|New England Patriots||13||7||10||0||30|
|New York Jets||0||0||7||7||14|
Darnold out with mono, no offensive line, Gase as head coach; this 0-2 Jets team really had no chance to compete with the 2-0 Patriots.
The Patriots scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions. The Jets achieved slightly more than 100 yards of offense all game. The game was so cleanly in hand that Brady took a seat before the end. Jamaal Adams’ 61 yard pick-six of Jarrett Stidham was almost more yards than the Jets’ offense 69 net passing yards. If you’re a Jets fan, that is not nice. The Jets offense managed less than ten yards on all but four drives and none went for more than 26 yards.
Not all was dandy for the Patriots, though. Despite a solid game against the Dolphins, Michel fell back to a single yard per carry. Fullback James Develin was confirmed to miss the rest of season. The Newhouse experience was in full swing. The Patriots had only three sustained drives; every time it seemed something positive would happen, there was another untimely incompletion or stuffed run. For a team granted incredible field position by a historically good defense, one would think a Tom Brady-led offense could score just a little more.
Well, that’s just September struggles, right? Surely the Patriots offense will figure it out by November or December. The Jets got a Bye Week to prepare for Philadelphia. The Patriots had to prepare for a top of the AFC clash against the surging Buffalo Bills.