Best and Worst: Patriots 26, Jets 6
FOXBORO -- Tom E. Curran chronicles the best, and worst, moments from the Patriots' 26-6 victory over the Jets at frosty Gillette Stadium.
DOLA OVER AND OVER
On the Patriots first drive, Danny Amendola caught a fourth-and-down pass, a 16-yarder and two other good for 43 yards as the Patriots bolted to a 7-0 lead with a 13-play, 75-yard drive.
GET US OUT OF HERE
The Jets had a false start then ran on first-and-15, second-and-14 and third-and-14 before punting on their first drive of the game. It seemed a less than aggressive game plan (yeah, I know they were going into the wind . . . but . . . )
COOKS HOT AND COLD
Brandin Cooks hauled in his first target of the game and drew a flag the second time Tom Brady ran to him, but he appeared to slow down on a would-be TD then had a drop on a WR screen pass.
Amirite!?!?!?!?! The Jets kicker smother hooked a drive into the scrub and fescue off the third tee and had to reload (that means he badly missed a field goal in the second quarter).
On the Patriots’ third drive, Tom Brady and Danny Amendola audibled before the play but things got gummed up and Brady threw well behind Amendola which brought on a scream, more yelling and then the two heading for the bench arms around each other discussing the issue.
Jets safety Marcus Maye got called for a 42-yard pass interference for spinning Brandin Cooks and – after doing that – took Tom Brady’s throw off the facemask and was collided with by fellow safety Jamal Adams. Maye was forced to the locker room.
The Jets had six penalties for 64 yards in the first half and four of them handed the Patriots first downs including a third-down defensive holding and a 42-yard DPI on the Patriots second touchdown drive.
Tom Brady delivered a capable block – a half-pancake – on Jets linebacker Darron Lee during a double-reverse to Brandin Cooks
Rob Gronkowski wasn’t targeted at all, which was probably a reflection of how much the team would like to keep him out of harm’s way on pass receptions.
Dion Lewis had 21 first-half touches -- 16 carries for 47 yards -- as his end-of-season workload continues to be way more than anyone could have expected him to handle.
After Robbie Anderson was pushed out of bounds on the Patriots sideline, the pass intended for him was ruled incomplete. When Anderson rose, he spiked the ball hard and it caromed up into the helmet of Johnson Bademosi who first registered what had happened then collapsed like a soccer player.
Tom Brady, who was not under duress, seemed to get crossed up on a downfield throw intended for Brandin Cooks. Cooks went left when Brady thought he’d go right. The play was called intentional grounding.