NFL Game of the Week: New York Jets at the New England Patriots


In what was supposed to be a clash of AFC East titans turned out to be a surrendering of the arms by the New York Jets. With millions of viewers watching Monday Night Football the New England Patriots completely dismantled their division rival New York Jets beating them 45-3 in humiliating fashion. And the score doesn’t reflect how dominated the Jets were on both sides of the ball as they appeared to shrink under the spotlight of the national audience.

The Jets entered the game amid much hype and praise as they held their head high with a 9-2 record which tied them for first in the AFC East with the Patriots. They also had the satisfaction of knowing they previously beat the Patriots this year and if they played the same way they would do it again. On top of previous success over the Patriots the Jets have been one of the NFL’s hottest teams and they had the national media telling them so. But once kick off started the players couldn’t hear the chatter of the media, only the screaming of 52 Patriots running at them in full gear.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady had an phenomenal day connecting with 4 different receivers WR Deion Branch, WR Brandon Tate, WR Wess Welker and TE Aaron Hernandez for touchdowns. He would finish with 21 completions on 29 attempts for 326-yards and 4 touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 148.9. His Jet counterpart QB Mark Sanchez was horrible completing 17 of 33 attempts for 164-yards and 3 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 27.8. But Sanchez received minimal help from his wide receivers, especially WR Brandon Marshall who dropped 2 key first down passes that would have resulted in a Jet first down early in the game and could have changed the tone the Patriots were attempting to set at the time.

In the end the Patriots cemented themselves as the best team in the AFC despite their subpar defensive secondary and limited running game. This is attribute to Coach Bill Belichick and his staff to see key matchups and use them to his advantage despite his limited personnel.  This is not to take away from the Patriots secondary who intercepted Sanchez 3 times but it is no secret the secondary has been thin and bothered with injuries. The Patriots improve their record to 10-2 and first place in the AFC East and will now head to Chicago to play the 9-3 Bears.

The Jets are now left to pick up the pieces of their confidence broken team after the complete humiliation they had to endure at the hands of Brady and Belichick. Their record has dropped to 9-3 and second place in the AFC East as they will host the Miami Dolphins in week 14. It will be interesting to see how Coach Rex Ryan and his Jets respond to this disapointing loss.