Patriots 30, Jets 21: Jets Fall To Rival Patriots, Lose Third Straight Game

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New York Jets Injury Updates: Nick Mangold Returns

The biggest injury update for the Jets following their Week 5 loss to the Patriots is the status of center Nick Mangold. The Jets listed Mangold as questionable before the game, but he returned to the field after missing the past two games with a high ankle sprain.

"I wasn’t going to go out there if it wasn’t going to be able to do everything I wanted to," Mangold told reporters after the game.

The Jets also lost a pair of defensive backs during Sunday's loss. Cornerback Isaiah Trufant left the field in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. Fellow CB Donald Strickland also left the game after suffering a head injury. The status for each is uncertain.

The Jets lost to the Patriots on Sunday, 30-21.

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Patriots Down Jets, 30-21: Quick Analysis

The New York Jets fell to 2-3 today with a 30-21 loss to the New England Patriots in Foxborough. New York lost all three games of its three game road trip.

It Was Over When…
Stephen Gostkowski’s 28 yard field goal sailed through the uprights with 1:02 left to make it 30-21 Patriots. It capped a 13 play drive the Pats used to eat up the clock after the Jets had cut it to one score with a touchdown on the previous series.

Turning Point:
On the first play of the second half, Tom Brady found Wes Welker deep for a 73 yard gain, setting up a touchdown to put New England up 17-7. Eric Smith got burned after biting on play action. New England seemed to be in control of the game from that point despite a New York touchdown on the Jets’ next series.

Three Goats:

1. Brian Schottenheimer:The offensive coordinator did not exploit facing what was the worst pass defense in the league entering the game. The protection was good. The running game was working, leaving play action on the table. Until New York’s last drive, the Jets did not try and take shots down the field. New England’s corners squatted on short passes all day. Mark Sanchez hit over 60% of his attempts, but the Jets went three and out on all but three possessions prior to a last drive in garbage time.
2. Eric Smith:Allowed the big play to Welker to start the second half.
3.Donald Strickland: Had problems all day in coverage with Rob Gronkowski.

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Patriots 30, Jets 21: Jets Fall To Rival Patriots, Lose Third Straight Game

The New York Jets lost their third consecutive game on Sunday, falling on the road to the rival New England Patriots by a score of 30-21. Tom Brady threw for 321 yards and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis went for 136 yards and two scores for New England, who moved to 4-1 on the season while the Jets fell to 2-3.

Rex Ryan said earlier in the week that he wanted to see the Jets get back to the running game, and Shonn Greene did have a solid 83 yards on the ground. But the Jets’ offense was out of rhythm for most of the game, going three-and-out in its first four series and seven times overall in the game against a New England defense that is one of the weakest in football. Mark Sanchez threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns, but had just 70 yards passing heading into the fourth quarter and 13 passing yards in a forgettable third quarter.

The Patriots led 10-7 heading into halftime, and scored on their first drive of the second half to go up by 10. The Jets responded on Jeremy Kerley’s first career touchdown to cut the Pats’ lead to a field goal. But the Jets’ defense had a tough time with Green-Ellis in the second half, and his second touchdown of the game with just over a minute left in the third quarter to once again re-up New England’s lead to 10 at 24-14.

After a Stephen Gostkowski field goal, Santonio Holmes’ 21-yard touchdown grab kept the Jets within striking distance at 27-21. But when the Jets’ defense needed a stop, they couldn’t get it. With seven minutes left, the Patriots ran the ball down New York’s throat with Green-Ellis ripping off large chunks of yardage. New England eventually got down deep into Jets territory and Gostkowski converted a 27-yard field goal to ice the game.

The Jets next play on Monday night when they host the Miami Dolphins in a critical game. The Jets are two games behind the Buffalo Bills and Patriots, and are under the .500 mark for the first time under Ryan. A win on Monday could give the Jets some renewed confidence. A loss would be devastating.

Either way, the losses are piling up quickly for the Jets and a playoff spot is becoming increasingly in doubt.

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Week 5: New York Jets (2-2) at New England Patriots (3-1)

The Jets head up to Foxboro this weekend to take on arguably their most bitter rival, the New England Patriots. They return to the site of their worst loss of last season, a 45-3 humiliation, and greatest win, a 28-21 Playoff victory, of last season.

