Defensive Line – Shaun Ellis is back from suspension to join Marques Douglas and Kris Jenkins. Vince Wilfork, on the other side, is… well… fatter. Edge? Jets.
Linebackers – If Jerod Mayo is out, we could be in trouble. Once he left on Monday, the Pats D looked lost and Buffalo took advantage. Without our defensive quarterback, the Jets could be trouble. Adalius, Pierre, and Gary gotta step up. Jersey has Bryan Thomas, Bart Scott, David Harris and Vernon Gholston across the board. One of the best linebacking crews in the league. Edge? Jets.
Defensive Backfield – Darrelle Revis will be over Moss; but beyond him this Jets secondary isn’t blowing anyone away. Lito Sheppard on the other side will hopefully inspire some confidence in Wes Welker and get him back into Welker-form. New England’s safeties (Brandon Meriweather and James Sanders) will hit the bejeezus out of Jersey’s receivers. Could be a long night for the Jets’ doctors. (Do they have doctors in New Jersey?) Edge? Pats.
Special Teams – The best kicker in the land. The man who recovered the fumble that saved the season. I don’t care what Jersey’s got on its side. We got Godkowski. Edge? Pats.
Coaching – Belichick vs. Dyslex Ryan. There’s nothing less intimidating than a coach who can’t read. Although anything’s an improvement over Dick Jauron in Week One. Edge? Pats.
Forecast – Week Two could be another one-point wall-kicker/toe-stubber like Week One. Hopefully this one will be a little less ugly. I honestly think the Jets, even with a rookie quarterback, have a distinct advantage and should be the favorites on Sunday.
Prediction – New
Jersey York 24, New England 16
MVP: CB Dwight Lowery – Brings an ill-advised Brady toss back for the go-ahead touchdown. This hurts me more than it hurts you. But we gotta drop a couple now so we don’t drop the big one later.