The game of the year turned into a Patriots blowout of the Jets at Gillette Stadium with a 45-3 victory for the Patriots. In a rout of epic proportions there are several candidates worthy of the game ball this week and here they are:
Tom Brady: What can you say about Tom Brady that hasn’t already been said? He had a phenomenal performance against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Brady was 21 of 29 passing for 326 yards and 4 touchdowns. He shredded the Jets defense for an 11.2 yard average per pass. He also got his 26th consecutive home-field victory breaking the record of 25 straight held by Brett Favre when he was with the Green Bay Packers.
Danny Woodhead: He looked like a man that had something to prove against the team that cut him. He ran the ball twice for 11 yards but had 4 receptions for 104 yards. He was great in pass protection and had a key block on the Deion Branch touchdown reception. Woodhead added 2 solo tackles on special teams to round out a very impressive game.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: He gashed a very good Jets run defense for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 attempts for a 4.0 yard per carry average. His stellar game helped the Patriots offense to stay on the field longer and tire out the Jets defense. The Patriots won the time of possession and being able to run the ball was a huge help for Tom Brady and the entire offense.
Brandon Spikes: The rookie inside linebacker had his best game of the year against the Jets. He didn’t look lost in pass coverage, he came up with his first interception of the season and he had 7 total tackles with 4 of them being the solo variety. This was a game where the defense absolutely shut down the Jets offense and Brandon Spikes was a key player in that team success.
James Sanders: He had a solid game at the safety position allowing the Jets passing offense to get only one big passing play on their first drive of the second half. He added 7 total tackles, 4 of them solo, and he picked off Mark Sanchez because he was exactly where he was supposed to be on defense. He was a standout player on a night when the Patriots defense played very well.