The New England Patriots have unsurprisingly ruled out defensive end Chandler Jones and left guard Logan Mankins for tonight’s Thanksgiving Day game against the rival New York Jets. Mankins suffered a severe injury two weeks ago against the Buffalo Bills and was ruled out last week against the Indianapolis Colts as the only Patriots player listed doubtful.
Jones, on the other hand, suffered an injury to his right ankle just last week, and it came very early on in the blowout victory over the Colts. The Pats will sorely miss Jones, who is their only consistent pass rushing source and easily their best one. The last time these two teams played, even Jones couldn’t beat solid Jets LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson.
Jermaine Cunningham and Trevor Scott will see increased snaps, with Cunningham likely starting at right end. After a slow start to the season, the former Florida Gators standout has really amped up the pressure when the Pats have needed him to do so. Scott was finally able to come off of an injury last week, and he put in a very good day’s work against the Colts by consistently putting pressure on Andrew Luck. In my eyes, the veteran DE is the most underrated player on the Patriots.
Rob Ninkovich had a big say in the first meeting between the Pats and Jets this year, and I think he will have another good game today. He may be an inconsistent pass rusher, but Ninkovich sure knows how to dominate terrible right tackles. Let’s just say that the Jets current starting RT isn’t exactly above league average.
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