Patriots end regular campaign against Jets
The New England Patriots can clinch home field throughout the play-offs on Sunday when they entertain the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
The Patriots own the tiebreaker over the Pittsburgh Steelers having defeated the AFC North Division winners at Heinz Field a couple of weeks ago.
A New England loss and a Pittsburgh victory over the Cleveland Browns would see the Steelers claim home field, but otherwise the road to the Super Bowl seems destined to go through the Patriots at some point.
New England, 1.20 to win the AFC, followed their win in Pittsburgh with a triumph over the Buffalo Bills last week.
Quarterback Tom Brady was an efficient 21-of-28 for 224 yards and a couple of touchdowns while running back Dion Lewis rumbled for 129 yards and a score on 24 carries in the 37-16 rout.
The Jets arrive in town having overcome expectations of a horrendous campaign. Three straight defeats have dropped New York to 5-10 on the season, but that is five more victories than anticipated by many at the start of the year after the Jets continued to jettison numerous players in their rebuild.
New York still needs a franchise quarterback and it would not be a shock to see them move up in the NFL Draft, even with their anticipated relatively high draft pick, to snag one in this upcoming class.
Alternatively the Jets could dip into free agency with the likes of Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith expected to be available for head coach Todd Bowles who received a two-year extension this week and is now signed through 2020.
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