Jets vs. Patriots NFL Week 17 Predictions Against the Spread 12/31/17

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The Pats are off until Saturday night, January 13.

While the Jets have a lot of holes on the roster, they are set for years to come in the back end with Adams and Marcus Maye.

But geez, look at everyone else. But the Patriots fired their head coach - Pete Carroll - as well.

Quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg both wound up taking hits in Sunday's season finale for the Jets. The Steelers (who, believe it or not, struggled against the winless Browns Sunday, escaping, 28-24) finished with the same record, but were locked into the second seed thanks to the Patriots' win in Pittsburgh two weeks ago.

The tactic might have had a bearing on New England's 26-6 victory.

So, why is Harrison still putting in all that work 15 seasons into an already highly successful NFL career that includes five Pro Bowl nods, four All-Pro honors, two Super Bowl wins and an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award?

"Those things we went through, when you wrap up the 2017 season, molded us, shaped us, made us a team, put pressure on us individually and as a team", said safety Devin McCourty. I know we can compete with these guys. We just have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot.

The regular season started amid a 2-2 panic. Petty won't be back next year.

If the New England Patriots are to lock down the top seed in the AFC playoffs, they still need to defeat the New York Jets this weekend at Gillette Stadium.

It says here the Patriots won their ticket to the Super Bowl on December 17 in Pittsburgh when Jesse James' catch at the goal line was ruled incomplete and Ben Roethlisberger stupidly tried to force a pass into the middle of the end zone. Vegas says the Patriots will get their again - and win. They had a playoff games that was colder - a divisional round game against the Tennessee Titans on January 10, 2004, when it was 4 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus 10.

The acquisition of James Harrison dominated the headlines at a time where there wasn't much else going on, and the primary focus for the Patriots was getting healthy and preparing for the upcoming playoff run. "It gets pretty cold, but you've just got to do the best you can do", said Brady during his press conference on Friday. We needed all those steps. "We'll look forward to starting the second season".

What a few weeks ago looked to be an AFC playoff shaping up as a New England walkover to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on February 4 now looks a tad more challenging. Expect Waddle to see the field Sunday protecting his quarterback from the Jets pass rush.

Looking ahead to playoffs. Jacksonville's run-heavy offense is, in theory, less susceptible to any extreme weather that may exert itself within New England's hard-won home-field advantage. It was 13 degrees at kickoff with a windchill that made it feel like minus-1. It's a process. I don't get caught up in the here and now. Kansas City hosts No. 5 Tennessee (9-7) this Saturday.

The second-year quarterback has been active for only four games, including the past two, since being taken in the second round out of Penn State.

The Patriots left guard has been a problem for a while now, especially in pass protection. Each day that it went it got better. With a great deal of speed and athleticism, Flowers has always been an outstanding special teams player.

It's the result of winning 11 of 12 games after a last-second loss to the Panthers on October 1, and in that stretch the Patriots have almost doubled-up their opponents, outscoring them by an aggregate of 329-168. It is less likely that would happen if Harrison still was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Also, the Jets were a team that didn't have anything to play for.

But to this point, all mojo remains with New England.

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