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Jets-Patriots: First Half

Posted by Randy Lange on September 14, 2008 – 5:30 pm

For those who thought the Patriots would be in for a 2008 fall post-Tom Brady, they were frustrated by the events of the first 1½ quarters of today’s Jets home opener at the Meadowlands.

Matt Cassel looks calm, cool and collected — dare we say Bradyesque — in leading the visitors from Massachusetts to two time-consuming field goal drives and a 6-0 lead. Cassel, making his first start as we all know since high school, completes seven of his first eight passes, four to Wes Welker for 57 yards.

The Jets defense, which seems to be covering more than pressuring early on, stiffens in the red zone both times, so Stephen Gostkowski, who brought his big leg to North Jersey, booms 21- and 37-yard field goals at the end of drives that lasted 5:57 and 3:38.

The Green & White offense has some moments early on but still shoots itself in the foot, first on Jay Feely’s 31-yard FG try, his first as a Jet, that he pushes wide right toward the west end zone goal posts on the game’s first drive, then on Laveranues Coles’ third-down drop of a Favre out pass on their second series.

But Coles atones big-time on third-and-9 by snaring a Favre roll-left-and-throw-right against Patriots CB Deltha O’Neal and, behind TE Chris Baker’s trailblazing in front of him, rolling 54 yards to the Pats 25.

From there Chansi Stuckey plucks a 6-yarder off the turf on third-and-5, then Leon Washington darts this way and that for 11 yards and a first-and-goal at the 3.

And from there, the Jets are unsuccessful at punching the ball in, as three Thomas Jones runs netted 0 yards as Rodney Harrison and Richard Seymour rose up to make stops. This time Feely drives one down the middle of the east end zone from 21 yards out to cut the Pats’ lead to 6-3.

The Jets again aren’t perfect, but they are taking their toll. Patriots featured RB Laurence Maroney, who has 17 yards on his first seven carries, leaves with a sore shoulder. And after a shanked Ben Graham punt, the Jets finally do send some heat in the form of a five-man rush with Bryan Thomas off the Jets’ right edge. No one blocks BT, who rocks Cassel as he throws, and Cassel comes up limping.

Favre gets one of those two-minute drives that head coach Eric Mangini is so fond of ending his practices with. The Jets are at their 25 with 1:06 on the clock and no timeouts left. The first play is a 9-yard Seymour sack of Favre. Even though Washington gets loose on second down for 17 yards to the 33, the Jets will left the clock run out and take a 6-3 deficit into the locker room.

Dare I say with the Patriots receiving the second-half kickoff, the last time that happened here at the Meadowlands, Ellis Hobbs and his return team executed an NFL-record 108-yard runback that signaled the Pats’ pullaway in last year’s Jets home opener. The Green & White need to be on their guard to prevent a potentially game-changing play from hitting them at the start of this year’s second half in less than a half-hour.

Here are the eight longest completions of the Mangini era of Jets football, from 2006 to present:

 Game Receiver Quarterback Opp Yds
 2006-PO1 Jerricho Cotchery Chad Pennington at NE 77t
 2006- 2 Jerricho Cotchery Chad Pennington vs. NE 71t
 2006-15 Leon Washington Chad Pennington at MIA 64
 2006- 6 Laveranues Coles Chad Pennington vs. MIA 58
 2007- 7 Laveranues Coles Chad Pennington at CIN 57t
 2007-10 Laveranues Coles Kellen Clemens vs. PIT 56
 2008- 1 Jerricho Cotchery Brett Favre at MIA 56t
 2008- 2 Laveranues Coles Brett Favre vs. NE 54


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15 Responses to “Jets-Patriots: First Half”

  1. By Row on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    We are way out of our league when it comes to coaching. Our offense will be our downfall. Mangini, not firing Brian Schottenheimer will cost you your job.

  2. By jetsfan08 on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    Well maybe if Fave took the gold shirt/pads off from under his green jersey then he wouldn’t have such bad luck this game.

  3. By Charles F on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    Come on Gang Green step it up on Offense. Are D is playing good but we need to stop making stupid penalty’s. Cassel is getting sacked and are D line is bringing preasure. If we can finish a drive or two and get points on Offense we will win this game. WE HAVED TO WIN . Come on Jets step it up

  4. By Kelly on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    We look terrified to play this game. GOD AWFUL game planning and COLES cant catch a pass. I thought the Dolphins played us well last week but we are not that much better than them. Pathetic! Had to turn the game off because of my blood pressure!

  5. By Row on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    This is about both halves, it really seemed the officials had something against us. I saw several holds that were not called, and the big roughing the passer penalty was pretty bad. I also didn’t like the offensive pass interference call. Just hard to believe we were so out-coached. IMO, we clearly had the better team. Just a thought..

  6. By Anonymous on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    Like I said, it was over when they first missed that field goal in the first. It let all the air out of their sails really, and they lost absolutely all momentum. When you have a chance to start out the game against the Pats and go ahead, you need to score at least 3. When they couldn’t do that, I knew they were done.

  7. By Patrick on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    They stink,They stink,They stink………….I’ve been a die hard Jet fan since ’80,and every year it’s pretty much the same thing,they will rip your heart out.Can’t kick a field goal,can’t punch it in from the 3 yard line,and where’s the 12th man,the jets have the quietest fans in the NFL.

  8. By pack#4 on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    Replying…..to Jetsfan08
    First learn how to spell your QB’s name it’s “Favre” ……..then explain his luck in the first game.

  9. By michael ex jet fan on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    its plain & simple we were out coached we stink forever a jet fan no more enuf is a enuff

  10. By mike on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    I’ve been a jet fan since 69 —- just can’t take it anymore, every coach we hire has no fire only 1 in the last 39 years parcels —- ever nothice every player we let go plays in any other system way better wonder why . I will never support the jets again I’m done gooooooooooooooooooooo gaints

  11. By charlie on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    Where are the flags on the pats there is no way your back up QB contrls the game with out some holds from the o line all the flags on the Jets where at game changing times .The pats have the least penalties in the NFL how?

  12. By BIG AL on Sep 14, 2008 | Reply

    charlie just shut up what ghame were you watching matt controlled the game for NE and we stunk it up he played perfect football and our front did nothing to protect #4 and that is the fact and yes the back up beat the ledgend jets 1-1 NE 2-0 welcome to jets football

  13. By Arthur Clary on Sep 15, 2008 | Reply

    Why do we have no creativity on offense? Brett Favre excells at throwing the slant route and we don’t utilizw this play, especially with JC. Mangini outcoached and not prepared again!!!

  14. By CD on Sep 15, 2008 | Reply

    Don’t give up so fast Jets fans. It’s only game 2. You really did not expect the offence to be perfect yet, did you? The Pats have a superb front O line. Farve needs more protection. You can’t expect him to work miracles on every play!

  15. By Just _Favre_it on Sep 15, 2008 | Reply

    Well said CD! DO NOT GIVE UP on your JETS after 2 games! I would of wished to see a little more fire like the G MEN had in week 17 against the PATS last year. They seemed a bit flat for a team playing one of the best teams in the NFL even with no Brady. I had to check my surround sound because I could barely hear the 12th Man out there. Let’s go FAVRE make the rest of the JETS FLY!

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