3 up, 3 down in Patriots' blowout win over Jets

Dec 26, 2016, 00:33

This one reduced the Patriots' magic number to one, meaning a New England win at Miami next Sunday or an Oakland Raiders loss to Denver next Sunday and the Patriots are home for two possible playoff games.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on the Jets' confidence level against the Patriots. So far, that has been enough. The Jets fell to 4-11.

Then, after Fitzpatrick had come on to replace Petty, his second drive started with a deep pass along the sideline intended for Marshall that was intercepted by Eric Rowe. Or Kessler, Goff or Siemian.

On the day the owner was a no-show, so was his team.

Actually, the Jets have been embarrassed in three of the past four games, losing by 31, 21 and 38 points.

The Jets also said that running back Matt Forte is doubtful to play against the Patriots because of knee and shoulder injuries. "They've been holding them down more".

The Patriots dumped two productive players, Pro Bowl linebackers Chandler Jones (in March) and Jamie Collins (in October), in decisions that benefited the team's long-term viability and salary-cap flexibility but initially elicited skepticism. I think there is talent on every team and confidence goes a long way, though. The balls I did throw, they slipped out. "But over the last six weeks, that defense is drastically improved".

Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots (12-2) organization would love to shut down Tom Brady and some other big names for the rest of the regular season, but they can not afford to pull any punches as they look to lock down the No. 1 seed in the AFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs these next two weeks. Running back Khiry Robinson, who was active for the first time this season, fumbled in the backfield after a hit from Elandon Roberts.

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan visited Bowles in the hospital Friday and, upon his arrival in New England, updated the team on the coach's status.

It was a complete dismantling of their divisional rival, as the Patriots let up just a garbage time field goal and had Jimmy Garoppolo taking snaps by the third quarter in the 41-3 win.

The New England defense recorded its second straight game without allowing a touchdown and is now up to 140:29 without one dating back to the third quarter of the December 12 games. If he does, it means the Patriots have locked up the AFC.

Newly minted Patriot Michael Floyd's number 14 was one I was looking for all game long, he was first called upon late in the first quarter and on the one play he saw in the first half Tom Brady ripped one out to him and Floyd acrobatically caught the football but was unfortunately out of bounds.

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