At New England
1:00 p.m. ET
• Admittedly, this was a very tough game to grade Jets head coach Todd Bowles. The Jets came into the game with an abundance of injuries in their secondary and wide receiver group. Therefore, the game plan had to be kept fairly vanilla.
• While the Jets lost the game, they did get a good look at some of the younger players that might be able to contribute in 2019. Wide receiver Deontay Burnett had a very good game, linebacker Jordan Jenkins is an ascending player, and young defensive backs Rashard Robinson and Derrick Jones also showed promise.
• New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a team that does nothing exceptionally well, but many things very, very well. In the playoffs, we see the Patriots playing a patient game and one where they wait for opponents to make a critical mistake. Neither the Patriots offense nor the defense has an explosive quality to it, but Patriots players are well-disciplined and situationally aware.
• While Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski contributed in the victory, we still don’t see him being able to run as effectively as he once did. Because he now has athletic limitations, opposing defenses may no longer utilize a double-team on him. He is going to get more one-on-one opportunities — if he can cash in on just a few of those, the Patriots offense still could make some noise in the playoffs.