RICHMOND- Grab the edge of your seat? Not tonight. In fact, you could have just left your seat, got a soda, and not missed anything. If you are the Patriots, you took care of business and if you are the Jets, you S-T-I-N-K.
The score of 33-0 proves it as New England took care of business and defeated their rivals on a prime-time stage to go 7-0 this season while the Jets now drop to 1-5.
FS1’s Jason Whitlock said earlier in the day that the Jets would win and looked foolish doing it. The Kansas City loss in the AFC Championship game last year clearly is affecting the former Kansas City Star reporter.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady came into the game in an angry mood, after a video of him leaving a spa was taken out of context, in an attempt to smear owner Robert Kraft. Brady would receive support from fans and his teammates, as they stepped up to help their franchise leader on a prime time stage
Brady registered a noteworthy performance of 31/45 for 249 yards and 1 TD and 1 INT. Jets quarterback Sam Darnold however, played rather poorly, going 11/32 for 86 yards with 0 TD and 4 INT.
Jets head coach Adam Gase was seen looking completely lost as his squad was held under 200 total yards.
Sony Michel led the Pats in rushing with 42 yards on 19 carries with 3 TD while Jets running back Le’Veon Bell registered 70 yards on 15 carries.
“Our offense has to find some consistency and we have to find a way to get better for next week,” Brady said to ESPN’s Lisa Salters following the game.
The Patriots offense, which was much maligned throughout the early part of the season despite victories, didn’t look too bad.
In fact, they came out on all cylinders, as Michel started the scoring with a touchdown run courtesy of a key block from tight end Ben Watson, who returned from a 4 game suspension. That play was created off a Devin McCourty interception.
Kicker Mike Nugent then added a key field goal to make it 10-0 following a Jets turnover.
Brady then would hit wide receiver Phillip Dorsett for a key touchdown to make it 17-0. That moved the 20-year veteran to 528 touchdown passes, second only to future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
With Michel’s second touchdown, it was now 24-0 and the Jets could do nothing as Darnold was intercepted for a second time by safety Duron Harmon. At halftime, the score remained 24-0.
In the first half, viewers saw constant calls including multiple pass interference calls favoring the Jets, especially wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. It gave the Jets multiple possibilities to score but they fell short.
The 3rd quarter showed more of the Jet’s Primetime follies against the Patriots. A high snap led to a Patriots safety and a 26-0 lead. The Jets then threw their 3rd interception of the night to defensive back Stephon Gilmore.
Brady, however, gave some life back as he threw an untimely interception to Jets defensive back Trumaine Johnson.
The Jets moved down the field courtesy of Bell but as they reached the redzone, Darnold was picked for the FOURTH time, this one by Patriots special teamer Terrance Brooks.
The Patriots offensive line would face constant pressure after the turnover from the persistent Jets defensive line, led by defensive end Leonard Williams, who forced an intentional grounding penalty, but the Patriots special teams, headlined by pro-bowler Matthew Slater, refused to let the Jets get in any comfortable starting position.
Brady would get the offensive moving late in the third and into the fourth quarter and capped off the drive with Michel running in for his third touchdown courtesy of a block from linebacker Elandon Roberts who was playing the fullback position. That finished the scoring at 33-0.
The Jets nearly committed their 5th interception but it was ruled incomplete. A muffed punt late in the 4th quarter by former Patriot Braxton Berrios symbolized a night of disbelief and epic failures.
The Patriots defense, led by head coach Bill Belichick, had a lot to do with that, posting another shutout and recording 6 turnovers also allowing a key sack from defensive end John Simon.
“They have defined roles and they understand who they are as a defense,” says ESPN’s Booger McFarland.
If you are the New York Jets, you basically showed up as fool’s gold and need to regroup to avoid a loss of this magnitude in the future.
If you are the New England Patriots, you need to figure out a way to bring more dynamics to the offense. Then again, you are on to Cleveland.