|Chris Jones says film shows Patriots need to be better against run||10.17.14 at 5:39 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The extra weekend of rest couldn’t be coming at a better time for Chris Jones and the Patriots defense. After all, they were on the field for nearly 41 of the 60 minutes Thursday night and had to defend 80 plays while the Patriots ran just 53. Usually, that’s a formula for disaster but the Patriots averted it when Jones blocked the 58-yard field goal attempt from Nick Folk at the final gun.
“We had something like  plays, obviously when a defense is on the field that long [it's bad],” Jones said. “A lot of it is on us. We just can’t do that and win a lot of games doing that. That’s going to wear you down at some point. That’s where the mental toughness kicks in because you’re going to physically be tired and you just have to mentally override that.”
The Jets were 9-of-16 on third down, converting many chances that extended drives and kept the Patriots defense on the field longer.
“As a defense, you don’t anybody do that well on third down,” Jones said. “That’s over 50 percent, which is really good for them but really bad for us. Whenever that happens that’s going to make for a really long day for us.”
The Jets were attacking Jones and the middle of the Patriots defensive front all night, gaining 226 yards on the ground and rushing for over five yards per carry. That was a point of emphasis, according to Jones, during Friday’s film review with coaches.
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down how the Patriots escaped with a 27-25 win over the Jets on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. Chris Jones blocked a potential 58-yard field goal by Nick Folk to hang on for the win and improve to 5-2 in the AFC East.
FOXBORO — Bill Belichick knew better than all the experts who had the Patriots as a nine-point favorite Thursday night.
Short week, injured key players lost for the season and playing your division rival that had absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by beating you.
And that was before the Jets put up 226 yards rushing and held the ball for nearly 41 of the 60 minutes played. The game came down to Chris Jones blocking a Nick Folk field goal attempt from 58 yards. The Patriots held on, 27-25, to improve to 5-2, with an extra three days to rest up before getting ready for the Bears on Oct. 26 in Foxboro. No wonder he ran into the north end zone after the game and gave his old linebacker Willie McGinest a big hug afterward.
“It was, I think, probably about the game we expected,” Belichick said. “With the Jets it’s always tough, definitely a grind-it-out game. [I'm] obviously really happy for Chris [Jones] at the end. After what happened last year, I thought it was so fitting that he made that play. That was awesome. It wasn’t our best. It was good enough, but it wasn’t our best. We have to do a better job in all three phases of the game, all the way around.”
The Jets were 9-of-16 on third down, a major reason they were able to hold the ball for nearly 41 minutes. Still, Belichick gave credit to his team for making it through the stretch of four games in 18 days with a 3-1 record. More importantly to Belichick, he has seen his team prove its mental toughness time and time again in the last three games.
“But I have to give our team a lot of credit,” he said. “They played four games in whatever it is, 17, 18 days, whatever it is, [18 days] since that Kansas City game. They’ve been tough, they’ve worked hard. They’ve really pushed themselves on the preparations. Some guys [are] banged up, some guys having to step in and all that. I thought it was a real good team win for us.
“[It's] always good to win in the division; [the] kind of games that you have to win during the year somewhere along the line. So, give the credit to the players. They made the plays when they had to make them. I thought Danny [Amendola] really stepped up and gave us a lot of energy on the kickoff returns and obviously that touchdown catch was a great catch. That was good too. Hopefully we’ll get a little bit of a break here, a couple days to kind of catch our breath then we’re right back at it. Good to win; we’ll enjoy it for a little while, not too long and then turn the page and get on to Chicago.”
FOXBORO — Revenge might be sweet, but redemption for Chris Jones on Thursday night could not have tasted any better.
The Patriots defensive lineman broke through the line and blocked Nick Folk’s potential game-winning field goal from 58 yards with his left hand on the final play, preserving a 27-25 Patriots victory at Gillette Stadium.
It came almost a year to the day that he was called for an illegal push at the line in overtime that gave the Jets and Folk a second chance. Folk, who missed from 56 yards, didn’t miss from 41 as the Jets walked out of MetLife Stadium with a 30-27 win.
Jones may not have been thinking about that at the precise moment his left hand saved the Patriots from an embarrassing home loss but he certainly was reminded about it after the game by coaches, teammates and of course, media.
“A few people have told me about it, so I’ve had a chance to think about it,” Jones said. “It feels good. That was last year and it’s just good to get a win this year. I think it really became a reality when coach [special teams assistant] Joe Judge came up and told me. I felt it then.
“Honestly it’s just good to get a win. Obviously it’s always good to beat a division rival. The Jets gave us their best and we’re just glad to come out with the win.”
