Greg Cote’s Thursday NFL pick

JETS (1-0) at PATRIOTS (1-0)

Line: NE by 12.

Cote’s pick: NE 27-13.

TV: 8:25 p.m. Thursday, NFL Network.

Miami’s AFC East rivals both made like Houdini in Week 1, each ekeing out wins on last-second field goals. Vintage Tom Brady lifted the Pats past the Bills, going 6 for 6 on the late winning drive, while the Stinkin’ Jets needed dumb luck in the form of a game-turning late-hit penalty by Tampa’s Lavonte David. There is no sane reason to like NYJ here. New England has won 11 consecutive division games and averaged 38 points on a 5-0 run over the Planes. Also, I’ll take Brady over rookie Geno Smith, thank you. Pats are missing some key offensive pieces (Rob Gronkowski still out, Shane Vereen out, Danny Amendola doubtful), but I’d expect the Tri-Cornered Hats to dominate defensively. Money flowing to the ’dogs bumped the line from 13 points to 12. Then again, Jets fans don’t exactly lead the league in Mensa members. Even depleted, Bill Belichick’s squad is two TDs better at home than what Rex Ryan is putting out there.

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