Monday, September 1, 2014

Pats dump gaffe-prone Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—It took only 52 seconds for the New England Patriots to turn this into a laugher.
That’s how long it took to score three touchdowns in the second quarter and thoroughly embarrass the bumbling N.Y. Jets 49-19 last night.

Even Bill Belichick couldn’t compare what he watched to any other regular-season game in which he has coached.
“I was, unfortunately, on the other side of that in a Pro Bowl where they scored on a fumble, then an interception,” Belichick noted.
“It doesn’t take a lot to score like that—defensive touchdowns, special teams, they can add up in a hurry.
“Nothing surprises me in the NFL,” he added.
Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Patriots (8-3) took advantage of five turnovers and used a 35-point second quarter to cruise past the Jets (4-7).
“It was a great job coming in on a short week against a team that knows us really well, and playing all four quarters,” said Brady.
After a scoreless opening period, the Patriots then went on a touchdown spree despite holding the ball for only 2:14 as the Jets kept giving it away.
New England’s 35 second-quarter points tied for the fourth-most in a quarter in NFL history.
Disgusted Jets’ fans were chanting for Tim Tebow to play before the second quarter of this Thanksgiving showdown was over, and booing as the team left the MetLife Stadium field at halftime.
“Shoot, I don’t blame them for booing,” said Jets’ coach Rex Ryan.
New England, which had beated Indianapolis 59-24 on Sunday, scored four touchdowns in just over six minutes, including three in a jaw-dropping 52-second span, helping Belichick become just the eighth coach in NFL history with 200 career victories, including the playoffs.
“There’s no coach I’d ever want to play for than him,” Brady said.
Julian Edelman returned a fumble for a touchdown and later caught a 56-yard pass for a score before leaving with a head injury.
Wes Welker and Shane Vereen had touchdown catches, Steve Gregory returned a fumble for a score, and Stevan Ridley ran for a touchdown as New England set a franchise record with 108 points in a two-game stretch.
The Patriots also improved to 19-0 in the second half of the season since 2010. They were 8-0 that year and last year, and are 3-0 this season after the midway point.
“It all happened so fast,” noted Patriots’ linebacker Jerod Mayo.
“I’ve never been part of anything like that, but I’m glad that we were on the right side of it.”
The Jets, meanwhile, allowed their most points since giving up 52 to Miami in the 1995 season-opener, and now likely will have to win their remaining five games to even have an outside chance at the post-season.
“Discouraged? Of course,” Ryan said. “I’ll put it to you this way: we’re about as wounded as you possibly can be, but we’re not dead.”
New England was without star tight end Rob Gronkowski, out a few weeks after breaking his left forearm against Indianapolis. But the team didn’t need him—not with the Jets fumbling and bumbling around.
Brady finished 18-of-28 for 323 yards before leaving with two minutes left in the game. He reached 3,000 yards passing for the 10th time—becoming one of six players to accomplish the feat.
He also passed Dan Fouts for 10th place on the career passing list.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez returned after missing three games with a sprained ankle and had two catches for 36 yards.
New York’s Mark Sanchez was 26-of-36 for 301 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Tebow didn’t play at all—revealing after the game that he has two broken ribs—and stood on the sideline with a cap on throughout despite the occasional chants for him to get some snaps.
The Jets were hoping to boost their playoff hopes and keep some momentum going after a 27-13 victory at St. Louis last Sunday that snapped a three-game skid.
But this one got ugly in a hurry.
“That was crazy,” Sanchez said. “I’ve never seen anything like that.
“This is a team you can’t turn the ball over against because they make you pay,” he stressed.
“That was a great display of that today.”
In other Thanksgiving Day action, Washington beat Dallas 38-31 and Houston topped Detroit 34-31 (OT).

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