Tom Brady, Patriots set the tone with ‘great’ opening scoring drive in New York

Andy Hart
October 22, 2019 - 12:44 am

Bill Belichick often emphasizes that his team always wants to get off to a start fast.

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That’s especially true on the road and that’s exactly what the Patriots did Monday night on the way to a dominant 33-0 victory over the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Tom Brady led New England on a 16-play, 78-yard march that lasted 8:47, capped by Sony Michel’s 3-yard rushing touchdown that was one of his three ground scores on the night.

“It was a good start. It was a good drive. Any time you can go seven or eight minutes, whatever that was, put the ball in the end zone on the road it kind of gets you a good feel,” Brady said afterwards.

“I thought our guys were ready to go today. We got off to a good start. That was a great opening drive. It seemed liked it took up most of the first quarter,” Belichick said.

The drive included four third-down conversions, including the Michel score. The first came on a 9-yard completion to undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers on third-and-7. Then came a 14-yard hookup to Julian Edelman on third-and-10 followed by a 10-yard toss to tight end Ben Watson on third-and-5.

Seven of the 16 plays were runs, while Brady completed eight of his nine passes for 55 yards.

“We wanted to get out on a fast start and I think we did that,” James White said. “We just wanted to keep the momentum going. Had some good plays. Had some tough plays. We were able to make some good plays on third down, things of that nature. So it was a good drive for us and a great way to start the game.

“We just thought it would be very good for us to score on that opening drive. When you get that momentum going you just build a little confidence and you kind of ride that wave throughout the rest of the game.”

The Patriots rode the wave to a 7-0 record, including a perfect 3-0 mark on the road in the AFC East.

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