The New England Patriots dominated the New York Jets on Sunday, 54-13. This shouldn’t be a surprise, considering that the Patriots are 34-7 against the Jets over the past two decades, but New England currently has a 3-4 record on the season. The Patriots had 20 years with the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick duo, but are in their second season of navigating life without the greatest quarterback of all-time at the helm, and New York fans might’ve thought things would be different.
Rookie quarterback Mac Jones has shown signs of promise throughout his first seven games of the year, but New England has fallen off of its past track record of domination.
New York boasts its same old Jets team, but that doesn’t mean that the Patriots outscoring them by 41 points isn’t impressive.
In fact, New York offensive tackle Morgan Moses said that he was bothered that Belichick and New England ran up the score in Week 7. Belichick doesn’t need anyone to stroke his ego, but that comment had to at least leave a glimmer in his eye that made him think back to the Patriots team that once was. New England currently is in second in the AFC East, sitting behind the Buffalo Bills. The Jets are third, with the Miami Dolphins bringing up the rear.
If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that Belichick isn’t going to change who he is for anybody. He’s going to coach the way that he wants and he doesn’t care what anyone has to say about it. And who’s to argue with him? Belichick has enjoyed plenty of success. He’s not worried about what Moses and others were saying after the Patriots’ first win at home.
How do we know that? Because he already commented on the matter 14 years ago, and couldn’t possibly say it any better today.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t worried about running up the score
That Belichick quote is from 2007 and it still stands true today. It’s the NFL and he’s not going to hold back his team’s offense in order to make the opposing team feel a bit better about the loss. That’s not how things work at the professional level.
New England lost to the last-place Dolphins by one point on Sept. 12, so it’s not like Belichick is out to hurt New York’s feelings. The past year-and-a-half has been full of ups and downs for the Patriots. Jones and the offense running up the score to the extent that they did on Sunday wasn’t expected, even if it was against the Jets. New England beat New York 25-6 in Week 2 and were able to more than double that margin of defeat on Sunday.
Running up the score is something that’s frowned upon in recreational leagues, not professional football where players receive top-dollar contracts. What can the Jets complain about, after all? Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to fellow receiver Nelson Agholor for the first score of the game. New York’s defense couldn’t even stop a non-quarterback from connecting with a receiver in the end zone — and that was, again, the opening salvo. They certainly weren’t rubbing it in anyone’s face at that point.
New England backup quarterback Brian Hoyer entered the game to replace Jones in the final quarter of play, and the Jets’ defense still struggled. At least New York doesn’t have to worry about playing the Patriots again this year. The Jets will take on the Cincinnati Bengals at home in Week 8, so players may end up wishing that Jones was back in at quarterback and not Joe Burrow.