Patriots - Jets: Game Balls & Goats

The Patriots were shut down in the second half in New York. The Jets win 28-14. Who did well and who didn't? We hand out our game balls and goats.

WEEK TWO Game Balls and Goats:

The Patriots dropped a division matchup to the Jets after jumping out to an early lead. It's the second week in a row the defense had a second half meltdown to let the opponent back into the game.

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Patriots Insider: Jon Scott

1) First half offense – Nearly everything the Patriots did in the first half worked. But then they started to get cute with some of their plays and stalled drives let the Jets get back in the game. New England didn't score in the second half, so this had to be the only positive.

2) Randy Moss's TD – We'd give it to Moss for the whole game but, he completely disappeared even after Darrelle Revis was sidelined. Still, that catch Moss made in the end zone was the stuff of magic.

3) Aaron HernandezIt was another big game for the rookie. Though a whiffed block in the second half killed a drive, Hernandez's catch and run after the catch gives the Patriots another much-needed weapon to take pressure off the team's receivers. Hernandez led all Patriots receivers with six receptions for 101 yards.

Honorable Mentions:
Gerard Warren -- nice pressure on the defensive line
Wes Welker -- Nice way to get up after getting whacked by Eric Smith

James Christensen,

1st Half Offense - Tom Brady and crew executed their game plan very well in the first half, mixing the run and pass while effectively protecting their quarterback.

Gerard Warren - Warren got some decent pressure on Sanchez, knocking him to the ground a couple of times.

Aaron Hernandez - Showed the ability to separate and run after the catch. Easily the best receiver for the Patriots today.


Jon Scott:

Second half playcalling – The Patriots offense changed significantly in the second half. Deep throws to Randy Moss on third and short, killed Patriots drives. The Jets covered both Moss and Welker, yet Brady continued to force balls into coverage.

Stephen Gostkowski There's no denying it now, the kid is in a slump, missing 3 kicks in a row. His kickoffs were his only redemption preventing the Jets from returning the ball.

Patriots Secondary – Darius Butler deserves most of the blame here. Two pass interference penalties and a couple of poorly timed jump balls put the Jets in position to score, and then allowed them to do so. Other gaffes in the first half let the Jets close the gap at the half when New England owned the game. The Jets converted first downs 24 times, 14 came through the air.

James Christensen:

2nd Half Offense - The same offense that controlled the game in the 1st half was out of sync the entire 2nd half. Three turnovers by Tom Brady, a non-existent run game, and dropped passes doomed any chance of a Patriots comeback.

Darius Butler - It was a brutal day for the 2nd-year corner, giving up large chunks of yardage on receptions and penalties.

Special Teams - While Zoltan Mesko and the return teams were decent, Stephen Gostkowski struggled again with his accuracy, missing an easy 1st-half field goal. A silly penalty by Kyle Arrington sparked the Jets' first touchdown drive.

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