New York Jets vs. New England Patriots Preview: Patriot Missive

Jeffrey BoswellAnalyst INovember 19, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 04:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown run in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens on October 4, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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If he could turn back time, would Bill Belichick reconsider his decision to gamble on 4th-and-2 from his own 28 with a 34-28 lead over Peyton Manning and the Colts?

“Would I reconsider it?” says Belichick. “Yes, I would reconsider it, hopefully long enough for Tom Brady to realize that the wise thing to do in that situation would be to take a delay of game penalty. It takes a certain amount of arrogance to make that call in the first place, and even more to say I’d do it again. I’m haughty by nature, not because I hate you. Now, I’m down with ‘O.P.P.-robrium.’”

The Jets' 16-9 win over the Patriots in Week Two seems like a distant memory. Since then, New York is 2-5 and struggling defensively. And the Jets know the Pats haven’t forgotten that early beat down, and they’re likely still stinging from their shocking loss to the Colts.

“We all know Belichick’s a known cheater,” says Mark Sanchez. “Who knew he was guilty of cheating himself? And yet, he says he would do it again. Would that be called ‘4th-and-too?’

“Of course the Patriots don’t take too kindly to embarrassing defeat. When they’re out for revenge, they’re a lot like Oprah Winfrey—they can drop 50 before you know it. We know we’ll have to play as well as, if not better than, we did in Week Two. Personally, I won’t rest easy until the game, and a wiener, are in hand.”

I predict that the Patriots come out fired up, and casually march 80 yards on their first possession for a score. Instead of kicking the extra point, Belichick again decides to "go for two," and this time succeeds, as Brady finds Ben Watson for the conversion. Rex Ryan cries at this show of gamesmanship, and the rout is on.


New England wins 37-20.