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Familiar story playing out in AFC East

New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich is congratulated by teammate Niko Koutouvides and head coach Bill Belichick after Ninkovich returned an interception for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the fourth quarter of their NFL Reuters

The Jets talked all offseason about winning the division and getting a home playoff game.

After Sunday night’s performance, it looks like they’ll have to win on the road in the playoffs once again — if they make it.

New England’s 37-16 win over the Jets was so disheartening for the Jets in so many ways.

Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense could not take advantage of a poor Patriots secondary that lost two starters (again) Sunday night.  The Jets defense played well for a while, but could not get a stop when they needed to in the second half. Even the vaunted Jets special teams made a big miscue.

New York led 9-6 with just over one minute left in the first half.  The “stupidest play in football history” turned the tide. What happened after that was a full system meltdown:

1. Tom Brady led the Patriots 80 yards in 71 seconds to score before halftime.

2. Donald Strickland fumbled a punt early in the second half to set up a Patriots field goal.

3. Mark Sanchez was picked off on a tipped pass by Rob Ninkovich.  The Jets defense didn’t get a stop again until the game was decided.

4. Tom Brady put the Patriots in a hurry up for the rest of the half. The Jets couldn’t substitute and Brady kept finding the open receiver. After a shaky first half with missed throws, Brady wound up with 329 yards on 39 attempts with three scores.

5. Rob Gronkowski scored two touchdowns and gained 113 yards. He’s the best all-around tight end in football right now.

Even when Sanchez finished off a touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter, the Patriots drove right back on them with ease. Ninkovich’s pick six finished off the scoring.

The Jets now trail the Patriots in the AFC East by one game, but the Patriots have the tiebreaker following their two-game sweep.  The Patriots should win the division.

After a very challenging schedule to start the year, New England faces six straight losing teams.  No game is guaranteed considering the Patriots’ wildly thin defense, but Bill Belichick is nothing if not resourceful. They should get the job done.

The Jets find themselves in a familiar position, fighting uphill once again. They will likely have to go on the road to win the playoffs.

They must wonder if Mark Sanchez will ever be ready to make a bad defense pay.

He wasn’t ready Sunday night, which means the changing of the guard in the AFC East will have to wait another year.

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  1. tombradyallday says: Nov 14, 2011 12:18 AM

    exactly why belichick is the best coach in league. he turns no name players into stars and players who produce. great coaching this week. the jets time to win was last year there not takin brady out two years in a row

  2. mataug says: Nov 14, 2011 12:18 AM

    Sanchez is too inconsistent. A drive killing and drive saving QB at the same time if there can be one.

  3. patriotinvasion says: Nov 14, 2011 12:19 AM

    Where are the Jet fans? Ha! I guess the sky isn’t falling on the Patriot Dynasty so fast. So funny how the Patriots can’t lose a game without the media trying to turn it into an end of an era. Everyone just needs to relax….tough to win in the NFL. Ask the Ravens who just lost to the freakin Seahawks. The Patriots are just fine….ask the J-E-T-S about that….lol

  4. geniusfan says: Nov 14, 2011 12:20 AM

    Wait I’m confused I watched ESPN this week and they said the Patriots were finished, cooked, done for.

    You’re not telling me the ESPN experts were wrong are you!?

    Word to the wise. Never ever count out Tom Brady and Bill Belichick you’ll have to pry the AFC East from their cold dead fingers.

  5. catdelmonte says: Nov 14, 2011 12:22 AM

    nothing like a nice sweep

  6. picksix401 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:22 AM

    great post finally

  7. nyjalleffingday says: Nov 14, 2011 12:22 AM

    Jets did not deserve to win. Poor coaching, poor execution, poor scheme, poor playcalling and poor just about everything doomed the Jets from the start. Hats off to the Patriots, they played extremely well and earned the W. The Jets quite obviously aren’t playing to the caliber that they have been the past two years.

    That said, cue the garbage about how Sanchez and Ryan and the Jets as a whole are terrible and all the other stuff when their body of work suggests otherwise.

