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Entering this all-important week 2 clash with the AFC East rival Patriots, the Jets defense looked battered and bruised. That was before the game even started. Calvin Pace was out of action for a second straight week. Brodney Pool was set to get very little playing time. Kris Jenkins is out indefinitely with a torn ACL. Darrelle Revis, the All-Pro, holdout cornerback came in sporting a sore hamstring, an injury he suffered during practice earlier in the week. It appeared as though Tom Brady would have a fun afternoon.
The Patriots first drive concluded with a missed field goal. However, Tom Brady managed to spread the field in the passing game, keeping the drive alive for nearly half the first quarter. Penalty issues came back in to play on the Patriots second drive, which was extended due to a late hit to Wes Welker by Eric Smith. Then, late in the first half, Tom Brady connected with Aaron Hernandez for 46 yards, followed up with a Randy Moss 34 yard one-handed TD grab. The drive was a total of four plays in 48 seconds.
Then, we saw a complete turn around the second half, in which the Jets defense, without the help of number 24, kept that scary Patriots offense off the board. This was due large in part to a Cromartie interception, a Brodney Pool interception, and a Jason Taylor forced fumble. After stripping the ball from Tom Brady’s grasp, Jason Taylor has officially earned his wings as a Jet. I believe we can all put that ugly past behind us now. In a total group effort, the beaten and battered Jets defense were able to come together to seal the win for the J!E!T!S! Jets! Jets! Jets!
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