Jets fans thought early in the first quarter that they may have to suffer through another New England blowout as Tom Brady capitalized on a blown coverage to put the Pats up by seven. However, after another field goal, New England would not score again for another 35 minutes as they gave Geno Smith every opportunity to claw his way back into the game. As rain continued to fall under the bright lights of Gillette Stadium, both offenses continued to struggle. Both receiving corps had trouble catching the ball and failed to advance down the field.
The two teams are slated to meet at MetLife Stadium on October 20 and look to resume their rivalry with a better contest than played in Week 2.
GWR brings you the Greats and Goats of Week 2.
Nick Malone, P
- You know the game was an ugly one when the punter is the featured player of the week. Malone's number was called early and often to give the Jets defense better field position after their offense failed to score points. Altogether, Malone punted nine times and averaged nearly 45 yards per kick. He pinned the Patriots within their 20 yard line once and started them on the 20 a handful of other times.
Stephen Hill, WR
-Despite an early fumble that led to three points for New England, Hill had a great day receiving. He had four catches on eight targets and racked up 86 yards. The fumble wasn't really his fault either as Hill fell victim to a well placed foot by Patriots' cornerback Aqib Talib. Hill is rapidly showing that he has improved since last year and may make Jets fans feel better about Santonio Holmes being limited.
Chris Ivory, RB
- Ivory wasn't used often but was effective when he ran. He finished the day with 12 rushes totaling 52 yards. He had a better efficiency than Bilal Powell who had averaged less yards on more carries. Ivory proved to be a valuable weapon on long drives and had the Jets used him more often, the score may have tilted in the their favor.
Geno Smith, QB
- There are sevearl things in the game that Smith should not be at fault for. Many of his receivers couldn't catch the ball and the pressure from the Patriots caused him to throw the ball away often. However, Smith must be held accountable for his dreadful performance in the fourth quarter where he threw three interceptions alone. The rookie must be more responsible with the ball and not force plays.
- The fundamental flaw with why the offense did not click was Mornhinweg's play-calling. He relied too much on the arm of a rookie quarterback and made Smith throw 35 passes throughout the game. Smith only connected on 15 of them and struggled all game to advance the ball. Tailbacks Ivory and Powell were having success on the ground, but Mornhinweg failed to recognize that and didn't utlitize the run game to score points.