Some quick things as we go into the half …
1) You have to start with that 34-yard touchdown catch by Randy Moss with 48 seconds left in the first half. Just an absolutely ridiculous one-handed grab. Moss caught the ball, on a post, without his left hand touching the ball. And so for the first time, really, in 10 quarters, Moss got the best of Darrelle Revis. Incredible, incredible catch. That, plus the 46-yarder by Aaron Hernandez, caught over the middle on a third-and-10 and zig-zagged upfield by the rookie, shows the explosive potential this offense has with its revamped group of skill players.
2) The Patriots started the game with possessions of 12 and 16 plays. They came away with seven points, but you could argue that the Jets came away winners in that 17-minute sequence. The damage was limited by a delay-of-game penalty that negated a Patriot field goal, and the game was shortened significantly. The point was underscored on the Jets’ next offensive possession. It was almost stunning to see the score tied as quickly as it was.
3) The New England defense looks ragged compared to what Baltimore looked like playing the Jets last week. Mark Sanchez is now 12-of-16 for 121 yards and a touchdown, and New York is 3-of-5 on third down. Which is a pretty different story from last week. The Jets seem, in particular, to be picking on Darius Butler, who’s having a rough time for the second straight week.
4) Last week, the Jets had a handful of stupid penalties, and the Braylon Edward celebration and Eric Smith roughness flags fall under that heading. But the Patriots have joined in the party as well. Tully Banta-Cain and Kyle Arrington both committed costly penalties, that evened the playing field in that regard.
5) Edwards has had a solid game, but the guy the Patriots seem to be having the most trouble covering is tight end Dustin Keller, who has three catches for 47 yards and should’ve had at least one more big play, having been open down the seam on a Sanchez misfire on the Jets’ first offensive play. It’ll be interesting to see how New England addresses that.