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Belichick: ‘They just did a better job’

09.19.10 at 7:44 pm ET
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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addressed the media following his team’s 28-14 loss to the Jets in New Meadowlands Stadium. Here is the transcript of his remarks:

Obviously, we’€™re disappointed to come down here and have that game turn out the way it did. We just didn’€™t play well enough today. Didn’€™t coach well enough, didn’€™t play well enough, they just did a better job than we did. Made a few more plays. That’€™s why they won. Obviously we’€™ve got a lot of work to do. We’€™ve got to get back to work this week, do a better job than this. There were too many penalties, turnovers. It just wasn’€™t good enough.

Are you worried about the struggles in the second half?

We just didn’€™t play well enough all day.

What was the difference between the first and second halves offensively?

Well, we had some opportunities in the first half. We didn’€™t take advantage of very many of them. It just wasn’€™t good enough. They just did a better job than we did. That’€™s all there is to it.

What were your impressions of the Jets defense?

They did a good job. They did a good job.

Did it appear that the Jets offense targeted Darius Butler?

Overall as a defense, we didn’€™t do well enough. We gave up 28 points. That’€™s not going to win many games in this league. Scoring 14 and turning it over three times isn’€™t going to win many either. So, we just didn’€™t make enough plays in the game. That’€™s all there was to it.

What went into the signing of Woodhead?

We had a roster spot. Thought he could help us.

What were your impressions of the Jets?

Did a good job. Played better than we did. Coached better than we did. Did a good job.

Did they do anything to disrupt your offense’s rhythm in the second half?

They pretty much do what they do. They did it better than we did it. You’€™ve got to give them credit for that. It wasn’€™t a fancy, trick game. It was just a football game that they executed better than we did.

How do you rebound from this?

I think you need to try to get better every week. It’€™s a long season. There’€™s a lot of weeks to practice and prepare and play. Hopefully we can get better every week. Other teams are getting better, too. Hopefully we can just get better faster than our opponents.

What happened on the strip sack?

It looked like Taylor beat us inside. You guys probably saw it better than I did. What happened? I don’€™t know.

How did your attack change without Revis in the game in the second half?

I don’€™t think it changed much.

What did you think of the play of Mark Sanchez?

He played well. I mean, their whole team played well. They did a good job.

What changed in the execution by the Jets in the second half?

I thought they played pretty good the whole game. They made some plays. We made some plays. They played well in the second half and made more than we did in all three phases of the game. I don’€™t know what else there is to say.

How big a momentum swing was the field goal at the end of the first half?

You never want that to happen. Scoring the touchdown and taking the lead, we were in good position there, but you never want to give up those three points.

What do you make of the Patriots’ road struggles (2-7 dating to last year)?

It will start 0-0 next game we play, home or away, whatever it is. The score will be nothing-nothing at the start of the game. The team that plays the best will probably win, just like it always is.

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Snap Judgments: Jets 28, Patriots 14

09.19.10 at 7:19 pm ET
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Until further notice, the Patriots are just another team.

All the goodwill gained in Week 1 vs. the Bengals was washed out in an epic second-half meltdown on Sunday, as the Jets passed and ran the ball at will on offense and completely shut down Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Randy Moss on defense to score the final 21 points of the contest and pick up a 28-14 win.

In a statement game for both teams, the Jets punched the Patriots in the face in the second half, and the Pats wilted. It was 2009 all over again as the defense could not make a play and the offense was shockingly predictable.

This isn’t a funeral for the 2010 Patriots, just as last week’s win over the Bengals should not have been a reason to pre-order a “Three Games to Glory” DVD. But this was the first real test of the season for the team, and it was a total flunk out.

Here’s a look at what went right and wrong in the game:


– Final passer rating: Mark Sanchez 124.3, Tom Brady 72.5. Anyone have a 52-point edge for Sanchez in the pregame pool?

Brady was terrific in the first half, completing 13-of-20 for 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Brady that struggled on the road vs. the Jets in 2009 was gone for the first 24 minutes, replaced by the vintage 2007 version that humiliated Eric Mangini’s crew in the season opener. The second half on Sunday, though, was 2009 all over again. Too much focus on Moss (who did nothing with Darelle Revis out) and forced throws all over the field. Brady has two INTs in the second half and completed just 7-of-16 passes.

