A classic showdown between one of the NFL's most formidable defenses and a highly explosive offense. We help you with your decision in regards to betting the total in Sunday night's showdown between the Jets and Pats.

What a game we have on our hands this Sunday night. 

Both 5-3 SU this season, the New York Jets get their shot at a little payback when they host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. 

As I said in our earlier article on the opening spread odds, I was expecting the Jets to be favored by a field goal for this game and it looks as if we're starting to head that way as the week progresses. 

Quite a high total for Week 10 AFC East slugfest 

Tom BradyThe NFL odds opened at a PK but now we see that New York is the 2-point favorite at NFL betting sites such as Bookmaker and JustBet. 

In terms of the total, sportsbooks think offense might win out over a defensive struggle (these are the Patriots we're talking about) as the O/U is currently at 47.5

Brady has to be well aware of where Darrelle Revis is at all times. The shutdown corner already has four interceptions this season, putting him tied for second in the league. 

Though Wes Welker had 124 yards receiving in the first meeting against New York, if anyone can slow him down, it will likely be Revis. 

The entire Jets secondary has, in fact, been excellent, only allowing 196.0 passing yards on average which is the NFL's seventh-best total. 

As solid as New York has been defensively, there are still a few question marks on offense. Mark Sanchez is enjoying his best season of his young career (13 TDs, 7 INT, 84.0 QB rating) and Plaxico Burress leads the team in touchdown grabs, but the Jets' running game has without question taken a step back. 

Primary RB Shonn Greene started off the year in horrible fashion, though he has stepped up his play in recent weeks. Still, he's averaging only 3.8 YPC this season, the worst average of his career so far. 

LaDanian Tomlinson (3.3 YPC) has also failed to impress, and as bad as the Patriots have been defensively, they haven't actually been that terrible at stopping the run. 

Patriots D has been absolutely atrocious 

Plaxico BurressNew England's failures on defense, however, are well-documented. They are ranked 31st in the NFL in total yardage allowed and are the league's worst at defending the pass. 

As a result, look for Sanchez to take a few shots downfield to Burress and Santonio Holmes in order test the Patriots' secondary. You have to imagine he'll also be targeting TE Dustin Keller quite a bit across the middle. 

New England's gameplan is quite simple: put the ball in Brady's hands and let him do what Tom Brady does best. 

While it was BenJarvus Green-Ellis that killed New York earlier this season, the Jets have been much-improved in all aspects of their defense over their last few games, so a similar dismantling of their front seven seems unlikely. 

It's obvious the Jets will be trying to control the clock as they did last week against the Buffalo Bills. If they can be successful in that regard, expect the total to fall below the posted O/U. 


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