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Patriots Three-and-Out: Week 16 vs. Jets

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With the playoffs right around the corner, the New England Patriots are steamrolling through opponents en route to the top seed of the AFC. The Patriots have one more game to lock up the top seed and home field advantage in the 2017 NFL playoffs.

On Saturday, the Patriots welcomed fellow AFC East rival, New York Jets, to Foxboro for a special Christmas Eve game and the Patriots seemed to be on Santa’s nice list while the Jets made the naughty list. However, instead of receiving gifts under the tree, the Patriots received a 41-3 victory over the Jets.

The Patriots dominated the Jets in every phase of the game and have been keeping momentum strong as the season ends and the playoffs begin.

Three Takeaways:

1.   "Defense wins championships" and this defense is playing like a championship team. For the second consecutive week, the Patriots’ defense have kept the opposing offense out of the end zone and holding their opponents to a combined 6 points between two weeks. The Patriots’ defense dominated the Jets offense by keeping them scoreless for almost the whole game. The defense combined for two sacks, three interceptions, and one forced fumble. The defense held the Jets quarterbacks to just over 230 yards and the running backs to just over 100 yards. And their third down efficiency was outstanding as they held the Jets to one out of eleven chances.

2.   The Patriots’ three-headed running attack causes defenses problems. LeGarrette Blount has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season and is leading the league in rushing touchdowns while James White has been one of the best pass-catching running backs in the league. Through the first 10 or 11 weeks of the season, these two have helped the offense out tremendously. Now that Dion Lewis is added to the mix, the Patriots have a rushing attack that is dangerous.

3.   Is Tom Brady the MVP? With the season winding down, Tom Brady is certainly making his case for NFL MVP. But does he deserve the award? On Sunday, he solidified his case for MVP with three more passing touchdowns, no interceptions and a rating of 124.6. He finished the game 17 of 27 for 214 yards.

New England wraps up the season on Sunday in Miami against the Dolphins. Home field advantage is at stake so do not look for New England to be resting their important players.

Follow Michael on Twitter @TheReal_MPerry and the Patriots PFS Twitter account @spot_patriots.

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