[4:25 PM] Patriots @ Jets

Who will WIN this matchup?

New England Patriots (8-2)

@ New York Jets (3-7)


Tom Brady can match Peyton Manning for the most career wins by an NFL quarterback when he guides the AFC East-leading New England Patriots into Sunday’s matchup against the host New York Jets. Brady moved into a tie with Brett Favre for No. 2 on the victory list with 199 after throwing four touchdown passes in last week’s 30-17 triumph at San Francisco.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back under center for New York after missing its last game – a 9-6 loss to Los Angeles – due to a knee injury.

Star tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice Wednesday after missing last week’s win over the 49ers with a chest injury, but Brady threw scoring passes to four different receivers. Among them was rookie Malcolm Mitchell, a fourth-round draft pick out of Georgia who had four receptions for 98 yards to surpass his total yardage from his first six career games combined. Running back LeGarrette Blount ran for 124 yards on 19 carries -his fourth 100-yard performance of the season – while Dion Lewis rushed for 23 yards on five carries and added three catches in his season debut. New England registered five sacks a week ago, including one by newcomer Kyle Van Noy.

Bowles’ decision to start Fitzpatrick, who is tied for the league lead with 13 interceptions, with his team out of playoff contention was not warmly received, as one New York tabloid featured the blaring headline “Mr Wrong.” However, Fitzpatrick did fare well in splitting a pair of matchups against New England last season, throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions. Fitzpatrick does have offensive weapons at his disposal with Matt Forte rushing for 732 yards and seven touchdowns and the receiving tandem of Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa combining for 81 catches. New York’s defense ranks fourth against the run, allowing 85.4 yards per game.

Marshall made eight catches for 115 yards and two TDs in an overtime win over the Patriots last December.


StreakSmarts Pick: New England Patriots

Confidence: 6/10

StreakSmarter Pick