The New England Patriots were supposed to win the second rivalry game of the year against the New York Jets, but the way in which they beat the Jets was surprising. I mean, I don’t think anybody thought the score would be 35-3 at half-time, but that’s the way it ended up in the perfect Thanksgiving Day victory for the Pats.
New England simply dominated in all phases of the game, and Steve Gregory’s performance was especially notable. He had a hand in three turnovers and returned a fumble for 32 yards in the second quarter for a touchdown. This was Gregory’s third game since returning from a hip injury, and it was his best game all year. Before that, he had a dreadful game against the Buffalo Bills and another subpar one against the Indianapolis Colts.
Vince Wilfork is back and better than ever, and he really turned things up last week against the Colts. Wilfork continued that this week and has made plays when it matters the most. He leads all DTs in the league in WPA. His strength caused that Sanchez fumble, and it was awesome.
Mark Sanchez may have thrown for 301 yards and averaged 8.4 yards per attempt, but he was quite poor in this game. The box score statistics are misleading, as Sanchez, because he was terrible during crucial downs and had negative EPA and WPA totals. Sanchez looked overwhelmed for most of the game.
The Jets pass rush did absolutely nothing against Tom Brady, as the Patriots offensive line completely stifled the Jets subpar group of pass rushers.
I love how Rex Ryan was completely afraid of throwing it towards Aqib Talib’s side of the field, and I think Sanchez only threw it at the new Pats CB twice during the whole game.
Brandon Lloyd could have easily came away with a couple of touchdowns, and I’m going to blame Brady for the fact that he only had three catches. Brady was terrific, no doubt, but I bet he would have liked to have a couple of throws back.
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