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WATCH: Jarrett Stidham connects with Damoun Patterson for beautiful TD pass

WATCH: Jarrett Stidham connects with Damoun Patterson for beautiful TD pass

The New England Patriots spent a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft on Jarrett Stidham. And so far, through two weeks of preseason action, he has made some nice throws.

On Saturday night, Stidham was able to add to his highlight reel with a perfect 23-yard strike to Damoun Patterson. On the play, Stidham lofted the ball beautifully to the front corner of the endzone on a third-and-12 opportunity. Patterson was able to make the catch and get his feet down to score the first aerial TD of the Patriots' day.

Here's a look at the full play via the Patriots' official Twitter account.

The pass by Stidham put the Patriots ahead 22-17 with 4:12 left in the fourth quarter. It was their first lead of the game against the Tennessee Titans.

Stidham has flashed some so far this preseason and it looks like the Patriots have unearthed another solid, young quarterback via the draft. We'll soon see what the team plans to do with him, though it seems likely they'll keep him on board as the third-string quarterback even despite Brian Hoyer's mostly quiet night in Nashville.

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Patriots' point differential among best in NFL history through 3 games

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Patriots' point differential among best in NFL history through 3 games

Over the two decades of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era in Foxboro, the Patriots have gotten used to setting records. And late in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets, it looked like they were well on their way to another.

Following a season-opening 33-3 win over the Steelers and a 43-0 shutout of the Dolphins, the Pats had rolled to a 30-0 lead, giving them a +103 point differential on the season, which would have been the best in NFL history through three games.

And despite late New York touchdowns on both special teams and defense, New England still has a +89 point differential this season. While it's not a record, it's still the third-highest for any NFL team since 1940.

The previous best point differential for a Patriots team through three games was +79 in their undefeated season of 2007.

And while those two late Jets scored ruined the Pats' chances at setting the NFL record for the fewest points allowed in the first three games of the season, they still set a new franchise-record in that department by a healthy margin.

New England's 17 points allowed through three games shattered the team's previous best mark — 33 points allowed through the first three games of the 1979 season.

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Jets RB Le'Veon Bell 'embraces the hate' in strange tweet following loss to Patriots

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell 'embraces the hate' in strange tweet following loss to Patriots

The New England Patriots cruised to their third victory of the 2019 NFL season with a 30-14 win over the New York Jets. But despite the loss, Le'Veon Bell isn't down on the potential of the Jets.

After the game, Bell unleashed a strange tweet addressed to his "haters" and encouraged them to not "go casper" once the Jets turn things around.

This is quite a lot to digest, and the use of the phrase "go casper" is entertaining. But the timing of this message is certainly strange. Sure, the Jets are 0-3 and could bounce-back from a slow start. But at the moment, things aren't looking great for them on offense and they were just completely shut down by the Patriots. 

The Jets haven't been able to score much this season. They only have a total of 33 points through three games. They're also on their third-string quarterback, Luke Falk, after Sam Darnold's mono diagnosis and Trevor Siemian's season-ending ankle injury.

And Bell himself, the Jets' best offensive weapon, hasn't played well either. The Patriots held him to just 35 yards on 18 carries while he added 28 receiving yards to the mix. So far this season, he is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and hasn't had as big of an impact as the Jets were likely hoping when they signed him.

While the Jets still have time to get things turned around as Bell noted, they are already three games back of the Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East race. And with Darnold still out for the foreseeable future, it doesn't seem like their offense is going to get much better moving forward.

We'll see if Bell can help to motivate his team and create a better situation for the Jets by the next time they next take on the Patriots (Week 7). But for the time being, this team certainly shouldn't worry New England much as they seek to wrap up this decade as the only winner of the AFC East.

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