The New York Jets wanted to get back to “ground and pound” this week, thinking probably that a strong running game would better fit the offense of the Patriots’ AFC East rivals.
That’s cool with Albert Haynesworth.
“I like that, the run is the easiest thing to play,” Haynesworth said. “Rushing the passer is hard.”
Haynesworth, along with tight end Aaron Hernandez and cornerback Leigh Bodden, contributed to the Patriots’ 30-21 win over the Jets after being sidelined with injuries. A concerted effort to run the ball (25 runs for 53 offensive plays for the Jets) helped ease Haynesworth’s transition back into the lineup.
However, it wasn’t all smooth for the Patriots defensive lineman. He took a bit of a break in the game because of a cramp.
“That’s from two weeks,” Haynesworth said. “Just caught a little cramp. Nothing serious.”
Hernandez, who missed the past two weeks with a knee injury, caught five passes for 56 yards while wearing a brace on his leg.
“I felt pretty good out there,” Hernandez said. “I felt like my knee wasn’t hurting.
“[The brace] maybe slowed me down a little bit but you don’t really think about it when you’re out there.”
Hernandez said teammate Wes Welker told him the brace would feel weird.
“But when you’re in the moment at a game, all those fans out there and it’s national TV, you kinda forget about the brace,” Hernandez said.