“We’ll have these guys in two weeks.” – Jets quarterback Zach Wilson following his three-interception performance vs. New England on Oct. 30
Well, Wilson gets what he wants this week when his Jets travel to Gillette Stadium looking to avenge a 22-17 loss in the Meadowlands. The Jets are looking to avenge 13 straight losses to the Patriots. The rivals from New York are also one game ahead of the Patriots in the AFC East standings with a 6-3 record and entered their bye with an impressive win over the Bills. They won only four games in 2021.
The Patriots have won two in a row, but there is no doubt that their offense has yet to find its groove, a problem exacerbated by its red zone struggles. In 26 red zone trips this season, New England has scored only 12 touchdowns. Meanwhile, kicker Nick Folk is fourth in the NFL in scoring with 77 points, which is a nice tribute to Folk’s consistency, but a sign that the offense has been unable to finish drives in the end zone.
In addition to winning 13 straight over the Jets, the Patriots have won 21 of the last 23 in the series and lead it 72-54-1
This week will mark Mac Jones fourth start against the Jets. He started his second career game on the road against the New York during his 2021 rookie season and finished the game 22-of-30 for 186 yards in a 25-6 win during which Jets quarterback Zach Wilson threw four interceptions.
He had one of his better days as a pro against the Jets last October when he completed 24-of-36 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns in a 54-13 win.
In this year’s first meeting, Jones completed 24-of-35 passes for 194 yards with a touchdown and an interception while being sacked six times. The Patriots have allowed 32 sacks through nine games and will need to clean up those protection issues through the season’s second half.
The series between the Jets and Patriots dates to the inaugural American Football League season in 1960 when the Jets were called the Titans. The Patriots won both meetings in that first season, but the Jets controlled the series throughout the decade with a 12-7-1 record while winning Super Bowl III on Jan. 12, 1969.
The Jets dominated the Patriots during the first half of the 1970s, but the Patriots turned that tide with the 1976 team that was among the best in football and won six of the last eight in the decade. The Patriots held a 21-19 series edge in the 1980s and 1990s. Then Bill Belichick resigned from the Jets to become the Patriots head coach in 2000 and, after losing his first three meetings against the Jets, Belichick’s Patriots dominated. The Patriots are 36-11 against the Jets since 2000.
New England’s last loss to the Jets was a 26-20 overtime defeat back in 2015.
- The Patriots lead the all-time series, 72-54-1
- The Patriots longest winning streak against the Jets is 13 games (2016-present)
- The Jets longest winning streak against New England is nine games (1966-1970)
- The Patriots are 38-25-1 at home (one “home” loss played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.), and 34-29 on the road in the series
- There have been six overtime games in the series and New England is 2-4 in those games
- New England has won 13 straight in the series
- The series dates to Sept. 16, 1960 (a 28-24 Patriots win in New York)
- The Jets largest margin of victory is 38 (45-7 home win on Sept. 26, 1993)
- The Patriots largest margin of victory is 53 (56-3 home win on Sept. 9, 1979)