The Patriots won an ugly one against rivals Jets today in New Jersey.
The Patriots were worse than horrible on offense the entire day against the Jets and the biggest reason was the OL. Brady was sacked 4 times in the first half alone and knocked down too many times to count throughout the game that I’m surprised he survived the game. The OL could not handle the Jets blitzes at all, and this is an area of concern. Solder and Kline had the worst day of anybody, so Connolly was missed.
LaFell lead the team in yards with 64 yards, but Amendola led the team in receptions with 8 catches. Amendola stepped up for Edelman but the wide outs missed Edelman because they weren’t getting much separation against the 32nd rank pass defense. Gronk was held in check for most of the day finishing with 31 yards and a touchdown. The main reason the offense struggled was because they could not protect Tom Brady, and the offense looked like the offense of the first 5 games.
Amendola caught a bunch of passes, but his biggest impact was when he returned a punt 39 yards to the Jets 36 yard line which set up the Pats first touchdown. Brady would hit Gronkowski for a 3 yard touchdown and the Pats would go up 7-0.
The Jets would come back with a touchdown and a field goal to take the halftime lead 10-7.
The Jets would add another field goal in the 3rd to make it 13-7.
Defensively, they were outstanding again. They had moments of weakness like when Chung bit hard on the run fake and let tight end Jeff Cumberland get wide open for the 20 yard touchdown score for the Jets only touchdown. They also let some plays happen to allow 3 field goals, but field goals are not killers and the Jets found that out.
The defense changed everything when close to the end of the 3rd quarter, trailing 10-13, Jamie Collins would intercept Geno Smith’s pass at the Jets own 38 yard line putting the Pats in business.
Brady would hit LaFell for two big plays and then run for a 11 yard pick up to the Jets 2 yard line and that set up Gray’s one yard score. The Pats went up 17 – 13 in the 4th.
The Jets would make it close again by adding another field goal to make it a one point game, 17 – 16 midway through the 4th, but the defense would allow no more.
Of course, the Pats offense wasn’t about to help out the defense and under pressure Brady threw an interception that set the Jets up in business, already across midfield.
On 3rd and 4, Hightower would sack Smith for a 10 yard loss and force the Jets to a 50 yard field goal which they would miss and that was that. Wilfork actually tipped the kick which would cause it to fall short.
Hightower and Collins had the two biggest plays of the day that helped the Patriots to a win while the Pats offense has nothing to hang their hats on. It was the defense’s day to shine and they did.
Kyle Arrington, Julian Edelman, and Dan Connolly were sorely missed.
QB Tom Brady: 23/35 for 182 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
RB Jonas Gray: 6 carries for 5 yards and 1 touchdown.
WR Brandon LaFell: 7 receptions for 64 yards.
WR Danny Amendola: 8 receptions for 63 yards.
TE Rob Gronkowski: 6 receptions for 31 yards and 1 touchdown.
LB Dont’a Hightower: 9 tackles and 1 sack.
LB Jamie Collins: 11 tackles and 1 interception.
DT Sealver Siliga: 8 tackles and 1 sack.
GAME MVP: LB Jamie Collins.
He had the game changing play with his interception close to the end of the 3rd which lead to a go-ahead New England touchdown. If he hadn’t gotten that turnover the Pats very well could have lost the game. Hightower should also be mentioned because he was outstanding and his 10 yard sack on Geno Smith very well saved the game for the Patriots because the easy field goal became a 50 yarder. Wilfork was clutch with his tip – block of the kick. The defense did what they needed when the offense refused to win the game.
On offense, Amendola was the only one who seemed to care about the game and playing at a high level. His punt returned set the Pats up for their first touchdown. He caught 8 passes and for a guy who has struggled to get looks this season, he stepped right in for Edelman. We have to talk about that because he did very good today.
