Tom Brady and the New England Patriots did what they do best last night, winning 33-0 to improve to 7-0 for the third time in franchise history.
But they also did what they do often—beating down on their lowly AFC rival the New York Jets. Running back Sony Michel rushed for three of the Patriots four TD’s—including this, his third and final score to give the Pats the 33-0 lead that would be the final.
With the win the Patriots swept the two-game season series against their AFC East rivals for the fourth straight year, outscoring the 1-5 Jets 63-14 in the two meetings this year.
Brady went 31 of 45 for 249 YDS and one TD for a solid performance, but, to be honest, he was the second best QB for the Patriots last night. The first was the Jets QB Sam Darnold, who lacked as much accuracy as he did confidence. The whole night he threw four INT’s—all of them seemingly while throwing off his back heel—and lost a fumble on another drive for a five turnover performance in which the second year NFL starter looked like a first year college backup.
And I’m not saying this game was a laugher but even Bill Belichick was caught smirking after he tried twice to incur a five-yard penalty on a fourth down punt play. First, he took a delay of game and then had a player obviously false start in hope of backing up the punter five more yards and giving him more room to punt.
Jets head coach Adam Gase was in no mood and actually declined both, leading to “Smilin’ Bill’s” smirk.
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