The Patriots boat raced the Jets on their way to a 54-13 victory, playing the most complete game we’ve seen them play since the days of Tom Brady and co. The offense punted just once, scoring their most points since November 18, 2012. The defense continued their dominance over New York, holding them under 20 points for the third straight matchup.
It was a day of trying something new, as the philosophy seemed to change on both sides of the ball, leading to a fast start and furious finish from the Patriots. After not delivering against the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans, or Dallas Cowboys, the Patriots finally gave their fans that statement win they had been waiting for.
Final Score: Patriots (3-4) 54 : 13 Jets (1-5)
October 24, 1:00p.m. ET | Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA | Broadcast information
Patriots Inactives: LB Dont’a Hightower, RB Rhamondre Stevenson, TE Devin Asiasi, OLB Ronnie Perkins, OL Yasir Durant, CB Shaun Wade
Jets Inactives: TE Tyler Kroft, DT Jonathan Marshall, S Adrian Colbert, WR Jeff Smith, RB Tevin Coleman, LB C.J. Mosely
Dont’a Hightower is a new addition to the Patriots inactive list. After practicing just once this week due to ankle and elbow injuries, Hightower will get some much needed rest from fulfilling his duties as the Patriots “trash man.”
Other than the addition of Hightower, New England’s inactive lists haven’t changed very much over the course of the season. Shaun Wade, Devin Asiasi, and Ronnie Perkins have yet to play in a game this season, while Rhamondre Stevenson and Yasir Durant make up the rest of Bill Belichick’s healthy scratches. Davon Godchaux will play despite not practicing all week.
Jets’ linebacker C.J. Mosely and running back Tevin Coleman will be inactive with hamstring injuries, perhaps helping New England out on the ground on both sides of the ball.
The Jets won the coin toss and chose to defer. Mac Jones and the Patriots will start on offense.
Gunner Olszewski returned the opening kick to the New England 36-yard line, setting the Patriots up with great field position. New England looked to get Jonnu Smith involved early as he caught a short out route on the left side, then was handed the ball, before taking a running back screen down into New York territory. That is when the Patriots got tricky, running a double pass with Kendrick Bourne delivering a 25-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor. [Patriots 7 : 0 Jets]
New York started with the ball at their own 25-yard line following a Jake Bailey touchback. The drive didn’t last long, as two Michael Carter runs only netted them three yards. On third-and-7, New England sent Myles Bryant on a cornerback blitz, who got home and sacked rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. New York punted it away.
New England started their following drive at their own 47-yard line following a 17-yard punt return by Olszewski. It took them just one Damien Harris run play to get back into Jets’ territory. They rode Harris all the way down the field, as he accounted 51 of the Patriots 53 yards, capping off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. [Patriots 14 : 0 Jets]
New York again started their drive from the 25-yard line. This time the Jets were able to pick up a first down on a Zach Wilson shovel pass on third-and-10 that went for 12-yards. They picked up another first down on a screen pass to Elijah Moore, moving into New England territory. They continued to follow the strategy of running on first and second down, before picking up the first down on 3rd-and-manageable. When New England was able to force New York into a 3rd-and-7, they stalled out falling short of the sticks. That forced Jets’ head coach Robert Saleh into sending his field goal unit out onto the field, where rookie kicker Matt Ammendola pushed a 48-yard field goal wide right. The defense makes a stand.
Mac Jones’ first pass attempt on the ensuing drive was nearly intercepted, but dropped around midfield by Jets’ linebacker Quincy Williams. They went to play action on the following play where Jones hit Jonnu Smith for a 24-yard gain. A pair of J.J. Taylor touches brought them into the extended red zone of New York, where the Jets gave them a free first down on 3rd-and-2, jumping offsides before the play. That led to the end of the first quarter.
New England stalled out from there, as Jones missed a wide open Hunter Henry for the first down. Nick Folk came on to hit a 39-yard field goal to extend the Patriots’ lead. [Patriots 17 : 0 Jets]
Old friend Braxton Berrios set New York up with good field position following a nice kick return out to the New York 31-yard line. New England forced a 3rd-and-4 situation, where Zach Wilson made a great throw to Ryan Griffin for a 15-yard gain. That brought New York across midfield, where they decided to take a shot into the end zone. It worked out for New York as Kyle Dugger was flagged for pass interference at the New England one-yard line, but Zach Wilson stayed down after taking a shot from Matthew Judon. One step forward, two steps back for the Jets. Devin McCourty was also slow to get up after diving for the ball that Wilson threw into the end zone. The Jets were able to capitalize on the pass interference call, as backup quarterback Mike White hit Corey Davis in the end zone for a touchdown. [Patriots 17 : 7 Jets]
New England’s following drive started with two vertical pass attempts that fell incomplete, on 3rd-and-10, Mac Jones hit his security blanket Jakobi Meyers for a 19-yard gain. Back to the ground, as Damien Harris picked up another pair of first downs and moved the Patriots into Jets’ territory. A first down shot into the end zone, and Brandon Bolden run that went nowhere set New England up with another 3rd-and-10, where Mac Jones got loose and scrambled for the first down and moved the Patriots into the red zone. Because they wouldn’t be comfortable in any other situation, the Patriots were set up on another 3rd-and-long, where Brandon Bolden took a running back screen 15-yards for another Patriots touchdown. [Patriots 24 : 7 Jets]
Mike White came back out to lead the Jets on their next drive, with Zach Wilson questionable to return with a knee injury. Carl Davis, Devin McCourty, Harvey Langi and Jonnu Smith were all questionable to return at that same time with injuries of their own.
