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New England Patriots vs New York Jets is a huge game in the AFC East division on Sunday in Week 7 of the NFL 2013 regular season. If the Jets have any hope of getting into the postseason and stunning everyone, it will be games like this they have to win. Victory today would put them just a game back from the Patriots at the top of the AFC East. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Patriots come into this clash having only suffered one minor blip on their record so far this season. At 5-1, and the clear division favorites, they will have been penciled in as the winners of today's contest by many analysts. However, despite their strong record, they have by no means been firing on all cylinders so far this season, and the Jets will have seen some weaknesses they will be hoping to exploit to pull off an upset today.
One of those weaknesses is the Patriots' offense. They have scored nowhere near the amount of points they would have liked, and have looked short of ideas on more than one occasion this season. Averaging just 20.8 points per game they are ranked just 22nd in the NFL for offense, and their pass in particular has been lackluster.
Their pass is ranked just 19th in the league, and are only managing to produce 228.3 yards per game coming into Week 7.
That is a huge disappointment for this New England team, and this flaw would have been more apparent had it not been for the powerhouse of a defense the team has had on display this season. Make no mistake about it, the team's 5-1 record to date is very much thanks to the rock solid defense the Patriots' have been able to show off, and even though they have not scored many points themselves, opposition teams have been starved, and have found it hard to get points on the scoreboard against them.
The Jets meanwhile have slipped back to 3-3 having lost last week against Pittsburgh 6-19. That will have been hugely disappointing for the New York team, as they will have been hoping to build on their surprise 30-28 win on the road to Atlanta the week before.
The Jets have been blowing hot and cold this season, so how close they can get to the Patriots could be decided by which Jets team shows up. However, it could be a concern whether the Jets' offense will be able to cope with the powerful Patriots' defense. The Jets are ranked 29th in the NFL for points scored per game (17.3 points), and that will not have gone unnoticed by the Patriots strong defensive unit.
New England Patriots vs New York Jets will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the CBS network or online through free live stream by clicking here.