Ezekiel Elliott discusses his return to Dallas, and different last ideas from Patriots-Jets


“It means quite a bit … I’ve had a whole lot of historical past in that stadium,” Elliott mentioned. “It’ll be enjoyable to get again on the market in entrance of the Dallas followers.”

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EAST RUNTHERFORD, N.J. – The Patriots gained a rock combat within the rain, prevailing 15-10 over the rival New York Jets in a contest that didn’t function a lot offense.

  • New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) hands off to New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) with better line blocking for the run during the third quarter. The New York Jets host the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ Sunday, September 24, 2023.

    The Patriots lastly crafted a blueprint to victory — successful within the trenches

  • Jets CB Sauce Gardner says Mac Jones hit him in his ‘non-public elements’ throughout 4th-quarter scrap

How becoming is it that the New England scored 15 factors in its fifteenth consecutive win in opposition to the Jets?

Invoice Belichick’s protection placed on a masterclass on how you can stuff the run. The Jets’ floor recreation, led by Breece Corridor and four-time Professional Bowler Dalvin Prepare dinner solely mustered 38 speeding yards on 22 carries. Their longest run went for seven yards.

The Jets’ weren’t a lot better by way of the air. Zach Wilson had 29 passing yards on the half, and completed with 157 after a late push. He appeared timid, held onto the ball so lengthy that he was sacked thrice, and had nonetheless had quite a few probabilities to erase the Patriots’ lead.

Someway, regardless of their putrid offensive efficiency, the Jets managed to remain within the recreation till the very finish, which was a failed Hail Mary try on the ultimate play.

The Patriots stopped the bleeding and climbed to a 1-2 document heading into subsequent week’s matchup with Dallas. Listed below are a couple of last ideas.

Zeke opens up about Dallas return

One of many extra fascinating storylines heading into subsequent weeks recreation is Ezekiel Elliott’s return to AT&T Stadium, the place he performed for seven years as a Dallas Cowboy.

Elliott’s time in Dallas didn’t finish the way in which he wished it to — the Cowboys launched him again in March.

“I might say undoubtedly disillusioned,” Elliot mentioned when requested about his emotions on leaving the Cowboys. “However every thing occurs for a motive. God has his plan for us and I’m excited for this subsequent chapter. I’m excited to be a Patriot. I’m excited to go chase a Tremendous Bowl right here.”

The veteran again took 16 carries for 80 yards on Sunday, which is well his greatest efficiency as a Patriot thus far.

He’s feeling extra snug within the system, he mentioned. Regardless of his accomplishments in Dallas, which embrace three Professional Bowls and a pair of speeding titles, Elliott mentioned he felt like he needed to show himself once more in New England.

He mentioned he’s “tremendous excited” to return to Dallas, the place he lives within the offseason. And he reminded reporters that his historical past in AT&T stadium goes past his time with the Cowboys. He gained a nationwide title in faculty with Ohio State within the stadium as effectively.

“It means quite a bit … I’ve had a whole lot of historical past in that stadium,” Elliott mentioned. “It’ll be enjoyable to get again on the market in entrance of the Dallas followers.”

Anfernee Jennings: Taking part in with ‘swag and composure

Anfernee Jennings received the beginning at linebacker for New England. He was amongst a number of gamers on the Patriots protection, together with Keion White and Sam Roberts, who made their first begins of the season on Sunday.

He made 5 tackles, together with 4 solo tackles and one deal with for loss.

“For Ant to return on the market and play with as a lot moxie, swag, and composure [as he did],” linebacker Matthew Judon mentioned. “And get some huge TFL’s firstly of the sport, it wasn’t like he watched us do it, he took it on himself. He got here on the market ready. He noticed the performs that we wished to run. We referred to as some performs to get him transferring. We all know how he can set the sting, and we all know how bodily he’s within the run recreation. He went on the market and did that.”

Homecoming for Jabrill Peppers

Jabrill Peppers grew up in Paramus, N.J., which is roughly ten miles down the highway from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

MetLife Stadium was Peppers’ residence subject for 3 seasons whereas he performed with the Giants in his most up-to-date cease earlier than New England.

Evidently, he was pumped to beat the Jets.

“It’s the Jets, you understand,” Peppers mentioned. “Ever since I’ve performed right here, each time we’ve performed them, it’s come all the way down to the wire. Final recreation got here all the way down to an onside kick, second recreation, Marcus [Jones] took one to the home. This one, we have been doing our suppose and it got here all the way down to a Hail Mary late.”

Ja’Whaun Bentley responds to ‘Onerous Knocks’ dig

Again in August, Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich mocked the Patriots’ “Do Your Job” motto throughout an episode of Onerous Knocks.

“Do my job? Is that adequate? [Expletive] no,” the coach mentioned.

Patriots linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley was requested concerning the feedback after the sport.

“Effectively, we did our job in the present day,” Bentley mentioned, drawing laughs contained in the room the place the postgame press convention was held.

Extra Mac Jones allegations?

Mac Jones is in his third NFL season, however it’s already getting robust to maintain monitor of what number of instances he’s been accused of soiled performs.

From Brian Burns claiming that Jones twisted his ankle to the NFL fining Jones for a low block in opposition to Cincinnati’s Eli Apple, there are many examples of Jones being referred to as out for performs have been perceived by some as soiled.

This time, Sauce Gardner accused Jones of hitting him in his non-public elements. Gardner joked that he wanted to ice up as a result of Jones was attempting to stop him from having children.

This isn’t the primary time an opposing participant has accused Jones of hitting them within the non-public space. Chicago Bears security Jaquan Brisker accused Jones of kicking him there throughout New England’s Monday night time recreation in opposition to the Bears final 12 months.

Jones unsurprisingly denied all wrongdoing in his press conference, and who is aware of what a second take a look at the movie will present. However, the allegations of Jones being a grimy participant proceed to stack up, and that is simply the most recent instance.

Irrespective of how tough issues are in Foxborough, the Jets are nonetheless the Jets

How lucky are the Patriots that they received to run into the Aaron Rodgers-less Jets in Week 3 after their first 0-2 begin since 2001?

The Jets haven’t overwhelmed the Patriots since David Andrews’s rookie season in 2015. Even with out Tom Brady, the Patriots nonetheless persistently discover a strategy to get it executed in opposition to the Jets.

The Jets are identical franchise that produced Mark Sanchez’s butt fumble in 2012. Zach Wilson is similar quarterback who threw 4 picks in his first begin in opposition to New England. Someway, they managed to get by way of Sunday’s recreation with out turning the ball over as soon as.

However even with out the embarrassing errors, the Jets continued their prolonged dropping streak in opposition to the Patriots. It saved New England from an 0-3 begin. Now the Patriots have an opportunity to get again to .500 subsequent week.