Patriots pull away from Jets late in first half

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The Jets defense gave the Patriots a hard time for much of the first half, but New England found success on back-to-back drives just before halftime and things are a bit more lopsided on the scoreboard as a result.

Dion Lewis caught Tom Brady‘s second touchdown pass of the day four minutes after Brandin Cooks caught the first and the Patriots are up 21-3 at the break. As long as things don’t swing drastically back the other way, that should leave them on course for the top seed in the AFC playoffs.

Brady has been pressured often and hit a handful of times by a Jets defense that’s paid a lot of attention to tight end Rob Gronkowski. That’s worked out well enough that Gronkowski hasn’t even been targeted, which hasn’t kept the Patriots from taking the lead but could hurt Gronkowski’s bottom line. He entered Sunday’s game in need of 11 catches or 111 receiving yards to collect the final $2.5 million in incentives in his contract.

It may not be time to rule that out just yet, but it seems unlikely that New England is going to need to go the tight end’s way too often to finish off the Jets and the 2017 regular season.

26 responses to “Patriots pull away from Jets late in first half

  1. vaphinfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    How much patriot privilege has been going on?

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    If by “Patriot Priveledge” you mean beating up on your team the answer is “quite a lot”

  2. At least there haven’t been any calls that have been close. Only the standard whiners are out.

  3. wmnf says:
    December 31, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    Crybabies never rest.

    it’s almost as if they dont know they only add to the awesomeness of being a Pats fan

    never stop whining you fans of other teams!

  4. vaphinfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    How much patriot privilege has been going on?
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    You should be happy for your team winning the only game that matters to them – against Patriots.

  5. It’s zero degrees and the Patriots, including the 5th running back on the depth chart, are grinding it out.

  6. vaphinfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    How much patriot privilege has been going on?

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    Well its certainly been a big privilege having Lewis on the team so I would say a lot.

  7. vaphinfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    How much patriot privilege has been going on?

    10 25 Rate This

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    not much. goodell has been the commissioner for 10+ years and been told to frame them to steal draft picks

  8. rogerthedodger2 says:
    December 31, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    Jets driving fo tie pats at 10 and to pull within 4 of officials

    Translation— the team I root for sucks so I have to make excuses

    #crybaby

  9. rogerthedodger2 says:
    December 31, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Jets driving fo tie pats at 10 and to pull within 4 of officials
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    (yawn) you really need more salt in your diet chip, your tears used to have some buoyancy

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    December 31, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    brady just isn’t finding guys
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    What game are you watching? Cooks isn’t fighting to the ball, Dorsett is breaking off routes and other than a couple of end arounds the offensive game plan has been pure vanilla.

  11. joetoronto says:
    December 31, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    24-6 with 10 minutes left in the game and Brady is still in there.
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    For all that you comment on the Pats you must not watch many of their games. Expecting to see Hoyer with any more than 5-6 minutes to go? lmao

  12. I was not on board with the Harrison signing but crow tastes delicious!
    I think Grandpa Jimmy looks good out there 🙂

  13. “Privilige” is a word we hear today associated with people who can’t get things done for themselves, so they look to others to take things away from the successful, so the unsuccessful can feel better about themselves. “Patriot Privilige?” Please….

  14. bk617 says:
    December 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm
    What in the name of Billy Sullivan is Brady doing out there in the fourth quarter of a one-sided game?
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    Showing he’s got balls—fully inflated

  15. Pats fans have to recognize that the offense looked sclerotic when not in the hands of Dion Lewis. Brady was mediocre, as he has been for a few weeks (it’s not that he’s old so much as that he appears to be hurt or otherwise off); Cooks was lethargic; and Dorsett, dropping balls, demonstrated why he was rarely targeted over the season. The D played well enough, although in the few snaps Harrison had, the Jets, of all teams, made big plays. Pats may or may not stumble into the AFCCG, but after today the SB looks like a long shot.

  16. tommyuggs says:
    December 31, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Pats fans have to recognize…
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    Pats fans recognize that the game plan called for getting out of this one healthy and unlike your team chip, it succeeded .
    Rnjoy your o

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