- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In the midst of their worst slide since Rex Ryan became coach, the last thing the New York Jets need is a trip to New England.

On a Thursday night.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has won 40 consecutive regular-season home games against AFC opponents and is 6-0 in Thursday night games. New England (4-2) has won its last two to grab sole possession of first place in the division.

Meanwhile, New York (1-5) has lost every game after opening with a win over Oakland.

The Patriots (No. 10 in AP Pro32) are 9 1/2-point favorites over the Jets (No. 29).

Ryan’s team gets its share of sacks despite an inconsistent pass rush, but its secondary is in shambles. The prime-time matchup comes just as Brady is warming up after a slow start.

“Facing him?” Ryan said, noting that the Jets lost to Peyton Manning and the Broncos last Sunday. “Back-to-back Hall of Fame guys; how many Hall of Famers are there playing a position in the league? I don’t know. But we have two in a row, first-ballot guys, obviously. So there is a huge challenge there. You know you’re going to face a guy that isn’t going to be surprised by a lot of things, again, but you have to put some kind of hesitation or some kind of doubt in him to maybe disrupt his rhythm a little bit.”

Brady has had some struggles against New York - he even lost a playoff home game to the Jets in January 2011. But he’s 18-5 against them in the regular season.

“I think it doesn’t really matter what their record is coming into this game because they are a great rival,” Brady said. “We had a couple of bad weeks and have turned it around. They can turn it around just as easy.”

Not this week.

PATRIOTS, 33-13

No. 24 Atlanta (plus 7) at No. 12 Baltimore

Falcons didn’t look too good at home, and we know they are awful on road.

BEST BET: RAVENS, 30-17

No. 18 Houston (plus 3 1/2) at No. 22 Pittsburgh, Monday night

Rested Texans pull off a prime-time …

UPSET SPECIAL: TEXANS, 20-17

No. 6 San Francisco (plus 6 1/2) at No. 1 Denver

Spiciest matchup of week. Manning will test Niners’ secondary.

BRONCOS, 30-27

No. 5 Seattle (minus 6 1/2) at No. 27 St. Louis

An ornery bunch of Seahawks not what Rams want to see.

SEAHAWKS, 23-10

No. 17 Kansas City (plus 4) at No. 2 San Diego

With Broncos up next in a short week, Chargers could get trapped here.

CHARGERS, 23-21

No. 21 New York Giants (plus 5 1/2) at No. 3 Dallas

Are Giants really that bad? Are Cowboys really that good?

COWBOYS, 28-22

No. 15 Cleveland (minus 5 1/2) at No. 32 Jacksonville

Look at this: Browns are favored on road. Then again, they’re facing Jaguars.

BROWNS, 30-16

No. 8 Arizona (minus 3 1/2) at No. 31 Oakland

Even these banged-up Cardinals have a bit too much for Raiders.

CARDINALS, 23-20

No. 20 New Orleans (plus 3) at No. 13 Detroit

Two teams impossible to trust. Go with hosts.

LIONS, 30-28

No. 23 Miami (plus 3 1/2) at No. 16 Chicago

Two more teams impossible to trust. Go with hosts again.

BEARS, 27-20

No. 11 Cincinnati (plus 3) at No. 7 Indianapolis

From elite team to mediocrity? Bengals headed in wrong direction.

COLTS, 26-21

No. 14 Carolina (plus 7) at No. 9 Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers’ magic touch lifted Packers last week. He could need it again.

PACKERS, 24-23

No. 25 Tennessee (plus 5) at No. 28 Washington

If Redskins are going to get off schneid, now is right time. Or maybe not.

TITANS, 23-20

No. 26 Minnesota (plus 4 1/2) at No. 19 Buffalo

Buffalo gets first win for new owners.

BILLS, 19-13

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2014 RECORD: Against spread: This week (11-4); Season (47-39-3). Straight up: This week (10-4-1); Season (60-29-1)

Best Bet: 4-2 against spread, 5-1 straight up.

Upset special: 6-0 against spread, 4-2 straight up.

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