New York Jets vs New England Patriots: NFL Week 5 Thoughts

New York Jets 21 – New England Patriots 30

 

Andy Mac caught the Jets being smashed on the ground: In a game where everyone expected a passing showcase between Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez it was the running backs that told the story.  Green-Ellis for New England had an amazing day and showed why he is one of the most reliable running backs in football.  (Through today he has yet to have a fumble as a professional)  Green-Ellis ran up and down on a Jets defensive line built to stop the run.  Shonn Green for the Jets had an excellent running game in his own right putting on a clinic in “downhill” running.  It still wasn’t enough as the Patriots proved that despite a loss to Buffalo they are still one of the best teams in the NFL.  The Jets also proved that they could hang with them, but more important for New York is proving that they are not the third best team in their division behind the Pats and a surprising Buffalo team.

 

But Mike Gojira sounds more like a depressed Jets fan:  Groan.  Yet another defeat this weekend.  It’s tough to watch as we had a couple of brilliant moments (the end zone interception comes to mind) but ultimately got smacked by Tom Bundchen…I mean Brady and his Pats.  Rex Ryan is a great hype man for his team, but they need to start backing up his talk or we may have a season like my other favorite sports team that ends in _ets.  It’s time to pull our heads from our collective asses, boys.

 

My Take:  The Jets are really on the defensive this year, which is ironic given that their defense has been so poor.  This teams imply cannot stop the run for some reason.  The Pats running game looked great, but, well, it really usually isn’t, so a lot of the blame here falls on NY.  Unless they get themselves together, this isn’t a playoff team, given how good the Bills look, and that the Pats are all but assured, at absolute worst, a wild-card.

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