Patriots Stumble At The Meadowlands
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots may not have been “embarrassed” by Kerry Rhodes and company, but the Pats were defeated by the New York Jets at the Meadowlands for the first time in nine years as the Jets (2-0) beat the Pats (1-1) 16-9 on Sunday.
Mark Sanchez impressed Bill Belichick and an undermanned Pats squad, finishing up with a scoreline of 14-for-22 for 163 yards and a touchdown. Sanchez heated up in the second half, leading the Jets to TD in the third quarter and a field goal in the fourth as Brady and the offense were shut out in the second half, handing TB his first loss in 22 regular season starts and ending New England’s streak of scoring a touchdown in every game since Dec. 10 2006 at Miami, which was Brady’s last loss in the regular season.
Both Wes Welker and Jerod Mayo were inactive for Sunday’s game, forcing Julian Edelman to step up in place of Welker, and Gary Guyton and Pierre Woods to fill in for Mayo. Edelman caught eight passes for 98 yards, followed by Joey Galloway who had five receptions for 53 yards. Brady, 23-for-47 for 216 yards, went without a score and threw one pick as the Patriots air attack was stymied once inside the red zone.
The Patriots will look to get back in synch next week as the Atlanta Falcons come to Foxoborough as Matt Ryan and the 2-0 Falcons come into New England fresh off a 28-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers.