The last time the New York Jets and New England Patriots matched up on "Monday Night Football" young QB Sam Darnold had a tough time. In the Patriots 33-0 win, Darnold completed 11/32 passes for 86 yards and turned the ball over four times. To cap it all, the second year QB was caught saying "I'm seeing ghosts," on a live mic.
More than a year later, the Jets and Patriots meet again on Monday night, but this time the stakes are different. Both teams have losing records and the game holds more importance with regard to the the 2021 Draft than it does for the 2020 standings.
New York Jets vs New England Patriots Head-to-Head
Though the Patriots only hold slight winning edge in their all-time record against the Jets, the recent history has been dominant. New England has beaten the New York Jets in eight consecutive matchups, winning 11 of the last 12 meetings. The Jets have not won their two meetings against the Patriots in a season since 2000.
New York Jets vs New England Patriots Team News
The 0-8 Jets roster continues to become increasingly depleted through injuries and trades. The Jets recently dealt DT Steve McClendon and LB Avery Williamson for late draft picks as they continue to tank towards the No. 1 draft pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Of those that remain, three key starters missed practice this week — Jamison Crowder, Quinnen Williams, and Sam Darnold. Williams could miss time with a hamstring injury but Crowder is, reportedly, nearing a return.
Quarterback Darnold reaggravated a shoulder injury that caused him to miss time earlier this year in last week's loses to the Chiefs, but coach Adam Gase was confident he would play Monday. If Darnold does not start, veteran Joe Flacco will get snaps at QB.
Bill Belichick's New England Patriots have lost four-straight games, an unusual slide for the former dynasty. Though facing an 0-8 Jets team seems like the ideal matchup to end a losing streak, key Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore and WR N'Keal Harry both missed practice this week and should be listed as questionable heading into Monday's game.
At the 2020 trade deadline, New England added depth players Isaiah Ford and Isaiah Mack, but both must clear COVID-19 protocol before being allowed to play.
“We felt like both players could add depth at two positions we feel like we could use the depth at,”said the Patriots’ head coach. “One claim, one trade. We’ll see. We won’t really be able to do anything with these players for another week, so we’ll see what happens then.”
New York Jets vs New England Patriots Projected Starters
New England Patriots:
- QB: Cam Newton
- RB: Damien Harris (Q), James White
- WR: N'Keal Harry (Q), Damiere Byrd, Isaiah Ford, Jakobi Myers
- TE: Ryan Izzo (Q)
New York Jets:
- QB: Sam Darnol (Q)
- RB: La'Mical Perine, Frank Gore
- WR: Jamison Crowder (Q), Breshad Perriman (Q), Denzel Mims
- TE: Chris Herndon
New York Jets vs New England Patriots Prediction
Final score: Jets 21 - Patriots 17Published 06 Nov 2020, 22:46 IST