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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Quick-hit thoughts after third quarter

By Field Yates

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Entering the final quarter of play, the New England Patriots trail the New York Jets 27-21. Passing along quick-hit notes and observations from the third quarter.

1. Allen picks off Brady for TD. Not the start the Patriots were looking for to open the second half, as Tom Brady was sacked on the first play (though he recovered his own fumble) and was intercepted by Antonio Allen on his second play, which was returned for a score. It was just the second Jets interception of the season and the first pick-six Brady has thrown this year. He last threw a pick-six back in Week 3 of 2011.

2. Joneses dominating up front. The Patriots defensive line has been catalyzed by an outstanding effort from both Joneses, as Chris Jones and Chandler Jones have each registered two sacks thus far Sunday. That's 6.5 on the year for Chandler and 3.5 for Chris. While Chandler's output may not come as a huge surprise, it's safe to say that Chris has been one of the more unlikely standout contributors for this defense.

3. Smith scrambles to give Jets lead. Geno Smith has had some up-and-down moments today, as he threw a costly pick-six in the first half but made up for it with an 8-yard touchdown run to give the Jets their first lead of the second half. The run came on the heels of another impressive third-down scramble. The rookie quarterback presents an intriguing mix of throwing and rushing talents.

4. Third-down woes on offense. If there is one stat to turn to on offense today, it's third-down conversions, as the Patriots are 0-7 so far. The Jets, by comparison, are 8-14. The Patriots offense was the best in the NFL on third down last season, though they've endured some struggles in that area this year.

5. Penalty box. The following Patriots were flagged for penalties during the third quarter: linebacker Chris White (holding) and safety Steve Gregory (pass interference).