Pats Defense Holds up in Win Against Jets
The Patriots stepped up in a very big game last Sunday bringing their top performance against a division rival and the first meeting the Patriots and Jets have had this year. It was a big day for both Malcolms on the team, Malcolm Butler punched the ball loose forcing a fumble that he recovered that led to a touchdown for the Pats and Malcolm Mitchell getting two touchdowns.
Not only was it a great team win, it was yet another milestone reached for Tom Brady. He now has 200 career wins (including post season) and has tied Peyton Manning’s number for career wins. All Brady needs is one more win and he will officially be the quarterback with the most wins of all time in the NFL.
Records aside, the Patriots put up a solid game. Dont’A Hightower blocked an extra point attempt and Chris Long stripped the ball from Ryan Fitzpatrick which forced him to fumble which allowed the Patriots to recovered it. So two turnovers and a blocked PAT isn’t bad at all, however, the defense had no interceptions and allowed two passing touchdowns. Jets receiver Enunwa had 109 yards along with two touchdowns. It seemed like the Patriots defense could not stop the high flying passing attack of the Jets which is not a good sign because Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown the most interceptions (18) to go along with the worst touchdown to interception ratio (9:18) in the NFL. The run defense held up, however, only allowing a total of 63 rushing yards between the Jets two running backs.
Gostkowski also missed another field goal this season. Out of the 20 field goals he has attempted he has only made 16 of them, a total of 80%. That’s not a bad rate, but the largest amount he has missed in any season is four, so if he misses anymore he will break his own record of most field goals in a season. He has also set a personal record for the most number missed PATs in a season, attempting 34 and making 31. Between 2006 and 2015 he had only missed a total of two PATs, and he has broken that number in one season missing four so far. Hopefully he can find his way back to his old stats.
Another serious issue the Patriots have to talk about is Gronk. Gronk is out for the season after suffering a herniated disk and is undergoing his third back surgery in eight years (sixth surgery total, and he’s only 27). It’s no secret that Gronk is one of Brady’s favorite targets and it does hurt the team with him not even being on the field. Gronk may not have had a lot of big games this season, but it was the double tight end sets that would set the Patriots up to have a at least one man able to find a way to be open. The Patriots will need to have a serious discussion about Gronk and his future in the NFL or even with the Patriots. He is an amazing tight end, arguably the best one to ever play in the NFL but his injuries keep stacking up. We still have plenty of receivers so it’s not a question of that but a question of can Martellus Bennett fill the roll for Gronk, only time will tell.
The Patriots host the LA Rams this Sunday, marking the 14th anniversary of when the Patriots won their first super bowl in 2002 against, at the time, the St. Louis Rams. Patriots hope to stop this team that is looking to get some wins under their belt.