Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wipes his face during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
6. New England Patriots:
It was the ugliest win in the Brady-Belichick era, but a win is a win. There has been plenty of analysis on this site about the Patriots unspectacular 13-10 win over the Jets last Thursday, which included gripes over the offense led by Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins inability to hold onto Tom Brady’s passes. With the likes of Amendola, Gronkowski, Vereen and Zach Sudfeld, the Patriots offense floundered, and not even Tom Brady could save them in this game. The running game had no legs with Vereen out. Ridley struggled again, but at least he held on to the ball in this game. Despite all this, the Patriots somehow won the game, all thanks to Julian Edelman and his herculean efforts, along with the defense brilliance. Edelman was the only redeemable thing on the offense bringing in 13 catches for 78 yards. The defense was great throughout the entire game, making Geno Smith look like the rookie that he is, picking him off three times in the 4th quarter, and sealing things up with a number of timely stops. The Patriots have looked pretty bad in the first two games, but this offense does need some time to; A. Get healthy and B. Get on the same page. Potentially getting Gronk back next week versus the Buccaneers would be a massive boost, especially with the news that Danny Amendola is going to miss longer than expected with surgery potentially looming. It wasn’t pretty, but what matters in the end is that the Patriots are 2-0, and have already moved on to the next matchup.