Curran's Keys: Run the ball and stop the run

Curran's Keys: Run the ball and stop the run
October 19, 2013, 10:30 pm
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The New England Patriots and New York Jets know each other well.

The same is true of Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick.

So when Sunday comes around, there probably won't be very many things that one team will do to surprise the other.

That being said, there are some things that the Patriots will have to do if they hope to extend their recent success against the Jets.

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran lays it all out.

First Key: Establish the run

The Jets are very good at shutting down the slot receiver. That particular position plays an important part in the New England offense. Therefore, the Patriots will need to find another way to move the ball early in the game. Stevan Ridley is coming off his best game of the season with two touchdowns against the Saints. Feed him the ball.

Second Key: Stop the run

The Patriots defense looks like a M.A.S.H. unit. Several key players are out - Mayo, Wilfork, Talib...

With Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork out for the year, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Jets try to run down the ball right up the middle. 

Third Key: Stay focused

Rex Ryan has amped up the 'crazy' this week: Telling players not to be intimate in their social lives leading up to the game, then saying it's ok to be intimate, then playing fan fashion designer...

It's easy to get distracted around the perennial circus that is the New York Jets.

That's why it's critically important that the Patriots remain focused on the task at hand.

"The most important part for the Patriots is going down there, securing the win and coming home," says Curran.

If they can do all that, Curran says the Patriots will walk away with a 17-16 win over the Jets.