New York Jets vs. New England Patriots Odds, Analysis, NFL Betting Pick


Before that, it hadn't happened since October 20, 2013, in a 30-27 road loss to the Jets. The Steelers were now the team to beat.

It wasn't as clean and complete as the 19-0 some were forecasting over the summer, but in the end the Patriots find themselves exactly where they expected to be at the end of the regular season - as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Dion Lewis totaled 133 yards and scored two touchdowns, Tom Brady tossed a pair of touchdown passes and the Patriots locked up the AFC's No. 1 seed with a 26-6 victory against the New York Jets in arctic conditions at Gillette Stadium.

That means the road to the Super Bowl in Minnesota in February again goes through New England. With 93 yards on 26 carries against the Jets, Lewis finished the season with 896 yards on the ground (he had 46 through four weeks), and his six catches for 40 yards on Sunday gave him at least five for the third time in four weeks (after he made 14 catches, total, in the first 11 games). They have to earn everything beyond that. The Patriots will try to maintain their momentum when they face the New York Jets on Sunday (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, CBS, DirecTV). But the Patriots needed edge help, and their season is about to continue.

The Jets played hard in a meaningless game but they continued their season-long trend of committing too many penalties (9-84).

In this salary cap era, that shouldn't happen. In Brady's defense, there were a handful of bad drops as well, but it's clear that Brady and his receivers will need to get back on the same page going into the playoffs.

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It's all about "Doing Your Job", or "Next Man Up". What a good clean finish to the Regular Season that he had.

"That's what an National Football League season is all about", said left tackle Nate Solder.

"It's got to be more than just two or three guys doing it".

"That's all you can do. (Hackenberg will) come back next year, he'll work hard in the spring and we'll look at it then".

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick didn't want to talk about Harrison after New England acquired him.

Four teams had a chance at the two remaining AFC berths.

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"And I think this building just stayed up".

Fellow safety Devin McCourty said he hopes the fans know how much he and his teammates appreciate their support and enthusiasm. We know those to be heavily exaggerated. We needed to go through certain things. But obviously we weren't good enough as a whole.

"I definitely think our No. 1 goal, first and foremost, should be win the AFC East", Kearse said.

Matthew Slater, the team's special teams ace and spiritual leader, said the sky was never as dark as it looked at times. We came out and fought with every team this year.

Jets players who didn't practice on Wednesday: defensive lineman Leonard Williams (Back), offensive lineman Brandon Shell (Concussion), wide receivers Robby Anderson (Illness) and Jermaine Kearse (Ankle), running back Matt Forte (Knee), tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Ankle), and defensive back Mo Claiborne (Foot). The Patriots of Brady and Belichick are in the playoffs for the 15th time in the last 17 years, soldiering through injuries in numbers and significance (Julian Edelman, Dont'a Hightower, Marcus Cannon) that would sink any team except Belichick's.

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