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Patriots vs Jets: 6 observations from New England’s big 26-6 win over New York

Thoughts on Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and more.

New York Jets v New England Patriots Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The New England Patriots crushed the New York Jets 26-6 in the 2017 regular season finale

Tom Brady had some accuracy issues

Brady completed just 18 of his 37 pass attempts for a 48.6% completion rate and a mere 190 passing yards for 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions and a passer rating of 82.0. While he broke his interception streak and he should finish the season ranked #1 in the NFL for passing yards, he had his struggles against the Jets.

Now the wide receivers had their drops and the coaching staff made sure to keep a certain All Pro tight end out of harm’s way all day, severely limiting Brady’s options in the passing game, but Brady was feeling the Jets pressure and was inaccurate for a good portion of the game.

Dion Lewis was dominant, yet again

Lewis finished the day with a career-high 26 rushing attempts and racked up 133 yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns. It marked his second-straight game with a rushing and receiving touchdown as he also picked up 153 yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns in week 16 against the Buffalo Bills.

Lewis finishes the regular season with a career-high 1,110 yards from scrimmage, 9 offensive touchdowns, and 570 kick return yards and 1 kick return touchdown. Not a bad contract year for the pending free agent.

Rob Gronkowski was quiet

The Patriots All Pro tight end did not see a single target in the passing game all day as the Jets ensured he was double covered the entire game. That forced Brady to throw deep passes to Brandin Cooks and Phillip Dorsett in a very boom-or-bust offense.

Danny Amendola racked up all 4 catches for 43 yards on the Patriots opening drive, and so Brady did not have any of his intermediate or middle-of-the-field receivers for most of the game.

James Harrison made a few nice plays

Harrison made more contributions to the Patriots in their regular season finale than he gave the Pittsburgh Steelers all season, ranking second on the team with 5 tackles, including two sacks, one forced fumble, and a nice open field stop on third down.

He played a large portion of the game and it looks like he’ll fit right into the rotation.

Ryan Allen had a nice finish to the game.

Allen stuck his final three punts of the game inside the 5-yard line, forcing the Jets to go the entire length of the field to mount any sort of comeback, which they were ultimately unable to accomplish because...

Jets went 0 for 12 on third down

The New York Jets have one of the least impressive offenses in the NFL and it showed on Sunday. They failed to convert a single third down all day as the Patriots defense did a great job of executing on third-and-long situations.