NFL Week 8 picks: New England Patriots-New York Jets predictions | Will Robert Saleh end the streak?

NFL Week 8 picks: New England Patriots-New York Jets predictions | Will Robert Saleh end the streak?

Updated: 3 months, 4 days, 4 hours, 52 minutes, 42 seconds ago

The Jets (5-2) are off to their best start since 2010, the last time they made the playoffs. But if they want to end the NFL’s longest active streak of postseason futility, they’re going to have to keep doing things they haven’t done in a long time.

And one of those things would be to beat their biggest AFC East rival. The Jets have lost 12 straight to the Patriots. They haven’t won a game since the end of the 2015 season. Not much has gone right for the Jets since they beat the Patriots in overtime for their 10th win of 2015. The Jets lost the next week to miss the playoffs and things spiraled from there. Rapidly.

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Now they have the chance to put themselves in prime playoff position with six wins in their first eight games. And they have the chance to do it against a Patriots (3-4) team that is clearly not at the top of its game -- as Monday night’s home shellacking at the hands of the lowly Bears proved.

So can the Jets finally break the streak and put themselves in a great position to break an even more important one?

Here are our picks for Week 8.

Andy Vasquez, Jets beat reporter: This game is going to be decided by one thing: how well the Jets establish the run. It’s not easy to deal with a Bill Belichick defense that is geared to shut down a specific facet -- even if the Patriots’ defense, is ranked in the bottom third in rushing yards per game (136.7) and per carry (4.88) -- and it will be even harder without Breece Hall. But, as weird as it is to say, the Jets are the more talented team and it will show on Sunday.

PICK: Jets 24, Patriots 14.

Darryl Slater, Giants beat reporter: Is it finally time for the Jets’ misery against the Patriots to end? The Patriots, with their uncertain quarterback situation, are floundering right now. They’re last in the AFC East, at 3-4. Meanwhile, the 5-2 Jets are pushing for a playoff spot. If the Patriots play like they did in Monday night’s loss to the Bears, they’ll have no shot against the Jets at MetLife Stadium, which will be rocking for this game. The Jets have lost 12 straight games to the Patriots. Since winning in New England in a 2010 divisional playoff game, the Jets are 2-20 against the Patriots.

PICK: Jets 28, Patriots 27.

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Bob Brookover, Giants beat reporter: The Jets have lost 12 in a row to the Patriots with their last win coming on Dec. 27, 2015 in overtime. During the losing streak, the Pats have outscored the Jets, 378-133, for an average score of 31.5 to 11. That should be impossible in a league of professionals. The Patriots are also 35-11 against the Jets in this century. Again, that should be impossible. But these are not the same old Jets and these are not the same old Patriots.

PICK: Jets 24, Patriots 16.

Chris Franklin, Eagles beat reporter: The Jets’ ground game took a hit with impressive rookie Breece Hall sidelined for the rest of the season. Michael Carter can step back in and be effective enough. It does not matter if Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe is at quarterback, the Jets defense will slow down whoever is behind center and move to 6-2 for the season, something that most people would not have had before the season began.

PICK: Jets 20, Patriots 17.

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Andy Vasquez may be reached at avasquez@njadvancemedia.com.