Jets-Pats: Mark Sanchez and Co. Take Tom Brady Down
The J-E-T-S do it again!
The Jets, behind Mark Sanchez, upset the Patriots on Sunday after upsetting the Texans last week. The Jets simply outplayed the Pats and perhaps we are witnessing a changing of the guard in the AFC East, although that is still a bit premature.
For the second straight week the Pats played a close game but Brady couldn’t deliver the magic this week.
The Jets harassed him all game long, making him uncomfortable in the pocket and forcing early and errant throws. Although they didn’t sack him, the constant pressure led to a 49 percent completion rate for Brady.
Now compare this game to the last time the Pats lost with Brady at quarterback, the Super Bowl in February 2008, and you see the same thing: If you pressure Brady he’s not the same quarterback. He didn’t look it in the Super Bowl and didn’t yesterday, either.
It’s clear the Pats' defense isn’t the same either. Guys like Harrison, Bruschi, and Vrabel were expendable because their play was declining, but New England really misses Jerod Mayo and Richard Seymour.
Most people praised the Pats for the Seymour trade, but it hasn’t looked so smart so far. In the future it may pay off but the Pats are feeling his loss right now.
They felt comfortable getting rid of guys like Vrabel and Bruschi because of young studs like Mayo, but his injury has put their depth to the test and they could use some veteran experience.
You have to give credit to Rex Ryan and the Jets' defense. Ryan out-schemed the Pats and the defense played phenomenally. Ryan talked a big game in the offseason and leading up to the game, but he backed it up and you've got to love that.
Through the first two games of the year they have not allowed an offensive touchdown. Pretty darn impressive considering they have played two of the top offenses in the league in Houston and New England.
Kris Jenkins is clogging up the middle, allowing David Harris and Bart Scott to roam free and make plays.
The other stud on the defense in cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis shadowed Moss all day and held him in check, only allowing him four catches for 24 yards while intercepting a Brady pass.
This comes one week after holding Andre Johnson to four catches and 35 yards. Those are two of the top three receivers in the league and combined Revis held them to eight catches for 59 yards.
Compare that to what Johnson and Moss have done in their other games this year: 22 catches for 290 yards. Flat out: Revis is the best corner in the game.
He’s better than Nnamdi Asomugha, better than Charles Woodson—you get the point. He is a true shutdown corner and as good as Champ Bailey was a few years back.
You also have to give a lot of credit to Mark Sanchez. The rookie quarterback has come in with tons of pressure and an insane amount of media hype and all he’s done is exceed those expectations.
He is playing like a seasoned veteran right now. After a first half which only saw him throw for 15 yards, he came out and threw for 148 and a score and could have had another if Chansi Stuckey had not tripped in the end zone.
But there was one play that really impressed me by Sanchez. On a 3rd-and-3 with 2:35 remaining the Jets ran a pass trying to ice the game and Sanchez rolled right.
He didn’t see much at first and could have forced the ball in there, but decided against it and took a sack. You don’t normally see rookie quarterbacks make that decision but Sanchez has the mind of a veteran and took the sack, which kept the clock running and the ball in the Jets' hands.
The final series for the Pats really showed why I like Rex Ryan so much. The Pats completed their first pass for 18 yards to get to the Jets' 28, and at that point I’m sure all Jets, like myself, were expecting a classic Brady drive to send it into overtime, with the Jets changing their strategy to a prevent defense.
Instead, they stuck with what had worked for them the entire game, sending five and six and, on the final fourth down play, they sent seven at Brady leaving only four in coverage.
If Eric Mangini were still coach there is no doubt in my mind that he would have played a prevent defense and the Pats would have scored. If you don’t believe me that’s exactly what he did last year against the Pats which led to a last second touchdown, forcing overtime, when luckily the Jets pulled out the win.
That’s the difference between Rex Ryan and Eric Mangini. I feel bad for you, Cleveland, I really do.
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