THE GAME: The New York Jets (4-10) at the New England Patriots (12-2) at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m.
THE WEATHER: Rain and apparently lots of it, plus temperatures in the mid-40s. It could be worse -- a little colder and it would be a blizzard.
WHAT IT MEANS: Well, it's a big one for Bryce Petty, I guess. And for any Jets fans not interested in draft position, it would probably be a nice almost-ending to a miserable season to beat the Patriots. Other than that, I've got nothing.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Jets RB Bilal Powell. I've spent the season saying the Jets should use him more, and the last couple of weeks everyone has seen why. In games against the 49ers and Dolphins, with Matt Forte nursing injuries, he's rushed 45 times for 229 yards and caught 16 passes for 112 yards. He is the most explosive player on the Jets with the ball in his hands. Forte is good too, but Powell brings something extra, and at this point in the season he also brings fresh legs. On what could be a very wet field, he has to be the Jets' workhorse.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Patriots QB Tom Brady vs. Jets CB Darrelle Revis. Normally it would be a receiver vs. a cornerback, but the Pats have a slew of underrated receivers to choose from -- Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman, for starters -- and in the last Jets-Pats matchup, Brady seemed to target Revis in key spots. It's really no secret why. Revis has had a miserable season and, while the Jets' secondary as a whole has struggled, the ex-Pat has been one of the most vulnerable spots. It's a good bet Brady will do it again, especially if it works early. It's late in the season to be suggesting this, but it would probably a good idea if defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers gets Revis some help.
THE PICK: I seriously can't think of a single reason to pick the Jets to win this game. Yes, the played the Pats tough five weeks ago, but that was at home and that was with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. Petty has been mediocre so far as the Jets' quarterback against some less-than-fierce competition. This is a major step up in class. Better young quarterbacks than him have been completely mystified by Bill Belichick defenses and it's hard to see him cracking the code. On top of that, whatever motivation the Jets once had to play hard down the stretch seems long gone. They've been humiliated the past three weeks -- two blowout losses at home sandwiched around an overtime win over a 1-13 49ers team -- and they are a veteran-heavy team that knows it's heading into an offseason of huge turnover on the roster. They seem to be the definition of a team going through the motions and while they could get away with that on the road at San Francisco, doing it in Foxboro is another story entirely. It probably won't help that some of them would rather be doing something else on Christmas Eve. ... Patriots 45, Jets 13.
MY RECORD: 10-4
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING JETS TO WIN: 3-3
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING JETS TO LOSE: 7-1