FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots were lucky enough to face two rookie quarterbacks in the first two weeks of the season in the Bills’ E.J. Manuel and the Jets’ Geno Smith. So obviously Bill Belichick, the defensive wizard who revolutionized the NFL with his 3-4 defense and unleashed the terror of Lawrence Taylor on hapless quarterbacks, would use every exotic blitz in his playbook to confuse and punish the rookies, right?
And despite the vanilla looks, the result was two old-school victories by the Patriots — won by the defense, for a change.
“Good for once to see the defense go out and finish a ball game,” defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said after the Patriots finished off an ugly 13-10 win over the Jets at Gillette Stadium. “Two weeks in a row we came up big, and it’s good for the defense.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.