Ravens Vs Texans: Ravens 28 – 17
Lions Vs Bears: Lions 35 – 16
Chiefs Vs Steelers: Chiefs 20 – 17
Patriots Vs Jets: Patriots 31 – 20
Browns Vs Panthers: Panthers 21 – 13
Packers Vs Buccaneers: Packers 42 – 14
Vikings Vs Dolphins: Dolphins 24 – 21
Falcons Vs Saints: Falcons 28 – 21
Giants Vs Rams: Giants 21 – 20
Colts Vs Cowboys: Colts 41 – 38
Bills Vs Raiders: Bills 38 – 10
Seahawks Vs Cardinals: Seahawks 17 – 14
Broncos Vs Bengals: Broncos 34 – 28
The New England Patriots play the New York Jets tomorrow at Jets Stadium without Julian Edelman, Kyle Arrington, and LeGarrette Blount. The Jets I believe will be without Wilkerson, a good pass rusher.
The Patriots need a win to keep their first seed ranking while the Jets want some pride after their struggle filled season.
The Patriots will come out throwing because the Jets pass defense is not very good while their run defense is the 4th best in the league. The Pats will use their pass to open up some running lanes, but tomorrow will be 50+ passing attempts for QB Tom Brady. He will have Gronk and LaFell but be without favorite Edelman, so Gronk and LaFell must get open. Danny Amendola or Brian Tyms might see increased time and they should make the most of it. The Jets secondary is bad, putting it nicely, and if those two can’t get open against them then I doubt they return next year nor should they. They need to finally make a real impact. The Jets can’t blitz a lot because of their secondary, but if they do Brady will counter with getting it out quicker. Amendola should be able to step up with the short yardage while Tyms can provide the deep threat if New England can finally hit one. The OL has to protect Brady because applying pressure is the only way the Jets defense can stop the Patriots offense tomorrow.
Patriots on defense will look to stop the run because the Jets will do the exact opposite of what New England will do. If they can, they will run a combined 50 times or a little less because they struggle passing. If they do run it 50 times, that’s bad news for New England because that will mean they are finding holes and keeping the game close. Tomorrow the Patriots run defense will be tested for truly the first time in a while with one of the best ranked run defense going against them. Ivory chewed them up last time, so New England has to stack the box and stop it early. Tomorrow on defense the key will be to stop the run, keep the Jets in long 3rd downs, and get off the field on 3rd downs. The offense will also be a good defense tomorrow because if they score early and often they will force the Jets to abandon the run and pass which will play into New England’s hands. New England doesn’t need to try to get pressure often because they need to spy and keep Geno or Vick in the pocket. Their entire defensive game plan is to stop the run and jump the Jets early to force them to pass. It’s that simple.
Jets Stats You Should Know:
QB Geno Smith: 182/315 for 1,957 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. 51 rushing attempts for 211 yards and 1 touchdown in 12 games played.
RB Chris Ivory: 174 rushing attempts for 739 yards and 6 touchdowns. 14 games played.
WR Eric Decker: 62 catches for 720 yards and 4 touchdowns in 13 games.
WR Percy Harvin 25 catches for 306 yards and 1 touchdown. 20 rushes for 109 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. 7 games played.
Kicker Nick Folk: 26/31 field goals made. 9 made from 40+ yards. 18/18 extra points made. 14 games played.
DE Sheldon Richardson: 60 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 FF, and 1 passes defended. 14 games played.
LB David Harris: 105 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 FF in 14 games.
LB Demario Davis: 103 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 passes defended in 14 games.
CB Antonio Allen: 37 tackles, 1 FF, and 6 passes defended in 13 games played.
SS Dawan Landry: 92 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 1 passes defended in 14 games played.
Jets Rush Defense Ranks: 4th. Jets Pass Defense Ranks: 20th. Jets Overall Defense Ranks: 6th.
Jets Rush Offense Ranks: 2nd. Jets Pass Offense Ranks: 32nd. Jets Overall Offense Ranks: 25th.
Patriots Stats You Should Know:
QB Tom Brady: 342/531 for 3,847 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions in 14 games played.
