Another week, another win.
Week 12 of the NFL season is in the books for the New England Patriots, or as Bill Belichick calls it, Week 1. He reminds us every year that real football doesn’t start until Thanksgiving. This week the Patriots took on their division “rivals” the New York Jets. This game went just the way everyone knew it was going to go, Jets kept it close for a good portion of the game and then the Patriots just ran away with it in the second half. To say this happens in 80% of the games these teams play against each other would probably be very accurate.
The Jets started the game off looking strong, getting two stops against the Patriots, which featured a returning Rob Gronkowski, who missed the past 2 games. Then the New York offense started to make some noise by scoring the first points of the game on a 16 yard pass from Josh McCown to Jermaine Kearse. Then as if hitting a switch, the Patriots show MetLife Stadium exactly why they have been atop of the AFC East for the better part of the past 2 decades. Marching down the field with 3 passing plays of 20 yards or more, their drive ended with a beautifully placed ball from future hall of famer and greatest of all time, Tom Brady, to who else but his big tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 34 yard touchdown. Gronk had himself a good first game back from missing some time with 5 receptions, 54 yards and a touchdown.
The rest of the first half was pretty boring: a real defensive battle with both teams only giving up a field goal each and Stephon Gilmore intercepting McCown at the 2 yard line.
The second half is where it started to pick up more, well at least for the Patriots. The third quarter had the defending AFC Champs outscoring the Jets 10-3 with the lone touchdown being a 21 yard pass to Tom’s other favorite target over the past 8 years, Julian Edelman. Jules had a very respectable game with 4 catches, 84 yards and a touchdown. This was Tom Brady’s second and last touchdown for the game.
The final score of the game was rookie Sony Michel with a 1 yard rush for the touchdown on the tail end of a nice drive by the Patriots that really just put the dagger in the hearts of MetLife. Sony had himself a game here and put up 133 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. Averaging 6.3 yards per carry. A just for you fantasy players out there, he had 2 catches for 12 yards.
All around a really good win for the Patriots coming off of the humiliating blowout against the Tennessee Titans. The defense looked really good except for the fact there is no pass rush within 100 miles of this team. If they could start to get even an ounce of pressure from the defensive line, this is a legit super bowl contender.
Other notable performances:
Josh Gordon: 5 catches, 70 yards
James White: 9 carries, 73 yards
Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise Jr. : Each had 1 sack
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