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Throughout his postgame media availability after a irritating 24-17 loss to the Dolphins final Sunday evening, Matthew Judon made a degree to supply speedy assurance that the Patriots are usually not a foul crew.
This Sunday, he made the essential play that assured, for this week, that we might not have a purpose to consider them as one.
Judon sacked hapless Jets quarterback Zach Wilson ultimately zone with 2 minutes and 15 seconds remaining, the security giving the Patriots a 15-10 lead that, regardless of a virtually profitable Hail Mary try on the sport’s closing play, would maintain up as the ultimate rating. The win was the Patriots’ fifteenth straight in opposition to the Jets, and extra necessary, their first of the season.
The sound you heard when Wilson’s closing heave was batted away, deflecting off receiver Randall Cobb’s hand earlier than settling safely on the turf, was all of New England exhaling.
The Patriots did what they wanted to do to win, and never an entire lot extra. And that’s tremendous for now. Fashion factors can come later. They wanted a win, desperately, and so they acquired it. The offense couldn’t make a play to shut the sport, and that needs to be remedied quickly, however it’s simple to neglect that the Jets are richly proficient on protection. They make issues troublesome.
The Patriots protection, save for one out-of-nowhere 13-play, 87-yard landing drive within the fourth quarter, was wonderful. The Patriots have been aided, predictably, by Wilson, who has a top-notch arm and never a single different attribute of a reliable NFL quarterback.
The Jets went simply 2 of 14 on third down, gained 38 speeding yards on 22 makes an attempt, and managed simply 84 whole yards exterior of that aforementioned outlier of a drive.
It stays to be seen what sort of crew the Patriots will turn out to be. They’re a flawed one for certain. However Judon was proper. They’re not a foul one. Three hard-fought video games into the season, they’re now not a winless one.
Some additional ideas, upon speedy evaluation …
Three gamers who have been price watching
Gamers advised within the Unconventional Preview: Cole Unusual, Garrett Wilson, Demario Douglas
Pharaoh Brown: I’m simply going to imagine that everybody amongst us had Brown scoring the primary landing of the sport. Fairly apparent name in the event you ask me. All proper, so possibly nobody, least of all miscommunicating Jets defensive backs Sauce Gardner and Jordan Whitehead, noticed his completely executed 58-yard catch-and-run at 11:38 of the second quarter coming. In any case, the veteran tight finish’s final TD got here as a Houston Texan within the closing week of the 2020 season, on a 7-yard go from Deshaun Watson, so it has been awhile. Brown’s TD put the Patriots up, 10-0, and charges as their longest go play of the season.
Ezekiel Elliott: This isn’t supposed to specific concern about Rhamondre Stevenson (19 carries, 59 yards, with a protracted of 10). With good well being, he’ll be the Patriots’ greatest offensive participant come season’s finish. However the veteran Elliott felt just like the extra reliable choice, didn’t he? He completed with a season-high 80 yards on 16 carries, with a protracted of 14. On the primary possession of the fourth quarter, he ran 5 straight instances for 13, 4, 6, 3, and 6 yards earlier than the drive stalled when Jones couldn’t sneak for the primary down. He had some spring in his step, and it’s going to be fascinating to see how he fares in opposition to his outdated Dallas teammates subsequent week.
Christian Gonzalez: The rookie first-round decide, usually matched up with Garrett Wilson (5 catches, 48 yards, presumably eager for these hopeful days of coaching camp catching Aaron Rodgers’s passes), had a kind of high-end cornerback type of video games the place you already know he’s doing his job extraordinarily properly since you barely hear his title all day. I wrote earlier than the season it might be unfair to anticipate him to have a rookie season much like Gardner’s final 12 months. I wish to retract these phrases. It’s not that he’s going to be a particular participant. It’s that he may already be there.
Grievance of the sport
The Patriots did an honest job of decreasing the errors — leaky offensive line play, expensive penalties, and turnovers — that plagued them within the losses to the Eagles and Dolphins. The Patriots didn’t flip over the ball in awful climate situations, and Jones was not sacked. That’s progress. However they did have one aggravatingly sloppy possession halfway by way of the third quarter, when in a span of 5 performs, they dedicated three penalties — a JuJu Smith-Schuster unlawful block within the again, negating a Mike Gesicki catch, and back-to-back false begins by Trent Brown and Michael Onwenu. The Patriots dedicated six penalties total, yet another than they’d final week in opposition to the Dolphins. Have to scrub that up, notably on the offensive facet, the place they succeed solely once they’re exact.
Three notes scribbled within the margins
Predicted rating: Patriots 20, Jets 10
Closing rating: Patriots 15, Jets 10
Must be feeling fairly good about Invoice Belichick’s choices to spend a fourth-round decide on kicker Chad Ryland after which preserve him over the regular however distance-limited Nick People. Ryland went 2 for 4, scoring the sport’s first factors (and giving the Patriots their first lead of the season) with a 48-yard subject aim to cap the primary possession. He later drilled a 51-yarder within the third quarter for a 13-3 lead. The 2 misses — a wide-right 48-yarder early within the second and a hooked 57-yarder after a foul snap on the ultimate play of the primary half — have been tolerable given the circumstances. The coach does appear to belief him now … Belichick talks concerning the Jets’ Thomas Morstead like he’s the Ed Reed of punters. After his 75-yard free kick traveled from the Jets’ 20 to the Patriots’ 5 following Judon’s security, we are able to see why … We’ve acquired a simple alternative for favourite play of the sport right here, a minimum of amongst those who don’t contain deep menace Pharaoh Brown: On second and 6 with 8:22 left within the first half, Patriots security Jabrill Peppers trucked a would-be blocker and buried Dalvin Cook dinner, who gained 3 yards however would have had many extra if not for Peppers’s effort. That was Rodney Harrison-level stuff proper there.
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