NEW YORK (WFAN) — Jets coach Todd Bowles isn’t taking the New England Patriots’ protection flippantly.
After 5 video games, New England is ranked final within the NFL in complete protection and passing protection. However speaking to WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Thursday, Bowles stated he believes these stats aren’t a real illustration of the Patriots’ protection, a unit that gave up the fewest factors within the league simply final season.
“We see the identical gamers. They’ve obtained expertise over there. They’ve obtained loads of expertise,” he stated. “There could also be a bust within the protection right here or there, however, such as you stated, they settled down towards Tampa (final week), and I feel they’re getting again to their roots of what they do greatest.”
The shocking three-2 Jets, winners of three straight, will host the AFC East rival Patriots, additionally three-2, at 1 p.m. Sunday. In fact, taking over New England means getting ready for quarterback Tom Brady, who is predicted to play regardless of coping with a shoulder challenge.
Bowles is aware of there’s virtually no margin of error when making an attempt to defend the 5-time Tremendous Bowl champ.
“We’ve received to be disciplined, and we’ve received to actually play,” he stated. “And we’ve acquired to attempt to make some performs. There’s nothing he hasn’t seen. He’s seen every thing. You’re not going to idiot him, and he’s received a bunch of items in (Brandin) Cooks and Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) and (Danny) Amendola and (Chris) Hogan and the three operating backs and every thing else. He’s acquired a bunch of items. We’ve simply obtained to play sound soccer and never fear about who we’re enjoying and simply do our job.”
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Bowles is just not calling Sunday’s recreation a should-win, however he additionally is aware of a victory over the mighty Pats can be big.
“They proceed to maintain their head down and grind, in order that half I really like about them,” he stated of his gamers. “We’ve simply received to maintain working to get higher. They know one recreation early within the season isn’t going to make or break us, however on the similar time, we’ve a chance to go four-2 and go up one (recreation) within the division.”
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