3 up, 3 down following Patriots 22-17 win over Jets

November 27, 2016 - 4:05 pm
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[caption id="attachment_110384" align="alignright" width="150"]Malcolm Mitchell Malcolm Mitchell[/caption] EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — At first glance, here are three up and three down in the wake of Sunday's 22-17 win over the Jets. 3 UP Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell: The rookie keeps showing up in big moments. On Sunday against the Jets, he had five catches on seven targets for 42 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the second of which turned out to be the game winner. The fourth-quarter score was all the more impressive given the fact that it came after a pass for the end zone ended up going through his hands. He now has 16 catches for 235 yards and three touchdowns on the year. Quarterback Tom Brady: It wasn't one of his more artful performances, but the veteran quarterback went 30-for-50 for 286 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win. It marked his 200th career victory as a starter, tying Peyton Manning for the most wins ever by an NFL quarterback. In addition, it was his 50th career game-winning performance to lead his team to a victory from a fourth-quarter deficit after leading the Patriots back from a 17-13 disadvantage. Wide receiver Julian Edelman: There were honestly a few different guys who could have claimed the third spot (including Chris Hogan, Chris Long or Malcolm Butler), but in this case, we'll go with Edelman, who battled his way through a physical, gutsy afternoon of football, finishing with eight catches on 11 targets for 83 yards. Nothing overwhelming, but with Rob Gronkowski out after the early going and Martellus Bennett gutting his way through the afternoon with an ankle problem, he saw more action, and came through time and again. 3 DOWN Kicker Stephen Gostkowski: Another down day for the kicker. While he did have successful field goals from 28, 29 and 41 yards out, he was wide left on a 39-yarder at the end of the first half that would have given the Patriots a 13-10 lead going into halftime. Early intensity: There was very little energy in the early going on either side of the ball for the Patriots, who looked listless and ragged for large portions of the first half. At one point, tight end Martuellus Bennett had an early catch, and could be seen gesturing to the sidelines to try and get his teammates cranked up. New England dodged a bullet with a solid second half, but it was a little disconcerting. Whoever was covering Quincy Enunwa: This is basically a cop-out until we go back and take a closer look at the all-22s, but the Patriots had a variety of cornerbacks chasing Enunwa around for much of the afternoon. No one seemed to have much success against the relatively unheralded wide receiver who finished with five catches on five targets for 109 yards and a touchdown against New England. Enunwa is just the sort of relatively unheralded second or third option in the passing game that's given the Patriots fits over the last few years, and he certainly did that Sunday against New England.