2016 Season Blog.

Pats Vs Jets.

3rd Quarter.


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The Pats D did a great job to force a three and out to start the 2nd Half. Amendola returned it to the 31. 1st and 10, and this play ended in disaster.  Which the Pats should have known, because they ran a Jet-sweep. Brady handed the ball to Bennett, on the… huh, Jet-Sweep. He whooshed around the edge with some impressive speed. But Harris caught up with him from behind. He leaped out and grabbed Bennett and landed on his heel and bent his ankle in a way it is not supposed to bend.

Bennett sprained his ankle. "You can never count me out," Martellus said. "That's who I am. I'm a blue-collar individual. I like to work and work hard, try to do everything I can. There's a difference between being hurt and injured. Everyone in the NFL this time of the year is hurting. You just got to find a way to fight through it and make plays." He came back in three plays later.

The Pats lined up in an I-formation, without a tight end, as both tight ends on their roster were injured. Fleming came in, and lined up outside of Solder, like a TE in an I-formation. With the Pats now forced into a Big Ugly, because they ran a Jet-sweep, they ran play action. The Jets front seven can't help but react to the fake. Brady had a nice pocket, with six O-linemen blocking, and quickly threw to Edelman outside by the markers.

1st and 10, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Winged shotgun, with White and Dion in instead of a tight end. Neither Dion nor White chipped as they ran out of the backfield. Brady hit White, who curled up field and then out. He grabbed it smoothly and was tackled quickly by Darryl Roberts and Darron Lee.

2nd and 3, without a TE, the Pats motioned into a Wacky 3-Wide Weak Shotgun, with Hogan behind Brady for some reason. Brady handed the ball to Dion. He cut behind Develin on a crack back block, and dug into the line between Shaq and Cannon. He tunneled for the First.

1st and 10 at the 45, Bennett ran back out onto the field, and BB hiccupped. They lined up in a 3-wide Singleback with Bennett next to Cannon. Bennett sealed the DE outside, on the backside, of the off tackle run by Blount. Blount showed some impressive speed as he took the hand off, and bounced outside of Solders block. Then he turned on the jets (get it Jets), and was 15-yards downfield before the Jets knew it.

1st and 10 at the 28, the Pats lined up in a shotgun, and motioned into that wacky shotgun with Hogan behind Brady and Blount. They ran a Dive to Blount. Bennett got beat outside, as he obviously wasn't moving as well as he normally does. However, this opened up a lane outside, as the D-end rushed to Brady instead of setting the edge. Blount tried to cut outside, and was bamboozled by Wilkerson for a TFL.

2nd and 11 at the 29, the Pats lined up in a Singleback, with twin TEs on the right. Brady ran play action to Dion, which fooled most of the front seven. The O-line did a great job of selling it. But then they faked another run, an end around to Edelman, which took too much time and took two receivers out of the play. Brady had to dump the ball. That was clearly an example of the Pats outsmarting themselves.

3rd and 11, the Pats motioned into a 4-Wide Weak shotgun. Brady hit White sneaking back to the blindside flat, that he just motioned out of. He broke two tackles with some strength and power that he didn't show last year. But Harris just held onto his sneaker to trip him up a yard short.

"He's been pretty good going back to last year's preseason games," BB said when asked about White. "He's a hard guy to tackle. Starting with the 2015 preseason and all the way through the year last year, he's a hard guy to get down out there if he's got some space to work with. You've seen him run screen passes and plays out in the flat, things like that. He's pretty good out there and people have a hard time, and even if they get him, he's usually able to get enough for that first down.

"We've been very fortunate at that position between Kevin [Faulk] and Shane [Vereen] and now James. We've gotten a lot of production out of that, that kind of sub package. Those guys, they don't always catch the ball. They have to blitz pick up and sometimes they're in empty and sometimes they're in the backfield and sometimes they're running receiver-type routes, which takes a lot of extra work, but that position's been good for us. James, he does a great job. Tom's certainly been able to utilize his skills as he did again."

4th and 1, and the Pats lined up in a tight Strong Formation, with Brady barking like a rabid dog. The Jets go for it, and jumped off sides. Cannon and Shaq jump into Wilkerson to ensure the refs called it. 1st and 10 from the 13, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. They slammed Blount up the gut on a dive. He made Miles miss at the line, with his nifty feet. He redirected to the left for a couple.

2nd and 8 from the 11, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Big Ugly shotgun, with Fleming lined up outside of Solder. They formed a nice pocket, but Brady couldn't find anyone. He finally got pressure as the Jets ran a stunt on the strongside and Wilkins ran around the edge to pressure Brady. He had to dump the ball in the dirt by Dion.

3rd and 8, the Pats lined up Empty. Brady has time, and threw wildly towards White. White leaped up but couldn't even get a fingernail on it. Gostkowski hit the FG, and the Pats somehow got the lead after that disastrous zip-10 start. Pats-13. Jets-10.

