QB David Fales - New York Jets

6-2, 212Born: 10-4-1990College: San Jose StateDrafted: Round 6, pick 2014

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Week 7: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Sam Darnold is back under center for the Jets after a nasty battle with mononucleosis. And while he's yet to look like an NFL savior, it can't be overstated what an upgrade he brings over replacement-level fill-in Luke Falk. In last week's upset of the Cowboys, Darnold completed 72% of his throws and produced 338 yards, with a pair of touchdowns. The 22-year-old is still working out the kinks in his game, but offers a live arm and the playmaking mentality to push the ball downfield. Speedster Robby Anderson finally found some breathing room and opportunity Sunday en route to 125 yards and his first score of 2019. The touchdown, a perfect 92-yard go route down the middle, nearly matched his 3-game total with Falk. Over his last 6 games with Darnold, dating back to last season, Anderson has averaged a prolific 7 receptions for 81 yards. Darnold has also become fast friends with savvy slot man Jamison Crowder - they've hooked up 20 times in these 2 games together. Demaryius Thomas has settled in as the clear No. 3 option. He looked spry Sunday, catching 4 passes in his first game with Darnold, including an impressive 33-yarder that beat Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones. The team would love to see some splash plays from Le'Veon Bell, who's averaging just 6.0 yards per reception; his longest catch of the year has gone for 17. In a daunting matchup with the Patriots, this attack will go only as far as Anderson's speed, Crowder's creativity, and Darnold's accuracy will take it. Simply put, the Patriots have spent their first six games producing the most dominant pass-defense numbers of recent memory. Leading the league with a bullet in yardage and touchdowns per attempt, they haven't allowed more than 161 yards in a game since Week 1, and they've intercepted a pass in every one thus far. Stephon Gilmore remains arguably the league's most smothering cornerback, while both McCourty brothers are posting career-best seasons in support. Their jobs are made easier by a pass rush that swarms from all angles. Rookie edge man Chase Winovich has been a revelation with 4.0 sacks thus far, and the linebackers, led by Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins, have kick-started a suddenly-dominant group. Still, while the whole unit is both talented and deep, it's worth noting the improbably poor level of competition it's faced. Over the last five weeks they've faced Ryan Fitzpatrick, Luke Falk, Josh Allen, Colt McCoy, and Daniel Jones. For all his 22-year-old warts, Sam Darnold rises well above that list and comes fresh off a huge performance against the Cowboys. If nothing else, this will serve as the Patriots' first real test since Opening Day.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
3 at NE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 at PHI 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 vs DAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

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Schedule

7vs New England Patriots
8@ Jacksonville Jaguars
9@ Miami Dolphins
10vs New York Giants
11@ Washington Redskins
12vs Oakland Raiders
13@ Cincinnati Bengals
14vs Miami Dolphins
15@ Baltimore Ravens
16vs Pittsburgh Steelers
17@ Buffalo Bills