Jets vs. Patriots: Takeaways from New England's 13-10 Win over New York

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Jets vs. Patriots: Takeaways from New England's 13-10 Win over New York
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The New England Patriots managed to hold on for a 13-10 over the New York Jets on Thursday night in a game featuring an unrecognizable Patriots offense that could barely pick up a first down.

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith led the Jets to 318 yards of offense, while Tom Brady and his cast of rookie receivers, Julian Edelman and a sputtering ground game put up just 232.

Brady's frustration was easy to see, as the Pats had just nine first downs the entire game, went three-and-out a whopping six times and punted 11 times. Ryan Allen tied a team record for punt yardage (514 yards) in a game, as Ben Volin of the Boston Globe pointed out.

The Patriots defense needed to step up and did so, grabbing three interceptions in the fourth quarter to close out the win. It's been a long time since the Patriots' offense needed the defense to step up like this, and while they got plenty of help from Jets mistakes, they made the critical plays. 

Despite the ugly performance on the offensive side of the ball, the Pats are 2-0 with both wins coming over divisional opponents. They'll now have an extended break and a chance to get healthy and regroup after a shaky start that hasn't hurt them in the standings.

Here's what we learned about the Patriots in their home opener.

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