The Jets came out 1st and 10 after Gostkowski thankfully pounded it into the Endzone. They lined up in a 3-Wide Pistol. The Pats matched up in a 4-2 Nickel with five guys on the line. They ran up the middle and Forte found a crack. Chung hit him first, and five other defenders helped to hold him up.

2nd and 4, the Jets came out in a 3-Wide Singleback. The Pats line up in a 3-3 Nickel, with four guys on the line. Brown did a great job on this play. He rode the OLT laterally all the way out to the numbers to stay in front of the RB and then hit him. He fell down as the OLT was still shoving him. But it allowed Branch, Rowe, and McCourty to stop him.

3rd and 2, the Jets motioned into a 4-Wide Strong Shotgun. The Pats matched up with six guys on the line, 2 down and 4 up. Fitz has a nice pocket, but the Pats secondary gave him nothing. He took off forward, and Branch and Brown dived onto him from the side, and Van Noy crushed him right in the head, and this drive was over.

The Jets run it three straight times, as you have to do when your QB gets cracked in the head like that. Powell squeezed through the line for the First on 3rd down. The Jets came out in a 3-Wide Singleback. The Pats matched up in a 3-3 Nickel with four guys on the line. They ran again. The D-line got great penetration. Forte lowered his head and snuck into the Line. Hightower and McCourty crunched him at the line and he was done.

The Jets were forced to run it four straight times, because of the hit by the D-linemen on Fitz. "Defensively I thought we played the run [very well] kind of I'd say after the first quarter," BB said. "We got split a couple of times in the first quarter but not a lot. There were a couple. But overall I thought we played the run with a little less space, a little more tightly kind of in the last three quarters. Malcom and Alan did a good job in there against good backs and a team that really tries to stretch the inside part of the defense with that. We call it a flash play, where the line all blocks in one direction and then the tight end or Enunwa, whoever it was, comes back the other way or they run some kind of boot-action to hold the backside.

"They really try to stretch the middle of the defense and put a lot of pressure on those defensive tackles and inside linebackers. I thought Alan and Malcom did a good job of defeating some blockers and being able to get off of them and making tackles on good backs. Forte's a good back, and without a whole lot of help. It wasn't like we were stunting them a lot or that kind of thing. They just did a good job of, again, defeating blocks and getting off the block and be able to make the tackle. I'd say that improved definitely as the game went on. It was important for us yesterday."

2nd and 10, Jets lined up Empty. The Pats matched up in a 3-2 Dime. The Pats didn't get pressure, and Fitz went deep. CJ Spiller was jetting down the sideline, and Van Noy somehow was running with him. Van Noy leaped up and distracted him just enough as the ball arrived. Spiller turned and got both hands on the ball, and dropped it. That was a great play by Van Noy. He ran with an ex-4.3 guy down the sideline, and slapped at him just enough to distract him from catching the ball.

The Jets went Empty on 3rd down. The Pats matched up with a 2-3 Dime, but Van Noy followed Powell out to the sideline. So they had Sheard, Brown, Long, and Hightower on the line. They sent three, and Hightower stayed with Marshall, who was goofing around at the LOS. Hightower read the center screen perfectly, and when Fitz threw him the ball Hightower took him down instantly. The refs called the Jets for blocking downfield before Fitz threw, but the Pats took the punt.

The D-line has really stepped up so far this Half. "It was what we needed to do," BB said. "Malcolm (Butler) had a big play on the strip, Chris Long, the blocked field goal [by Branch] kept points off the board there. Those were all big plays for us. We had a few stops on third downs that we needed to keep us in the game. Not as many as we would have liked to have had, but we made some key ones. And they made some great catches. Fitzpatrick and Enunwa and Marshall made some great plays. You've got to give them credit." The defense needed to come through for the Pats to win this Division game on the road.

1st and 10 at the Pats 12-yard line. The Pats ran a dive to Blount, but he got tripped in the backfield for nothing. But the Jets decided to help the Pats again and jumped offside to make it 2nd and 5. The Pats lined up in a 2-Wide Winged shotgun. Edelman and Bennett cleared out the Blindside, and Brady turned and hit Develin sneaking out of the backfield behind them. He caught it, and crashed into two Jets for the First.

1st and 10, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Singleback. They ran a play action to the left, and Brady had to dump it in the dirt, as Leonard Williams was looking to kill him.

2nd and 10, the Pats lined up in a 3-Wide Big-Ugly Strong shotgun, with Fleming blocking outside of Solder again. They have been bringing Fleming in to pass block for Bennett. The two WRs head up field from the Strongside, and Dion curled out behind them. Brady hit him and he got a few, to end the 3rd quarter. However, the Pats don't convert on 3rd down and are forced to punt.

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