Sanchez throws four picks as Belichick and Co. gain revenge on Gang Green
Earlier this week, the media played up the rivalry between Randy Moss and Darrelle Revis as the big component to Sunday's game. In the end, Revis did a commendable job on Moss, holding him to five receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Next time, though, the Jets ought to consider covering Wes Welker as well.
The diminutive receiver hauled in 15 passes for 192 yards and helped the Patriots move the ball effortlessly up and down the field en route to crushing the Jets 31-14 and solidifying their stranglehold on the AFC East. Running back Laurence Maroney alao contributed two touchdowns while rushing for 77 yards as well.
New England was still throwing late in the game, infuriating Jets coach Rex Ryan who could be viewed mouthing several obscenities towrds the New England sideline.
He should have been aiming those foul words at his own squad, though. The defense had it's own issues, but it was really the Jets offense that lost this game. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was off kilter with his throws all day and four of them landed in New England's hands (one of the intercepted passes was returned for the game's first touchdown by Leigh Bodden, setting the tone.) He also fumbled away one of the Jets possessions as well.
Belichick, the subject of so much criticism this past week following his controversial coaching decision last Sunday nigth during the loss to Indianapolis, seemed intent on taking his frustrations out on someone. The Jets happened to be the all too convenient target.
At 4-6, New York has virtually no chance to make the playoffs even as a wild card and it certainly appears as though the season that started with so much promise will end in the usual disappointment for Jets fans. They'll take on Carolina next week and, with as much trouble as they had stopping the run this week, the task won't get any easier going against DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
But at least they don't have to worry about Welker. That should come as some small consolation.
Very small. Diminutive, some may say.
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Written by Frank Mazzola