Tom Brady completed 31 of 45 passes for 249
yards and one touchdown with one interception as New England
(7-0) beat the Jets for the eighth consecutive time.
Phillip Dorsett II caught a touchdown pass, and the Patriots
totaled 323 yards while limiting New York to 154 yards. New
England kept pace with the San Francisco 49ers (6-0) as the
NFL's only undefeated squads.
Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Stephon Gilmore and Terrence
Brooks all notched interceptions to increase New England's
NFL-leading count to 18. John Simon contributed a strip-sack
that led to a fumble recovery by Kyle Van Noy.
Sam Darnold threw for 86 yards on 11-of-32 passing and committed
five turnovers, matching a career worst with the four
interceptions for the Jets (1-5). Darnold also threw four picks
against the Miami Dolphins as a rookie last November.
The shutout was the second of the season for the Patriots, who
have outscored their opponents 223-48.
New England opened the game with a dominating, 16-play, 78-yard
drive that took 8 minutes, 47 seconds. Michel capped it off by
taking a pitch from Brady and scampering around left end for a
3-yard scoring run.
McCourty's interception led to a 34-yard field goal by Mike
Nugent that made it 10-0 with 3:49 left in the first quarter.
The Patriots stretched the advantage to 17 on Brady's 26-yard
scoring pass to Dorsett with nine seconds remaining in the
Simon's sack of Darnold led to Van Noy's fumble recovery and set
up Michel's 1-yard run to make it 24-0 with 9:18 left in the
Darnold threw his second interception -- grabbed by Harmon --
with 5:25 left in the half, and he began the third quarter by
being picked off by Gilmore.
The issues became worse when the Jets were backed up on their
own 6-yard line near the midway point of the third quarter.
Center Ryan Kalil's shotgun snap was high and tipped off
Darnold's hands and rolled into the end zone. Darnold slapped
the ball with his left hand as New England's J.C. Jackson
approached, and it rolled out of the end zone for a safety.
Darnold tossed his fourth interception with 6:08 left in the
third quarter when Brooks picked off the pass in the end zone.
Michel scored from 1 yard out to make it 33-0 with 12:32
remaining in the contest.
--Field Level Media
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