Andrew Callahan: The Patriots' game plan for the Jets comes down to 3 words

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — You want a sneak peek of the Patriots’ game plan against the Jets?

Here it is.

Here are all of their chosen schemes, film findings, scribbled Xs and Os condensed into three words that apply to all three phases: play cleaner football.

That’s it.

If the Patriots can wait out them again, they will watch Jets puke on themselves, slip in their own mess and fall flat on their backs. Then, all the Pats will need to do Sunday is tip-toe around that mess to leave MetLife Stadium with a win.

Because that is exactly how this series has played out ever since Mac Jones and Zach Wilson were drafted in 2021. And with Wilson back under center, it will be the same script moving forward.


To review: Jones eked out a 25-6 Patriots win in his second career start, one best remembered for four equally hilarious and terrible Wilson interceptions. Next, the Pats bludgeoned the Jets by 41 in a rebound win to right their season. Last year, Wilson fired three more picks in a 22-17 Pats win, before his coaches put him in a straitjacket for the rematch (9-of-22 for 77 yards) and then lost that game by punting to Marcus Jones instead of kicking out of bounds with less than 30 seconds left.

Marcus Jones, as we all remember, raced 84 yards for a touchdown to effectively walk off with a 10-3 win.

At 0-2, the Patriots do not deserve your confidence that they will steamroll the Jets. All they’ve established is they are error repeaters with minimal offensive explosion, a bad offensive line and a defense that starts slowly. But you know who deserves your confidence even less?

The Jets.


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