New York Jets: 10
New England Patriots: 13
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Game analysis for the New England Patriots
Pass Offense: Different half, same story. It was one of the ugliest passing performances in Brady’s career. Edelman’s reliability and no turnovers prevent this from being a total failure, but needless to say, the Patriots have a ton of work ahead of them. How’s this for jarring: The Pats had nine first downs and 11 punts.
Run Offense: The Patriots tried different things, but they got nothing going on the ground. The Jets really honed in on Ridley, knowing the receivers would not beat them. No fumbles, but Ridley made a few hearts skip when he bobbled a toss on the Pats’ final drive.
Run Defense: Good turnaround from a mediocre first half. You can argue the Jets didn’t commit to the run enough, especially with the score close, but the Pats didn’t budge much after halftime.
Pass Defense: Three big picks in the second half bailed out the sputtering offense. The Jets were on the field for most of the game, but the Patriots held up and made Geno Smith pay when the quarterback tried to force the ball deep.
Special Teams: Edelman’s punt returns were a hugely underrated asset in this game. On a day where the offense got nothing going, he helped the Pats consistently win the field-position battle.
Coaching: Fans might lament the lack of creativity on offensive play-calling, but it’s not as if Josh McDaniels had much of a choice with the receivers. We’ll see what adjustments they roll out with a long week ahead.
First-half analysis for the New England Patriots
Pass Offense: The first drive was an impressive uptempo sequence, culminating in a beautiful play-action touchdown to Aaron Dobson. Since then, however, there’s been very little rhythm, as Tom Brady has shown visible frustration with the rookies. Dobson in particular has failed to haul in a couple of open deep bombs.
Run Offense: Stevan Ridley has held onto the ball but hasn’t had much room to run. The Jets have stuffed New England to 3.2 yards per carry, honing in when the Patriots run out a heavy package with James Develin and Michael Hoomanawanui.
Run Defense: The nickel defense has had some trouble with bruising back Chris Ivory, who has rushed for a robust 5.3 yards a pop. If the Jets can somehow steal a lead, the run D will need to play better down the stretch.
Pass Defense: The Pats have largely tried to contain Geno Smith in the pocket, much like they did last week against EJ Manuel. The pressure picked up a bit at the end with three sacks, including two by Chandler Jones.
Special Teams: Stephen Gostkowski missed a 43-yarder at the buzzer, and Marquice Cole downed a punt too early when the Jets had no returner. One plus: Julian Edelman has averaged 11 yards a return.
Coaching: Bill Belichick hasn’t faced many tough decisions in the first half. One thought: Might burner Josh Boyce get more snaps over the struggling Dobson?