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Week 2 Game Recap: New England Patriots 19, New York Jets 10
What you need to know
|New England Patriots|
The New England Patriots began life without QB Tom Brady in week two against the New York Jets.
The offense was very reminiscent of the New England teams from the years they won Super Bowls with a focus on the running game and safe but effective pass plays. The team did have some trouble getting the ball into the end zone despite Sammy Morris' touchdown run in the third quarter, with both RB Kevin Faulk and RB Laurence Maroney failing on their attempts to score.
QB Matt Cassel did not make any crucial mistakes but the team's conservative play calling limited the possibilities that he could lose the game for them. He only attempted one deep pass which was not well thrown and WR Randy Moss could not hold on to it. The team settled for two red zone field goals in three red zone appearances.
The Patriots ran the ball effectively, especially late in the game when RB Lamont Jordan became the featured back. Jordan barreled over defenders and showed a quickness and toughness that had been missing in his last year in Oakland. Maroney was injured early in the game but returned for the final drive.
The defense played well, holding the Jets to two field goals in the red zone in three tries. DB Rodney Harrison was tripped on the Jets' only touchdown which allowed WR Chansi Stuckey to get open for the score.
|New York Jets|
The New York Jets failed to take advantage of opportunities in this game.
They missed a great opportunity on their first drive as they drove the ball down the field into the red zone only to have recently signed PK Jay Feely miss a short field goal attempt badly. They also failed to score despite three attempts with goal to go from the three yard line and again settled for a field goal attempt later in the game.
QB Brett Favre and his receivers had one large gain called back due to penalty. WR Jerricho Cotchery and WR Laveranues dropped a combined three passes, as well. WR Chansi Stuckey appears to be developing into a favorite target of QB Brett Favre as he hauled in another touchdown pass and also converted on a third and 22 pass play.
RB Thomas Jones looked quick at times but failed to convert two goal to go situations from the three yard line and also took a nine yard run down to the one yard line which set up the team's only touchdown of the day.
The defense did not give up any big plays but they were generally untested by the conservative play of the New England offense. They were unable to stop the Patriots running game in the fourth quarter as they ate up valuable clock.
What you ought to know
|QB Matt Cassel, Pass: 16 - 23 - 165 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 7 - 0|
QB Matt Cassel made his first start in any football game since high school in week two against the New York Jets. The Patriots ran a very conservative offense consisting of screens, quick passes behind the line of scrimmage, and short passes over the middle. Cassel did attempt one deep pass but it was not well thrown and WR Randy Moss could not reel it in.
Cassel managed the game well enough to win but there were a few instances of confusion before and during plays for the offense. He did not turn the ball over but also showed some inexperience on plays where he should have thrown the ball away instead of taking the sack. He did not appear to sense pocket pressure very well. Cassel also overthrew WR Wes Welker in the end zone in the first quarter and the team settled for an easy field goal.
He was shaken up at one point and limped noticeably for a few plays but showed no ill effects as the game progressed.
|RB LaMont Jordan, Rush: 11 - 62 - 0|
Jordan was the best running back for the Patriots in week two. He did not receive his first carry until the second half but he ran strong with quick bursts of speed. He did not shy away from contact and was instrumental in the team being able to eat up the clock so effectively in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
|RB Sammy Morris, Rush: 8 - 0 - 1, Rec: 2 - 7 - 0 (2 targets)|
Morris ran for a total of zero yards on his eight carries. He did score a one yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
|RB Laurence Maroney, Rush: 8 - 16 - 0|
Maroney missed nearly three quarters of this game with a shoulder injury. He returned to action very late in the fourth quarter as the Patriots were eating up the clock.
|RB Kevin Faulk, Rush: 3 - 16 - 0, Rec: 4 - 50 - 0 (4 targets)|
Faulk saw his first action of the season in week two. He was suspended for week one by the league. He reeled in a very lucky catch on a pass that was intended for WR Wes Welker but was tipped by a defender into the clutches of Faulk as he fell to the ground.
|RB Heath Evans, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0|
On one play, RB Heath Evans lined up as a wide receiver but the play was a handoff to RB Laurence Maroney.
|WR Wes Welker, Rec: 7 - 72 - 0 (11 targets)|
Welker was the most utilized receiver for new QB Matt Cassel, particularly on a handful of receptions from behind the line of scrimmage that allowed Welker to run for gains. These plays basically acted as 'extended handoffs' and were very effective for the Patriots. Welker did have one drop on a pass he should have caught and was overthrown in the end zone on a crossing route by Cassel.
