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Monday, October 10, 2011

Jets vs. Patriots: Cheers and Jeers

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Cheer:
With New York’s ground and pound on life support, the Jets revived their rushing game with Shonn Greene carrying the ball 21 times for 83 yards including a three yard touchdown rumble. Nick Mangold returned to the starting lineup for Gang Green after missing two games with a high ankle sprain. Mangold made an immediate impact creating running lanes for Greene and Tomlinson while keeping Mark Sanchez relatively clean in the pocket. Green showed a great burst, hitting the hole with authority and finishing runs with fervor.

Jeer:
New England’s tailback BenJarvus Green-Ellis, otherwise known as “the Law Firm,”
charged the Jets defense with multiple counts of poor tackling technique and run containment. Green-Ellis finished with a career high 126 yards and two touchdowns on 26 touches. Gang Green’s defense failed to set the edge on the Patriots running plays, as the combination of Green-Ellis and rookie running back Stevan Ridley gashed the Jets on the ground Sunday.

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New England grabbed a 24-14 lead early in the third quarter as Tom Brady found a wide open Deion Branch in the left corner of the end zone for a three yard scoring grab. The Jets Joe McKnight answered the bell as he broke off an 88 yard kick return taking the ball inside the Patriots 20-yard-line, setting up a nine yard touchdown catch by rookie Jeremy Kerley as New England’s lead shrunk to three points.

Big Stat:
The New England Patriots have won 30 consecutive regular season games at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough. The Patriots last home loss came in November of 2006 to the New York Jets.

Hear Hear:
"I never thought I’d be here losing three straight," admitted head coach Rex Ryan. "That’s where we’re at right now. This is a resilient team. We are the only team in NFL history to overcome two three game losing streaks. We’ve been down that road before. The only way to get back to winning is you have to roll your sleeves up and keep working and hopefully the tide will turn our way."

Final Thought:
In a matchup that pitted the Patriots potent passing attack against Gang Green’s staunch pass defense, the story of the game was the Jets inability to contain New England’s ground and pound. New York’s defense was unable to get off the field, while the Jets offense started the game with four straight three down and out possessions, a recipe for disaster opposing a Tom Brady led offense and a Bill Belichick coached club. With their record dipping to 2-3 and mired in a three-game-skid, the Jets have stumbled out of the gate and will need to rally to put together a playoff push. New York will welcome the winless Miami Dolphins to MetLife Stadium next week and with both clubs desperate for a win, this Monday Night Showdown will be sure not to disappoint.
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