Conference Call: Patriots vs. Jets preview

Conference Call: Patriots vs. Jets preview
September 9, 2013, 1:00 am
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A thrilling finish between two AFC East foes may have been trumped by the most publicized team in the division Sunday.

That's right, the Jets, the sorry suckers caught between a rock and a bevy of brutal quarterbacking play in the preseason, pulled out a wild and wacky 18-17 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium for an opening day win.

Let's just say it was a game with a hectic final minute for the most talked-about team in New York.

"It looked like the Jets were toast and then Lavonte David had the penalty hitting Geno Smith out of bounds that put them in field goal range and Folk hit the 48-yard field goal," said Dan Leberfield of Jets Confidential. "They went from a team that looked like they were finished to a team that won the game."

However, inspiring the one-point win may have been, miracles simply do not work against the Patriots, as long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are around.

The Jets surpassed expectations in Week 1 by earning an improbable mark in the 'W' column, but does Leberfield believe the Rex Ryan-led team can hold its ground against the Patriots when it heads to Foxboro on Thursday?

He's a bit skeptical, to say the least.

"They've got to do more offensively than they did today," Leberfield said. "They only scored one touchdown today and they kicked a bunch of field goals and honestly the margin of victory was a safety that Josh Freeman fumbled the ball out of the end zone."

"They can beat a team like the Tampa Bay Bucs with an average quarterback like Josh Freeman with this formula of playing good defense and keeping the score low, but that's not going to work against Tom Brady. They need to get more out of Geno Smith and the passing game to beat a Patriots team led by Tom Brady."