If the New England Patriots have any plans to salvage their playoff hopes, consider Monday Night Football a must-win game. At 2-5, the Patriots will travel to New Jersey and face the 0-8 New York Jets, who they’ve beaten eight straight times dating back to 2015.
Fresh off a winless October, Cam Newton’s Patriots are reeling with four straight losses, while logging the franchise’s worst start since the 2002 season. Newton hasn’t thrown a touchdown since Week 3 of the NFL season, and the Patriots have thrown a league-low touchdowns (three). That is their lowest amount of touchdown passes through seven weeks since 1973 (two).
The Patriots are three games back for the final spot in the AFC playoffs, trailing the 5-3 Miami Dolphins. The last time they missed the playoffs was 2008 – 12 seasons back. The common theme in both seasons? Tom Brady was not their quarterback.
NE Patriots: -10 point spread (-110); -435 moneyline
NY Jets: +10 point spread (-110); +360 moneyline
Kickoff from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey is set for 8:15 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN.