What can I say… was there ever any doubt how this one would turn out? New England dominated the New York Jets in a 30-14 victory that saw the defence hold the Jets to 0 points.
The 14 points that the Patriots surrendered were off a muffed punt by return man Gunner Olszewski, and a pick-6 thrown by Patriots backup QB Jarrett Stidham in garbage time.
The defence had their second consecutive shutout. This means that the Patriots defence has yet to allow a TD through the first 3 games. This is a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the 1937 Chicago Bears.
While the competition of the last two weeks hasn’t been very daunting, it is still quite a testament to how this defence hasn’t missed a beat. New England surrendered a whopping 105 yards of offence on Sunday. They are taking advantage of some weak competition and doing it with brute force.
This historic start for the defence is a good sign of things to come for New England. The Patriots historically struggle in September before getting it together later in the season. If they are clicking now, it serves as a good sign moving forward as the competition gets tougher.
Tom Brady led the offence on 3 first-half drives that looked as if they were toying with the Jets. Gregg Williams’ hurting defence didn’t stand a chance early on but slowed down the Patriots offence as the game progressed.
Gunner Olszewski didn’t get to show off his return skills much in this one. He also muffed a punt that was returned for a TD. He is electric whenever he gets the ball in space, so I hope he bounces back in a tough matchup next week against the 3-0 Buffalo Bills.
The running game for the Patriots was next to non-existent. Sony Michel keeps getting run-stuffed because they refuse to mix him into the passing game, so they are predictable when he’s on the field. Rex Burkhead served as a serviceable change of pace guy when the Patriots needed a spark, as he averaged 4.3 yards per carry. With James White out of this game, Brady and Co. didn’t have their receiving back, and didn’t take this opportunity to try getting Michel into the passing game. Personally, I’d like to see them get Sony the ball in passing situations to help him develop into a true 3-down back.
Julian Edelman left at the end of the 2nd quarter with a chest injury that isn’t believed to be serious. His absence wasn’t felt because the Patriots were lucky to have this game in hand by the time he left the game.
Marcus Cannon didn’t play last week because of a shoulder injury suffered in Week 1, but started this week and played very well. That’s a good sign for the Patriots as their O-line was suffering injuries at an unfortunate pace before this week.
Sitting at 3-0, it’s business as usual in New England. They face division rival Buffalo Bills (3-0) next week in Buffalo. This will be one of the games of the week, as they are both undefeated and battling to sit atop the AFC East. Buffalo has one of the best defences in the league with one of the more polarizing QBs in Josh Allen leading the charge.
Lastly, Antonio Brown being released by New England was a welcomed sight. While the talent is undeniable, the horrific allegations that surrounded him, whether true or false, were putting too much attention on New England – a team that has historically ignored outside noise. This team proved in Week 1 that they didn’t need him, and they will remain Super Bowl contenders without him.
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