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The Jets lost to the Patriots in a closely contested, but ugly game. In the end, it came down to the Jets offense being unable to capitalize on an anemic Patriots offense, scoring just 10 points.
Geno Smith had another erratic game going 15/35 214 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. There were a number of receiver drops, but also a number of ill-advised passes that contributed to that stat line.
The sky opened up during halftime and it rained heavily for most of the second half. Despite the rain, Marty Mornhinweg ran the ball 32 times to throwing it 35.
While it ended up being irrelevant because of Geno’s picks, the Jets offense burned two of their three second half timeouts before the 14 minute mark had burned off the clock in the fourth quarter.
Tom Brady and the Patriots offense struggled throughout most of the game, accumulating a rather uncharacteristic 19/39 with 185 yards and one TD
Patriots Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones led the Patriots defense with a team total of four sacks and seven tackles for loss.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThis was a tough game to watch. The Jets defense did their job, but the Patriots offense did everything they could to help the Jets defense with extremely poor execution on offense without any playmakers beyond Julian Edelman.
All the Jets had to do was make a play on offense, and there were far too many missed opportunities for the Jets to come up with a win. The Jets receivers dropped a lot of passes and Geno made some bad backside and short throws that either ended up as incompletions, drops or interceptions, but the Jets needed to stick with what seemed to be working, which was the running game.
Maybe there is a different outcome for the Jets if Jeremy Kerley can play in the game to take advantage of the slot, but it’s hard to hold out that hope while the Patriots are barely able to field an offense due to their exodus and injuries.
The Jets might have run the ball just three fewer times than they threw it, but the balance should have been in the favor of the run with a shaky rookie quarterback running the offense. While the plays were technically there for Geno, it seemed to us like the Jets asked Geno to do a little too much against an opportunistic Patriots defense.
The Jets now get a long week before taking on the Buffalo Bills back home on Sunday September 22 at 4:25PM.
Rex Ryan and Geno Smith talk about the Jets’ 13-10 loss to the Patriots