Jets QB Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions and fumbled once en route to a 31-14 loss to the Patriots.
William Rhoden of the New York Times wonders if the Jets will continue throwing Sanchez into the fire or if this game will be enough to let him “catch his breath and watch.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan admitted he was surprised by the way the Patriots came out with an empty backfield early in the game.
Said Jets S Jim Leonhard, “I don’t understand how we can come out flat. It was a game we needed to
win, and to play as poorly as we did on both sides of the ball in the
first half, it kind of blows your mind.”
Jets S Eric Smith blocked a punt, the first for the team since 2007 which also came against Patriots P Chris Hanson.
Said Patriots QB Tom Brady of WR Wes Welker’s 15 catches and 192 yards, “Wes played big,
like he always does. When the coverage goes to Randy [Moss], he
has a chance to make plays. He had a great game. What a performance.”
Patriots NT Vince Wilfork didn’t have eye-popping statistics but he played a dominant role in the middle of the line.
CB Leigh Bodden tied a Patriots record with three interceptions, and returned one 53 yards for a touchdown.
Patriots RB Laurence Maroney had 77 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 22 carries.
T Mark LeVoir stepped in when the Patriots lost Sebastian Vollmer to injury and turned some heads with a crushing block of Jets CB Donald Strickland.