The Patriots entered their match with questions all over their defense, which ranks dead last in the league in pass and overall yards per game allowed. With Jerod Mayo indefinitely out with a knee injury and safety Josh Barrett and defensive lineman Mike Wright declared inactive, the future looks a little bleak.
On the other side, the Jets' offensive line has struggled, which certainly has affected their running game, which averages just 71 rushing yards per game and had scored only two touchdowns all season. On top of that, Mark Sánchez entered the game ranking 28th among the 32 starting quarterbacks with a 75.9 passer rating.
Most analysts tipped New England as the favorite to win the game, giving them the edge thanks to their nearly-unstoppable offense, which ranks first in passing and ninth in rushing offense, giving them the first spot on overall offense with 507.5 total yards per game and scoring an average of 33.8 points per game.
Did they live up to that? What can we conclude from the game?