The Patriots beat the Jets thanks to a game-winning kick from Nick Folk as time expired.  The Patriots end a four-game skid and improve to 3-5 on the season.  Cam Newton engineered the game-winning drive and threw a massive 20-yard pass to Jakobi Meyers to set up the 51-yard field goal.  This game was as must-win as a must-win game could get for the Patriots.  If they lost this one, it would have been time to blow it all up for this season and look to the next.

Cam’s Outfit Check

Now that the Patriots are back on winning terms, let’s return to checking out Cam’s outfits.  As many of you know, they are mostly flamboyant and very stylish, but this one is simple.  He is wearing a nice brown leather jacket with a white shirt underneath.  And he is actually wearing jeans here, but it looks very clean.  Tan boots and the chains are also a nice touch.  A bit different, but as usual, very nice.  7 out of 10.

Redemption For Cam

Newton has had his struggles in recent weeks, but tonight was different.  He finished the game going 27/35 with 274 yards and two rushing touchdowns.  He missed a few passes, but the connection between him and Jakobi Meyers is very noticeable.  Cam did what McDaniels and Belichick wanted him to do, be efficient, and don’t make mistakes.  He shouldn’t try to do too much and make any bad mistakes.  He was quick and mostly decisive with the ball.  The more he does that, the better chance they have on any given week.

HAVE A DAY JAKOBI!

On Jakobi Meyers’ 24th birthday, he had his best game as an NFL wide receiver.  The 2019 undrafted free agent has stepped up in a big way during Julian Edelman’s absence.  He was targeted 14 times and brought in 12 receptions for 169 yards.  All of these are career highs.  Meyers had a load of hype in his first training camp, and this is his first real chance.  Brady wouldn’t throw him the ball last season, and Cam has got to now, and it is paying off in a big way. 

It will be interesting how the Patriots work him into the offense if Edelman can come back this season.  Meyers plays mostly in the slot, just like Edelman does, so Meyers might see a cut in his snaps.  But if Cam keeps giving him the ball, they will have no choice but to keep him out there.

JC’s Rollercoaster Day

J.C. Jackson stepped into the number one cornerback role with Stephon Gilmore’s knee injury.  He had a rough go of it for most of the game.  He was burned twice by Jets’ receiver Breshad Perriman that led to two scores for New York.  The second one he was put on skates, and he was visibly distraught on the sideline.  But he did what star players do.  He put that behind him and got an interception late on in the game that started the game-tying drive for the Patriots.

He now leads the league in interceptions with five and has at least one interception in his last four games.  He has developed more than anybody really expected, coming undrafted out of Maryland in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

His contract is up after this season, and he will be a restricted free agent.  He will get paid a lot of money if he stays in New England or goes elsewhere.  But if he leaves, the Patriots will most likely get a first-round pick for him.

This game was a bit of an interesting one, but the Patriots were able to pull it off in the end.  A win is a win, and they will take anything they can get right now.  The Patriots will need to win a lot of games going forward and have a very small amount of room for error.  As of now, they are two games out of a playoff spot, which is right in striking distance.  Next week is a big test on Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.  That will not be easy whatsoever given the Patriots’ inability to stop the run.  On to Baltimore.