“[I'm] obviously really happy for Chris at the end,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “After what happened last year, I thought it was so fitting that he made that play. That was awesome.”
FOXBORO — Coming into the game with a 1-5 record — losers of five straight — the Jets were a desperate team.
Ultimately, they left everything they had on the field and had a chance to win with a field goal as time expires, but the kick was blocked and the Jets fell to the Patriots, 27-25 Thursday Night on the road at Gillette Stadium.
“It’s really frustrating because this is a team you are playing your first divisional game,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “Obviously, these are the big dogs in our division. You know, nothing against Buffalo and Miami, they are playing well, but this team has won 10 years in a row, I think — or 10 out of 11. So, this is the one where you are trying to beat them at their place and this is like the third time in a row that I thought we were good enough to beat them here and we come away with a loss.”
The players — like their coach — were disappointed and actually felt like they let down Ryan.
“Rex is an emotional guy. The beauty of Rex is he believes in all of us and quite frankly we let him down tonight,” linebacker Calvin Pace said.
“He wanted this one,” wide receiver David Nelson added. “We all did. Not only because it was the New England game, but we were 1-5 coming in and we know we’re better than that. We’ve laid some eggs the past couple of weeks and given away games. We wanted to come out on a national stage and showcase what we’re all about. I think you saw that the majority of the game.”
Although the Jets played one of their better games of the season — totaling over 400 yards of total offense — they still shot themselves in the foot by committing seven penalties for 70 yards and going 2-for-4 in the red zone.
|Setting the scene: Patriots take on Jets at rain-soaked Gillette||10.16.14 at 5:26 pm ET|
FOXBORO — For the second straight year, the Patriots will play the Jets at Gillette Stadium on a rainy Thursday night. Steady rain with a chance of thunderstorms is in the forecast for the entirety of the game. But temperatures will be very mild, with a kickoff temperature of 64 degrees expected for the 8:25 p.m. start. Temperatures are expected to remain above 60 throughout the night.
A 7 MPH breeze out of the southeast is also in the forecast throughout the game.
In 2013, the Patriots held their home opener against the Jets on Sept. 12 and squeezed out a 13-10 win as the driving rain pelted players, coaches and fans.
The Patriots have won their last five regular season games against the Jets at Gillette Stadium, not including the 28-21 loss to New York in the 2010 playoffs. Overall, the Patriots have won 20 of the last 27 meetings between the two AFC East arch-rivals.
The Patriots will be playing the first game since losing starting linebacker Jerod Mayo and starting tailback Stevan Ridley to season-ending knee injuries. Both were placed on injured reserve. Taking their place are running back Jonas Gray and offensive lineman Chris Barker, who have been activated off the practice squad and are eligible to dress for the game.
Tom Brady enters the game with a perfect 6-0 record in Thursday night games. Bill Belichick is 7-2, with his last loss coming with Matt Cassel at the helm of a 34-31 overtime loss to the Jets on Nov. 13, 2008. Belichick’s only other Thursday loss was the 34-9 Thanksgiving blowout at the hands of the Detroit Lions in his first season in New England in 2000.
The game will also feature the Patriots paying tribute to Ty Law, the cornerback who was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame on Aug. 1. The halftime ceremony will be similar to the ones that former Patriots Tedy Bruschi and Troy Brown have enjoyed past primetime games.
The national anthem will be performed by Joey McIntyre of “New Kids on the Block” fame. The game is on the NFL Network as well as CBS nationally. McIntyre stars in the new CBS show, “The McCarthys.”
|Patriots promote RB Jonas Gray, OL Chris Barker, place Stevan Ridley, Jerod Mayo on IR||at 4:32 pm ET|
FOXBORO — In a move that was expected, practice squad running back Jonas Gray has been promoted to fill the spot on injured running back Stevan Ridley for tonight’s game against the Jets.
Gray impressed the Patriots in training camp and the preseason with his tough physical running style. The second-year back out of Notre Dame played in all four preseason games this year, totaling 37 carries for 142 yards and a 3.8 yard per carry average.
The other injured Patriot from Sunday who is lost for the season, Jerod Mayo, will be replaced by offensive lineman Chris Barker. This move was made with the uncertainty with regard to center Bryan Stork and left guard Dan Connolly. Stork missed the last game in Buffalo with a head injury after leaving in the first half against the Bengals on Oct. 5. Connolly left in the first half last Sunday against the Bills, also with a head injury.
Both Ridley and Mayo were placed on season-ending injured reserve before the 4 p.m. deadline to have Gray and Barker activated. The moves were first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
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