An Offensive Resurgence
I imagine this an obvious point by now but it's still one worth making. The Jets offensive line has been downright horrible in the past two weeks and the offense has suffered tremendously. Now, with the return of Mangold, it's time to get back on track. The Jets will need to work fast, rushing often against the Patriots and exploiting their woeful pass defense. Considering how many points the Patriots can score, if the Jets can't get a lot of points onto the scoreboard quickly, this will be a major disaster.
Shying Away from the Blitz
In last year's AFC Divisional win, the Jets only blitzed 30% of the time, blanketing the Patriots receivers in coverage. It's likely they'll do something similar today. According to SNY Why Guys, if the Jets blitz 40% of the time or more, they will lose. By a large margin.
Pro Football Focus shares a similar sentiment. According to their analysis, Tom Brady has an unbelievable 128.2 quarterback rating when blitzed. The Patriots will likely be expecting to see a similar gameplan to what they saw in January. It'll be up to Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine to further complicate their looks, ramping up the confusion that Tom Brady experienced in that game. Putting Darrelle Revis on Wes Welker, Brady's favorite target, certainly won't hurt.
What do you think? What do the Jets need to do to win this game and stop their skid?