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Jets grades: Defense OK, but rest of team sputters

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory scores

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory scores a touchdown as New England Patriots defenders Rob Ninkovich and Devin McCourty give chase during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Photo Credit: AP / Charles Krupa


Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns and gained 29 yards on five carries. But he was far from perfect. He was sacked and fumbled the football on the second play of the Jets' opening drive and he occasionally overthrew his targets. The Patriots blanketed Brandon Marshall (four catches, 67 yards) for much of the game and when he finally found an opening in the end zone, he dropped the ball. Seldom-used slot receiver Jeremy Kerley scored his second touchdown of the season and Chris Ivory caught a 9-yard TD pass despite being slowed by a tight hamstring.


The unit kept Tom Brady's offense off-balance in the first half, limiting the Patriots to two field goals and a TD on a Brady sneak. But the momentum shifted in the fourth quarter and Brady took over. He threw the ball 54 times and the Jets had no answer for New England's two fourth-quarter scoring drives. The Jets had five QB hits and Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and Calvin Pace each had a sack, but Brady threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns.


Nick Folk nailed a 55-yard field goal with 18 seconds left, but it was too little too late. He also connected from 20 and 30 yards. Newly signed punter Steve Weatherford looked rusty. His 31-yard punt in the second quarter resulted in great field position for the Pats at the Jets' 34. Eleven plays later, Brady scored on a sneak.


Fans will be critiquing Todd Bowles' late-game clock management all week, and rightfully so. Not only did the coach allow precious time to tick away in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but with no timeouts and 14 seconds left, the coaching staff opted for a short throw over the middle instead of attempting a Hail Mary from 49 yards.

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