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Jul 26, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle D

4. Run defense exemplary again - The Patriots run offense was neutralized for the most part by an active Jets defensive line. Kenrick Ellis, Damon Harrison and Sheldon Richardson all stood out in holding Ridley to under 3 yards per carry making the Patriots one-dimensional. They got consistent penetration forcing Ridley out wider than he wanted and the tackling was good. Demario Davis flowed to the football and played very well.

5. Not so special teams - Robert Malone shanked a punt and allowed multiple returns to a very dangerous returner in Julian Edelman. Kyle Wilson is a fair catch machine as a punt returner who is happy not to fumble. Konrad Reuland had a holding penalty that took a field goal off of the board. Luckily Folk made that field goal from 10 yards deeper the next play.

5. Sanchez news - Mark Sanchez told Rich Eisen of the NFL Network today that not only was he not a candidate for surgery at this time, he is ahead of his rehab and plans to return to the field in 2013. He also added that he won the quarterback competition which has stirred up quite a bit of controversy. Mark has always been a good teammate and a team guy but he really overreacted to the previous night’s reports that he was bound for IR. If he would have stopped at the fact that he plans to return in 2013 it would have been fine but true or not there was no reason to undermine Geno Smith.

6. Lost Composure - After the game clinching interception Nick Mangold uncharacteristically lost his cool and hit Talib below the knees out-of-bounds leading to a wild brawl where Ferguson and Colon were both ejected. Ferguson for throwing a punch and Colon pushed an official. This loss of composure could lead to a Week 3 loss if either or both are suspended.

6. Injuries - Wilkerson left the game with less than two minutes left with an ankle injury.


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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    Real ugly game…..both teams will not win many games if they play like that during the rest of the regular season.

    • Craig Hoffman

      Both teams will get better as the year goes on. As the offensive line gels, Geno Smith grows and the defense gets their back end communication down the Jets will improve while the Pats will get Gronkowski back and the younger receivers for them will get better as they get more reps (unfortunately).

  • matr dontelli iii

    i didn’t realize you were also at that game against pittsburgh. that was my first game as well. i sat in the bleachers close to the field (end zone) and left with a little piece of the goal post wind indicator flag along with several pieces of turf and a telephone handset! i was a bad kid.

    • Craig Hoffman

      My dad and I were in the upper deck around the 30 yard line. My grandparents lived less than a mile away from Shea at the time. My dad had us leave at halftime to avoid the postgame ruckus. I totally would have done the same thing you did though if I had the chance. I still don’t know how you grabbed a telephone handset lol.

      • matr dontelli iii

        There was a telephone mounted on the wall right next to a door in the outfield. The handset was modular – there were plenty that weren’t back then – and we were in a ransacking type mindset after attacking the field. 33-7 didn’t help of course (or was it 32?). I grabbed the handset on my way out the door and at some point thereafter I replaced the white handset in our kitchen with an authentic Shea stadium black handset! I was a handful as a kid!