5 reasons why the Patriots should be concerned about the Jets

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The season opener may not have had the result that New England Patriots fans or the team were looking for, but there were some positives that could be taken away from the loss.

With an 0-1 record, the Patriots are traveling to Metlife Stadium to play the New York Jets who have a new head coach and a new quarterback.

Injuries to the Jets may make this seem like an easy victory for New England, but the game could be more difficult than it seems on the surface.

These are the reasons the Patriots should be concerned about the New York Jets in Week 2 on Sunday afternoon.

Bill Belichick's record against rookie quarterbacks isn't as good as it appears.

Belichick has always received praise for his ability to confuse rookie signal-callers and put his team in positions to win. Since his first season with New England in 2000, the Patriots head coach is 20-6 against rookies. That's pretty good, right? He's 15-0 at home. On the road, his record falls to 8-6. If you want to get even more specific, playing rookies before Week 10 on the road, Belichick is just 2-5. That seems to say that without the game tape on rookie quarterbacks, Belichick has a tough time coming up with a game plan that's good enough to produce wins.

Trent Brown is dealing with a calf injury.

Heading into this season, it could be argued that the Patriots' biggest strength was their offensive line. Just one series into the first week, however, that idea was scrapped when Brown went down with a calf injury. In his place came Justin Herron, a sixth-round draft pick from last year who got more reps than expected as a rookie. He did not play well and was eventually benched in favor of Yasir Durant who the Patriots acquired from the Chiefs before the end of the preseason. Yodny Cajuste, a third-round pick in 2019, seemed to be moving up the depth chart as the top backup tackle in the preseason, but he was inactive last week. He may be the one who gets the nod this week, but we haven't seen him against starters yet, so it's far from a guarantee that he will be able to hold his own.

Corey Davis had a monster game in his only regular season matchup against New England.

This is Davis' first season in New York after spending the first four years of his career in Tennessee. With the Titans, he recorded 207 receptions for 2,851 yards and 11 touchdowns. One of his best games, however, came in a 2018 matchup with New England. In that game, Davis put up seven receptions on 10 targets for 125 yards and a touchdown. This was an offense that was obviously pretty run-heavy and wasn't receiving the best quarterback play from Marcus Mariota, but he was still able to produce. Oh, and it was against Stephon Gilmore. You could say things aren't exactly the same in this game.

Jets running backs could be great pass-catchers.

The Patriots' front seven is much improved from last year. They added Matthew Judon and Kyle Van Noy while getting Dont'a Hightower back after he opted out of the 2020 season. While the group is talented, they aren't exactly the quickest bunch in the league. This could make the matchup against the Jets' running backs a tough one for them. Tevin Coleman was a great pass-catcher for years in Atlanta and San Francisco, and their rookie back Michael Carter was productive receiving at UNC. If they can get their backs involved in the receiving game, the Patriots may not be able to keep up.

New England is still struggling to get into the end zone.

Through all of 2020, as well as the first week of 2021, the Patriots have shown they have trouble scoring touchdowns. This is especially the case in the red zone. In 2020, the Patriots finished 24th in red zone scoring, getting into the end zone just 54.17% of the time that they got inside the 20. This season, in an obviously small sample size of one game, the Patriots got one touchdown in four red zone opportunities, which is tied for 30th. The additions of Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry were expected to make the team more successful in close, but that has not happened yet. Hopefully, they can break this pattern in Week 2.

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