New England Patriots and New York Jets will meet on Sunday afternoon in the NFL 2021 season Week 7. The hosts need to improve a lot if they want to challenge for the post-season spot. The away side booked only one victory so far in the season, and they have been struggling a lot.
New England struggles a lot, and they cannot afford to lose more games. The home side jeopardized its chances of securing the playoffs spot, and they need to improve urgently. On the other hand, it has been a very poor campaign for the visitors. New York will unlikely have a better record than the last time, and they are in real trouble.
New England Patriots – Can they return to the playoffs spot race?
It might sound very strange, but the Patriots are still waiting for their first home victory this season. They suffered all four defeats in front of the home crowd, and it might cost them a place in the playoffs. New England heads to this match after an overtime loss against the Cowboys in the latest round. Despite being second in the AFC East, the Pats are two wins behind the Bills, who are also in a much better momentum.
New England gained only 335 yards in the offense against the Cowboys in their latest match, while Mac Jones passed for 229 yards with two scores and one interception. He has thrown for 1,472 yards this season, with seven TDs and six interceptions. Damien Harris is the most dominant in the rushing offense for the Pats with 331 yards and three scores, while Jakobi Meyers is the leading receiver with 346 yards. On the other hand, New England should do much better in defense on Sunday, as they gave up 567 yards against Dallas. Kyle Dugger leads the Patriots’ defense with 39 tackles, while Matt Judon sacked rival quarterbacks 6.5 times
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Damien Harris, Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Hunter Henry, Jakob Johnson, Isaiah Wynn, Mike Onwenu, David Andrews, Ted Karras, Justin Herron
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Deatrich Wise Jr., Lawrence Guy, Davon Godchaux, Carl Davis, Matt Judon, Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, J.C. Jackson, Kyle Dugger, Devin McCourty, Jalen Mills
Quarter Back: Mac Jones
Kicker: Nick Folk
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New York Jets – Can they avoid being the worst team in the league?
The Jets are also coming to this game after suffering a defeat last weekend against Atlanta Falcons on the road. They have a poor 1-4 record, and a battle for the playoffs is very far from the visitors. New York celebrated their only victory against the Titans two weeks ago, and it came after overtime. The away side really needs to improve in the offense, as they are among the most inefficient teams with only 67 points in five matches.
New York’s quarterback Zach Wilson has passed for 1,117 yards with four TDs and nine interceptions. Michael Carter leads the rushing corps with 165 yards and a pair of scores, while Corey Davis is the leading receiver with 302 yards and three TDs. The Jets’ defense is 15th in NFL, and C.J. Mosley stands out with 45 tackles so far in the season, while Quinnen Williams logged 3.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Michael Carter, Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole, Ryan Griffin, George Fant, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, Morgan Moses
Expected Line-Up (Defense): John Franklin-Myers, Sheldon Rankins, Quinnen Williams, Bryce Huff, Blake Cashman, C.J. Mosley, Quincy Williams, Brandin Echols, Ashtyn Davis, Sharrod Neasman, Bryce Hall
Quarter Back: Zach Wilson
Kicker: Matt Ammendola
Expert Pick #1 – New England Patriots -7 @-110
The Patriots should break their poor run when playing at Gillette Stadium, and celebrate their first home victory. Although they haven’t been impressive so far in the season, I believe they should dominate this game, and cover the number. Therefore, I’ll take New England as my first pick here.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 42.5 @-110
Both sides have been involved in low-scoring matches lately, and I anticipate that this trend might continue. The Jets have produced only 13.7 points per game on average, while the Under chased in seven of their last ten matches on the road. Similarly, eight of the previous ten New England’s games stayed under the margin. I’ll take the Under as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Patriots and Under 48.5 @-110
If you want to remove the spread and raise the totals margin while keeping the same odds, the Pats to win and Under 48.5 might be a good choice. That’s why I’ll back this market as my third pick.