The Patriots hung on once again to beat the Jets 24-17 to move into first place in the AFC East for the first time in 2017.
It was another up-and-down performance for the Pats that closely mirrored what we saw against the Buccaneers 10 days earlier. One drive they’re forcing three-and-outs or marching down the field, the next they’re getting gashed by big plays with wide open receivers or going three-and-out themselves.
It’s a maddening display of inconsistency that has become the hallmark of this edition of the Pats. What drives you nuts is that they show they’re capable of being dominant at times on both sides of the ball. But in crunchtime neither side of the ball seems to deliver with authority.
But deliver they did even if there is plenty to pick apart.
Still, a win is a win, especially a divisional win on the road. The Patriots definitely still have a long way to go, maybe longer than they’ve ever had to go in the middle of October, but four wins buys you some time.
Here’s how it all went down.
TOM BRADY LEAN BACK pic.twitter.com/RKAfIIlpe2
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 15, 2017