WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL
You can’t say scratch the running game, but against the Jets you almost have to anticipate a very tough road because they are so tough to run against (3.0 yards per carry all season). The Patriots are pretty much healthy on the offensive line and in the running back group – Brandon Bolden is questionable with knee soreness; Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon and Dan Connolly are all questionable as well with assorted ailments but they should be good to go. The big add, of course, is Gronkowski. His presence in the middle of the field has been desperately missed. Hopefully, he comes back with no trepidation about the arm after all he’s been through. Look for this to be a bigger game for the perimeter receivers, Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. The Jets are usually able to stymie the slot for the Patriots and Julian Edelman is nursing a bad thigh.