For their first rematch of the 2013 NFL season, the New England Patriots will go on the road Sunday to face the New York Jets. Their first matchup was a tremendous defensive struggle, so this game will provide a measuring stick for the progress of New England’s fledgling offense.
After an extremely disappointing 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Five, the New England Patriots will now face the 5-0 New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium in Week Six. This won’t be easy.
Few people expected the New England Patriots to be 4-0 after the first quarter of the 2013 season, but now that they’ve reached that achievement, don’t be surprised to see them get to 5-0.
The 3-0 New England Patriots won’t play the 3-0 Miami Dolphins for another month, but after the AFC East rival Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons last week 27-23, New England’s Week Four contest at Atlanta should give the Pats some idea of where they stand compared to the Fins.
In the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New England Patriots are facing their third weak opponent in a row to open the 2013 season. They won’t be facing a rookie quarterback this time around, but Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman is not exactly playing like a veteran.
When incumbent New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez fell to a preseason injury, many naysayers were convinced that second round draft pick Geno Smith wasn’t ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Much to their surprise, he goes into Week Two’s game against the New England Patriots with a 1-0 record.
Going into Week One of the 2013 NFL season, it’s business as usual in the AFC East. That means that the Patriots are still the Patriots, and the Bills will lose to them again.