The Jets were able to pressure Tom Brady and slow down the Patriots offense for much of the game, but the big gaffe on Shane Vereen in the first half and then the trouble stopping Brady in the third and fourth quarter led the group to a letdown on their short week in Foxborough.
“You know, we’ve been snake bit,” Rex Ryan said after the game. “I don’t know how many touchdowns we’ve given up on third downs this year, when you’ve got them where you want them, but we’ve given up a bunch of them, and most of the time, it’s our own fault. That’s tough to handle.”
Defensive Line: While the Jets employed some exotic packages to give their back-end a chance, the Jets left Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson more to their own devices in taking on the Patriots line and they were still able to drive their man back into Brady on pass plays and slow run plays significantly.
Linebackers: The group had a good but not great day. The Jets were able to pressure Brady, but not enough when it counted in the red zone during the second half. The linebackers played decently in coverage, but Demario Davis and David Harris might have stepped up too close to the line to allow some receivers into a soft spot between them and the safeties for some completions. There were some players jumping offsides and Calvin Pace uncharacteristically got blocked out of a running play against Gronk.
Defensive Backs: It is going to be hard to stop Tom Brady for four quarters and while the Jets secondary did a good job of masking coverages and playing tight, the group seemed to have trouble during the second half in clamping down on the Patriots passing attack as noted on the Danny Amendola touchdown.
The secondary also had a bad defensive breakdown early against Shane Vereen that put them in a hole.
“Obviously, you give up a third-and-19 for a touchdown and you blow coverage on a 50-yard pass,” Ryan told reporters afterwards. “You aren’t going to win many games regardless of how the game was played.”
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