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.
"I think they're a good defense," said Bowles, whose Jets will play host to the Patriots on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, "I think stats are overrated myself. The win is the only thing that matters and they're playing good complimentary football. We just have to play a complete game."
After opening the year with an 0-2 record, the Jets are now in the midst of a three-game winning streak. The Patriots are also 3-2, but have dealt with a struggling defense and an offense that has allowed more sacks than usual.
Still, Bowles knows how much damage Tom Brady and his receivers can do to opposing defenses. He stressed the importance of stopping receivers before they can gain yards after the catch.
"I don't know how many more, but every time you look up, (Brandin) Cooks is making a big play and (Chris) Hogan is making a big play," he said. "We know about (Danny) Amendola and (Rob) Gronkowski, but they have guys. They have a speed guy outside and Hogan is great at body position catches and they've been shooting down the field probably a little bit.
After Sunday's game, the Jets and Patriots will meet again in Week 17 for a New Year's Eve matchup.