Experts share their picks for the Patriots Week 12 matchup against the New York Jets.
Mike Reiss, ESPN:
Pick: Patriots 31, Jets 17
The vibe from the Patriots' locker room all week has been that the team is capable of more consistent performances on the road, and now the players want to prove it. Getting healthier -- with the projected returns of Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) and starting right guard Shaq Mason (calf) -- also should help.
Rich Cimini, ESPN
Pick: Patriots 24, Jets 16
The Jets say they haven't quit on the season or coach Todd Bowles, and recent history suggests this will be a competitive game. In fact, the past five meetings at MetLife Stadium have been decided by seven points or fewer, including two Jets victories. Another upset? Let's not get crazy. The Jets have averaged only 10 points per game over their past four, all losses.
Mike Golic, ESPN: Patriots
Seth Wickersham, ESPN: Patriots
Mina Kimes, ESPN: Patriots
Trey Wingo, ESPN: Patriots
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports:
Pick: Patriots 38, Jets 10
Both teams come off a bye, which is a good thing for health reason. Sam Darnold will be back under center for the Jets, while tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected back for the Pats. The Jets are a mess, so look for an ugly showing here. Pats big.
Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports: Patriots
Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Patriots
Dave Richard, CBS Sports: Patriots
Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Patriots
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com:
Pick: Patriots 35, Jets 17
Who knows if Sam Darnold will play this Sunday? I do know who is lining up under center for the visitors, though. And if we know anything about Tom Brady in Year 19, the Hall of Famer-to-be was quite pissed off after the way the entire Pats offense played against the Titans. Darnold's first season in the bigs has been up and down; before he got hurt, he was creating more turnovers than the Jets' defense could mitigate. Tell you what is really hurting Gang Green, though: a complete absence of the ground game. Yardage totals over the past four weeks: 71, 57, 73, 83. Of course, going minus-10 in turnover differential over those very games can make trying to run an afterthought.
Paul Perillo, Patriots.com:
Pick: Patriots 27, Jets 20
Jets defense will play hard but lack of offense will be the difference.
Andy Hart, Patriots.com:
Pick: Patriots 31, Jets 13
New England gets healthy and happy coming out of the bye on the road against its hated division rival.
Erik Scalavino, Patriots.com:
Pick: Patriots 31, Jets 6
New England could use a confidence boost right now, and the hapless Jets might just be the tonic the Patriots need. Coming off their most recent, and perhaps most disappointing effort of 2018, Bill Belichick’s troops have had two weeks to stew over it and find some answers. Six years after the Patriots trounced New York on Thanksgiving, they’ll do so again over this holiday weekend.
Don Banks, Patriots.com NFL Columnist:
The Jets have played the Patriots very tough in the Meadowlands in the past five seasons, going 2-3 and losing nothing but one-score games against New England. Both teams are rested, but that’s advantage Patriots in my book, especially if Rob Gronkowski is healthy and ready to be a play-making factor once again. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold (foot sprain) will probably play for New York, but if he doesn’t, New England’s chances will only improve.