Probably no player in the NFL was the subject of more grief than Sanchez over the last week, and his hideous performance vs. the Ravens (on the heels of a brutal preseason and “Hard Knocks” display that should lead to a “Best Supporting Nimrod” Emmy nod) justified all the critics. But Sanchez was a different player on Sunday, moving brilliantly in the pocket and making every throw the Jets needed. The Patriots had no answer for Dustin Keller and Sanchez did not stop feeding the tight end, who finished with seven catches for 115 yards and a TD.

Darius Butler struggled vs. Chad Ochocinco in Week 1 (12 catches, 159 yards) but some were quick to point out that most of those numbers were accrued when the outcome of the game was decided. Any benefit of the doubt for Butler was removed Sunday, as the second-year cornerback allowed a touchdown catch and two-point conversion to Braylon Edwards (targeted six times, five catches, 45 yards) and was unable to cover Keller on several occasions (most notably on a 31-yard catch on a 3rd-and-1 in the third quarter). He was also flagged with consecutive pass interference calls in the fourth quarter, which set up Keller’s touchdown that put the Jets up 28-14 and pretty much slammed the door.

– Penalties cost the Patriots on a number of occasions, as a 32-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski was disallowed following a delay of game call. Gostkowski promptly missed the 37-yarder, wasting an 13-play opening drive. A sideline late hit by Tully Banta-Cain on Jerricho Cotchery gave the Jets a 15 yards and a first-down on the Patriots 28-yard line, a drive that would end with an Edwards touchdown catch. And the fourth-quarter back-to-back penalties were crucial in the game’s final scoring drive.


– Easy to take a spin in the hyperbole machine just two games into his career, but can we all agree that Brady has never had a weapon at tight end even close to Aaron Hernandez? Sure, Moss’ one-handed touchdown catch was the signature play of the first half. But it was Hernandez who made the play that allowed Moss to plant the flag on Revis Island, hauling in a 46-yard grab on 3rd-and-10 from the Patriots 20-yard-line. Hernandez put an All-Pro wide receiver move on Jets safety Jim Leonhard and weaved his way to the New York 34. The rookie tight end (and let’s face it — this is a receiver in tight end’s clothing) had six catches for 101 yards in the first half.

– Despite Sanchez’s success, the Patriots were able to get a fairly consistent pass rush on the quarterback, something that of course was lacking in 2009 and was just OK in the Week 1 win over the Bengals. Gerard Warren was moved from the left to right end spot on Sunday (Ron Brace started at left end) and picked up a pair of sacks, including a hit in the third quarter that nearly sent Sanchez out of the game. Banta-Cain also collected a takedown and Mike Wright and Vince Wilfork got hits on Sanchez.

– Randy Moss made exactly one catch on Darrelle Revis on Sunday, but that was all it took to win that battle. Moss was about two steps ahead of Revis as he made an unforgettable one-handed 34-yard touchdown grab with 53 seconds left in the first half. Revis injured his hamstring on the play (no really, he did) and was unable to return to the game. However, overall It was a quiet game for Moss both before and after the catch, as he finished with just two grabs for 38 yards.

Halftime analysis: Pats 14, Jets 10

09.19.10 at 5:44 pm ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD ‘€” Two quarters are in the books here at the new Meadowlands Stadium, and the Patriots hold a 14-10 lead on the Jets. Here are a few quick notes:

The Patriots controlled the tempo for much of the first quarter and a half ‘€” the Jets ran just three plays in the first quarter. New York didn’€™t get its first first down until just under 12 minutes were left in the second quarter, and crossed into New England territory for the first time with 10 minutes left in the first half. Meanwhile, the Patriots shot themselves in the foot in the first quarter when they were whistled for a delay-of-game penalty on a 32-yard field goal attempt, and then Stephen Gostkowski missed the ensuing 37-yard attempt. New England did get on the board with a quick six-yards scoring strike with 13:22 left in the second where Wes Welker outraced New York cornerback Antonio Cromartie to the pylon for a touchdown reception. That put the capper on a 15-play, 75-yard scoring drive that took 8:10.

