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Rapid Reaction: Patriots 19, Jets 10

9/14/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For those who thought the New York Jets were the new team to beat in the AFC East, think again.

The New England Patriots reminded everyone the division still needs to come through them even without QB Tom Brady. The Patriots beat the Jets 19-10 on Sunday at the Meadowlands.

The Patriots have won 21 straight regular-season games and seven in a row over the Jets at the Meadowlands.

Both teams displayed rough edges on offense, scoring no touchdowns in the first half and just one apiece in the second half. But the Patriots controlled the game through field position and smarter decisions.

That the Patriots won even though WR Randy Moss had only two catches for 22 yards and starting RB Laurence Maroney had eight carries for 16 yards and is testament to their all-around effort.

Patriots QB Matt Cassel didn't look like a Pro Bowler, but that was unnecessary. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 165 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Jets didn't score a touchdown until their first drive of the fourth quarter. Brett Favre completed 18 of 26 passes for 181 yards, one touchdown and one ugly interception that set up the Patriots on the Jets 31-yard line for their lone touchdown.