Week 3: AFC East divisional matchups haven’t been too scarce in the first 3 weeks of the season. With one every week so far. This week saw the Patriots attempt to begin the season 3-0 and push towards yet another division win. While the Jets attempt to dig themselves out of the hole of pessimism they find themselves in after losing their first two games as well as a few key players. Sam Darnold still out ill and Trevor Siemian hurt meant that Luke Faulk took the reigns under centre. But would that prove a success for Adam Gase in search of his first win as a head coach in New York? Or would 6-time champ Brady and the gang continue to do what they have been doing for seemingly the past century?
Jets offence crashes and burns in their second AFC East battle of the season
Cutting to the chase on the Jets, an awful offensive display didn’t aid the team at all. Faulk wasn’t the saviour New York hoped he’d be, throwing for only 98 yards with no TDs and an INT. Offensive TDs for Gang Green were non-existent, weapons such as Le’Veon Bell were neutralised. With Bell only averaging 1.9 ypc on 18 carries in the game. The 14 points the Jets scored (making the score at least a tad respectable) came from the defence and special teams. Star Jamal Adams put all dismay at the team aside as he picked off Jarrett Stidham for his second career INT and returned it 61 yards for a TD with a vengeance. The second TD came from a muffed punt recovery in the endzone by Arthur Maulet, avoiding a total shutout but still failing to stop the Jets from embarrassment.
Other than the Jamal Adams Interception, the defence of the Jets wasn’t all too impressive. A solitary sack by Neville Hewitt and a 12 total tackle game by Brian Poole (10 solo 2 assisted) were the only noteworthy performances in a New York D that got effectively destroyed. The Jets have a Bye week coming up where they can try and recuperate and figure out what they’re doing, a game plan will be a necessity as they have fallen to 0-3 for the first time since 2003.
Patriots win their second consecutive AFC East matchup
After annihilating the Dolphins in the previous week, New England had another divisional brawl against the Jets this week. This one went a similar way for the reigning champions, coming away with an easy win to progress to 3-0. Tom Brady served up the usual, completing 28/42 passes for 306 yards and 2 TD passes, driving the offence down the field for a further 2 TDs by way of rushing (Michel and Burkhead). The offensive issues weren’t with TB12, backup battle winner Stidham came in the game to rest the starting QB, throwing 3 pass attempts for 14 yards and a Pick 6. 8 Patriot receivers with over 20 yards receiving showed that despite losing Antonio Brown, the game plan remains effective and unaffected. Winning with whoever has the ball.
The defence also showed up to the game, bringing down the Jets QB 5 times, including two by Jamie Collins. The rookie out of Michigan, Chase Winovich, split a sack too. Showing his development already having only been drafted a few months ago. Overall the Patriots continued their winning ways, pushing for another Super Bowl run. Undoubtably the on-field talent of a certain ex-Steeler, Bill (Briefly) and Raider would have helped in their pursuit, but they don’t seem to have been impacted all too much.
Week 4 Preview
Looking ahead to gameweek 4:
- The Jets have a much needed Bye week as they try and fix themselves up for an attempt at resurgence.
2./3. The Bills and Patriots play each other (in the Pats’ 3rd divisional game in a row!). Both teams remain undefeated at 3-0 so the game should be an interesting watch.
4. The Dolphins make another attempt at avoiding total irrelevancy after conceding 133 points in their opening 3 games, playing the Chargers on Sunday evening. Can either of the Dolphins QBs take the franchise by its collar and guide them to a win? Either way it will too be an interesting watch, particularly entertaining as there’s the chance 100 points could be scored.
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