NE 8TH OFF; NYJ 19TH DEF
NE 21ST RUN; NYJ 13TH vs. RUN
NE 5TH PASS; NYJ 21ST vs. PASS
NE 1ST PTS; NYJ 21ST PTS ALLOWED
NYJ 32ND OFF; NE 1ST DEF
NYJ 30TH RUN; NE 3RD vs. RUN
NYJ 32ND PASS; NE 2ND vs. PASS
NYJ 31ST PTS; NE 1ST PTS ALLOWED
NE 1ST TO/TA; NYJ T12TH TO-TA
Patriots lead all-time series 66-54-1 and have won last 7 games in series (10 of last 11), most recently beating Jets 30-14 at Foxborough earlier this season in Week 3. NE offense piled up 381 total yards in Week 3 win, while defense limited Jets to a minuscule 105 total yards and 0-of-12 3rd-down conversions and registered 5 sacks.
PATRIOTS needed a another big effort from league-leading defense to remain undefeated after 35-14 Week Six Thursday-night home win over Giants.
PATRIOTS have had to make several adjustments on offense already this season with starting C David Andrews (blood clots), OLT Isaiah Wynn (foot) and FB James Develin (neck) all currently on IR. They also entered Week 6 missing RB Rex Burkhead (foot) and WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring), both inactive (check statuses).
PATRIOTS wound up having to make even more changes on the fly during the Week 6 game.
PATRIOTS WR Josh Gordon left in the 2nd quarter with a left-knee injury when he tried to tackle Giants LB Markus Golden during his 42-yard FR for a TD. Gordon got caught under a tangle of players and had his left leg pinned underneath him. He needed assistance as he limped off the field and did not return (check status).
After TE Matt LaCosse (knee) and FB Jacob Johnson (shoulder) also left Week 6 game with injuries, the PATRIOTS mostly stuck to a formation featuring one running back, one tight end and three receivers, also known as an “11” personnel grouping.
In the PATRIOTS’ passing game it meant more snaps for rookie WRs Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski. Meyers caught four passes for 54 yards, and Olszewski had two catches for 34 yards.
PATRIOTS QB Tom Brady finished with his 2nd straight 300-yard game in Week 6, but he’s also been sacked 7 times in two games and has thrown 2 of his 3 INTs in those games. One of the sacks ended in Golden’s scoop-and-score return.
RB Sony Michel led PATRIOTS’ 34-114-3 ground game in Week 6 (2 TD runs by Brady) with 22-86 rushing and a long of 26, and WR Julian Edelman was the leading receiver with 9-113 receiving on 15 targets and a long of 36.
Gordon’s injury could be a big one for receiving group if he misses any games. He is the PATRIOTS’ chief deep threat, and his presence helps open the field for Edelman. Meyers and Olszewski have shown ability, but they are still building trust with Brady.
PATRIOTS defense forced 4 more turnovers against Giants, bringing its total to 16 (14 INTs, 2 FRs). LB Kyle Van Noy’s 22-yard FR for a score was the defense’s 3rd touchdown this season. The Patriots surrendered first passing TD of the season, but still have only allowed 3 TDs (two rushing, one passing) in 2019.
Van Noy continues to show different facets of his game each week. This time it was his FR for a score that gave the PATRIOTS a much-needed two-TD cushion in the fourth quarter.
PATRIOTS OLT Marshall Newhouse allowed a sack and QB hit against the Giants. He’s given up four sacks in his five starts in place of the injured Wynn.
PATRIOTS now have five non-offensive touchdowns. They returned two blocked punts for touchdowns and have two interceptions and a fumble return for scores. The team record for most non-offensive touchdowns in a season is nine in 1961 and 2010.
In PATRIOTS’ Week 3 win over Jets, Brady had 28-42-306-2 TDs-0 INTs (103.9 QB rating); Edelman had 7-62-1 receiving on 10 targets and a long of 15; Gordon had 6-83 receiving on 11 targets and a long of 28; WR Phillip Dorsett had 6-53-1 receiving on 7 targets with a long of 25 (TD); Burkhead had 11-47-1 rushing and a long of 8 and 6-22 receiving on 7 targets with a long of 7; Michel had only 9-11-1 rushing with a long of 5 (TD); and DE Jamie Collins had 2 sacks, 3 TFLs, a PB and team-high 7 tackles.
Previously winless JETS came to life in a big way in Week 6, sparked by the return of starting QB Sam Darnold after missing 3 games while recovering from mononucleosis in stunning 24-22 upset home victory over the Cowboys.
Darnold showed no signs of rust in JETS’ Week 6 upset win. He was 23-of-32 for 338 yards and two TDs — a 92-yarder to WR Robbie Anderson and a 5-yarder to TE Ryan Griffin — and an interception (113.8 QB rating).
With his 92-yard TD toss to Anderson, JETS’ Darnold became the youngest player in the Super Bowl era — at 22 years, 30 days old — to throw a TD pass of 90 or more yards. It was also the longest play from scrimmage in the NFL this season.
JETS put up 382 yards of total offense against the Cowboys after getting 233 combined in the previous two games with practice squad player-turned-starter Luke Falk at quarterback.
Everything, for the most part, seemed to be clicking for JETS with Darnold back in action. A big key was the O-line, which was maligned for much of the first 4 games. It’s still a work in progress, but the line gave Darnold ample time to make plays against Dallas, and his ability to quickly improvise certainly helped.
After allowing an NFL-leading 23 sacks through four games, the JETS’ offensive line gave up just two against the Cowboys.
The speedy Anderson was mostly a non-factor through JETS’ first four games, catching 11 passes for 131 yards and no TDs. He broke out with 5 catches for 125 yards, including the 92-yard TD, in the win over Dallas. Having that deep threat is a huge key to the Jets’ success by keeping defenses honest.
JETS’ running game is averaging just 64 yards rushing per game. That ranks them 30th in the league, ahead of Miami (58.2) and Cincinnati (56.5). Le’Veon Bell has run for 256 yards as a workhorse out of the backfield on 85 carries. But that’s good for only a 3.0 average.
With Darnold back and defenses unable to constantly stack the box anymore while not fearing New York’s passing game, Bell and the rest of the JETS’ backfield should start seeing some running lanes. Bell had 14-50-1 rushing and a long of 13 in Week 6.
JETS defense allowed Cowboys’ 2nd-ranked offense 398 total yards and 10-of-17 3rd-down conversions and managed only one sack vs. undermanned Cowboys O-line and zero takeaways in Week 6 win.
DT Leonard Williams’ name has come up in trade rumors. Teams are asking about him, but JETS aren’t actively shopping him — although a deal by the Oct. 29 deadline isn’t out of the question. Williams, the No. 6 overall pick in 2015, has no sacks this season and just two in his last 16 games.
JETS OLT Kelvin Beachum has a sprained ankle that could sideline him a few games. Brandon Snell, formerly the starting right tackle, replaced Beachum against Dallas and could do so while he’s out.
JETS LB C.J. Moseley has missed the last 4 games with a groin injury, but head coach Adam Gase expressed optimism that he could return to practice this week. DE Henry Anderson (shoulder), CB Nate Hairston (knee), LB Neville Hewitt (stinger) and NT Steve McLendon (hamstring) are day-to-day (check statuses).
In JETS’ Week 3 loss to Patriots, Falk had 12-22-0 TDs-1 INT (47.2 QB rating) while getting sacked times; and NYJ’s rushing attack had only 20-36.
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