  8. silverbuffalo says: Nov 14, 2011 12:24 AM

    Rex keep screaming Winning and maybe someone will believe you warlock antics.

  9. promin1 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:24 AM

    So tired of all the hype about the Jets. They are slightly…a very slightly better than average team . They beat up on bad teams and come up small in big spots every year. Sanchez is terrible. The defense has no pass rush. Where is that Jet fan that got upset when I said earlier today that Brady was gonna tune that defense up? Still care to debate that smart guy?
    Love seeing Rex all upset and humbled. And Jet fans wonder why everyone hates their team!!

  10. oscojoe says: Nov 14, 2011 12:24 AM

    Hey Yet’s fans how’s that “CHANGING OF THE GUARD THING” working out?

  11. 1historian says: Nov 14, 2011 12:26 AM

    Every now and then #12 feels the need to make a simple statement – “I’m Tom Brady – and you’re not!”

    This was fun to watch – I stayed up way past my bedtime and it was worth it.

    B&B – 117 regular season wins and counting – the most QB & coach wins of any duo in the history of the game, in MUCH fewer games than Marino and Shula.

  12. charlutes says: Nov 14, 2011 12:27 AM

    How many more free passes for Sanchez before he gets the boot? That defense could win championships if coupled with an Eli or better.

  13. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 14, 2011 12:27 AM

    As long as Sanchez is their QB, the Jets will never be great. He is absolutely awful.

  14. habsman says: Nov 14, 2011 12:27 AM

    Funny, I didn’t see anyone doing the “Airplane” tonight. Whats up with that?

  15. clevername1 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:27 AM

    The Pats are done. Stick a fork in them. (sarcasm.)

  16. promin1 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:27 AM

    Mark Sanchez is spanish for Matt Leinhart

  17. inbillwetrust says: Nov 14, 2011 12:27 AM

    Once again Rex Ryan is taking the blame for Mark Sanchez. From a Pats fan, i hope Rex never smartens up and gets rid of him.. Cause then they might be decent

  18. djbleedthestar says: Nov 14, 2011 12:28 AM

    Pretty sure if Tom Brady is your quarterback any tight end can be “best all-around tight end in the league.” Kind of an overstatement there. Also it’s cause he has no receivers on the outside.

  19. guypatsfan says: Nov 14, 2011 12:29 AM

    The Jetz are like a Thanksgiving turkey – they’re done! Hey Jetz fans, you think maybe Belichick was filming your practices again? Care to resurrect that old excuse? Face it – the Jetz are second-rate, and Sanchez is strictly second-tier. Brady is a unanimous first-ballot Hall of Famer, and he proved it again. GO PATS!

  20. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 14, 2011 12:29 AM

    What else is new… Brady only wins when his D steps up huge…

  21. dienavinjohnson says: Nov 14, 2011 12:29 AM

    The Patriots defense was so thin that during the recorded defensive announcements the network didn’t have tape of two of the starters! (Sterling Moore and Jeff Tarpinian) That was an amazing gut check performance by the Patriots tonight.

    And to all who say that Tom Brady is a soft, pretty-boy I would ask that you look at his recovery of the early snap/fumble where it was basically him and Muhammed Wilkerson mano-a-mano at the bottom of the pile. I would never expect my QB to win that fight (unless it was Big Ben.)

    I still don’t think that the Pats are built to go deep in the playoffs. But they showed some serious heart beating their biggest rivals, on the road, on national TV, with half of their defense out with injury.

  22. tampajoey says: Nov 14, 2011 12:31 AM

    Congrats Patriots fans. Any team that beats the Jets is my favorite team of the week.

  23. scytherius says: Nov 14, 2011 12:31 AM

    Neither team is excellent, but that Jets aren’t even good.

