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Patriots take 21-10 lead into locker room

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The Patriots have been outgained by the Jets through the first half of their matchup at the Meadowlands, but that hasn’t gotten in the way of building an 11-point lead over the Jets.

They have a Geno Smith interception and poor punt coverage to thank for help on their way to the lead. Logan Ryan picked off Smith in the first quarter and took the ball 81 yards for a touchdown followed by a celebration that could lead to a fine from the league. Smith stared down David Nelson before throwing the ball, giving Ryan all the time he needed to step in front and sprint to a score.

The poor punt coverage came in the second quarter when Julian Edelman returned a 37-yard Ryan Quigley punt 38 yards to the Jets’ 28-yard line. Stevan Ridley ran for a 17-yard touchdown a bit later and the Patriots had the 21-10 lead they’d take into the half.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski’s return has led to four catches for 54 yards, two of which set up the first New England score of the game, and a lot of attention from the Jets defense. A holding penalty before Ridley’s touchdown and a couple of good pass breakups by Antonio Allen has been the result of that attention. Overall, it’s been a mixed bag offensively for the Patriots, who moved the ball well on their first drive and fitfully from then on.

The interception by Smith was a poor play, but he looked sharp to open the game and finished the half 10-of-18 for 159 yards. The Jets didn’t move the ball as well once the game hit the second quarter, something that will need to change if they’re going to pull off a comeback.

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10 Responses to “Patriots take 21-10 lead into locker room”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 20, 2013 2:41 PM

    Here’s how many Superbowls the Patriots have won since Spygate :

  2. wearethesteelers says: Oct 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    Nice pick six, Brady. LOL

  3. pastabelly says: Oct 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    Great that Rex planned on Gronkowski playing. Nice defensive game planning – genius.

  4. vegasgreek says: Oct 20, 2013 2:55 PM

    The PATSIES ARE HAVING TROUBLE WITH ROOKIE QB GENO SMITH. WAIT UNTIL PEYTON MANNING COMES TO FOXBORO AND RIPS THEM APART !

  5. wearethesteelers says: Oct 20, 2013 3:01 PM

    Pats are a bunch of LOOOOOOOOOOOOSERS

  6. deathonwings410 says: Oct 20, 2013 3:13 PM

    Geno up

  7. bugorfeature says: Oct 20, 2013 3:14 PM

    Jets 24 Pats 21

    3 straight 3 and outs for the Pats

  8. themagicfanguy says: Oct 20, 2013 3:22 PM

    A steeler fan talking trash about the Pats, lol.

  9. bugorfeature says: Oct 20, 2013 3:23 PM

    Congrats to Pats- first first down on their fifth drive of third quarter

  10. 8man says: Oct 20, 2013 3:36 PM

    Offense too inconsistent for the Patriots to be a real threat right now. I understand you can’t score on every possession, but you need to change field position when you get the ball. They are lucky the Jets haven’t pulled away.

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