Patriots beat Jets in ugly Thursday night game

The Patriots are 2-0, but it hasn't been pretty

9/13/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5224 respect

Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium.  The New England Patriots won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsThe Patriots have shown the NFL the benefit of playing in an awful division, as they've played far below expectations in both weeks 1 and 2, yet still managed to come out 2-0 after two division games.

They beat the Bills and Jets by 5 points combined, in games where they were expected to win by at least a touchdown.

Last night against the Jets, QB Tom Brady was visibly upset at his young wide receivers and was seen yelling at them both on the field and on the sidelines. He admitted after the game that he needs to work on his body language, but it's probably more than that.

According to ESPN's QBR stat, Brady had a 24.2 last night. That's his worst game since week 11 of 2011. Sure, it didn't help that guys like Aaron Dobson had a number of drops at key times, and Kenbrell Thompkins narrowly dropped a TD pass. But still, Brady wasn't exactly at his sharpest.

They were missing tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Zach Sudfeld. Last week's leading receiver Danny Amendola was sidelined, as was last week's leading rusher Shane Vereen. Last year's leading receiver Wes Welker is a Bronco now, and another tight end from last year is in jail.

Still, that can't be used as an excuse. Fortunately for Brady and the offense, the defense did a fantastic job shutting down the Jets, and gave the offense a chance to win despite their relative incompetence.

The Patriots have made it through the first two weeks. As ugly as it has been, they're still 2-0, and that's the best possible result. They now have 10 days off before facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 3, and that's another very winnable game.

Can they turn a page and become the Super Bowl contending team that many expected them to be? If so, they'll need to step it up big time, regardless of injuries, and find a way to get the offense going.
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9/13/13   |   JenX63   |   32359 respect

Every team hits a rough patch. They have had some key players leave. They are "starting over" like so many other teams.