FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots will look to do something the team has not done all season, win at home. After starting 2-4 and coming off a close loss against the Dallas Cowboys, the Pats will try to sweep the season series against the New York Jets Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Patriots' first win of the season came against the Jets in Week 2 with a 25-6 win. New York's rookie quarterback Zach Wilson got his first, of what could be many, looks at a Bill Belichick defense and it did not go well.
Wilson threw for four interceptions in that early-season game but Wilson and the Jets are coming off their bye week so the team had plenty of time to prepare for the rematch against Mac Jones and the Patriots.
Will New England's rookie quarterback get his first win at Gillette Stadium to tack on to his impressive early-season resume?
Listen to our full interview with D'Abate for everything you need to know about this Week 7 matchup.
Week 10 vs. Cleveland
The hype around the Browns has been a consistent trend this preseason. Quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. give defensive coordinators a lot to game plan for if they're on their game. The storyline of this Browns team might be the defensive play, led by Defensive Player of the Year candidate Myles Garret. It will be another test for the Patriots in the middle of the season.
Week 12 vs. Tennessee
The Titans come to Gillette on Nov. 28 and will bring yet another impressive collection of offensive weapons. Running back Derrick Henry and wide receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown will give steady quarterback Ryan Tannehill enough weapons to return to the playoffs and give the Patriots defense all they can handle in week 12.
Weeks 13 & 16 against Buffalo
The Buffalo Bills are the betting favorite to win the AFC East. The team led by Josh Allen made it to the AFC Championship game last season and is expected to make it to that point again, if not advance to the Super Bowl. For that reason, beating Buffalo at least once would give New England a huge lift in its goal to reclaim the division throne or make the playoffs as a wildcard. Both teams will have plenty of time to prepare for their first meeting on Monday, Dec. 6. New England enters its bye week after the game and will see the Bills in Foxborough again the day after Christmas.
Week 18 @ Miami.
The Patriots' Achilles heel in recent memory has been playing on the road against the Dolphins. With a divisional race that is expected to be closer than years past between Miami, New England, and Buffalo, this season finale could give the Patriots a playoff spot with a win, or even clinch the division. Potentially.