Surprising 3-2 Jets preparing to play Patriots for 1st place

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The Patriots and the Jets now share a third of first place in the division, as both teams are tied with the Buffalo Bills at 3-2.

But Ealy was good enough to make the New York Jets. The Jets surprising start has done nothing to sway odds makers apparently.

The Jets offensive line (which has performed surprisingly well thus far, especially considering what was expected this season) should be able to keep the Patriots front seven at bay. But for the top spot in the AFC East, with a matchup against the rival New England Patriots on tap for Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

After losing two of their first four, the Patriots were fortunate to get by the Bucs last Thursday thanks to three missed field goals by Nick Folk in the second half. They are rebuilding in NY and there was talk of an undefeated run by the Patriots.

Still, Tom Brady is their quarterback and Bill Belichick is their coach which gives the Pats the advantage over the neophyte Jets. But they were fresh off a trip to London, and since the National Football League started playing there in 2007, only three teams didn't have a bye the following week, and only Jacksonville was forced to play a road game.

So then is it just a matter of time before Harris sees more game action? Three games later, the Jets have defeated the Dolphins, Browns, and AFC South-leading Jacksonville Jaguars en route to a three-game winning streak. New England has lost two games and could have very easily lost two more, while the Jets have won three in a row, which, in and of itself, is a small miracle. We've only played five games. The Jets and Patriots have met at least twice every season since 1960, except for the strike-shortened 1982 season, when they played just once.

Check out our pregame, in-game and postgame coverage on Patriots Wire. "I got to go against (left tackle) Joe Thomas, the best in the game".

"I'm looking at them right now, and this is a good crew", quarterback Josh McCown insisted.

Even with Williams facing double-teams, the Jets have pressured the quarterback on 31.7 percent of dropbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Info, which is fifth best in the league.

And the Jets, like the Italian Stallion, know what it's like to be an underdog - it took the Browns for Todd Bowles's team to be a two-point favorite, and not only did they won straight-up, but also covered the spread.

In five games this season, they have averaged more than 13 net penalty yards lost per game, fourth worst in the league. The Jets have scored 92 points, and allowed 106 on the season.

"Some were questionable, some were ticky-tack", Bowles said of the flags. "Some of them you can question, but either way we have to get them down". Even the much maligned inside linebackers have had good games. The 21-year-old rookie out of Temple was with the Jets for a little more than a week before the regular season started before he was released.