WR Julian Edelman: 92 receptions for 972 yards and 4 touchdowns in 14 games played.
TE Rob Gronkowski: 76 receptions for 1,093 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski: 31/33 field goals made. 11 made from 40+ yards. 49/49 extra points made. 14 games.
DE Chandler Jones: 33 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 FF, 1 KB, 2 passes defended. 8 games played.
LB Jamie Collins: 100 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 FF, 1 KB, 1 interception, and 2 passes defended in 13 games.
CB Darrelle Revis: 43 tackles, 1 FF, 2 interceptions, and 14 passes defended in 14 games played.
Patriots Rush Defense Ranks: 10th. Patriots Passing Defense Ranks: 22nd. Patriots Overall Defense Ranks: 8th.
Patriots Rush Offense Ranks: 19th. Patriots Passing Offense Ranks: 6th. Patriots Overall Offense Ranks: 8th.
(Stats provided by ESPN.com and Washington Post.)
The Patriots will play the Jets on the road Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The Pats are playing for a first-round bye while the Jets are playing for pride. The game is important and despite what the spread is, the Jets can be dangerous.
Here are the keys for New England.
1. Protect Tom Brady: The OL has to protect Brady from the exotic blitzes Rex Ryan can cook up and keep him upright because if they can do that then the Pats can score and will win. This will always be a key.
2. Stop The Run: The Jets have a good run game and the Pats couldn’t stop them the first time around, something they need to do this time. The first game was too close for comfort, so NY could win it this time if they can run again on the Pats, and the Pats can win much easier if they can stop it.
3. Don’t let Geno’s legs beat you: Don’t let Geno get loose for extra yardage and key first downs and you’ll be alright New England. In the last game, Geno was able to get out of the pocket and scramble for big yards and key first downs that kept too many drives alive for the Jets. That can’t happen again. If they can eliminate his running game and make him purely a passer their defense will have no problem dominating the game. They have to stop his running ability and the RBs and keep the Jets offense in long distance downs and they’ll win the game.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (11-3)
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LS Danny Aiken – Finger (LP)
CB Kyle Arrington – Hamstring (LP)
RB LeGarrette Blount – Shoulder (LP)
OL Dan Connolly – Knee (LP)
WR Julian Edelman – Thigh/Concussion (LP)
OL Cameron Fleming – Ankle (LP)
LB Dont’a Hightower – Shoulder (LP)
DE Chandler Jones – Hip (LP)
WR Brandon LaFell – Shoulder (LP)
DE Rob Ninkovich – Heel (LP)
RB Shane Vereen – Ankle (LP)
LB Chris White – Ankle (LP)
QB Tom Brady – Ankle (FP)
NEW YORK JETS (3-11)
DB Rontez Miles – Shin (DNP)
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WR Hakim Saalim – Quadriceps (LP)
DB Jaiquawn Jarrett – Shoulder (LP)
DL Muhammad Wilkerson – Toe (LP)
DB Antonio Allen – Hand (FP)
OL Willie Colon – Knee (FP)
K Nick Folk – Right Hip (FP)
WR Percy Harvin – Ankle (LP)
RB Chris Johnson – Knee (FP)
OL Nick Mangold – Finger (FP)
DB Calvin Pryor – Shoulder (FP)
The Jets elite, fast, explosive, and play making wide receiver Percy Harvin wants CB Darrelle Revis to cover him on Sunday.
He says he’s guessing Revis will be on him and actually hopes he will be.
“I just look forward to it,” said Harvin. “He’s, if not one of the best corners, definitely in the top three. So any time a matchup like that (happens), I’m licking my chops. It’ll be good to test myself, to see where I measure up at. So I’m looking forward to it.”
Revis is looking like the Revis the Jets once had on their team, having a pro bowl year, his first season with the Patriots.
“He’s looking like Revis,” Harvin said. “It should be a good matchup.”
Harvin might not be 100% heading into this matchup. He hurt his ankle against the Vikings and had no catches against the Titans, after coming back from the injury.