The New England Patriots obliterated the New York Jets 45-3 on Monday night in Gillette Stadium.
What it means: Week 2
is a distant memory. The Patriots asserted command over the Jets and the entire AFC with a thorough demolition of a team that talked big and played small. The Patriots own the NFL’s best record at 10-2, while the Jets have to be concerned with one of the league’s most difficult schedules ahead.
What defensive issues:The Patriots went into the game ranked 32nd in total defense and 22nd in scoring defense, but played like world beaters against a team with dangerous offensive weapons. The Jets converted three of 12 third downs against a team that had yielded 51 percent. The Patriots allowed their fewest points of the season and won by their widest margin.
Quarterback no contest:Mark Sanchez was 3-0 against the AFC East with eight touchdowns and no interceptions entering Gillette Stadium. He failed to reach the end zone and threw three interceptions. Tom Brady was masterful, completing 21 of his 29 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
Jets’ all-weather offense melts:The Jets rushed for 152 yards, but that real estate seemed marginal in the context of the entire offense. Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, meanwhile, ran 18 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
Woodhead’s revenge:Patriots running back Danny Woodhead went off against the team that cut him. He had four catches for a game-high 104 yards.
What’s next:In Week 14, the Patriots will have a tough matchup at the Chicago Bears. The Jets will host the Miami Dolphins at the Meadowlands in hopes of getting back some momentum.