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.