Patriots catch a big break before playing the New York Jets on Sunday

New England Patriots v New York Jets
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It was quite the roller coaster of emotions over the course of a half hour early Saturday afternoon, as the Patriots and the Jets both announced key players were downgraded to out for Sunday's matchup.

New England broke their lousy news first, listing cornerback Jonathan Jones and rookie offensive lineman Sidy Sow as unable to make the trip to New York this weekend; both are considerable blows to a team needing a win.

Jones missed last week's game due to an ankle injury, and the defense certainly missed him. The veteran has been one of the best in the league at shutting down Tyreek Hill over the years, and although those who stepped up in his absence did a fine job, Jones' presence was apparent.

Hopefully, that won't be the case against the Jets.

In comparison, Sow missing another game due to a concussion doesn't hold the same weight. However, with the struggles of the offensive line continuing to hold back the success of the defense, missing any rotational piece that could be helpful is not good, no matter who it is.

Then came the injury report update from the Jets, who announced that starting left tackle Duane Brown would not take the field in week three.

As another team struggling with an efficient offensive line, it's a significant loss for Zach Wilson and the rest of the offense. Although Brown hasn't exactly performed at a high level so far this season, as the Jets have the worst pass-block win rate in the league, losing a starter is never positive, especially when facing a divisional rival.

This creates a massive opportunity for the Patriots' defense to take advantage of a critical weakness on the left side. This could be a breakout game for any of the edge rushers since New York has given up six sacks through two weeks, which would undoubtedly continue to set the tone for the rest of the season.

At this point, the Patriots need to take any break they can get. This critical must-win game can swing the team back on track during one of the most challenging stretches of games this season.