Mark Sanchez (17-for-33, 164 yards, 3 INTs, 27.8 rating) looked bad early and got worse as the game went on. All three of his INTs led to second-half Patriots TDs. The running game was OK. Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith had key drops. Santonio Holmes (7 rec., 72 yards) made a few plays, but that was about it.
The worst play of the night came from safety Eric Smith, who was called for a 36-yard pass interference penalty in the end zone that gave the Patriots their first TD. The defensive front put no pressure on Tom Brady, who had his way with the Jets (21-29, 326 yards, 4 TDs, 148.9 rating). Coverage in the secondary was brutal, particularly by CB Antonio Cromartie, who gave up a TD.
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P Steve Weatherford’s 12-yard shanked punt in the first quarter led to the Patriots’ second TD. Nick Folk missed a 53-yard FG attempt way wide left in the first quarter. The return game was non-existent. A Brad Smith illegal-block penalty negated a long Holmes punt return, costing the Jets 33 yards in field position.
Rex Ryan said the team had its best practice of the season. The fact that it translated into this mess was a bad reflection of the entire coaching staff, which was badly outcoached by New England’s. Ryan made a bad challenge of a spot in the first quarter that never ended up mattering because of the blowout.