  24. bjtodd says: Nov 14, 2011 12:32 AM

    I love watching fat Rex and his short arms during his temper tantrums! What an arse whoopin! I can’t wait to hear all the excuses from the yets fan farm. How they are still right where they wanna be. How Brady is just a pretty boy who sucks and is finished. I hope we get a third, at home, game against you slugs. I pray BB will relinquish the GM title, or at least let someone be a major influence on who is picked in the draft. Need some major pieces on D. Ocho showed some signs of life. Schedule is cake going forward. P-A-T-S

  25. Henry says: Nov 14, 2011 12:32 AM

    I’m not a fan of Sanchez but he did make a few nice throws. He’s getting better. But he still has very poor decision making sometimes and he should have better pocket presence by now, hence the sacks. He’s not the guy to lead that team to a championship, imo.

  26. dudeicle says: Nov 14, 2011 12:32 AM

    Pats still need a deep threat.

  27. pftisdabomb says: Nov 14, 2011 12:33 AM

    Hey Sanchez, how’s it feel to be part of the ‘worst play in NFL history’ according to your own coach? It’s the Jets D that got them where they are and if they can’t get to the QB then they won’t even make the playoffs. Sanchez is NOT an elite QB.

  28. picksix401 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:33 AM

    and how bout Andre Carter 3000? unbelievable game with 4.5 sacks..

  29. tedmurph says: Nov 14, 2011 12:34 AM

    Love all the Belichick haters that said it was over for the ‘genius’. While the personel is his fault, the injuries aren’t. To coach that rabble of street free agents into that performance is amazing. Jets were totally outclassed in what they said was their signature, changing of the guard game. Rex better brush up on the acting skills. Maybe he can guarantee an oscar. As for the Brady haters, well, never mind.

  30. promin1 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:34 AM

    @nyjalleffingday
    “That said, cue the garbage about how Sanchez and Ryan and the Jets as a whole are terrible and all the other stuff when their body of work suggests otherwise.”

    This is exactly what I am talking about with Jet fans. 09 backed into playoffs
    2010 barely beat garbage teams like Detroit and Browns and only got into the playoffs because they were lucky enough to play the Bills in week 17.
    I’ll give you that the Jets got hot two years in a row in the playoffs to get to the title game, but they got chumped both times. So what body of work are you speaking of? You act like they are some powerhouse who had an off night tonight. They haven’t beat anybody this year and their schedule is easy.

  31. h3min1230 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:35 AM

    No love for Andre Carter? 4.5 sacks!

  32. BurkieInBoston says: Nov 14, 2011 12:35 AM

    Man, I keep clicking over to Jets Postgame on SNY & they’re killing the Jets, especially Ray Lucas. Tough crowd in that studio.

  33. tedmurph says: Nov 14, 2011 12:36 AM

    Keep harping on Ocho and Haynesworth, pretend Carter, Waters and Anderson don’t exist.

  34. trbowman says: Nov 14, 2011 12:37 AM

    Ryan and Tannebaum have to accept the fact that Sanchez isn’t a QB you can go all the way with. The Jets could be the best team in the league if they had a legit QB. It’d be downright scary.

    It’s a deep QB class so having a low draft pick won’t hurt them so much. Time to accept reality and get a real QB.

  35. nannymcsack says: Nov 14, 2011 12:37 AM

    ^ 5 “recievers” over 40 yards. toms doin work and gronk is livin the dream. who’s a better TE?

  36. tedmurph says: Nov 14, 2011 12:38 AM

    Jets are 5-4. Too bad Dallas and SD handed them 2 wins.

  37. trbowman says: Nov 14, 2011 12:39 AM

    Oh man is Mike Westhoff going to have a field day going over the film.

  38. trbowman says: Nov 14, 2011 12:39 AM

    But as a Bills fan I hope they stick with Sanchez!

  39. pfii63 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:40 AM

    Everybody sing along…..

    Y – E – T – S!

    YETS!
    YETS!
    YETS!

  40. catquick says: Nov 14, 2011 12:40 AM

    You do realize that should the Bills get it back together like early in the year(many injured coming back soon) they play the Jets and Pats(who they already beat) and could win the division. They actually hold their own fate in their hands. Stranger things have happened. Who thought KC would knock off 3 straight after the first two games? Who thought Cincy would be a game back at this point? Who thought SF would have 1 loss?

