford on the outside. McClain will revert to the slot role if Samuel can go.

At safety, William Moore has played every snap so far this year and Thomas DeCoud has missed just three. DeCoud gets more man-to-man assignments in the slot, but has struggled in coverage so far this year and missed 21 tackles in 2012. Their backups at safety are two seventh round picks from this year's draft and a fourth year veteran who had played just three snaps on defense entering the season.

Special Teams

Kicker Matt Bryant has made eight of nine field goals so far this season. He was a Pro Bowl Alternate in 2010. Punter Matt Bosher handles kickoffs too and has 16 of 22 touchbacks, including 12 of 16 indoors, so we might not see too many opportunities for runbacks. Only eight of his punts have been returned too (for 34 yards).

In the return game, Rodgers is listed as the kickoff returner and Douglas as the punt returner. However, if either is needed for a bigger role on offense, they might opt to use McClain or Alford instead. Backups Drew Davis and Antone Smith lead them in special teams tackles with four each.

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I'll be back on Tuesday 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."

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Robby Anderson
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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...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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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.

Click below to listen!

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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)
(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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