|WR Randy Moss, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (3 targets)|
Moss was not a big part of the offense for the Patriots as the team played very conservatively on offense. QB Matt Cassel did heave one bomb for Moss but the release was not clean and Moss could not hold onto the wobbly ball.
|TE Ben Watson|
Watson was inactive for the Patriots in week two.
|PK Stephen Gostkowski 4 - 4 FG, 1 - 1 XP, 13 points|
Gostkowski was perfect on field goals and extra points in the victory.
|NE Rush Defense|
The Patriots rush defense stuffed RB Thomas Jones on two rushing attempts from the three yard line. LB Pierre Woods was injured when DL Vince Wilfork fell on him in the first half, but he was able to walk off the field on his own power.
|NE Pass Defense|
The New England Patriots pass defense was able to force QB Brett Favre out of the pocket frequently. They also batted some balls out of the hands of defenders that prevented a couple of big plays. On the Jets' sole touchdown, DB Rodney Harrison was tripped up by his teammate and WR Chansi Stuckey was able to scamper open in the corner of the end zone.
|QB Brett Favre, Pass: 18 - 26 - 181 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 6 - 0|
Favre simply lacked opportunity in this game. His receivers did not seem to get open frequently enough and they also dropped at least three passes. WR Jericho Cotchery was whistled for offensive pass interference on a large gain which was called back. His interception was a poor decision, though, as it was underthrown due to pressure.
He was throwing off of his back foot throughout the game which led to some inaccuracy and dangerous throws. He moved well behind the line of scrimmage to create room and open up plays but he was also called for an illegal forward pass in typical Favre fashion. Favre also missed a wide open RB Thomas Jones in the flat on a poorly underthrown ball which could have led to a decent gain and a first down. At one point, Favre also threw consecutive passes for losses.
|RB Thomas Jones, Rush: 17 - 70 - 0, Rec: 2 - 5 - 0 (4 targets)|
Jones looked quick at times when running with the ball. He made some very nice moves to break tackles and gain some extra yardage. Jones also lined-up as wideout on the first drive of the game. He failed to score on two carries from the three yard line and also took a nine yard run down to the one yard line late in the game to set up the team's only touchdown on the day.
|RB Leon Washington, Rush: 2 - 28 - 0, Rec: 4 - 22 - 0 (2 targets)|
Washington makes a nice change of pace back for the Jets. He is a great sideline to sideline runner which can also be a curse. In one instance, he ran the opposite direction to avoid tackles and ended up being swarmed by Patriots defenders for large loss.
|WR Chansi Stuckey, Rec: 4 - 43 - 1 (4 targets)|
Stuckey is developing into a favorite target of QB Brett Favre. He caught a wide open touchdown in the fourth quarter after DB Rodney Harrison had fallen to ground after tripping on a teammate. He also converted on a third and 22 pass from Favre for the first down.
|WR Laveranues Coles, Rec: 3 - 72 - 0 (6 targets)|
Coles improved from his totals in week one and was able to haul in one large gain in the loss for the Jets. He dropped a key first down pass from QB Brett Favre along the sidelines in the first half and had another ball bounce of his finger tips in the second half.
|WR Jerricho Cotchery, Rec: 1 - 20 - 0 (3 targets)|
Cotchery only caught one pass in the loss, but had a large gain called back due offensive pass interference. He also had a touchdown catch deflected away at the last second by a defender.
|TE Dustin Keller, Rec: 1 - 19 - 0 (1 targets)|
Keller was not much of a factor for the Jets in the loss.
|PK Jay Feely 1 - 2 FG, 1 - 1 XP, 4 points|
Feely won a tryout before week two to replace injured PK Mike Nugent. He badly missed right on his first attempt which was for 31 yards but was able to connect on his second try.
|NYJ Rush Defense|
The New York Jets run defense was unable to get the stops when they needed them late in the game. RB Lamont Jordan and the Patriots' offense effectively ran down the clock in the fourth quarter to clinch victory.
|NYJ Pass Defense|
The Jets pass defense was able to get to QB Matt Cassel for a handful of sacks. They were not tested by the conservative play calling of the New England Patriots but often allowed good gains on short passes and screens.