With six minutes remaining in the third quarter, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold sat on the bench looking absolutely befuddled. At that point, the second-year player had been picked off four times, while also fumbling once on a strip-sack and managing only nine first downs. Haunting Darnold in this late October nightmare was none other than the New England Patriots’ defense, who tormented the second-year player in Michael Myers-esque fashion all evening long.
New York played host to the Patriots at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. During the contest played at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football, New England managed to dominate every aspect of the game and ultimately came away victorious, handing the Jets an embarrassing 33-0 loss.
According to ESPN, Darnold was mic’d up for the game. After throwing his third interception, he looked like a man defeated and said, “I’m seeing ghosts”.
All evening long, he was forced into making bad-decisions while throwing off his back foot into tight coverage. The dismal performance began early when the quarterback threw a pick on his first pass of the night.
For the game, New England’s defense forced six turnovers en route to a shutout; the seventh straight game this year in which they’ve held opponents to 14 points or less.
In total, the Patriots defense limited the Jets to only 154 total yards of offense. Their communication on pass-protection was abysmal, as they failed to keep up with a barrage of blitzes through gaping-holes in different pass rush lanes. Darnold didn’t stand a chance against New England’s second-ranked pass defense, as the former USC draftee struggled to be effective while going 11-32 for just 86 yards.
The Patriots offense managed to control the game-clock, as running-back Sony Michel led the unit with three rushing touchdowns. Led by quarterback Tom Brady, the unit managed to finish with 323 total yards on offense, Brady was steady in the passing game, completing 31 of 45 passes for 249 yards with one touchdown pass.
The Patriots improved to 7-0 with the victory, and the lowly Jets fall to 1-5 on the season.
Prior to the game, Darnold gave the Pats defense credit. However, he also provided the unit with bulletin board material by saying, “Just like any other team, they’re not unbeatable. So we just go out there, find the weakness in the defense and keep working it. That’s what we’re going to do on Monday night.”
Let’s be honest for a minute, there was absolutely no chance of that ever happening.
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