NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee
The Jets and Patriots. What more can you ask for?
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Here is a look at this week’s injury report:
OUT: Running back Brandon Bolden (knee), Safety Steve Gregory (hip), Linebacker Tracy White (foot) QUESTIONABLE: Defensive lineman Ron Brace (back), Safety Patrick Chung (shoulder), Wide receiver Julian Edelman (hand), Tight end Rob Gronkowski (hip), Tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle), Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (hamstring), Left guard Logan Mankins (hip, calf), Offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder), Cornerback Sterling Moore (knee), Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back, knee), Wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle) PROBABLE: Defensive tackle Kyle Love (knee)
The big notable injury this week is running back Brandon Bolden, who left Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with a knee injury and did not return. Bolden has been extremely effective for the Patriots this year as the change of pace back behind Stevan Ridley. Expect running back Danny Woodhead to get the majority of the carries of Bolden. Maybe we’ll have a sighting of Shane Vereen, who has not been a half bad member of the special teams.
Also expect linebacker Dont’a Hightower to make his return this week after missing some significant time. Hightower has been sorely missed in this linebacking corps, although Rob Ninkovich has filled in quite nicely in his absence the last couple of weeks.
This is going to be a big week for the Patriots after an absolutely disappointing week against the Seahawks in which the secondary was absolutely atrocious. Thankfully, the Patriots are playing the lowly New York Jets. The Jets are an absolutely atrocious team with a quarterback that is absolutely terrible.
Mark Sanchez has been one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league, throwing only 49.7 percent of his passes. Sanchez is also not missing the long passes, he is screwing up the short passes as well. Sanchez has seemingly regressed as a quarterback since his rookie season. With Tim Tebow pushing him for the starting job purely passed on his cult and hype, Sanchez’s future in New York seems dim. Once Tebow starts over Sanchez, Sanchez’s career as a Jet will be over.
Injuries have also decimated the Jets as well, as three of their best players in Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and Santonio Holmes have been injured. Mangold is the only one who has a chance to play in this game and is the second best player on the Jets after Revis. If Mangold doesn’t play, expect Vince Wilfork to have an absolute field day.
Prediction 31-7 Patriots
Expect the Patriots to have an absolute field days against the Jets decimated defense and secondary. With the Jets offense having no weapons and two mediocre quarterbacks, the Patriots defense should be able to bounce back.