Patriots 31- Jets 21 - Postgame Whispers

If you noticed, John Abraham had a hard time tackling running backs against New England.

There is a good reason why. He's playing with a number of broken fingers, and he basically has to tackle with this shoulders. This was obvious on several plays against New England . . .

Ty Law didn't play for a big chunk of the fourth quarter because of soreness in his surgical foot . . .

The reason the Jets used that pop-up kickoff was of the stiff wind gusts coming from the end zone opposite the players tunnel. The wind was about 20 MPH, so kicking off deep would have been difficult. That is why no teams attempted field goals into the end of the stadium. The winds in the Meadowlands are usually swirling, but on Monday night, they were straight gusts. That is another reason why Ben Graham struggled punting in that direction, but launched a 59-yarder going the other way . . .

The flu bug has spread around the Jets locker room, and number of players, including wideout Justin McCareins, played with this illness against the Patriots . . .

Patriots Linebacker Mike Vrabel, who plays tight end for the Patriots in goalline situations, beat David Barrett for a pair of touchdowns. The second one shouldn't have come as a surprise.

"They were identical plays," said Jets coach Herman Edwards. "We didn't get it covered." . . .

There was a "Herm must go" banner being held by two fans behind the Jets bench . . .

The Jets really miss linebacker Eric Barton. Mark Brown plays hard, but he's not blessed with great speed. He's also a little stiff in the hips. Patriots tight end Ben Watson beat him on a deep out, but couldn't hold on to the ball . . .

Defensive end Bryan Thomas played very well in run support, finishing with six tackle. However, he played limited snaps due to a painful arm injury that is hampering him . . .

For the second time this year, the Jets offensive line was man-handled by the Patriots front seven. This time, it wasn't necessarily trickery that hurt the Jets, but physical domination. They had no answer for Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour . . .

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma showed the football nation they made a mistake not picking him for the Pro Bowl. He finished with 17 tackles . . .

The Jets lack of speed at cornerback his really hurting. Their only fast cornerback is Justin Miller, but his lack of experience negates his speed. Don't be shocked if the Jets pick a cornerback in the first round of the 2005 draft . . .

The Jets lack of a deep threat in the passing game is really hurting their offense. This allows teams to consistently play eight or nine men in the box. Once against a deep ball to McCareins failed. At what point are they going to be realize he's not a deep threat? . . .

Vinny Testaverde was afforded a luxury at the end of the game that Brooks Bollinger didn't get - a drive without the Patriots blitzing. Perhaps it was the score or the time, or maybe it was due to Bill Belichick's respect for the veteran signal-caller, but the Patriots coach didn't play an attacking defenisive during Testaverde one drive in the game, late in the fourth quarter, that resulted in a touchdown.

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