At one point following the Patriots’ first touchdown, New England had run 28 plays from scrimmage while the Jets had run just three. But after the rough start, the New York offense found its footing when it put together an impressive scoring drive on its first scoring sequence of the second quarter. That’€™s when Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez engineered a 12-play, 77-yard drive that took 6:55 and ended when he connected with Braylon Edwards ‘€” who was in single coverage with Darius Butler ‘€” on a 10-yard pass play in the corner of the end zone to tie the score at seven with 6:22 left in the first half.

The Patriots went on top with a lightning-quick strike. Taking over on their own 20-yard line with 1:40 left in the first half, Tom Brady hit Aaron Hernandez on a 46-yard pass where the tight end deftly avoided a series of tackles to get the ball down to the New York 34-yard line. On the following play, Brady hit Randy Moss down the seam for a 34-yard touchdown catch where the receiver got separation in single coverage with Darrelle Revis and caught the ball with just his right hand, coasting through the end zone to wrap up a four-play, 80-yard drive with a minute to go in the first half to make it 14-7.

Both teams have taken their share of bad penalties. The Patriots took two bad calls ‘€” Tully Banta-Cain was flagged for unnecessary roughness for hitting Jerricho Cotchery while he was out of bounds (he sat for the rest of the Jets’€™ drive, replaced by Jermaine Cunningham), and Kyle Arrington was hit for running into Jim Leonhard when Leonhard was trying to field a punt. Meanwhile, the Jets were hit with two bad ones as well ‘€” Eric Smith hit Welker around the head on a third-down pass play (Welker was sidelined for a few plays as a result), and was flagged for unnecessary roughness, keeping a New England scoring drive alive. In addition, Edwards picked up a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct call when he celebrated his second-quarter touchdown reception from Sanchez.

Brady is 13-for-20 for 179 passing yards and two touchdowns, while Sanchez is 12-for-16 for 121 yards and one touchdown. Patriots tight end Hernandez leads all pass catchers with four receptions for 80 yards, and New York’€™s Shonn Greene has a game-high 18 rushing yards.

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Patriots starting offense

09.19.10 at 4:19 pm ET
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The Patriots opened with the following offensive lineup:

OL: Sebastian Vollmer, Stephen Neal, Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly, Matt Light
QB: Tom Brady
RB: Kevin Faulk (split wide)
WR: Randy Moss, Wes Welker
TE: Alge Crumpler, Aaron Hernandez

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Report: Mankins will return to Pats for final six games

09.19.10 at 3:46 pm ET
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New England’s Pro Bowl offensive lineman Logan Mankins will return to the Patriots in time to play the final six games and get an “accrued NFL season,” according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Mankins, a restricted free agent, has been looking for a new deal somewhere in the neighborhood of the contracts signed by Jets center Nick Mangold (seven years, $55 million) and Saints offensive lineman Jahri Evans (seven year, $56.7 million). According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Mankins and the Patriots were close to a deal recently, but things fell apart soon after when Mankins refused to apologize publicly to Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

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Analysis of inactives

09.19.10 at 3:25 pm ET
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No real surprises on the inactives, with the biggest news coming with the return of wide receiver Julian Edelman to the lineup. It looks like the second-year wide receiver ‘€” who had been limited with a foot injury throughout the late stages of the preseason and early stages of the regular season ‘€” will see his first action of the 2010 season. Edelman has a soft spot in his heart for North Jersey ‘€” he saw his action as a professional in the old place against the Jets last season, catching eight passes for 98 yards against New York.

As for the rest, both cornerback Terrence Wheatley and offensive lineman Nick Kazcur were missing from practice this week, so it’s not surprising that both have been scratched for today’s game. In addition, relatively new faces like running back Danny Woodhead and offensive lineman Steve Maneri probably don’t have enough practice reps to make the cut for today’s game. (That’s especially true for Woodhead, who was picked up Saturday)  And wide receiver Taylor Price, linebacker Dane Fletcher, defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick and offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka are personnel decisions, although the Patriots are a little thin along the line, and a versatile presence like Ojinnaka (who has played tackle and guard) could come in handy if someone does go down.

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Edelman active for today’s game

09.19.10 at 3:07 pm ET
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The following Patriots are inactive for Sunday’s game: Taylor Price, Terrence Wheatley, Dane Fletcher, Steve Maneri, Quinn Ojinnaka, Brandon Deaderick, Nick Kaczur and Danny Woodhead.

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