Trags Take... Jets Postgame

Mike Petraglia
September 14, 2008 - 1:10 pm
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The first start of Matt Cassel's NFL career produced a 19-10 win over the New York Jets at the Meadowlands. The Patriots extended their NFL record regular season winning streak to 21 games. Here are five reasons why: 1. Matt Cassel took care of the ball. Even though he took three quick sacks in the third quarter, Cassel didn't panic under pressure. He didn't throw a touchdown in the game but he also didn't throw a pick as he went 16-for-23 for 165 yards. 2. Brett Favre DID throw an interception. On the first possession of the second half, Favre was picked off by Brandon Meriweather. The Patriots turned it into a one-yard Sammy Morris touchdown plunge, as the Patriots went up 13-3. Favre was held to one touchdown and just 181 yards. 3. Stephen Gostkowski was huge, and so were his kick-offs. In addition to hitting on all four field goal attempts, the Patriots big foot drilled all six of his kickoffs into the end zone, with only one being returned. Two were booted entirely out of the end zone. Bill Belichick has always stressed winning field position, and thanks to Gostkowski, they did on Sunday. 4. The relentless pressure of the defense on Favre. Nothing symbolized this more than the Adalius Thomas manhandling of Favre on the next-to-last play the Jets ran in the game. Thomas overpowered Leon Washington to get to Favre. 5. Kris Jenkins helped disrupt the line in the third quarter but other than that the offensive line did their job in providing running lanes for Lamont Jordan, Kevin Faulk and Laurence Maroney, who along with Morris, Cassel and Heath Evans combined to run the ball 33 times for 104 yards. Ron Borges with Alex Speier on the Pats D. Ron Borges talks about Pats offense. Michael Felger with Alex Speier on Pats win.