Monday Morning Quarterback: Week 7 Jets vs. Patriots

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Oct 21, 2012; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (left) and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan shake hands after the game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Farrell/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

In a game that nobody thought the Jets would be close in for more than about five minutes, the Jets put in one heck of an effort. Give the Jets credit for giving the Patriots a run for their money in a game that was “supposed” to be a blow out. In the end, the Jets came up a little bit short, falling to New England 29-26 in overtime, dropping their record to 3-4.

There is a lot to talk about in this game, so let’s get to it:

The Jets offense actually outgained the Patriots 403 to 381. Overall, the offense did move the ball through a good portion of this football game, including a late comeback to take the lead 26-23 with 1:31 remaining. Mark Sanchez did have a decent game, 28-41 for 328 yards and 1 TD and 1 INT. Jeremy Kerley had a breakout game with 7 catches for 120 yards, and Dustin Keller made a triumphant return to health with 7 catches for 93 yards and 1 TD of his own.

Hats off to the Jets defense as well. Nobody really stood out, but the unit stood out. LaRon Landry did contribute 12 tackles on the day, but other than that, there wasn’t anything statistically spectacular. They recorded 1 sack, but did hurry Tom Brady when needed, holding him to under 300 yards passing for the game. Other than the end of the game and in overtime, the defense made the stops that it needed to make, giving the offense a chance to win the football game, which is all you can ask for from a defense.

This game for the Jets was a game of missed opportunities. The first one was early, with the loss of momentum:

Oct 21, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty (32) returns the ball for a touchdown during the first quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

This guy took away the momentum early, Devin McCourty. After forcing a Patriots punt on the opening drive, the Jets put together an 11 play scoring drive that ended in a Shonn Greene 1 yard TD. But, the Jets have a rare special teams gaffe, and give the momentum back to the Patriots by allowing the 104 yard kickoff return TD by Devin McCourty. All the life that the Jets had taken out of the Patriots by scoring the first TD, was taken away by that score. The Jets took a while to get the offense back in rhythm after that back breaking TD return.

The next killer play came after the Patriots went ahead 14-7.

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