The New England Patriots exacted some revenge on the New York Jets with a 30-21 victory Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots have now won 19 straight regular-season home games, the longest active streak in the NFL and tied for the fifth-longest streak in NFL history.
Tom Brady extended his regular-season home winning streak to 30 games, but did see his streak of 13-straight games with multiple touchdown passes come to an end. The 13 leave him tied with Peyton Manning for the longest such streak in NFL history.
Brady and crew outgained the Jets 446-to-255 in total yardage, while making it three straight games in which a team has scored 30 or more points against the Jets. That is the longest such streak for the Jets since Week 1-3 of the 2002 season.
WelkerWes Welker continued his stellar start to the 2011 campaign by gaining 124 yards on five receptions. He now has 740 yards receiving on the season, the most ever by a player in his team's first five games.
It's even more impressive when you consider that Jets wide receivers as a whole have a total of 573 receiving yards.
Welker gained 43 yards after the catch on the opening play of the second half and finished the game with a 12.8 average yards after catch. In his 50th regular season game since 2008, Sunday was only the fourth time Welker has averaged double-digit YAC.
The Jets entered the game saying they would be more dedicated to the ground -- and they were rushing the ball on 47-percent of plays, up from 37-percent earlier this season -- but were outgained on the ground by their opponent for the fifth straight game to start the season, thanks to a career-best 136 rushing yards by BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
With so much concentration on stopping the pass, the Jets couldn't figure out how to stop Green-Ellis. Out of respect for Brady's arm, the Jets defense put six or fewer defenders in the box on 58 of 79 snaps.
Green-Ellis excelled with six or fewer Jets in the box, rushing for 99 yards and a touchdown against that formation. Entering Sunday 35 of Green-Ellis's 50 season carries had come with at least seven in the box, so he enjoyed the extra room.
He finished with two touchdowns on the ground against the Jets, their eighth rushing touchdown allowed through five games this season. In each of the previous two season the Jets allowed 11 rush touchdowns.
Jets Rush Offense in Regular Season
Under Rex Ryan
Shonn Greene did rush for 83 yards and a touchdown, however New York was held to fewer than 100 yards rushing for the third time in five games this season.
In Rex Ryan's first two seasons as head coach, the Jets had been held to fewer than 100 yards rushing a total of three times.