Jets Secondary Takes the Patriots to Task in 28 - 14 Victory
Mark Sanchez found his confidence and pace against the Patriots today, throwing for 220 yards. He completing 21 of 30 passes, while allowing no interceptions. Sanchez ended the game not only with a win but a career high of 3 touchdowns.
The Patriots scored on their opening possession when Wes Welker caught a 6-yard pass from Tom Brady for a 7-0 lead. The Patriots held the ball for almost 14 minutes in the first quarter.
The Jets began to rally back, but concerns were raised when Darrell Revis left the field late in the 2nd quarter with a re-injured hamstring. He did not return. Antonio Cromartie stepped in, looking strong and securing an interception on an overthrown pass by Brady.
The passing game exploded for the Jets, as Sanchez completed passes to Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller. The rushing game was led by LaDanian Tomlinson, who was in rare form, showing all of his detractors that he still has what it takes to make things happen. Tomlinson rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries.
The Patriots were held back by the Jets defense, which included a Brady sack, his first of the season.
Sanchez, looking like a hall of fame quarterback, spoke after the game saying he knew that he needed to get to the backs quickly, and had told Tomlinson that he planned on giving him 6 touches. LaDainian Tomlinson was quoted as saying, "The recession is over!"