Patriots 30, Jets 14: 10 quick thoughts from third straight win

Ryan Hannable
September 22, 2019 - 4:00 pm
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FOXBOROUGH —Sunday's game included a little bit of everything for the Patriots -- some good, some bad, some ugly.

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Despite beating the Jets, 30-14, it wasn’t the prettiest performance, especially on offense. It was the defense that once again carried them. The Patriots have now allowed 17 points through three games this season, although the defense has actually been on the field for just three of them.

The only Jets touchdowns came on a muffed punt by Gunner Olszewski late in the third quarter which was recovered in the end zone, and a Jamal Adams pick-6 of Jarrett Stidham midway through the fourth quarter.

Here are 10 quick thoughts from the game.

1. As was mentioned before, the defense was the story of the game. It finished with five sacks and an interception (Devin McCourty). It was another dominant performance, as the Jets only ran four plays in New England territory and that came on the opening possession. New York also finished 0-for-12 on third down. Despite its opponents, the defense is showing it has the potential to be something special.

2. Jamie Collins was one of the bigger standouts as he was all over the field, finishing with six tackles and two sacks. It’s becoming quite evident the Patriots are getting more out of him in his second tenure with the team, just like it still is with Patrick Chung.

3. While the offense put up a ton of points, it certainly wasn’t consistently in sync the entire game. Tom Brady was up and down, although some of that could be directed towards injuries at the receiver position. Julian Edelman left the game late in the first half with a chest injury and Josh Gordon battled a few ailments over the course of the game as well. Brady finished 28-for-42 with 306 yards and two touchdowns. Stidham replaced him with 8:41 remaining in the game, but then Brady returned following the pick-6.

4. The Patriots’ opening drive was one of their best of the season, which was capped off by a five-yard touchdown run by Sony Michel. Of the nine plays, six different skill position players touched the ball. This is something the offense will look to build on as it looks to get as many players involved as possible.

5. Stephen Gostkowski’s struggles continue. The kicker missed the first extra point of the game, which comes following three missed kicks (two extra points and a field goal) in Miami. He bounced back by making the rest of his kicks, but this is something that bears watching moving forward.

6. Looking for negatives in the game? Look no further than the Patriots running game. It finished with 69 rushing yards on 25 attempts. Michel had the roughest day, finishing with 11 yards on nine carries. A lot of this should be pointed towards the offensive line, but this is what the unit will be for the foreseeable future until Isaiah Wynn returns from injured reserve.

7. While Gordon didn’t light up the stat sheet, he displayed plenty of toughness by staying in the game and made a tremendous catch near the goal-line in the third quarter, keeping both feet in bounds near the sideline. He made another great catch over the middle in the fourth quarter.

8. Olszewski’s muffed punt ruined a lot of defensive numbers for the defense, as the touchdown counts towards points allowed. It was the first touchdown allowed of the season and first by the team since the AFC title game in Kansas City. The undrafted rookie fielded the next punt, so he was not disciplined. 

9. Phillip Dorsett’s streak ended with 26 straight receptions in the regular season with an incomplete pass thrown his way in the third quarter. According to NFL Research, it’s tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history and second-longest by a wide receiver. The play was reviewed, but stood as called.

10. The wide receiver position will be a major focus this week. It lost Antonio Brown before the game and now has the potential to be without Edelman. If that is the case Gordon will be depended on more than ever and Dorsett, along with Jakobi Meyers' roles will be increased. 

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