The Jets picked up two quick first downs to start their next series, moving into Patriots’ territory. The Jets offense stalled a bit once they got inside the Patriots’ 30-yard line. On 4th-and-1 from the New England 28-yard line, Christian Barmore stuffed a Ty Johnson run to turn it over on downs. The Patriots defense makes the stand.
New England took over that their own 28-yard line with 1:55 left in the half. They moved into Jets’ territory quickly on a screen pass to Brandon Bolden. They stalled out a bit due to some failed plays to Bolden, but converted on 4th-and-1, with Jones hitting his favorite target Jakobi Meyers. They continued to play the short game with dump offs to Meyers and Bolden respectively, moving them inside the Jets’ 10-yard line. A pass interference penalty on the Jets gave New England the ball at New York’s 1-yard line, where Mac Jones hit Hunter Henry for another touchdown. [Patriots 31 : 7 Jets]
Brandon Bolden accounted for 44 of New England’s 72 yards on the previous drive.
The Jets weren't’t content with kneeling out the remainder of the clock, going to the air and almost being intercepted on their first play of the drive, and letting up a sack on the second. That bled the clock out and took us to halftime. [HALFTIME - Patriots 31 : 7 Jets]
It was announced at the end of halftime that Jonnu Smith, Harvey Langi, and Jets’ quarterback Zach Wilson would not be returning to the game.
Mike White came out at quarterback for the Jets after halftime, set up at the New York 22-yard line following a Braxton Berrios kick return. He hit Corey Davis for a 17-yard gain on 3rd-and-4 to give New York the first down and some breathing room. A pair of check downs to Ty Johnson and Jamison Crowder moved them to New England’s 25-yard line. A pass interference penalty on Jalen Mills gave New York another first down and set them up at the Patriots’ 19-yard line. An end around to Elijah Moore went for 19-yards and straight into the end zone and got the Jets back on the board. New York went for two but were stuffed. Not a good start for the Patriots. [Patriots 31 : 13 Jets]
Mac Jones and the Patriots offense came out for their first drive of the second half at their own 25-yard line following a touchback. A pair of swing passes to Kendrick Bourne and Brandon Bolden took New England pass midfield. J.J. Taylor then got involved at running back and took a toss to the New York 29-yard line. The Patriots offense stalled from there, when Mac Jones was sacked on third down. Nick Folk came on to attempt a 50-yard field goal, and nailed it. [Patriots 34 : 13 Jets]
The Jets’ ensuing possession began at the 25-yard line after another touchback. Despite forcing another third down, the Patriots defense got burned on a wheel route from Jamison Crowder that went for 21 yards. The Jets picked up another first down on the ground to move into Patriots territory. Mike White sailed his next pass attempt over the head of his tight end Ryan Griffin and into the finger tips of Kyle Dugger who came up with the impressive interception.
Mac Jones came out firing on the Patriots’ ensuing possession, hitting Nelson Agholor for a 26-yard gain. A pair of runs set New England up with a 3rd-and-4 scenario from their 47-yard line, they were called for a holding penalty on an incomplete pass that was declined by New York, New England punted it away. On the punt, Brandon King was called for a personal foul that tacked on 15-yards from the end of the kick.
The Jets’ following possesion lasted just three official plays as J.C. Jackson intercepted Mike White on a 3rd-and-12 pass along the sideline. The party has started in Foxborough.
New England seemed content with keeping it on the ground on their next drive, as two Damien Harris runs took us into the fourth quarter.
On the second play of the quarter, Mac Jones hit the Jets with a play action fake, connecting with Hunter Henry for a 22-yard gain. Damien Harris capped things off with a 3-yard touchdown run on the next play. [Patriots 41 : 13 Jets]
Cody Davis made a great special teams tackle to keep Jets returner Keelan Cole from crossing the 20-yard line on the Patriots kickoff. Michael Carter took a check down for 12-yards and a first down on their first play, to give New York some room to work. They converted on a 3rd-and-10 play to grab another first down with backup Mike White. After moving across mid field, Joejuan Williams made a good play to break up a pass to Elijah Moore on 3rd-and-4. The Jets went for it on fourth down, but Deatrich Wise Jr. was able to deflect a pass and turn the ball back over to his offense.
Though Mac Jones came out for the next series, some starters were replaced with backups. James Ferentz, J.J. Taylor, and N’Keal Harry all came on and stayed on during the series. 41 point just wasn't enough for the Patriots as they continued to pour it on. A 46-yard deep ball to Kendrick Bourne set up J.J. Taylor for a 1-yard touchdown run. Nick Folk missed the point after. [Patriots 47 : 13 Jets]
The Jets came back out trying to burn as much clock as possible. Run plays and short passes were the name of the game. They picked up an early first down but ended up being forced to punt as they refused to contest with New England’s secondary. Thomas Morestead’s second punt of the day was a beauty, going for 51-yards.
Brian Hoyer came on in relief of Mac Jones. His first pass attempt went to N’Keal Harry but was knocked away by a Jets defender. His second attempt went to Gunner Olszewski for 22-yards, Olszewski’s first reception of the year. His third attempt went to fullback Jakob Johnson, who turned it into a 29-yard gain. His fourth attempt went to N’Keal Harry who made a great adjustment to the ball for a 28-yard gain. In between those passing attempts were rushing attempts for J.J. Taylor, who eventually plowed into the end zone from one yard out. [Patriots 54 : 13 Jets]
Playing for pride, the Jets offense came out throwing the ball. They completed three straight passes, the last of which was fumbled and eventually recovered by Josh Uche. They couldn’t even play for pride correctly.
New England’s offense —led by Brian Hoyer— came back out looking to end things. They kneeled the clock out on three straight plays and finished this drubbing in victory formation. [FINAL - Patriots 54 : 13 Jets]