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New England Patriots links 9/20/21 - Patriots 25 - Jets 6: Defense feasts; Offense still nibbling

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New England Patriots v New York Jets
Dont’a Hightower sacks QB Zach Wilson
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  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Pats win at MetLife Stadium. 2. Pats OC Josh McDaniels needs to share in the blame for offensive struggles.
  • Zack Cox gives us his Patriots takeaways from their Week 2 win: 1. The offense is a work in progress.
  • Nick Goss gives us his key takeaways from the win. 2. Patriots offense unimpressive again. 3. James White remains ultra-important; More.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots’ lessons-learned from Week Two: Despite some areas in need of improvement, the Pats returned to the win column on Sunday behind strong contributions from their running game and their defensive backfield.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Flight grounded: Patriots defeat Jets 25-6 for first win of 2021. ‘For the Patriots, the story of the day would be poor play along the offensive line.’ /Must get figured out soon.
  • Alex Barth recaps Mac Jones’ first career win: Offensive line issues repeatedly cost the Patriots, but the Jets kept giving the ball back.
  • Andrew Callahan writes the defense dominated the Jets and Zach Wilson in another Belichick win over rookie QBs.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots defense (4 INTs) leads the way to a 25-6 win over the Jets.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) The Patriots intercept a win in New Jersey! ‘My biggest question is this: Is the offensive line really struggling or is the Jets defense actually that good? And I think, it is probably a little of both.’
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Why James White’s value to the team goes beyond the box score; Plus: Trent Brown’s fill-in flops against the Jets.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) 5 thoughts following the Patriots win over the Jets. 1) Rookie quarterback Mac Jones had another fairly solid outing against the Jets on Sunday, finishing the afternoon with another accurate outing after completing 73% of his passes.
  • Karen Guregian goes inside Damien Harris show-stopping 26-yard-touchdown run that was one for the ages, running through tackles and finding his way through eight would-be tacklers.
  • Mike Reiss highlights Damien Harris’ redemption play, carrying four Jets into the end zone on 26-yard TD run.
  • Andrew Callahan mentions how the Patriots reacted to Mac Jones pushing Damien Harris into the end zone.
  • Alex Barth details the Patriots turning to complementary football on their most crucial sequence against the Jets.
  • Karen Guregian finds the legend of Mac Jones keeps growing; The rookie added a few more wrinkles to his repertoire in notching his first NFL win and making a couple key blocks.
  • Michael Hurley says Mac Jones gets a notch in the win column in his first opportunity to make the Jets feel like they made the wrong decision at the draft.
  • Evan Lazar talks about Mac Jones taking blame for the lack of explosive passing plays yesterday.
  • Adam London relays how Bill Belichick felt about Mac Jones pushing Damien Harris into the end zone: “I don’t know how much help Damien needed, but again, Mac is a competitive guy and love to see his competitive spirit come out … it’s really probably a good thing,”
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Belichick: ‘Keep working, keep grinding’ and more after Pats ground Jets in Week Two.
  • Andrew Callahan details how James White settled Mac Jones and the offense during their first win
  • Adam London calls Zack Wilson’s first half flat-out miserable: 3-of-7 for 45 yards, 0 TDs and 3 Interceptions.
  • Dakota Randall picks three studs, three duds from the Pats’ wild Week 2 victory over the Jets.
  • CBS Boston picks this week’s Ups and Downs: Harris makes amends, Defense takes full advantage of Zach Wilson’s rookie mistakes.
  • Matt Dolloff’s Patriots Ups & Downs: Redemption for Damien Harris vs Jets.


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots 25 at Jets 16: Drives, highlights.
  • Kambui Bomani (PFF) Week 2 Game Recap: Patriots 25, Jets 6. ‘The Patriots’ defense forced rookie quarterback Zach Wilson into four interceptions and four sacks, headlined by a two-pick afternoon for cornerback J.C. Jackson.’
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Jets vs. Patriots takeaways: New England picks off Zach Wilson four times en route to first win of 2021.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Patriots ride four Zach Wilson interceptions to a 25-6 win.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Mac Jones: Feels good to win, we can be better on offense.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: John Harbaugh discusses fourth-down conversion that capped a wild Week 2 Sunday; Plus, Kliff Kingsbury on Kyler Murray, field goals made and missed, taunting penalties and much more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 2: No way Oweh! Rookie helps Ravens burn Chiefs and more moments that defined NFL Sunday. Goat of the week: Zack Wilson.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 2 Takeaways: Derrick Henry saves the Titans, Derek Carr catches fire; Plus, the Dallas D emerges, the Panthers are for real, Kyler Murray carries the Cards, the Rams lean on defensive stands and Stafford’s stardom to survive in Indy, Dalton injury finally forces Matt Nagy’s hand, the Bills blast the Dolphins while Belichick’s defense overwhelms Zach Wilson, and much more!
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Week 2 takeaways: What we learned, big reaction questions and team confidence ratings for every game. Patriots, what to know: What to know: Win the turnover battle, win the game; More.
  • Around the NFL ( 2021 NFL season, Week 2: What we learned from Sunday’s games. 2. Another Belichickian victory against the rival Jets. The Patriots took advantage of every Jets mistake and limited those of their own for a routine win coach Bill Belichick knows so well.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: It’s time to buy the Raiders, the major Dolphins flaws on display and more from Week 2; Plus, reasons for concern about the Colts, Jaguars and Zach Wilson.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of Week 2. Loser: All these taunting calls. Nobody solves nonexistent problems like the NFL. Winner: The ghosts of MetLife Stadium.
  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) Week 2’s wild variances: Bills look primed to take off while Steelers, Saints come back down to earth.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 2 grades. Patriots B+, Jets D.
  • Judy Battista ( Jets QB Zach Wilson’s response to disastrous day vs. Patriots will be telling.
  • Ben Solak (The Ringer) Ranking every interception from a sloppy NFL morning: The first slate featured a whopping 21 interceptions, ranging from mundane to iconic. But which one was the funniest?
  • Michael Shapiro (SI) The NFL’s taunting rule, explained. The increased emphasis on taunting calls was pushed by Giants owner John Mara: “we get kind of sick and tired of the taunting that does go on from time to time on the field.” /Ridiculous.