By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
There were some clear “downs” to find in the Patriots’ 30-14 win over the Jets in Foxboro. The game really shouldn’t have even been within two touchdowns by the end.
But there were also some great “ups” that need to be highlighted, which we’ll cover below.
— WR Josh Gordon. Good bounceback day for Gordon after a sloppy game in Miami, and he did it while injuring himself in the process. He made six catches for 83 yards, and two of them were of the highlight-reel variety. He’ll be counted on even more if Julian Edelman has to miss time with what the Pats are calling a chest injury.
— LT Marshall Newhouse. Newhouse threw a nice block on the outside to help Rex Burkhead slip through to the end zone for a touchdown. He kept Brady clean on the afternoon. As long as he stays healthy, it looks like the Pats may have found a reliable presence on Brady’s blind side.
— LB Jamie Collins. Another active afternoon for Collins, who has been around the ball a lot in the early-going. Two sacks, two QB hits, seven total tackles, and three tackles for loss in this one for the linebacker, who has played some of the best football of his career to start his second stint with the Patriots.
— WR Gunner Olszewski. Ouch. The rookie has looked good as a punt returner overall to start his career, but he had his first big mistake on Sunday when he muffed a return right by the end zone. The Jets fell on it to grab the first touchdown scored against the Patriots this season.
— RB Sony Michel. The sophomore back’s ugly start continues. He grabbed the first touchdown of the day on a short run, but he had nine carries for only 11 yards overall. He got his first target of the season, but the throw sailed wide. The Patriots have yet to get their running game going and Michel hasn’t done much to make up for the run-blocking taking a step back from last season.
— QB Jarrett Stidham. Tom Brady’s backup came into the game with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter and the Patriots up 30-7, and … promptly threw a pick-six to safety Jamal Adams. An inauspicious start to the quarterback’s career, which prompted Brady to come back in. Sunday showed that Stidham will get opportunities late in blowouts, but they won’t keep coming if he makes more mistakes like his interception.
More ups and downs coming after Week 4’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
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