  41. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 14, 2011 12:41 AM

    patriotinvasion says: Where are the Jet fans? Ha! I guess the sky isn’t falling on the Patriot Dynasty so fast. So funny how the Patriots can’t lose a game without the media trying to turn it into an end of an era. Everyone just needs to relax….tough to win in the NFL. Ask the Ravens who just lost to the freakin Seahawks. The Patriots are just fine….ask the J-E-T-S about that….lol
    ——————
    Be careful. The Jets have had the last laugh in the last two seasons but I’m sure Pats fans don’t need to be reminded of that, right?

  42. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 14, 2011 12:41 AM

    caseyanthonymunoz says: As long as Sanchez is their QB, the Jets will never be great. He is absolutely awful.
    ————
    THIS is as true as it gets.

  43. iambadkid says: Nov 14, 2011 12:42 AM

    this is depressing for me to see home teams lose because blossom of the powerpuff girls gave me bad luck thats why the home teams keep losing when i record the games on TV……. sad that reminds me when tony romo and jessica simpson against the eagles…. i wish that happened to tom brady in this game

  44. 707Raiders707 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:42 AM

    jets-pats are boring i hate how it gets blown up

  45. iambadkid says: Nov 14, 2011 12:43 AM

    im superstitious by the way

  46. tedmurph says: Nov 14, 2011 12:46 AM

    djbleedthestar says:Nov 14, 2011 12:28 AM

    Pretty sure if Tom Brady is your quarterback any tight end can be “best all-around tight end in the league.” Kind of an overstatement there. Also it’s cause he has no receivers on the outside.
    ———————————————————-
    Seriously dude?

  47. richm2256 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:47 AM

    Any Jets fans in the house???

    Anyone?

    Hellllllooooooooooooo?????

    *crickets*

  48. imitator4christ says: Nov 14, 2011 12:49 AM

    The New England Patriots started out slow in the first half….. But was in total control on all three phases of the field. Go Pats!!!!

  49. coolgato13 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:52 AM

    We should rename them The New York Nyets. Oh wait that’s the Jersey basketball team, isn’t it?

  50. JakeDSnake says: Nov 14, 2011 12:54 AM

    Pop quiz pilgrims: which defense has given up more points – Patriots or Jets?
    While were at it which team among the Texans, Browns, Bengals, Dolphins and Jets has given up the most points?
    Yeah, “that defense” with Eli or better wins Championships.

  51. sd1024 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:55 AM

    This is why no one should listen, much less support Rex Ryan and his mindless drivel/blather. He’s up at the podium in August dissing the rest of the league and “challenging” them to beat the Pats, and his own team goes 0-2. I know its boring Rex, but take a page from Belichick’s book and shut up. You’re damaging your brand by looking like an ass each and every time you make a guarantee or boast. Its not funny or entertaining to anyone but Jets fans…its annoying and tired.

  52. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 14, 2011 12:58 AM

    Am I the only one sick to death of hearing about BOTH these teams? I didn’t want either to win just so the hype could go down on two good but not phenomenal teams.

  53. packerstexansfan says: Nov 14, 2011 1:00 AM

    inbillwetrust says:
    Nov 14, 2011 12:27 AM

    Once again Rex Ryan is taking the blame for Mark Sanchez. From a Pats fan, i hope Rex never smartens up and gets rid of him.. Cause then they might be decent

    I feel the same way about the Bears and Jerry Angelo

  54. jsesquire says: Nov 14, 2011 1:05 AM

    djbleedthestar says: Nov 14, 2011 12:28 AM

    Pretty sure if Tom Brady is your quarterback any tight end can be “best all-around tight end in the league.” Kind of an overstatement there. Also it’s cause he has no receivers on the outside.

    ———————————–

    Is that so? Name another tight end Brady has had that has had that kind of production.

    Ben Watson? Daniel Graham? Christian Fauria? sorry. Gronk is a stud.

  55. coolgato13 says: Nov 14, 2011 1:06 AM

    Memo to Jets’ Bart Scott:
    Jets D “couldn’t stop a nosebleed” in the second half !

  56. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 14, 2011 1:21 AM

    This win actually helped Buffalo. Being one game back with winnable division games left isn’t a bad place to be. For one night, I am a TB fan. The jets fans talked all week about how they turned the corner, well that turn was down a one-way street and they were going the wrong way. Or maybe they were hoping for “Return of the Jedi” and they got “The Empire strikes back”. Who knows? But I’m sure they will come up with, not only an excuse, but another infalable reason why their team is still going to win the superbowl. Even though, according to them, it’s already been won.

  57. Iamthatguy says: Nov 14, 2011 1:27 AM

    Funny how when the Patriots get spanked not one of their obnoxious fans comes on here and says anything, but as soon as they beat an average and overrated Jets team then the bandwagon fans crawl out from under the rocks and run their mouths again.

    Patriots fans are so predictable.

    Hide and make excuses when their team loses, and then turn into obnoxious immature peons when they win.

  58. gosuhgo says: Nov 14, 2011 1:39 AM

    charlutes says: Nov 14, 2011 12:27 AM

    How many more free passes for Sanchez before he gets the boot? That defense could win championships if coupled with an Eli or better.
    __________________
    Doesn’t even need an Eli. I mean the 49ers are 8-1 with Alex Smith.

  59. descendency says: Nov 14, 2011 1:41 AM

    Sacks? What are those? You’re allowed to take the QB down for a loss???

    -Patriots fans

  60. emotionalfatguy says: Nov 14, 2011 1:41 AM

    Pretty sure if Tom Brady is your quarterback any tight end can be “best all-around tight end in the league.” Kind of an overstatement there. Also it’s cause he has no receivers on the outside.
    _________________________________

    Type of thing an idiot would say, who has watched one patriots game this season.

    Gronkowski looks extremely uncoordinated with long arms and an awkward running style but he is truly a beast – and easily one the top 5 blocking tight ends, and top 5 receiving tight ends in the league. Gronk is actually better blocker than he is receiver (leads TEs in TDs for the season), and is decisively crafty in his route running ability.

    Also, having “no receivers on the outside” would suggest that the middle of the field would be more defensively stacked, making his role of working the middle even more difficult.

    DIAF.

  61. borisbulldog says: Nov 14, 2011 1:47 AM

    NE- 13-3
    BUF-10-6
    NYJ-9-7

  62. patriotera says: Nov 14, 2011 2:48 AM

    Thanks for the win and the sweep guys! Now that was a good game!

  63. philyeagles5 says: Nov 14, 2011 3:01 AM

    2. Donald Strickland fumbled a punt early in the second half to set up a Patriots field goal.

    i thought Joe McKnight fumbled the ball on a punt.

  64. mattysay14 says: Nov 14, 2011 3:12 AM

    sanchez and the jets coaching staff will take heat for this game and deservingly so, because those pat dbs should have been shredded. that being said the jets defense and offense were in position to win this game and it came down to a simple matter of execution. holmes fell down on his own on an easy td frist drive, wilson dropped an easy pick 6 that hit him in the chest on the pats first drive, fumbled punt, shonn green turned a 5 yard completion into a patriot scoring drive, etc, etc. bottom line is pats playmakers made the plays they were supposed to make and the jets didnt. individual failures killed the jets. cant beat the pats losing the turnover battle 4- 0(counting the missed fg as a turnover) classic jets will prob win 4 straight now that they are counted out but it wont be enough.

  65. freedomispopular says: Nov 14, 2011 3:35 AM

    Sure, the Patriots have a soft schedule from here on out, but that’s not gonna mean much come playoff time. Somebody will probably shred that defense to pieces and send them home packing early again. If not, whoever they play in the Super Bowl will.

  66. CKL says: Nov 14, 2011 3:52 AM

    WOW I am so proud of the way the Pats won tonight. A bunch of no names on D and one guy who had never started any game before let alone @ safety. Very gritty not pretty win. The kind of wins a team has to prove they can get to make noise in the postseason. Andre Carter and Ninko were beasts. I’ve thought all along that the DL was their best unit on D and they showed it tonight.

