The New England Patriots kick off Week 2 and they are the favorite to walk out with the win on Thursday as they play their home opener against a division rival. Who knows? Maybe there will be another butt fumble? Watch all the action on your televisions as we bring you the Patriots' TV schedule.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 12
Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
TV- Channel: NFL Network (Click here for local listings and channel info)
Opponents: New York Jets
Now you get the butt fumble reference? The Jets and Patriots last met on 2012's Thanksgiving Day and it was a massacre. The Patriots stepped on the gas, crushing the Jets with their defense, winning that matchup 49-19. Tom Brady stuffed his face with turkey after the Patriots beat up their division rivals. The Jets will try to avoid embarrassment, while the Patriots will be riled up by their home crowd.
Week 1 was solid for Brady and the Patriots. They played hard, but they escaped with a victory over the Buffalo Bills. Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen helped Brady on offense as the Patriots used a late-game drive to defeat the Bills, 23-21. The bad news for the Patriots is that these two stars are injured heading into their matchup against the Jets. Chances are the Pats will take the field without Amendola and Vereen as both players suffered injuries in the season opener. Vereen did not even practice, while Amendola's practice was limited as the wide receiver is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game.
Who will step up? Without a doubt, Brady will look for his second best option, Julian Edelman, who caught two touchdowns in Week 1. Behind Edelman, Brady will likely try to find rookie, Kebrall Thompkins, who caught four passes for 42 yards last Sunday.
As you can see, the Patriots' offense is depleted, but the defense will hunt hard after Jets' rookie QB, Geno Smith. He's liable to throwing interceptions and his tendencies to try to extend plays with his legs could lead to more fumbles. Don't miss any of the action. If you don't have access to NFL Network, return to Sports World Report where we will provide play-by-play and live scoring updates.