Alert, up-tempo offense proves effective


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After a sluggish first half, some up-tempo rhythm was just what the doctor ordered for quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense in their Sunday night win in New York.

In contrast to their 13 first half points, the Patriots hung 24 points on the Jets in the second half, with a no-huddle approach and some resulting Jets defensive lapses a driving force behind back-to-back touchdown drives.

"We took advantage of some opportunities there," Brady said. "We went fast and made some pretty easy plays with the Jets not being lined up."

"There were a couple of times where we didn't match up properly, and they threw a couple of quick passes. That's what the team does," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "You have to be alert. We never got the matchups we wanted, so you have to give them a lot of credit."

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick downplayed the importance of the no-huddle, focusing instead of his offense's execution regardless of the pace.

"It's not like we haven't run the no-huddle or they haven't seen it before," Belichick said. "I wish that's all there was to it, the no-huddle, but it really comes down to execution. It comes down to blocking, running routes, getting open, throwing the ball, protecting, getting tackles, all those things."