Patriots vs. Jets: 5 Things Learned from New York's 37-16 Loss to New England
The Patriots offense was held in check for most of the first half and actually trailed the Jets by a score of 9-6 with under two minutes to play in the first half.
Then, Tom Brady led a 80-yard touchdown drive in just over a minute for lead, one they would never surrender.
The Patriots took advantage of three Jets turnovers, capitalizing with 17 points off the takeaways, and didn't turn the ball over themselves.
The win ends the Patriots' two-game losing streak and puts them one game ahead of the Jets in the AFC East.
Read on to find out what we learned from the Patriot's 37-16 win.
The Patriots Are in Control of the AFC East
With their 37-16 Week 10 victory, the New England Patriots are now in control of the AFC East.
They are one game ahead of the Jets, but it's more like two, as the Pats own the season tiebreaker.
Looking at the rest of the Patriots schedule, it looks like even more of a slam dunk.
Of their remaining seven games, they only play one team with a winning record (Buffalo), and that game is at home and the last week of the season (at which point the division will likely be wrapped up).
Wes Welker Can Be Contained
Heading into the game, Wes Welker was playing as good as any receiver in the league. The New York Jets, however, made it a priority to stop Welker and they accomplished that.
Welker was held in check for most of the game, hauling in just six passes for 46 yards (less than eight yards per catch).
The Jets contained Welker by sticking Darrelle Revis on him for most of the game, and Welker is the latest receiver to be engulfed by Revis Island.
The Jets Are Weak Against the TE
The New York Jets have struggled against tight ends recently, and on Sunday night, they got killed by the New England Patriots' deadly tight end combination.
Rob Gronkowski did most of the damage, catching eight passes for 113 yards and, most importantly, two touchdowns; he also had another score called back by a penalty.
Aaron Hernandez also had a good game, finishing with 41 yards.
Both tight ends had a sizable height advantage against the Jets safeties, and too fast for the Jets linebackers. It was a matchup nightmare the Patriots exploited at will.
In today's NFL, the tight end is evolving more and more into a receiving threat. The Jets need to find an answer to stop opposing tight ends, sooner rather than later.
The Jets Can Stop the Run
The last time the New York Jets and New England Patriots faced off, BenJarvus Green-Ellis was key in the Patriots victory, rushing for a career-high 136 yards and helping keep the Jets defense on the field.
While the Patriots defeated the Jets once again, it certainly wasn't because of the ground game.
New England only had 60 yards rushing, averaging a putrid 2.1 yards per carry (and a good amount of those yards came in garbage time).
This is now the fourth consecutive game that the Jets have done a good job shutting down the opposing run game; any concerns about their run defense should be put to rest for now.
Chad Ochocinco Isn't Done Yet
The New England Patriots cut one of their highly publicized, not so productive offseason acquisitions, Albert Haynesworth, this week.
That fueled speculation they might cut their other big acquisition: outspoken wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
Ochocinco must have heard that talk, as he had his best game of the season against the Jets. Ochocinco only caught two passes, but they accounted for 65 yards on the day.
It might have not been a huge game, but it should give Ochocinco some much needed confidence (and, possibly, time).
If the Patriots can get any sort of consistent production from Ochocinco, it will make their already dangerous air attack, even better.