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By Michael Blunda

Here is a look at how Sunday's Jets-Patriots divisional playoff game could unfold from a fantasy perspective:

When the Jets have the ball: Last week's win over the Colts was a great example of how the Jets want to run their offense: Let RBs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene grind it out (for 152 yards and two TDs) and only pass when need be. That's how they're likely to attack the Patriots on Sunday in order to keep the ball out of Tom Brady's hands. In New York's Week Two win over the Pats, both backs were able to pile up yards, so look for L.T. and Greene to be very busy this week. QB Mark Sanchez, who torched New England for three TDs in Week Two but threw three picks against them in Week 13, won't chuck it a ton as long as the Jets keep the game close. He played poorly at Indy and isn't likely to do much this Sunday. WRs Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards could do some damage against the Pats' weak secondary, but neither is likely to go off. TE Dustin Keller tore apart New England for 7-115-1 in their first meeting and could be a dangerous weapon if the "D" focuses on the wideouts.

When the Patriots have the ball: Against the Jets this season, QB Tom Brady had one of his worst games and one of his best games. After tossing two picks in Week Two, he came back in Week 13 to throw for 326 yards and four TDs. The Jets have a top-notch pass defense, but Brady is on a different level right now, so it's unlikely that any unit will shut him down. WR Wes Welker could see some of CB Darrelle Revis this Sunday, but he'll find a way to make plays and get open; he posted 7-80-1 in Week 13. TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez will be popular targets as well; "Gronk" has been hot as of late with four TDs in his last four games, but Hernandez did well in both meetings with New York. And don't forget about Deion Branch, who has been reinvigorated in New England. On the ground, BenJarvus Green-Ellis was a beast this season with 1,000 yards and 13 TDs, and he ran all over the Jets in Week 13 for 72 yards and two TDs on 18 carries. New York ranks No. 3 against the run, but the Pats will commit to the running game with "The Law Firm." Dual-threat Danny Woodhead had 4-104-0 receiving last time against the Jets and could be a weapon in the screen game vs. his former club.

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