Sunday, September 19, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Jets 28, Patriots 14
By Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets sure looked like a contender with their 28-14 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday at the Meadowlands.
What it means: Confidence has to be surging for the Jets with the way they bounced back from a disappointing performance six days earlier. Their offense looked sharp. Their defense was tough. Most importantly, they avoided starting the season in a two-game hole to the Patriots and Miami Dolphins.
Hero: Jets receiver Braylon Edwards didn't catch a pass in the opening-night loss to the Baltimore Ravens until there was about a minute left in the game. He rebounded with a huge day. He had five receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown plus a two-point conversion to give the Jets a seven-point lead late in the third quarter.
Goat: Patriots cornerback Darius Butler had a rough day. He was on Edwards most of the game, including the touchdown and two-point conversion. Butler committed two pass interference penalties on the same fourth-quarter possession, one for 23 yards and the other for 16 yards, to help the Jets score a touchdown. He was replaced by Kyle Arrington on the Jets' next series.
Hindsight: Who in his right mind could have predicted Mark Sanchez would outplay Tom Brady? Six days after a deplorable game, Sanchez looked quite comfortable. He completed 21 of 30 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Brady was 20 of 36 for 248 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He also lost a fumble after driving the Patriots to a first down on the Jets' 16-yard line.
Injuries of note: Maybe Darrelle Revis should have gone to training camp. The Jets cornerback missed the second half with a hamstring injury he aggravated while getting beaten on a 34-yard Randy Moss touchdown. ... The Jets lost All-Pro center Nick Mangold for a series in the third quarter because of a shoulder injury. ... Outside linebacker Jason Taylor went to the trainer's room with an undisclosed injury in the fourth quarter. He returned but left again after an awesome strip sack of Brady. ... Patriots running back Kevin Faulk suffered an apparent right knee injury with 13:06 left in the game. A prolonged absence would hurt the Patriots. He's their third-down specialist, and they traded running back Laurence Maroney last week.
Unsung hero: Jets tight end Dustin Keller had seven catches for 115 yards and the final touchdown.
What's next: The Jets will open their road schedule Sunday night against the Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium. The Patriots will host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Gillette Stadium.