Revis may or may not have a hamstring injury, but it wouldn’t survive anyone if he’s less than 100% after missing so much time in the preseason and training camp. NY better hope that he’s bluffing because he’ll need his speed to shut down Moss once again. A lot of pride is on the line over the ‘slouch’ comment and Moss will want retribution after what transpired last year. They survived without Jenkins last year, but this injury will still hurt. He takes up a lot of space in the middle and was an emotional leader for that defense. Sanchez still hasn’t shown that his eyesight is capable of seeing 20 yards down field. If the Pats get a two score lead in this game, the Jets will have a tough time climbing back. That’s a tough task to ask of your defense. The Jets might even need to pitch in defensively on the score sheet to take this game. The pressure is really on as they are in danger of going 0-2, both at home, and a loss against their division nemesis.
The story might be Revis coming into the game, but the real story should be Wes Welker. Last year the Jets took the first meeting with Welker on the sidelines and Jenkins in the lineup. They also saw huge returns by Leon Washington. Round 2 was a much different story as Welker had over 190 yards and Jenkins and Washington watched from the press box. The NE defense will still need to prove they got game, but with 8 in the box they should be able to do enough to limit NY. If this was the first game of the season I might have sided with the Jets, but given how things have played out with injuries and Sanchez I am sticking with the Pats until I see otherwise. Prediction: Bank NE -2.5.