Key Matchup When the Jets Have the Ball: Nick Mangold vs. Vince Wilfork

New England is now a 4-3 team so Wilfork will not be lined up directly over the ball. He still will face Mangold plenty. The Jets offensive line has struggled a lot both run blocking and pass blocking. The return of Mangold to the lineup after missing two weeks is a boon for the Jets. Part of the problem for the Jets was Colin Baxter’s inability to win matchups without getting help. Requiring help as Baxter did took an offensive lineman from blocking somebody else. If Mangold wins this matchup, the offensive line can get back on track and make life easier for New York’s offense. If Mangold’s ankle is still giving him problems, and he cannot do the job, problems will persist.

Key Matchup When the Patriots Have the Ball: Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski vs. Jets Linebackers and Safeties

You might think it is Darrelle Revis against Wes Welker, but the Jets should be confident in Revis’ ability to at least hold Welker off his historic current pace of production. Where the Jets have real matchup problems are against New England’s two athletic tight ends. They have nobody who can win a matchup so they will need to rely on scheme. The Jets clogged the middle of the field with zones in the Playoff game and closed passing lanes. They will need to scheme to take away these tight ends again. They are more dangerous than the receivers the Pats have on the outside.

Three Simple Keys:

1. Mix Things Up: The Jets have beaten the Pats three times since 2009. There has been one common thread. They have changed their looks. A quarterback as smart as Tom Brady will pick up on tendencies and exploit weaknesses if a defense repeats itself. The Jets need to constantly throw new looks at him to try and confuse him. Sometimes they have confused Brady up front and attacked him. Sometimes they have confused him in the back with coverages.

2. Get the Run Game on Track: The Jets should probably avoid going back becoming the power run team they were in 2009 and 2010, but they need to run it more effectively. Without the threat of the run, pass rushers have an easier job because they can just fly up the field. Mark Sanchez is going to get killed if the Jets cannot rely on the rushing attack to get more yardage. It also would not hurt to run the clock a bit to limit Brady’s chances.

3. Get Mark Sanchez’s Confidence Up: After a bad game, it behooves the Jets to give Mark Sanchez some easy throws early to get him into the flow of the game.

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Jets At Patriots Friday Injury Report: Nick Mangold Questionable

The New York Jets might get Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold back Sunday for their key AFC East game against the New England Patriots. Mangold has missed the last two games, both Jets losses, with a high ankle sprain. He was limited in practice Friday and has been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Foxboro.

“He’s questionable for the game. I feel good about it though,” said Jets coach Rex Ryan.

Earlier in the week Ryan talked about how much having Mangold on the field could help the Jets offense.

“Well, I think he is the best in the league,” Ryan said. “He’s a great player, but also he’s got a great grasp of our system. There’s a great comfort level with everybody that plays. You know where he’s going to be and everything else. So, that’s a huge plus for us.”

NEW YORK JETS
Out

WR Logan Payne, Wrist
LB Bryan Thomas, Achilles

Questionable

C Nick Mangold, Ankle

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Doubtful

WR Julian Edelman, Ankle
LB Jerod Mayo, Knee
OT Sebastian Vollmer, Back
RB Danny Woodhead, Ankle

Questionable

S Josh Barrett, Thumb/Hamstring
CB Leigh Bodden, Groin
C Ras-I Dowling, Hip
D Albert Hayneswort, Back
TE Aaron Hernandez, Knee
DL Kyle Love, Ankle
DL Mike Wright, Concussion

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Jets At Patriots: Wednesday Injury Report

The New York Jets got some good news Wednesday when center Nick Mangold, out the last two weeks with a high ankle sprain, participated in Wednesday’s practice on a limited basis.

The Jets offensive line struggled mightily Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens, and the return to the lineup of Mangold would be a huge boost for New York.

NEW YORK JETS

Did Not Participate In Practice

WR Plaxico Burress (Elbow)
LB Garrett McIntyre (Concussion)
LB Calvin Pace (Abdomen)

Limited Participation In Practice

C Nick Mangold (Ankle)
DL Muhammad Wilkerson (Shoulder)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Did Not Participate In Practice

WR Julian Edelman (Ankle)
DT Albert Haynesworth (Back)
TE Aaron Hernandez (Knee)
LB Jerrod Mayo (Knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (Back)
RB Danny Woodhead (Ankle)
OL MIke Wright (Concussion)

Limited Participation In Practice

CB Kyle Arrington (Chest)
S Josh Barrett (Thumb/Hamstring)
CB Leigh Bodden (Groin)
S Patrick Chung (Hand)
CB Ras-I-Dowling (Hip)
DL Shaun Ellis (Knee)
LB Gary Guyton (Hamstring)
DL Kyle Love (Ankle)

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