The New England Patriots wasted no time making chump meat out of their hated rivals the Jets. The Patriots won 49-19. Sanchez threw an interception to Steven Gregory in the redzone. The first quarter ended with no score for both teams. After that the Patriots scored 35 points in the 2nd quarter alone. The Patriots drove it up the field and Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to Wes Welker to get the Patriots on the board 7-0. Then the turnovers happen. On fourth down the Jets running back fumbled it and the Patriots recovered and on the next play Brady hit Shane Vereen the running back for a 83 yard touchdown. Sanchez took a busted play and ran with it. Problem with that was Vince Wilfork pushed the offensive lineman Moore into Sanchez causing a fumble that Gregory recovered and returned it for a touchdown. On a kickoff return McCourty caused a huge fumble that flew into the hands of Julian Edelman who ran it back for a touchdown. Later on Brady hit Edelman for a 56 yard touchdown pass. That made it 35-0 with only 3:17 left before halftime. Brady finished 18 of 28 for 323 yards and three touchdown passes and Brady also added a rushing td. Stevan Ridley added a rushing score.
The defense had a goal line stand in this game. The Patriots defense was incredible in this game. The defensive line with big Wilfork leading the way is doing a solid job this season. When the Patriots blitz they are having great success with it as Hightower on the Jets first play had a sack. Mayo added a sack later on in the game. The secondary played well for New England. They looked like a secondary who could play finally. Gregory stepped up in a big way. Dennard had a good game.He added a force fumble in this game. Talib did good. McCourty at safety worked yet again. There were a few throws that slipped by but that happens in every game. The weakest spot on the defense was the linebackers in coverage. All three of the linebackers gave up plays over the middle where they were covering. That is the weakest spot on the team now. Linebackers in coverage. They still can’t cover. They look like they are running in slow motion after a running back or tight end. But Hightower and Mayo are great pass rushers. Spikes is one of the best run stopping linebackers in the game. He brings a physical style of play to New England and was huge in this game for the Patriots. The Jets are though a very bad offensive team. Sanchez is mediocre at best as a QB. But compare this game to the last time they met the Patriots secondary is definitely improved.
Julian Edelman unfortunately was hurt in this game as he took a shot to the head from Landry. He has a whole week to recover but I expect the Patriots to let him rest and get him 100% before playing him again. But if he heals quickly the Patriots might get him back out in the game vs the Dolphins. The Patriots offense can still run very well. They are protecting the QB. They still have weapons. The tight ends can come in and make plays and blocks in the place of Gronkowski. Wes Welker is the guy stepping up in the pass game along with Edelman. Lloyd however I’m not sure what to say about him. He seems like a route runner and not much a deep threat and isn’t getting open much. He did get open once deep but Brady missed him. The Patriots are rolling right now. Brady is playing at a high level we are use to seeing him play at. The Patriots are scoring in the fourth quarter and ending games. The Patriots ended their rivals bleak chance at a post season by half time tonight. They showed the Jets what a competitive team looks like tonight.