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NFL Week 17 Preview: Jets at Patriots

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 28, 2017

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Robby Anderson #11 of the New York Jets catches a touchdown pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The New York Jets visit the New England Patriots in Week 17 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 28

Coverage by: Cyrus Geller

Matchup: New York Jets offense vs New England Patriots defense

WR Robby Anderson New York Jets

  • G James Carpenter vs. ED Trey Flowers – Carpenter has a pass-blocking efficiency of 94.9 in 2017, which ranks tied for 62nd out of 77 qualified offensive guards. He will likely be faced with controlling Trey Flowers, New England’s best pass-rusher, who moves to the interior in the nickel package. Flowers has an overall grade of 83.7 this year, which puts him 24th out of 111 qualified edge defenders. It will be interesting to see if Carpenter can hold his own against the youngster.
  • WR ArDarius Stewart vs. CB Stephon Gilmore – This is an area where the Patriots will have a significant advantage. When the Jets move Jermaine Kearse to the slot, Stewart will have a tough time with Gilmore outside. Stewart’s overall grade of 51.5 would put him 82nd out of 116 receivers if he qualified. Gilmore on the other hand, is tied for 22nd among 121 cornerbacks with an overall grade of 84.5. However, Gilmore is coming off a tough game against the Bills, in which he allowed five of the seven balls thrown his way to be completed for a passer rating of 103.3. We will see if he can bounce back this week.

PFFELO Ranking: 1

Coverage by: Andrew Fleischer

Matchup: New England Patriots offense vs. New York Jets defense

RB Dion Lewis New England Patriots

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