Did the Patriots just start Thermometergate with the Jets?
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 01, 2018,
Jan 01, 2018, 0:39
In case you haven't heard: It was pretty cold in New England on Sunday.
NY was contained throughout the entire day on defense as they were held to just 247 total yards on the day, but the Pats were not able to force a single turnover.
New England has defeated NY in four straight meetings, and the Patriots (13-3) haven't lost to the Jets (5-11) at home during the regular season with Tom Brady starting since 2006. With White, Burkhead and Gillislee all inactive Sunday, it's just Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden and FB James Develin available at the position in a game that the Patriots must win to secure home field throughout the playoffs. It was also the first game in his career he was not the target of a pass for an entire game.
The touchdown catch by Lewis was his second touchdown of the game after he had a rushing touchdown in the first quarter to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead.
The game, another one played in freezing weather in Philadelphia, was scoreless through three quarters before Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott hit Brice Butler with a 12-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth.
James Harrison, signed this week after being released by the Steelers, recorded sacks on the games final two plays, forcing a fumble on his first sack that was recovered by NY.
Patriots linebacker Eric Lee would sack Jets quarterback Bryce Petty in the end zone for a safety to put the Patriots up 26-6. He finished the regular season with 4,577 passing yards and 32 touchdown passes with eight interceptions. One of which is leadership as you better believe that all the leaders on the Jets are going to rally this team to do the unthinkable on the road and stun the Patriots in front of thousands of their fans.
The Patriots opened up the game with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that made it look as if the Jets defense was in for a long day.