The New England Patriots remain undefeated seven weeks into the regular season, thanks to another blowout victory: the reigning world champions went on the road against the New York Jets and dismantled their division rivals with a final score of 33-0. The home team was outmatched from the get-go, with the Patriots’ offense having its moments and the defense — business as usual at this point — dominating from start to finish.
With that being said, let’s recap what happened.
Patriots (7-0) 33 : 0 Jets (1-5)
The Patriots lost the coin toss, received the game’s opening kickoff and quickly went to work against New York’s defense. Quarterback Tom Brady led his team’s down the field on an impressive series that took 8:47 off the clock and saw New England convert all four of the third downs it faced — the final of which a 3-yard scoring run by Sony Michel to cap the 16-play, 78-yard drive in perfect fashion. [Patriots 7 : 0 Jets]
New England’s defense also started well into the game. On the Jets’ second offensive play, Jamie Collins Sr. blitzed to force Jets quarterback Sam Darnold to throw an ill-advised pass that ended in the waiting arms of Patriots safety Devin McCourty — the veteran’s fifth interception of the season, and one that set up the team in prime field position. While the offense failed to get much going it still added to its lead thanks to a 34-yard field goal. [Patriots 10 : 0 Jets]
New York’s second possession went better, at least slightly: while the home team did not gain a first down and had to punt after just three offensive plays, it also did not turn the football over. Compared to how the first drive went, this was process for the Jets — but it still gave the Patriots another chance to add to their lead. They did just that: the team drove 67 yards in seven plays, including a fourth down conversion to Benjamin Watson.
The series was capped with Brady’s first touchdown pass of the night, a perfectly placed 26-yarder to Phillip Dorsett. [Patriots 17 : 0 Jets]
While the Jets were able to gain their first first down of the game on the quarter’s opening play, the Patriots quickly regained possession again: John Simon blitzed off the edge to take down Sam Darnold, who lost the football in the process of being sacked. Fellow Patriot Kyle Van Noy jumped on the football for the recovery and change of possession (and originally a touchdown as well but it was eventually overturned).
The Patriots still turned the takeaway into another score, however. Driving 38 yards in nine plays, Sony Michel found the end zone from one yard out to put his team up 24-0 after the successful extra point. New England’s offense used some interesting personnel groups near the goal line, with linebacker Elandon Roberts and offensive lineman James Ferentz both seeing action at the fullback position. [Patriots 24 : 0 Jets]
New York answered the Patriots’ touchdown with its best-looking drive of the night up to that point, as the team drove all the way up to New England’s 19-yard line — in part because of three defensive penalties. However, the drive did end with a familiar result: a Jets turnover. On a 3rd and 10, Darnold threw his second interception of the night when threw into no-man’s land and Duron Harmon’s waiting arms.
Starting at their own 1-yard line after the interception, the Patriots’ offense was unable to move the football effectively and had to punt for the first time after just three plays. The kick actually set New York up with solid field position — the team’s next drive started at the New England 46-yard line — but once again head coach Adam Gase’s squad turned the football over, this time on downs because of an incomplete pass by Darnold.
The Patriots failed to take advantage, but did run the clock down to leave the Jets only one option after another punt: take a knee and head into the locker room.
New York received the opening kickoff of the second half, but did not do anything with the possession. Instead, Darnold turned the football over a fourth time: with Devin McCourty bearing down on him on a corner blitz, the second-year passer tried to throw a quick pass to avoid another sack. The decision was a bad one, however, as the football ended up in the waiting arms of Stephon Gilmore:
New England’s offense was was unable to take advantage of the pick, and instead had to settle for a punt to end the series. The decision to kick the ball away on a 4th and 2 from New York’s 40-yard line did set up the defense with tremendous field position, however, as it started the next possession at the Jets’ 3. While the offense did gain three yards on a hand-off to start the drive, the next play added more points to the Patriots’ score.
On second down, the snap sailed over Sam Darnold’s head and the quarterback could do little more than kick the football out of the back of the end zone for a safety. [Patriots 26 : 0 Jets]
New England received the free kick after the safety but just two plays later had to give up the football again: Brady was pressured around the edge and hit as he was just releasing the football, which allowed Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson to pick up the floating football. Once again, however, the team’s offense was unable to get any momentum back as Darnold threw his fourth interception of the night: this time, ex-Jet Terrence Brooks registered the turnover.
Once again, however, the Patriots were unable to take advantage as another one of their drives ended with a punt. The Jets, meanwhile, kicked the football away on the next series as well.
This time, however, Brady and company would not be denied: the team marched 59 yards in 11 plays, with Sony Michel scoring his third touchdown of the night from one yard out to put New England up by 33 points. [Patriots 33 : 0 Jets]
Following Michel’s third touchdown run, the game was essentially over with the final highlight coming courtesy of Matthew Slater: ex-Patriot Braxton Berrios muffed a Jake Bailey punt, and the veteran special teamer jumped on the loose football for a New England recovery. At that point, Jarrett Stidham was inserted into the lineup instead of Tom Brady.