RB Lex Hilliard - New York Jets
|5-11, 231||Born: 7-30-1984||College: Montana||Drafted: Round 6|
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Week 16: vs New England Patriots
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. This is an AFC East grudge match, so season records aren't really relevant - the Jets and the Patriots play each other tough every time they clash. Their last meeting was in Week Seven, when the Patriots prevailed 27-25 by blocking a last-second field-goal attempt by the Jets.
Chris Ivory (21/107/1 rushing with 4/18/0 receiving) and Chris Johnson (13/61/0 rushing with 2/19/0 receiving) both had strong performances back in Week Seven - in Tennessee last week, they split the work fairly evenly with 10/55/0 rushing and one target for zero receptions going to Johnson, while Ivory handled 12/25/1 rushing and 1/1/0 receiving during the game. Things haven't changed much in this backfield over the course of the year.
The Patriots gave up 23/76/0 rushing to the Dolphins last week, after holding the Chargers to 17/53/0 rushing two weeks ago. Right now, the Patriots are playing stout rush D, despite their season average of 103.5 rushing yards allowed per game. To date, the Patriots have allowed just five rushing scores.
This is a tough matchup for the home team, friends.
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