Apparently the Patriots defense was exactly what the doctor ordered for Mark Sanchez and the struggling Jets offense.
Mark Sanchez, just six days after having one of the worst night’s of his career, rebounded with a career night against the Patriots.
Sanchez finished a Tom Brady-like 21 for 30, for 220 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He constantly picked on second year cornerback Darius Butler, and made play after play, especially in the second half.
Meanwhile, Tom Brady played a lot like everyone expected Mark Sanchez to play. He had two first half touchdown passes, but two second half interceptions. He seemed rattled in the second half, and his offense had absolutely no answer for the Jets defense.
The Jets defense played half the game without Derrelle Revis, and were better when he wasn’t on the field. Randy Moss caught a nice one-handed touchdown late in the first half against Revis, then was shutdown in the second half by Antonio Cromartie.
Yes, Antonio Cromartie.
This game was strikingly similar to the week two match-up between the two teams last season. The Patriots jumped out to an early lead, and then it was all Jets.
The Tom Brady connected with Randy Moss for a touchdown with 48 seconds left in the first half to give the Patriots a 14-7 lead. From that point on, the Jets outscored the Patriots 21-0.
The Patriots have now lost 7 of their last 8 road games, and have had second half leads in 6 of those 7 losses.
You can take the pictures off the wall, you can change the players, you can change the coaches, but if the Patriots are going to collapse on the road in the second half all year once again, the end results are going to be the same.
Speaking of the same, Bill O’Brien can’t complain about a lack of weapons again this year. His insanely predictable second half play calling has been a problem since Josh McDaniels left. The hope was that he would be better this season.
Today, he wasn’t.
Once again, his offense was shutout in the second half on the road. Bill O’Brien was a huge problem for this team last season, and he was a huge problem this week against the Jets.
The Patriots and Jets are now in second place behind the undefeated Miami Dolphins. Next week, the Patriots get to “get well” at home against the Buffalo Bills.
If the Bills offense does what the Jets offense did, the Patriots’ defense might be in trouble.