The New York Jets were supposed to be a strong team this season. They had the right ingredients; they even had the experience gained from a well-played previous season. But from the beginning of the season, it has been quite a disaster. The Jet’s quarterback, Mark Sanchez is not really fine-tuning his game and although there is more then one culprit behind the Jet’s 2-3 season, most eyes are set on him. Tom Brady and the Patriots were simply a little too much for the Jets to handle and with a good overall teamwork they managed to crush the Jets on Sunday, in yet another chapter of their fierce rivalry.
It really doesn’t matter where or how you look at this team, it’s hard not to get feeling of underachievement. It’s not as if these guys had the expectations of, let’s say, the Philadelphia Eagles set upon them, but this is just not what we have come to expect from Rex Ryan and his team. The Jets couldn’t really make the numbers work, not even against a defense as soft as the Patriots’. Let’s get this straight here: The New England Patriots are 4-1 for the season, but it is not because of its solid defense. As a matter of fact, the Patriots had allowed an average of 477,5 yards per game this season. That’s the highest percentage in the league. Still, the Patriots managed to hold back Mark Sanchez and the Jets to 16 of 26 passing for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
These are just not a good number for Sanchez. Particularly for a guy who was coming off a 119 yard game against the Baltimore Ravens. Needless to say, the Ravens took advantage of this poor performance and served the Jets’ its second consecutive loss 34-17. The following week it would be the Patriots giving the Jets its third consecutive loss while defending their home-field winning streak. This is the New England Patriots 19th consecutive regular season win at home.
It was an overall clean and well-played out game for the Patriots. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns. That’s quite an accomplishment for a running back that nobody drafted and was picked as a free agent from Missouri. For a change of pace, the Patriots defense finally got its act together and allowed a season-low 255. On the other end, Tom Brady threw for 321 after starting the day with an NFL-best 388 yards passing per game. Brady was at his best on Sunday. He completed 24 of 33 attempts for 321 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Ok, the interception wasn’t really a sign of Brady at his best. But let’s consider for a moment that this was his first regular-season red-zone interception at home in his career.
On a separate note, the New York Jets Jets WR Plaxico Burress had three catches for 42 yards in his first game against the Patriots since catching the winning touchdown pass in the final minute of the New York Giants’ 17-14 Super Bowl win over New England in Feb. 2008. Finally he’s starting to show some good signs of getting his game back after spending little under two years behind bars.