    I was happy to see Ocho get a couple grabs. He works so hard and gets so upset if he doesn’t do the right thing.

    @djbleed TB is a great player and has helped make a lot of receivers better but Gronk is an immense talent in his own right. Pats’ old TE Ben Watson is doing far better in Cleveland than he did as a Patriot. It happens. Different roles, etc.

  67. gimmeabruschi says: Nov 14, 2011 4:28 AM

    Interestingly, half the jets’ losses are to the Pats.

    They would be scary though, if they had Brady instead of Sanchez for a QB.

  68. monropoobah says: Nov 14, 2011 4:45 AM

    terrible game. i knew this game would be trouble because of how the media had bb and tb ‘done’ along with their team. looks like the changing of the guard will have to wait at least one more year. cue the ‘yets’ fans.
    sanchez is a third year qb. some do very well that soon. he’s got a ways to go. still believe he’s got the skills and heart to be able to take the team (eventually) to where they wanna go.

  69. denverdude7 says: Nov 14, 2011 5:27 AM

    If the Jests are serious about their “Ground and Pound” philosophy they should trade for Tim Tebow immediately.

    How long has it been since a starting quarterback has completed only 2 passes and WON THE GAME ????

    Revis for Tebow straight up sounds fair to me !!!

  70. dirtdawg55 says: Nov 14, 2011 6:21 AM

    Djbleedthestar says:

    With Tom Brady “…any tight end can be best all-around” and “…he has no receivers on the outside”. Well, name me all the all-star rotgut ends he has had then. Daniel Graham? Kyle Brady? Pretty sure he hasn’t had any up until now. And no receivers on the outside? That just makes it all the more remarkable how he continues to light up teams, isn’t it? They are an one dimensional team – no running game (last night they didn’t even try to run the ball), no deep threat, just dink and dunk. And yet they win more often than they lose and they have taken two games from the two-time defending SB champs and pre-declared winner for a three-peat, leading their division yet again.

    Now, is Gronkowski any better than Heath Miller? No actually, he isn’t. But is he only any good because of Brady? Ah, no, that isn’t correct either.

  71. 6thsense79 says: Nov 14, 2011 6:40 AM

    Djbleedthestar,

    Who exactly were the Patriots tight ends before Gronkowski arrived? And why weren’t they considered the best all around tight end in the NFL?

  72. rangersleadtheway says: Nov 14, 2011 6:51 AM

    Patriot fans are hilarious. They love living on history. Dynasty’s not over? Wasn’t your last playoff win in 2007? Um.. That’s kind of over. Dynasty’s don’t win super bowls by last second FG’s, they dominate the game. Dynasty’s don’t choke away an 19-0 seasons. But that’s what happens when you barely beat your opponent on last second FGs. Dynasty’s have a better superbowl record than 3-3. See cowboys, 49ers, Steelers.. And I dont like any of those teams. Patriots TODAY are still a team with huge issues. It’s been quite some time since you came back to win a superbowl by 3 or fewer points.

  73. flyerscup2010 says: Nov 14, 2011 7:03 AM

    being a jets fan is like being the fat bridesmaid at every wedding but never ever getting to be the bride. i’d be bitter if not for the fact that the pats deserve to win every time they win. i wish mark sanchez could just be…like…better.

  74. 8man says: Nov 14, 2011 7:42 AM

    It’s a week to week league. But Brady said that this time of year good teams get better. Eventually the cream rises to the top.

    Despite their injuries and poor defense, the Patriots have an immense amount of pride and good coaching. A long way to go but still something left in the tank.

  75. ampats says: Nov 14, 2011 7:55 AM

    The pundits say the Patriots are done. Worst defense in the NFL.

    I say SWEEP.

  76. stanmark says: Nov 14, 2011 7:57 AM

    sanchez puts up what is arguably the best statistical game of his career, but the jets defense is unable to bail him out again. this is why the jets cant go the distance. mark sanchez.

