The Patriots got just about everything they could handle from a New York Jets team, which played them to a draw all the way through the end of the first quarter eventually leading to a 49-19 New England Patriots victory.
QB Ryan Mallett closed out the final drive with a handoff to Stevan Ridley for three yards followed by a couple of kneel downs and a punt, which wound the clock down to 33 seconds, putting the 30 point deficit out of reach for the New York Jets.
The game remained tied at zero after one, but the Patriots broke through first and had a long drive resulting in a Tom Brady three-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker.
The Jets came roaring back and desperately tried to put together a game tying drive. However, their hopes were dashed when Shonn Greene fumbled a fourth and one rushing attempt. Despite a valiant Jet effort, the Patriots then rallied together and scored 21 points over the next 52 seconds to take a 29-0 lead and never looked back. After Steve Gregory recovered the Greene fumble on fourth and one, it took the Patriots one play to drive down the field. On a pass from Brady to Shane Vereen in the flats, Vereen turned the corner and outran the Jets defense for an 83 yard touchdown. On the second play after the kickoff Mark Sanchez attempted to hand the ball off, however, there was confusion on the Jet side of the ball as the Jet back ran straight by without taking the handoff. Confused, Sanchez turned up the field to try to make something happen, which he did. He ran straight into his own offensive lineman and hit the deck, dropping the ball in the process. Steve Gregory again picked up the loose ball but this time returned it 32 yards for a score. On the ensuing kickoff, Devin McCourty forced a fumble on the 15-yard line, which was promptly picked up by Julian Edelman and returned for his second special teams score in as many weeks.
Edelman also added a 56-yard touchdown reception later in the second quarter but had to leave the game in the second half with a head injury after being hit hard on a wide reciever reverse.
The Patriots rolled to a victory from there on adding rushing touchdowns from Ridley and Brady in addition to the Edelman touchdown reception.
On the defensive side, the Patriots gave up 405 yards to a weak Jets offense but they scored for the second straight week and forced five turnovers.
Edelman's status is currently unknown and it will be tracked throughout the week. The Patriots were able to manage without Rob Gronkowski, Chandler Jones, and Logan Mankins this week but they may have more trouble against some of their tougher upcoming opponents like Houston and San Francisco.
Aaron Hernandez returned this week and despite only catching two passes for 36 yards, looked good making a one handed catch and breaking a tackle en route to a 27 yard reception in the first quarter and had a touchdown called back on an offensive pass interference penalty.
The Patriots will enjoy a ten day rest as they prepare to face the Dolphins next Sunday in Miami.Tags: Football, Julian Edelman, New England, New England Patriots, New York Jets, NFL, Shane Vereen, Steve Gregory