Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon hauled in each of his targets against the New York Jets to collect a team-high five catches Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
Gordon’s receptions totaled 70 yards of offense for the Patriots, who topped the Jets, 27-13, and improved to 8-3. New England’s rushing corps posted a season-high 215 yards on 36 carries, which Gordon said opened the game up for the rest of the team. Eight Patriots recorded at least one reception.
“It takes pressure off the entire offense,” Gordon said of the running game. “It was good to have [offensive guard] Shaq Mason back in the lineup, I think that attributed to a lot of it. Sony [Michel] fought through injuries and being hurt, and the consistency from James White is amazing.”
Despite not finding the end zone, Gordon offered meaningful contributions Sunday. Four of his five catches provided a gain of 10-plus yards. One — a 17-yard grab — kept New England’s drive alive on 3rd-and-10 in the fourth quarter. Six plays later, Michel rushed into the end zone to give the Patriots a two-possession lead.
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With the victory, the Patriots keep their hopes of the No. 1 seed in the AFC afloat. If the team can win the remaining five games on the schedule and the Kansas City Chiefs lose one game, New England will earn the top seed and a first-round bye. Gordon, who has yet to experience playoff football in the NFL, said he’s looking forward to the chance to compete at the next level.
“It’s different, that’s for sure,” he said Friday. “It’s exciting, though. It’s motivational for me, for everybody. I’ve never really had the opportunity before, considering the circumstances, so it’s great to have the opportunity now.”
After Sunday’s win, Gordon also flashed his humor via social media. He posted a photo from his postgame press conference with the caption: “When the Uber driver asks you about your day…”