THE SUNDAY MATCH

PATRIOTS (3-4) TO THROWS (5-2)

MetLife Stadium, 1 p.m.

VITAL
Line:
Patriots by 2 1/2; O/U 40 1/2

TV/RADIO: CBS (Ian Eagle, Charles Davis)/ESPN-98.7-FM; Sirius 121 or 230 & SXM app.

NOTABLE INJURIES

Jets: OUT: WR Corey Davis (knee); QUESTIONABLE: BY Jermaine Johnson (ankle).

Patriots: OUT: C David Andrews (concussion), DL Christian Barmore (knee); QUESTIONABLE: S Kyle Dugger (ankle), WR Nelson Agholor (hamstring), CB Jonathan Jones (ankle).

THE DEFENSE IS READY

This is a much more dominant Jets defense than the one that allowed New England 54 points in Week 7 last year. CJ Mosley and Carl Lawson did not play and they lost Quincy Williams in play.

The Jets will have up to eight different starters on defense Sunday. This group has allowed a league-low 12 points per game over the past three weeks. One of the keys to the Jets’ resurgence has been closing out their corners, allowing the line to reach the quarterback more often.

The Jets prepared to face both quarterbacks Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe, just in case Bill Belichick made a change in the game like he did on Monday night. Stopping the Pats’ running game will be critical, however. Rhamondre Stevenson scored three touchdowns in New England’s last two games, and Damien Harris scored three in both games against the Jets last year.

“They’ve always been a team that’s been dedicated to pushing the running game forward,” defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said. “They pride themselves on being physical and dominating the game that way, so it’s going to be a big challenge from that perspective, testing our level of physicality, our ability to stop a really dedicated running team.”

THE SAD TRUTH

The Jets’ last victory over the Patriots dates back to December 27, 2015 in overtime on a touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Eric Decker. The Jets have lost 12 straight and 20 of 22 to New England. Belichick’s regular season record as Patriots coach against the Jets is 34-10, including 9-3 at MetLife Stadium.

WAKE A WINNER

New running back James Robinson was at home “dozing” when he got the call that the Jags had traded him to the Jets. He was happy with the change of scenery and records. “It feels good to go from 2-5 to 5-2,” Robinson said. “It feels good to be part of this team.”

— AL IANNAZZONE