The Jets and Patriots renewed their rivalry on a gloomy Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
Both offenses were as dreadful as the rainy weather, as neither team moved the ball much. However, New England was able to pull out the victory.
The Patriots (1-2) defeated the Jets (1-2), 15-10, extending their winning streak in the series to 15 games.
Zach Wilson, who started his second game of the season after Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles in the season opener, completed 18 of 36 passes for 157 yards. Wide receiver Garrett Wilson had five catches for 48 yards as the Patriots defense shadowed him all day.
The Jets have remained committed to Wilson as they haven’t pursued another quarterback. Earlier on Sunday during the FOX Sports pregame show, insider Jay Glazer said both Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan reached out to the Jets about potentially signing. However, the Jets to this point have declined to sign either player.
Mac Jones and the Patriots had a slightly better day offensively as he completed 15 of 29 for 201 yards and a touchdown pass. While the Jets could not get anything going on the ground, the Patriots rushed for a total of 154 yards. Ezekiel Elliott led the way with 80 yards, averaging 5.0 yards per carry.
Before the game, the Jets decided to reshuffle their offensive line with left tackle Duane Brown out due to a hip injury. Mekhi Becton moved from his usual right tackle spot to the left. Rookie Joe Tippmann got his first career start at right guard and Alijah Vera-Tucker moved from right guard to right tackle.
The Jets gave up three sacks, but each of those was due to Wilson holding on to the ball longer than he should have. Gang Green relied on its rushing attack after only running the ball 16 times a week ago in its 30-10 loss to the Cowboys. Although they rushed the ball more, the results were not what the Jets anticipated.
Gang Green gained 38 yards on 22 carries on the ground as Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook couldn’t get anything going.
The Jets received the ball first after the Patriots won the coin toss and deferred. However, Gang Green had -5 yards on its first offensive possession after two pass plays and Breece Hall lost yardage on second down. Following a Thomas Morstead 38-yard punt, the Patriots took an early 3-0 lead after Chad Ryland’s 48-yard field goal.
The Jets had 11 yards after the first quarter as fans booed the offense, which was as dreadful as the weather at MetLife Stadium.
In the second quarter, New England increased its lead to 10-0 after Mac Jones completed a 58-yard touchdown pass to Pharaoh Brown. Finally, with 1:25 left in the second quarter, the Jets got on the board as Greg Zuerlein converted a 52-yard field goal.
The only score of the third quarter was a 51-yard field goal by Chad Ryland.
Frustration set in during the second quarter for the Jets; at the end of the third quarter, they had more punts [seven] than first downs [four]. On the CBS broadcast, running back Michael Carter and running backs coach Taylor Embree were seen screaming at one another before they had to be restrained. Then, linebacker C.J. Mosley slammed Jones down on the field after the play was over, but there was no penalty on the play.
But finally, late in the fourth quarter, down 10, Wilson and the Jets offense moved the ball. Gang Green went on a 13-play, 87-yard drive as fullback Nick Bawden punched into the end zone after Myles Bryant was called for pass interference, giving the Jets a 1st and goal at the one-yard-line. That decreased the Patriots lead to 13-10 with 5:24 left.
The Patriots got the ball back, and they tried to run the clock out and get the three-point win. However, Gang Green forced New England to punt with 2:44 left in regulation. Backed up near their goal line, disaster struck as Matthew Judon sacked Wilson for a safety, which increased the Patriots lead to 15-10 with 2:19 left. Gang Green had one last opportunity to win the game with one second left, but Wilson’s Hail Mary to Randall Cobb was incomplete.
The Jets will return to MetLife Stadium next week as they will take on the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The Patriots travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.
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