  77. supashug says: Nov 14, 2011 7:58 AM

    wait, I thought Rex stole the vaunted Ravens defense

  78. askafeld says: Nov 14, 2011 8:00 AM

    “Can someone else beat the Patriots besides us ?” Hmm … maybe Rex should worry about the second part of that statement first.

  79. n0hopeleft says: Nov 14, 2011 8:02 AM

    Good thing the Giants took care of the Jets problems last week, otherwise Dirty Sanchez and Fatty McGhee would really be out of the race.

  80. snarkzilla says: Nov 14, 2011 8:06 AM

    Don’t worry Jets fans. Rex will guarantee you a Super Bowl championship again next year if he’s still there.

  81. FinFan68 says: Nov 14, 2011 8:10 AM

    That is the same thing Brady did to the Dolphins on MNF, only he did it the entire game instead of just the second half. They have a unique ability to run the no-huddle extremely effectively. 2 good TEs in the game make it hard for defenses to determine run or pass, and that gets more difficult to keep up the longer they stay on the field. I wonder why the Pats do not use it more often?

  82. dexterismyhero says: Nov 14, 2011 8:25 AM

    Familiar story playing out in AFC East
    =================================What, the Jets are going to win it all again!!!!!!

  83. kenneallys06 says: Nov 14, 2011 8:30 AM

    Ah Ya this is so sweet to beat the Jets ! Just because of all the tras talking they do !!! GO PATRIOTS !!!!

  84. damnsureis says: Nov 14, 2011 8:41 AM

    It’s early to say but have any of Rex Ryan’s draft picks panned out? Every year I hear how great every player he drafts is going to be but I never see them on game day. Kyle Wilson was supposed to be the steal of the century. Every time I hear his name he’s on the wrong end of a highlight. Shonne Green was hyped up and just looks average at best. Mark Sanchez is okay on his best days. The list goes on. Maybe Rex should focus on developing these players instead of talking every draft pick up to be a future hall of famer.

    Let’s face it. The majority of the talent on that team was already in place. Revis, the offensive line, David Harris, etc. and the play has been steadily declining. He added some mediocre talent in free agency and that’s all he’s done.

  85. neilpountney says: Nov 14, 2011 8:45 AM

    Also it’s cause he has no receivers on the outside.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    So if they have no receivers on the outside that means teams know they will be going to him right!!! Crazy talk this guy is a physical beast has a huge catching span and his ball skills are incredible for a big guy. I cannot think of a better all round TE in the league he is a tough match up in the red zone. Many non Pats fans will have missed the fact that Tom Brady missed on so many passes to start that game off but improved as the game went along.

  86. gmsingh says: Nov 14, 2011 8:46 AM

    Rodgers might have the highest passer rating because he has 11 receivers that can all catch, but pound for pound when the game is on the line Tom Brady continues to look like an assassin when he’s in the pocket.

  87. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 14, 2011 9:18 AM

    gmsingh says: Rodgers might have the highest passer rating because he has 11 receivers that can all catch, but pound for pound when the game is on the line Tom Brady continues to look like an assassin when he’s in the pocket.
    ————
    So I’m curious to why you needed to write “pound for pound”.

  88. richm2256 says: Nov 14, 2011 9:31 AM

    amthatguy says:
    Funny how when the Patriots get spanked not one of their obnoxious fans comes on here and says anything, but as soon as they beat an average and overrated Jets team then the bandwagon fans crawl out from under the rocks and run their mouths again.

    Patriots fans are so predictable.

    Hide and make excuses when their team loses, and then turn into obnoxious immature peons when they win.

    ——————————————————–
    I don’t know where you were last week, but I was here with many other Patriot fans tipping our hats to the Giants for a solid win. Did the same thing after the Bills game.

    I even went so far as saying the other day that it wouldn’t suprise me if the Jets won yesterday’s game.

    By the way, Yets fans. The time to talk trash and gloat is AFTER your team beats ours, not BEFORE.

