In the NFL, it doesn’t matter how well designed a game plan is heading into each week, if you’re team can’t execute the game plan it’s probably because they were too busy helping their opponents out, executing theirs. Of course there are hard fought games and games that go down to the wire each week, but the game between the Jets and Patriots this past Sunday was neither of those.
Mark Sanchez made three huge mistakes: 1) called a timeout with a minute and twenty four left in the first half giving an opportunity for Brady to orchestrate a drive and score before the half, he did. 2) Down 16-9 with 7:30 left in the third Sanchez over throws an off guard Shonn Greene a gets intercepted by Rob Ninkovich. 3) Down 30-16 in the fourth quarter with his back against the end zone with 7 minutes left on the clock, Mark Sanchez throws another pick to Ninkovich! Ninkovich takes this one back to the house for 6. “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
It was about time the Patriots defense started creating turnovers again but Mark Sanchez was sleep walking in this game. Joe McKnight also didn’t help out too much by fumbling a punt which the Patriots capitalized on with a score earlier on in the game but the Patriots played solid football for four quarters. Bill Belichick knows how to adjust at half time and the Patriots did exactly that. Tom Brady was hurrying up the offense and keeping the Jets defense off balance to move the ball down field, limiting the Jets their chances to make a comeback. Brady bought time in the pocket to make plays down field and it the Jets kept piling up the mistakes. This marks Sanchez’s first loss of the season at home. It wasn’t a tough loss for the Jets, but more of an embarrassing one. Under the rug and out of harm’s way; the Patriots sweep the Jets in week 10 and go number one in the AFC EAST!
The New England Patriots (6-3) go back home to take on the Matt Casselless Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) in week 11.