Here are some of the Patriots who stood out as studs in the game yesterday against the New York Jets, and some who were more of a dud.
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis – The Law Firm helped the Patriots control the game on offense and limit the defense’s time on the field. BJGE ran hard for 136 yards on 27 carries (5.0 avg) and 2 touchdowns.
- Gary Guyton – Filling in for captain Jerod Mayo, Guyton was able to hold his own against an offense looking to ground and pound. It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough. Guyton finished the game with 9 total tackles.
- 3rd down defense – The defense was able to hold the Jets to a 27% conversion rate on 3rd down. They were big in the beginning of the game, holding the Jets to four straight three-and-outs.
- Deion Branch – Before the game I said that other players on offense had to step up when Welker was being taken away in the game, and Branch stepped up. He had 7 catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.
- Kick-off coverage – The kick-off coverage team consistently gave the Jets good field position. Joe McKnight had 189 return yards (39.6 avg) and a long of 88 yards that set up an easy Jet touchdown. The troubling thing about all of those yards was that McKnight caught the ball deep in the end zone and still brought the ball out to the 30+ yard line.
- Pass protection – Tom Brady was hurried and hit several times throughout the game and was sacked 4 times. Thomas Welch, acting as a third TE, looked especially bad when he was badly beat off the edge, leading to a Brady sack.