Injuries in the NFL seem to happen every Sunday, especially to the Patriots. The team has seen so many of its best offensive players get injured this season. From Dion Lewis, to LeGerratte Blount, to Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, now Danny Amendola. Gronkowski is back and still a beast, but the Patriots could be missing some key guys on Sunday. I do not expect Amendola, Dont'a Hightower, or Julian Edelman to play. This would leave Brandon Lafell and Leonard Hankerson as New England's top receivers. The Jets are pretty much fully healthy heading into this game. Fitzpatrick, Mangold, Ivory, and Marshall seem to be over their past injuries. The secondary is finally healthy, the only injury belongs to Dee Milliner. Health is a major advantage that the Jets have going into this game.
The stats speak for themselves, the Jets have a better rushing attack than New England. The Jets average 114.5 rushing yards per game, while New England averages 90.8. The Jets have 1,603 yards on the ground this season, New England has 1,271. Obviously some of this has to do with the fact the Jets run the ball more than the Patriots, but this is a area that gives the Jets another advantage. Chris Ivory is playing at a Pro Bowl level (he got snubbed), and Bilal Powell has become a very dangerous weapon out of the backfield. This is also a chance for Stevan Ridley to have a big game against his former team. Brandon Bolden, James White, and Steven Jackson are the running backs for the Patriots.
This is simple, the Jets come into this game needing to win. Right now the Jets are on the outside looking in for the AFC wildcard, so winning out is basically needed to make it to the playoffs. New England is 12-2 and seems to have home-field and the number one seed locked up. The Jets won't have trouble getting fired up for this game, and I expect them to come out with a ton of energy.