So far through one half of play, it’s been penalties and mistakes that have been the reason why this one remains close, as the Patriots lead is¬†only 14-10.
Some things worth pointing out through two quarters of play:
- The Patriots¬†committed 4-penalties for 40-yards, with one of the critical ones being a delay of game penalty on a field goal attempt, which nullified a 32-yard field goal and Gostkowski went on to miss the second attempt.¬† Zoltan Mesko is officially the one who gets called for the penalty on that one.
- They had a scary moment after Patriots wide receiver Wes¬†Welker got drilled by Jets safety Eric Smith on a 3rd-and-9 play where he was coming accross and Smith leveled¬†him, striking him in the head with his helmet and forearm and forced him out of the game.¬† Welker would later return to catch New England’s first touchdown, and¬†so far he¬†has since stayed in the game and appears to be O.K.
- Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez had a solid first half, catching four passes for 80-yards including a 46-yard¬†reception to help set up a 34-yard¬†one handed grab by Randy¬†Moss for a touchdown to put them up 14-7.¬† Moss beat Revis on the play, with the Jets defensive back immediately grabbing his hamstring after he realized that Moss made the reception.
- Moss vs. Revis: Edge goes to Moss thanks to the touchdown, but overall Moss has been held in check – with 2-catches for 38 yards, 34 of which came on his touchdown catch.¬† He could have been much better, after having a couple of routes where he didn’t extend and make the catch, and didn’t appear to go all out once he knew Revis was still close to him.¬† Hopefully the touchdown catch will give him more confidence in the second half, provided Revis returns after leaving with what appears to be a hamstring injury.
- Rob Ninkovich unoficially leads the team in tackles through two quarters, finishing with four during the first half¬†and has done a decent job so far.¬† He could have had a couple more after not wrapping up a couple of guys, but he’s been respectable¬†and has¬†been solid.
- The pressure on Mark Sanchez has been good¬†by New England’s defense, as¬†the Patriots¬†have sacked him twice.¬† Unfortunately¬†he’s still 12-of-16 for 121 yards and a touchdown, with a QB rating of 116.9.
The third quarter is set to start soon, so we’ll have more shortly.
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