Monday, December 6, 2010
Halftime thoughts from Jets at Pats
By Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some halftime thoughts from Gillette Stadium, where the New England Patriots lead the New York Jets 24-3:
- My prevailing thought is the Jets are getting embarrassed on national television. My secondary thought is the Patriots' defense is playing way above its track record in almost every way.
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored from 1 yard out to give the Patriots a 10-0 lead. It was his 10th touchdown, the first Patriots running back with that many since Corey Dillon in 2006.
- Tom Brady's stat line: 10-of-16 for 152 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. But the Jets have sacked him three times.
- Mark Sanchez's stat line: 8-of-18 for 77 yards and zero touchdowns with no interceptions.
- ESPN Stats & Information credited the Patriots with 84 receiving yards after the catch.
- The Patriots led 17-0 with 61 seconds still left in the first quarter. It was a total team effort to get into that hole: shoddy coaching (wasted challenge on the Jets' first possession, 53-yard field-goal attempt), shoddy offense (Sanchez's passes were scattershot), shoddy defense (poor tackling) and shoddy special teams (Nick Folk's miss and a 12-yard Steve Weatherford punt).
- You have to wonder if Rex Ryan was a little too geared up at the start of the game. He was overly aggressive when unsuccessfully challenging a spot and then trying to kick the 53-yard field goal in cold and windy conditions. The Jets weren't effectively able to flip the field the rest of the half.
- The Jets worked out Kris Brown last week, but opted to stick with Folk. Can't help but recall how reliable Jay Feely was in bad weather last year.
- The Jets have gone eight straight first quarters without a touchdown.
- The Jets surrendered 10 points and 163 yards to the Cincinnati Bengals in their previous game. In the first quarter against the Patriots, the Jets gave up 17 points and 105 yards.