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NFL Week 2 Game Recap: New England Patriots 25, New York Jets 6

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27) celebrates his interception with cornerback Jalen Mills (2) during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots wreaked havoc on the New York Jets‘ offense to the tune of a 25-6 victory in Week 2. The Patriots' defense forced rookie quarterback Zach Wilson into four interceptions and four sacks, headlined by a two-pick afternoon for cornerback J.C. Jackson.

Rookie signal-caller Mac Jones was efficient throwing the football for New England, while running backs James White and Damien Harris both accomplished found the endzone to carry the offensive scoring load.


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New England Patriots

Quarterback

Mac Jones had another strong game from an accuracy standpoint (71%) in what was a mostly clean outing despite two turnover-worthy plays. His average depth of target was a measly 5.1 yards and he was sacked three times behind a makeshift offensive line missing Trent Brown.

Running back

James White and Damien Harris carried the rushing load for New England. Harris forced nine missed tackles, averaged 4.2 yards after contact and notched his first rushing touchdown of the season. He is on track to record an 80.0-plus PFF rushing grade on first review in a bounce-back performance from Week 1.

Missed Tackles First-Down Runs Avg. Yds After Contact
Harris 9 4 4.2
White 1 1 1.2

*Pending Review

Wide Receiver/Tight End

No Patriots wide receivers or tight ends eclipsed 50 receiving yards individually, but running back James White enjoyed plenty of success. He's set to earn an 85.0-plus receiving grade after catching all seven of his targets for 45 yards and three first downs.

Offensive Line

The Patriots' pass-blocking unit was serviceable. The glaring weakness was Yasir Durant, who gave up two sacks and at one point was pulled from the right tackle spot as he served as a Trent Brown replacement. 

Defensive Line

The Patriots' defensive line took a while to get going but eventually got home to Zach Wilson as the team’s lead ballooned. Matt Judon tallied six pressures and eventually accumulated a sack in a performance that should earn him around an 80.0 PFF grade.

Linebackers

Ja’Whaun Bentley and Dont’a Hightower both had rather mediocre games as run-stoppers, but Bentley still notched three defensive stops and a tackle for loss.

Secondary

J.C. Jackson had another elite career game, blanketing Corey Davis. Jackson reeled in two interceptions and allowed just 41 yards and three catches on six targets.

New York Jets

Quarterback

Zach Wilson‘s Week 2 performance will go down as the worst of his two NFL outings thus far. He made three turnover-worthy plays, was sacked four times and recorded a higher turnover-worthy play percentage (7.0%) than big-time throw percentage (5.4%).

Running back

The Jets' employed a balanced rushing attack, with Michael Carter amassing 62 yards and Ty Johnson racking up 50. The duo’s 112 yards on the ground with 24 combined carries was a product of a somewhat redeeming performance for the Jets' offensive line.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

While Corey Davis had an afternoon to forget (just two catches for eight yards) and the Jets tight ends struggled to be a factor in the passing game, Elijah Moore showed the promise we all expected him to possess as a rookie. He hauled in five catches for 57 yards, including an explosive reception, in what could be a performance to jumpstart his young career.

Offensive Line

Alijah Vera-Tucker and Morgan Moses are each set to earn 70.0-plus PFF grades on first review after providing some semblance of protection for quarterback Zach Wilson. Moses was the most impressive, allowing just two hurries on the day.

Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Hurries Allowed
Greg Van Roten 2 0 6
Alijah Vera-Tucker 0 0 3
George Fant 0 1 2
Connor McGovern 1 0 1
Morgan Moses 0 0 2

*Pending Review

Defensive Line

John Franklin-Myers and Sheldon Rankins each had sacks in the trenches. The team’s run defense was rather underwhelming, but Myers did finish with a stop on his eight such snaps.

Linebackers

C.J. Mosley (pending sub-60.0 grade) and Quincy Williams (pending sub-40.0 grade) both struggled on the day in run defense, combining for just two stops and one missed tackle.

Secondary

Marcus Maye remained sound in coverage, allowing one catch on two targets for -1 yards while also forcing an incompletion. Adrian Colbert didn't fare as well, surrendering a first down on each of his two catches allowed.

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