Patriots-Jets matchup of the day: Saturday

Posted Dec. 04, 2010 @ 2 p.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

Here's a matchup to watch in the Week 13 game between the Patriots and Jets:

Jets' passing offense vs. Patriots' pass defense

In Week Two, Jets QB Mark Sanchez's three touchdowns and 70 percent throwing accuracy highlighted the Patriots' secondary issues.

And now, he has WR Santonio Holmes at his disposal.

In the last five games, Sanchez has thrown for more than 300 yards twice, while throwing for more than 250 yards in four of those five games. The Jets' passing offense only ranks 18th but has been extremely productive of late.

In Week Two, rookie CB Devin McCourty lost out on a jump ball with TE Dustin Keller, and CB Darius Butler lost his starting job after losing out on two jump balls to WR Braylon Edwards. McCourty has improved since, picking off five passes, and Butler has rarely seen the field. Butler's replacement, Kyle Arrington, hasn't played well during the Patriots' recent winning streak.

Keller killed the Patriots in Week Two, going 7-115-1. Expect S James Sanders to get his opportunities to cover Keller, as well as ILB Gary Guyton. McCourty will likely cover Holmes, with Arrington on Edwards, but don't be surprised to see Butler on the field with a chance to avenge his Week Two mistakes.

S Brandon Meriweather will need to do what he does best, helping cover receivers over the top. As bad as the Patriots' pass defense has been this season, it rarely has been beaten with long passing plays.