The Jets and Patriots continued their rivalry last night in Boston, it was an attritional affair with neither team showing a huge amount of quality. Here are some things that we learned from the game.
Tom Brady needs some weapons
If one thing was apparent last night it was that Tom Brady, no matter how good he is, needs some receiving targets. The Patriots were without Brady’s favourite target, the almost uncoverable tight end, Rob Gronkowski. It was lucky that the Jets turned the ball over four times otherwise it could have been a losing effort. Their two games this season haven’t been very convincing and especially as it was against teams they usually dominate, the Bills and the Jets. The Patriots will no doubt figure something out as the season goes on; they always seem to find a way. Despite the early season worries people forget that they have started 2-0, not bad for a team with no weapons.
Geno Smith has the ability but it will take time to develop
Geno Smith had a solid performance in week 1 against the Buccaneers but experienced some struggles in Gillette Stadium. Throwing three interceptions is never recommended but there are the kinds of struggles that every rookie quarterback will go through in his career. He showed enough promise to keep Jets fans hopeful that he could turn into a effective NFL quarterback. Watch this space.
You can see Smith’s interceptions and other game highlights below:
Turnovers kill your chances of winning
The age-old adage in the NFL, you can’t win football games when you turnover the ball. The Jets turned the ball over five times throughout the game (3 interceptions and 2 fumbles) Not the formula for winning games there’s no doubt that without these turnovers a win would have been secured. When your defence holds Tom Brady to less than 200 yards passing and 13 points you would expect to win the game but not for the Jets, the turnovers allowed the win to get away from them.
The Jets are not as bad as first feared
Nearly every NFL expert had predicted the Jets to have a forgettable season and even take the number one pick in next May’s NFL draft, I’m sure the Jacksonville Jaguars will have something to say about that. It may only be two games into the season but the Jets already seem a bit better than everyone seems to think, when you have a defense as strong as the Jets’ you will always be in with a shout of winning games.
Not all games this season will be high scoring thrillers
It’s safe to say we have been spoiled so far this season with game after game being a close but high scoring thriller. Unfortunately this run came to an end last night but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t interesting; a tight tactical game is never a bad thing. There’s no reason we won’t see some more thrilling action this weekend which sees a few divisional rivalry games, none more so than when the 49ers take on the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.
What are your thoughts on last night's game?
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