A statistical glance at Patriots-Jets

September, 12, 2013
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Some statistical nuggets to tide you over until kickoff for tonight’s game between the Patriots and Jets at Gillette Stadium:

• The Jets have lost five straight games to the Patriots, the third-longest losing streak versus New England in franchise history (7 from 2003-06, 6 from 1994-97).

Geno Smith takes his 1-0 record into New England, where rookie QBs have gone 0-4 against Bill Belichick teams and have lost by an average of 23.5 points per game:

• Like Mark Sanchez before him, Smith started and won in Week 1 as a rookie for the Jets in 2009. And like Sanchez before him, he’ll oppose Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 2. Some may recall that Sanchez won that game, too.

• Smith seemed to get more comfortable with the flow of the game as it went on, as evidenced by his Total QBR. In the first quarter it was 31.2. It rose to 28.1 in the second quarter, 60.3 in the third and 76.0 in the fourth.

• Smith left the pocket 17 times in Week 1, most of any quarterback. On those plays Smith went 6-of-9 passing for 60 yards, scrambled six times for 47 yards and was sacked twice.

• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Patriots are the first team since the merger in 1970 to face rookie quarterbacks in Weeks 1 and 2 of a season. They beat EJ Manuel in Buffalo last week.

• Brady enjoys playing on Thursdays, as he’s 5-0 and has the best record on that day among quarterbacks who have made at least five starts.

• With Shane Vereen ruled out and Danny Amendola likely to join him, Brady will be without two of his top three targets from Week 1 this Thursday. When targeting those two and Julian Edelman in Week 1, Brady went 24-of-33 with two TDs. When targeting all other Patriots receivers, Brady went 5-of-19 with an interception.

• Amendola had 10 receptions, including nine for first downs in Week 1. Since the start of 2008, Wes Welker had at least nine first downs in a game twice in 77 games:

Stevan Ridley was limited to 13 snaps in Week 1, his lowest output since the 2011 season, after being benched for an early fumble. Ridley averaged 33.1 snaps per game last season, including playoffs. With Vereen out, Ridley will likely play more than in Week 1 as long as he hangs on to the ball.

• Brady has thrown a TD pass in 49 straight games, the second-longest streak in NFL history and he’s four shy of tying the record. The mark is held by Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who had his 54-game streak snapped in 2012.

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