Patriots Ground Jets to Take AFC East Lead
The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets Sunday night 37-16, and with the win, take the lead in the AFC East.
The Patriots came into MetLife Stadium at their low of the season coming off of key losses to the Steelers and the Giants. Many thought the Jets would be able to take advantage of their situation being at home and catching New England at a low. Well the Jets got a harsh reality check Sunday night as the Patriots forced key turnovers by the Jets en route to their victory.
The Jets turned the ball over three times, which was the big key in their loss. Two of the three turnovers resulted in 14 points for the Patriots. Mark Sanchez had a rough night completing right around 50% of his passes throwing for 260 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, one of which was returned into the end-zone for the pick 6. Sanchez was also sacked 5 times during the game and hurried countless times. The Jets’ offensive line just simply could not contain the sustained pressure delivered by the Patriots.
The Patriots got a huge game from their tight end Rob Gronkowski who hauled in two touchdown passes and collected 113 yards in 8 receptions. Wes Welker had a relatively quiet game with 46 yards and 6 receptions.
For the Jets Santanio Holmes hauled in 6 catches for 93 yards. Plaxico Burress caught the lone touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez with his 39 yards in the game.
The Jets must now refocus and make the short turnaround for their Thursday night match against the Denver Broncos in Denver. In this short week the Jets will have to prepare for arguably a must-win game. Kickoff for this game is 8:20PM Thursday night.