The New York Jets had a short week when they travelled to Foxboro on Thursday to take on their division rivals the New England Patriots. The entire game wasn’t how I expected it to play out and thought it would have been way more intense considering the history between the two. At the end of a long painful 4 quarters the Patriots walked away with the 13-10 victory. It was actually towards the fourth quarter where things went bad for the Jets because up until the last few moments of the game they had a chance to tie it up and head to overtime.
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Geno Smith didn’t play his best game; he was intercepted three times in the last 15 minutes of the game. Smith shouldn’t be blamed on the loss though because he also threw some great passes which were dropped during the rainy weather. Jets rookie CB was also benched for a couple of mistakes he made during the game. They also lost Muhammad Wilkerson to an ankle injury during the game but he is expected to play on Sunday and has started back practicing. The game was one of the worse I’ve seen both teams play because even the Patriots who are usually tougher competition seemed to be having trouble with their offense as well. The Jets defense did a good job at holding the Patriots to only two field goals plus a touchdown when most thought it would have ended with a bigger upset. The Pats had just as many dropped passes as the Jets and at one point Tom Brady became visibly upset with his receivers, Brady was also not as accurate as he usually is. At the very end of the game a scuffle even broke out between left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Willie Colon who were both ejected from the game when the Patriots felt that Nick Mangold had a late hit on their player Aqib Talib after an interception. All players involved are expected to be fined but not suspended. Luckily for the Jets it was just week 2 and not a crucial game but come week 7 when they meet the Patriots back on their home turf the outcome has to be a lot different than we seen in this game.
A good sign in practice this week was LB Quinton Coples who has been out since preseason after suffering a hairline fracture in his ankle but has now been cleared for practice. WR Jeremy Kerley has also had non-contact practice which means he’s closer to returning. They are back at home this week facing another division rival the Buffalo Bills and if they want to walk away with the win on Sunday they will have to be way more efficient in the red zone. The pressure must also come off Smith who has been holding onto the ball way too long. They face a team who also has a rookie QB so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Both teams are 1-1 and the Dolphins and Patriots are 2-0 so this is a must win for the Jets because a playoff spot will become harder at getting if they fall 1-2. On paper the Jets win looks promising having beaten the Bills six times of out of their last seven encounters but both organizations have made many changes with players and coaches so it’s all up in the air.