The Patriots had a huge day on offense as they put up a 50 burger on the New York Jets winning 54-13. From the first score to the last, the Patriots dominated this one putting up 551 yards of total offense. Zach Wilson did get injured early on for the Jets, but backup quarterback Mike White was pretty good in relief for a little bit throwing a touchdown pass in his first drive. However, he would go on to throw two interceptions in four plays, one to J.C. Jackson and the other to Kyle Dugger.
The Pats have their best offensive game of the season today and everyone had a part in it. Eleven different players had receptions and five different players scored touchdowns. It all started with a nice trick-play touchdown pass by Kendrick Bourne to Nelson Agholor.
The running game has also found traction once again with big games from everyone in the backfield. Damien Harris had 100 yards for the second game in a row, adding two touchdowns. Brandon Bolden had his best game of the season leading the team in receptions and receiving yards. Bolden scored his first touchdown of the season with a 15-yard reception. The 30-year old back, who has been in and out of New England, has had one of his best years with an opportunity opening up due to White’s injury.
J.J. Taylor was a healthy scratch after being in the doghouse after a fumble against Tampa Bay, but he finally got out and scored the first two touchdowns of his NFL career today. Both of them were from one yard out in the fourth quarter, but it always feels good to get your first no matter what.
Mac Jones had his first 300-yard game in the NFL and looked efficient once again. He has been undoubtedly the best rookie quarterback this season and it really is not close. He did not really need to throw it deep today and was throwing it short allowing players to make some plays.
Mac’s first touchdown was a nice one from Hunter Henry on National Tight Ends Day. He made a one-handed catch in the endzone to put the Pats up 31-7 right before the half.
Never Really Close
This game was never close from the start. New England raced out to a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back. It was the most complete performance of the season and this team really needed it. After a few weeks of close games and tough losses, this one will be a little bit sweeter. It is also New England’s first win at home this season after starting out 0-4 at Gillette.
The Patriots now move to 3-4, which is the same record as the Kansas City Chiefs, with some momentum going into a crucial stretch of the season. The Patriots have the Los Angeles Chargers who are coming off a bye week after a very rough game against the Baltimore Ravens. It seems like players are finally settling into this team and they could be starting a run. The Patriots are definitely not out of playoff contention with a lot of teams jockeying for position in the AFC. It is going to hopefully be a fun November for New England. On to Los Angeles.