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Patriots vs. Jets: Half-time Thoughts

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Week 5: New England Patriots (3-1) vs. New York Jets (2-2)

Sunday, October 9th, 2011 | 4:15 PM ET

TV: CBS | Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Jets Coverage: Gang Green Nation

Half-time thoughts:

  • The Patriots are only up 3 points in this game, and you can't help but think the team should be up by a lot more.  The team held the Jets to 3-and-outs on their first four drives, before allowing a back-breaking eight minute, 13 play, 78 yard touchdown drive in the second quarter to cut the game to 10-7.
  • At the end of the half, the Patriots had a chance to extend the lead to 17-7, but on the last play of the half, Aaron Hernandez dropped a potential touchdown that was instead intercepted by Antonio Cromartie, negating the chance for the team to put any points on the board.  Big swing there.
  • Overall, it was a pretty ugly first half.  Eleven combined first half penalties, several that extended drives for each team.  The Antonio Cromartie interception was the only turnover of the half, but there weren't many big plays for either team.  The highlights of the day so far have to be a pair of Tom Brady throws to Wes Welker and Deion Branch.  The Patriots also had some nice tough running from BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who scored their only touchdown.
  • The Patriots are letting this game be a lot closer than it should be, and that's always scary when you're playing a team as good as the Jets.