Posted by: Staff | 12.02.2008

On It With Offit: Week 11


Jets Tweak Out Win in OT- 34-31


Jets Free Safety, Kerry Rhodes (25), recovers a fumble from Patriots' Tight End, Benjamin Watson. Watson's mistake ended a potential point-scoring drive.

Jets Free Safety, Kerry Rhodes (25), recovers a fumble from Patriots Tight End, Benjamin Watson. Watson's mistake ended a potential point-scoring drive.


 I cried. I laughed. I cried. I laughed, and then I cried again. After experiencing several cardiac arrests on Thursday nights, my evening outing unfortunately ended with disappointment and frustration. After going into the half down by 18 points, the Patriots’ put together what seemed to be an improbable comeback. Unfortunately, the Pats’ defense couldn’t stop the Jets final drive of regulation or their march down the field in overtime. The Patriots’ play exceeded that of the Jets’ after the first quarter, but any NFL scholar will tell you that the game of football lasts 60 minutes, which means playing solid football for 45 won’t cut it.

The Patriots’ offense operated as a finely tuned machine, as it gained over 500 yards of total offense, 400 through the air 125 on the ground. The general of New England’s’ offensive attack was led by Matt Cassel, who threw for all of New England’s passing yards with three touchdowns and ran for 62 yards. In this game, Cassel became the third player in NFL history to throw for 400 yards and rush for more than 60 yards in the same game. Kevin Faulk was the Patriots leading running-back with 38 yards on 8 carries while Sammie Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis were used scarcely in the Patriots offensive efforts. Wes Welker, Ben Watson, and Jabar Gaffney all had more than seven catches in the contest, producing big plays all night long.
Defensively, the Patriots struggled early on before they caught on to the Jets offensive game-plan, but it was too little too late. After allowing 24 first half points, the Patriots defense buckled down holding New York only 7 second half points and three in overtime. Unfortunately, the defense couldn’t have let up at a worse time, allowing the Jets to score the (temporary) leading touchdown, and again on overtime when the Jets drove down the field to score the winning field goal. However, there were lots of spectacular individual performances that deserve recognition . First and foremost, Patriots rookie linebacker, Jerod Mayo, continues to amaze me with his nose for the football as he collected 16 tackles on thursday night. Brandon Meriweather , the second year man who has taken the spot of Rodney Harrison, ammased seven tackles and contributed to the Patriots’ secondary effort all night long. The man in the middle, Vince Wilfork, continues to keep it real with six tackles and a Brett Favre sack, forcing the Jets to abandon their running game early in the evening. Pierre Woods and Richard Seymour had one sack a piece as well.


My MVP of the game: Every week, I give this award to a player whose performance on the field played a pivotal role in the Patriots’ success on game-day. This week, it was a deed done on the sidelines that pushed me to give this award. In the third quarter, the Patriots began the half down by 18 points, and after the offense fumbled the ball back to the Jets, the frustration on the side-lines was evident. However, in the midst of the chaos, one player came through in the clutch and rallied the team together. Randy Moss, gathered the team in an emotional huddle before the offense went on after a turnover. Seeing this from a few sections above, I couldnt hear what he was saying, but Moss was violently moving his arms and scolding the entire offense. He even pushed away an NFL camera when it tried to record their conversation. Moss’s sideline spiel sparked the Patriots’ offense to come back and almost win.


Next Up: Next Sunday, the Patriots head south to Pro-Player stadium to face the Miami Dolphins. The last time these two teams met, the Dolphins handed the Patriots their first lost with a 38-13 spanking by the Dolphins, led by stud running back Ronnie Brown who ran for four touchdowns and passed for one as well. This game will have massive playoff implications. I don’t think I’ve said this for six years now, but this is a MUST WIN game for the Patriots.


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