Highlights: Patriots bounce back with 22-17 win over Jets
October 30th, 2022
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 30: Jakobi Meyers #16 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball as C.J. Mosley #57 of the New York Jets defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The New England Patriots improved to 4-4 on the season with a 22-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Scroll down for a recap of the top Patriots-Jets highlights.
Another Zach Wilson Interception
This might be the easiest interception of Devin McCourty’s career. “Bad” doesn’t even begin to describe the decision by Wilson, who threw it as if he had a wide-open guy down the field. He did. Just not on his team.
Zach Wilson made a terrible decision to try and throw the ball away, and Devin McCourty had plenty of time to get in position and make an easy interception. Patriots get the ball back with a chance to extend their lead.
Capitalizing on a 32-yard punt return by Marcus Jones, the Patriots cashed in for another Nick Folk field goal. It’s now 19-10 Patriots.
Quinnen Williams got pressure up the middle on Mac Jones on third-and-10, preventing a possible touchdown. But the Patriots offense is in a bit of a rhythm so far in the second half, while the defense has locked things up since allowing a touchdown.
The Patriots are off to a good start in the third quarter. They went for it on fourth down again, but this time Mac Jones finds Jakobi Meyers in the flat and Meyers is able to cross the plane of the goal line.
Got it done on 4th and 1 😏 The @Patriots take the lead!
Overall, not a strong half by the Patriots. The offensive line is struggling virtually across the board without starting center David Andrews. Both tackles have allowed multiple pressures and rookie guard Cole Strange has two penalties. Center James Ferentz is having trouble with Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams up the middle, which is understandable. But the Patriots may not have an answer for that matchup today.
Defensively, the Patriots had one bad drive that resulted in a Jets touchdown. But they’ve been making plays and forcing turnovers, too. Perhaps not the dominant bounce-back effort New England was hoping for, but a decent half for them. It’s the offense that’s the problem today.
Patriots Stopped On Fourth Down
The Patriots went for it on fourth-and-1, but came up short. Mac Jones fakes play-action then runs left, directing Jakobi Meyers to open space for the throw. But Jets safety Jordan Whitehead is all over Meyers, so the receiver can’t quite get there. The ball falls incomplete. Jets take over.
Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it instead of kick a field goal will be under the microscope if the Patriots end up losing. This pass from Jones to Hunter Henry was the reason the Pats were in field goal range in the first place:
The Jets are back on top after a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Zach Wilson was able to find tight end Tyler Conklin in the end zone for the game’s first touchdown. It’s now 10-3 Jets.
Fifteen of those Jets yards were thanks to an unnecessary roughness penalty by safety Jabrill Peppers. Between that and Joshuah Bledsoe getting beat for the TD, the Patriots are really missing Kyle Dugger.
The Patriots were able to stop the Jets on third-and-8 in the red zone, hurrying Zach Wilson into a throwaway with the receivers well-covered. But a 54-yard catch by Garrett Wilson put the Jets in position to score, so they’re able to settle for a Greg Zuerlein field goal. 3-0 Jets.
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