Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots' passing game listed as questionable vs. Jets

The New England Patriots are one of the best teams in football. They're 8-2, leading the AFC East, and sitting in second place in the AFC overall.

Their opponent this week is the New York Jets, who are not one of the best teams in football. The Jets are 3-7, last in the AFC East and fifth-worst in the NFL. The Jets' major weakness, above anything else, is their pass defense. Per Football Outsiders, the Jets rank 30th in the NFL against the pass.

Given the strength of the Pats' passing game, one would expect they'll have quite the field day on Sunday against New York. That will not be the case, though, if all the players the Pats listed as questionable for the game don't actually play.

On New England's Friday afternoon injury report, the team listed Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, Julian Edelman, and Chris Hogan as questionable.

Brady was listed with a knee issue; he didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday and was listed as a limited participant in Friday's practice. He said "we'll see" when asked if he'll play against New York, but he seems likely to be on the field.

Gronkowski got in limited practices every day this week after missing last week's game against the 49ers due to a lung injury he suffered the previous week against the Seahawks. Bennett got in limited practices as well, as has been his custom this season, due to ankle and shoulder injuries. Edelman, whose foot injuries are still lingering, was limited all week also. Hogan missed last week's game with a back injury, which kept him limited this week as well.

It seems unlikely that they'll all sit against the Jets, but one or more of them might. As long as Brady is out there, though, the Pats will be heavy favorites.

CBS Sports Writer

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