Patriots handle ‘Jet-lagged’ New York team in injury-filled win

FOXBOROUGH, MA– Improving to a 3-0 record on the early 2019 season, the New England Patriots handled division rival Jets 30-14 in a game that was filled with a plethora of injuries.

Coming out hot, the Patriots scored on their first three possessions, getting out to a commanding 20-0 lead. Rushing touchdowns by both Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead lead the way as running back James White (birth of child) and fullback James Develin (neck) were out for the week 3 matchup.

While the final score indicated a semi-close two score win, New England never lost controlled of the game. Receiving touchdowns by both Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett gave no worry to Patriots faithful about the lack of receiver depth, in week in which All-pro wide out Antonio Brown was released by the team. QB Tom Brady finished with 306 yards, throwing for two touchdowns in the win.

In a game that was dominated by the Patriots on both offense and defense, special teams seemed to be an issue for New England. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski continued with his struggles, missing the first point after attempt in the first quarter. Punt returner Gunner Olszewski also muffed a punt in the third quarter that was recovered in the endzone for a Jets touchdown.

Late in game, backup rookie Quarterback Jarrett Stidham came into the game for some work. On Stidham’s first drive in at Quarterback, he was intercepted by Jets cornerback Jamal Adams who returned the interception for a touchdown. Tom Brady then returned, as the Patriots offense became complacent. Dominance by the New England defense continued at the end of the game as the Jets couldn’t get anything going on offense. The Patriots defense continued to show all day why they are statistically, the best defense in the entire NFL. New England’s defense became the first NFL team ever to not allow a rushing or passing touchdown within their first three games. With starting QB Sam Darnold still out with mononucleosis, the Jets were left to deal with third-string QB Luke Falk. Falk was limited to only 98 yards and one interception by Patriots Devin McCourty in his first NFL start.

It wasn’t all great for the Patriots as they were hit by the injury bug on Sunday. Wide Receiver Josh Gordon appeared to have injured his hand in the second quarter but then returned in the third. Wide Receiver Julian Edelman was injured right before halftime, hurting his chest after making a catch. Edelman did not return but is expected to “be okay”  per NFL Analyst Adam Schefter. Defensive lineman Adam Butler and Linebacker Don’t’a Hightower also appeared to have been injured after a combined sack during Sunday’s game.

Patriots will look to get healthy, improve to 4-0 as they travel to Buffalo to face an undefeated Bills team next Sunday.

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