The Patriots lead the Jets 14-7 at the half, and they should be ahead by more. The team controlled the first half, but a few miscues — a Wes Welker drop on third down, and a botched hold by quarterback Matt Cassel on a field goal attempt — have kept the score close. The Patriots have also had some communication problems in getting their sub defenses on the field.
The Patriots’ offensive plan has had a heavy emphasis on multiple tight end sets. The team is also using offensive tackle Ryan O’Callaghan as a third tight end, challenging the Jets to stop the run. This is an area the Jets struggled last year and the Patriots are looking to exploit it. That focus on the running game has kept the Jets’ safeties honest, opening up opportunities for receivers on the outside.
The Jets’ defense is not pressuring like it did in the playoff game last year. Instead, this has been a more conservative approach, which has resulted in Tom Brady having more time to throw.
The Patriots get the ball to start the second half.