CBS passed along a press release in which Dan Dierdorf, who will serve as the network's analyst for Sunday's Patriots-Jets game, offered a preview of the tilt:
On New York Jets): The Jets realize how close they came to beating the Patriots playing with a rookie quarterback, who in the fourth quarter of that game looked like a rookie quarterback. So, I would think the confidence level amongst the Jets players is very high. They certainly think they can win this game. The question is can Geno Smith keep from turning the ball over? The Jets can’t beat the Patriots losing the turnover battle. It can’t be done.
(On Tom Brady and New England): Tom Brady is on a level that other quarterbacks can only dream of being. But this is a Patriots offense that at times really struggles. Now with Danny Amendola unsure of his status, and not knowing whether Rob Gronkowski is going to play, Brady is searching for the timing and consistency in their passing game that is just not there. For every spectacular play that one of these kids makes, there are a couple of drops along the way that go with it. We’re not used to seeing the Patriots struggle like this on offense. But the biggest concern for them moving forward is that they’ve lost their best defensive player in Jerod Mayo. He was out there on every play coordinating their defensive packages. A defense has three levels. They lost their best player on Level 1 in Vince Wilfork. Now they’ve lost their best guy in the second level in Mayo, and the best guy they have in the third level, Aqib Talib, is hurt. This is a Patriots team that is kind of limping into MetLife Stadium. I’m sure the Jets’ confidence is very high.