The New England Patriots survived a scary Hail Mary attempt from New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson in the closing seconds to hang on for a 15-10 victory over their AFC East division rival, extending a winning streak against the familiar foe to 15 games.
On a sloppy field with paint smears all over, amidst heavy fog and winds, this was an ugly one from start to finish. The teams combined for 529 total yards, just shy of 200 fewer yards than the fellow AFC East Miami Dolphins hung on the Denver Broncos alone. Mac Jones continued his steady and consistent play and did just enough to come away with the Patriots' first win of the season,
Offensive spotlight: Patriots tight end Pharaoh Brown made the most of his snaps with two receptions for 71 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown that was the biggest play of the game — earning twice as many yards as any other play. Free agent addition running back Ezekiel Elliott was heavily involved, with three explosive rushes on his 16 carries, totaling 80 yards.
The Jets had 171 yards of total offense and averaged 2.8 yards per play, so there isn’t much to highlight here. Wide receiver Garrett Wilson had five receptions for 48 yards, leading the team in both categories. The running backs combined for 36 rushing yards on 20 carries, with New England dominating a patchwork Jets offensive line up front.
Defensive spotlight: Patriots edge defender Matthew Judon continued a strong stretch of play that dates back to last season, adding two more sacks to his tally. Second-year interior defender Christian Barmore also had a sack of quarterback Zach Wilson. New England completely shut down the Jets' offense despite not turning the ball over a single time. The Patriots didn't allow a single rushing play to go more than seven yards.
The Jets' defense kept this game interesting, as they tend to do in most weeks while their offense puts them in tough field-position situations and often loses the time of possession battle, though that wasn’t a total problem in this game. Outside of the touchdown pass to Pharaoh Brown, the Jets did not allow another play to go 20 yards. Linebacker Quincy Williams had seven solo tackles, including a tackle for loss, and safety Jordan Whitehead led all players in the game with nine solo tackles.
Rookie spotlight: Patriots second-round rookie edge defender Keion White put another very strong outing together, though on just 17 snaps. White was credited with two quarterback pressures and a tackle. Rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez added two defensive stops.
Jets second-round rookie interior offensive lineman Joe Tippmann made his debut at right guard and held up quite well. On first review, Tippmann earned a 70.0-plus overall grade and allowed just one quarterback pressure on 40 pass-blocking snaps.
|Mac Jones||13.34||15 / 29||201||6.9||1||0||58||0||85.6|
|Zach Wilson||6.38||18 / 36||157||4.4||0||0||29||3||61.9|