Despite the fact that both teams are on opposite ends of the AFC East, many, including myself, expected a tight game on Sunday vs the Jets, which is exactly what we got. Jerry Thorton of Barstool Sports compared the biannual meeting vs Gang Green to a "Pass/fail test." The score, the quality of play, how good or bad the two teams are, all gets thrown out the window during Jets week, and you just hope you can come away with win. This particular matchup will go down as a pass for the Patriots, and here's 3 things that I took away from it:
1. Brady is (still) the most clutch player in Football
Sunday marked Brady's 200th career win, tying an all time record, and it's fitting he did so doing what he does best; coming from behind. Trailing 17-16 Brady and the offense took over inside their own 20, having struggled for the better part of the afternoon. Nonetheless, Brady carved up the Jets secondary in just 8 plays and gave New England the eventual game winning score, finding rookie Malcolm Mitchell for the 8 yard touchdown. Bottom line, never count out number 12. Ever.
2. Belichick is (still) a genius
Revis after that 2014 season to let him go, he was right.
3. The Patriots defense is good enough
It's no steel curtain, but this Patriots defense has enough for this team to succeed. The fear that many have is the potential inability for Patricia's D to come up with the final stop to win a football game, but they did just that yesterday. Veteran Chris Long came barreling around the edge and forced a crucial turnover slapping the ball out of Ryan Fitzpatrick's hands, putting the game away for New England. It's not always pretty, but yesterday showed us that this Patriots Defense has the ability to win a game if need be.