  89. flash1283 says: Nov 14, 2011 9:40 AM

    Iamthatguy says:
    Nov 14, 2011 1:27 AM
    Funny how when the Patriots get spanked not one of their obnoxious fans comes on here and says anything, but as soon as they beat an average and overrated Jets team then the bandwagon fans crawl out from under the rocks and run their mouths again.

    Patriots fans are so predictable.

    Hide and make excuses when their team loses, and then turn into obnoxious immature peons when they win.

    ———–
    LAME!

    So you’re sayiny they are pretty much just like EVERY OTHER FAN BASE.

    Sometimes you people try to hard to take shots at the Patriots or Patriot fans.

  90. tedmurph says: Nov 14, 2011 9:42 AM

    dirtdawg55 says:
    Nov 14, 2011 6:21 AM

    Now, is Gronkowski any better than Heath Miller? No actually, he isn’t.
    —————————————————-
    Yes, actually it’s not even close.

    Miller 10g/38rec/465yds/2td
    Gronk 9g/52rec/709yds/10td.

    Gronk’s in his 2nd yr, still getting better and is a better blocker.

  91. mistrezzrachael says: Nov 14, 2011 9:45 AM

    Wait I’m confused I watched ESPN this week and they said the Patriots were finished, cooked, done for.

    You’re not telling me the ESPN experts were wrong are you!?

    Word to the wise. Never ever count out Tom Brady and Bill Belichick you’ll have to pry the AFC East from their cold dead fingers.

    Well said….jet fans are right there w/Sandusky, no higher…so fitting that they are ugly step children…never to reach level of other 3 teams in their division….Miami & Buffalo have accomplished much more than jets ever will.

  92. guypatsfan says: Nov 14, 2011 10:02 AM

    BTW big kudos to Wes Welker for spending the whole game on Revis Island and taking Revis out of the game by doing so. That allowed the other receivers to get open and make big catches. It wouldn’t surprise me if that was part of the Pats’ game plan.

    There’s no “i” in team, and there’s no “i” in Welker either!

  93. jaguar49 says: Nov 14, 2011 10:57 AM

    Iamthatguy says: Nov 14, 2011 1:27 AM

    Funny how when the Patriots get spanked not one of their obnoxious fans comes on here and says anything, but as soon as they beat an average and overrated Jets team then the bandwagon fans crawl out from under the rocks and run their mouths again.

    Patriots fans are so predictable.

    Hide and make excuses when their team loses, and then turn into obnoxious immature peons when they win.
    ___________________________________
    This is an idiotic statement. Do you think the fans of any team are any different. What a bonehead

  94. bosfaninva says: Nov 14, 2011 11:12 AM

    The reports of the Pats’ demise were greatly exaggerated.

  95. bozosforall says: Nov 14, 2011 11:21 AM

    Familiar story being that for the last decade, the Pats have played in the easiest division to win, given that the other three teams have sucked for that entire time.

  96. mornelithe says: Nov 14, 2011 11:59 AM

    Can’t wait for next year! 2 first round and 2 second round picks should do the Pats some good! Hahahaha.

  97. monropoobah says: Nov 15, 2011 4:22 AM

    mistrezzrachael says:
    Nov 14, 2011 9:45 AM
    Well said….jet fans are right there w/Sandusky, no higher…so fitting that they are ugly step children…never to reach level of other 3 teams in their division….

    ________________________________

    you are far and away the biggest douche i have ever encountered on here.

  98. monropoobah says: Nov 15, 2011 4:35 AM

    richm2256

    Any Jets fans in the house???

    Anyone?

    Hellllllooooooooooooo?????

    *crickets*

    ___________________________
    good, old fashioned ass whoopin. tb and bb and co. showed media reports of their demise were premature. jets have a ways to go. somebody said the jets will now win their next 4 since it doesn’t matter. forgive me if i go enjoy my team win those if they do. might still see the pats in the playoffs. (might not) and you never know what can happen.
    do me a favor. i see the occasional comment about ‘classless’ jet fans on here. go take a look thru pats fan comments and tell me where the class lies.

  99. bozosforall says: Nov 15, 2011 11:15 AM

    The Pats are still going to lose in the playoffs, just like they have for the past two years.

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