Rex Ryan and his Jets were beaten soundly in every facet of the game but were particularly dominated by the Pats’ defense. Mark Sanchez managed 301 yards passing, while completing 20 of his 31 passes but it was not enough. He also turned the ball over twice; throwing an interception and fumbling after get rocked by Vince Wilfork of the Patriots in his own backfield.
The Jets came into the game looking to move the ball effectively against a New England defense that statistically does not look great on paper. However, there were two problems: the Jets do not look great on offense and the Patriots played a heck of a game on defense. On the day, the Patriots only allowed 405 yards but most of it was off of junk time.
After trailing 35-3 at the half, New York mustered up a little bit of an effort by earning a safety and scoring to touchdown to make it 35-12. Unfortunately, Tom Brady and crew would go on a 17 play drive that resulted in a touchdown and pushed the lead to 42-12 in the fourth quarter.
The Jets/Patriots match was the nightcap of a triple-header for the NFL and it ended up having the least drama. It was easily the most lopsided match of the day. Most of it was the result of turnovers as the Jets accumulated six turnovers on the day. Even worse the Patriots, often accused of running up the scoreboard, continued to pour in the points as if they were playing for style points in the BCS.
The Jets seemingly have no shot at the playoff as they now sit at 4-7 but the good news, if you can call it that, is the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins are just as bad record wise. The other positive is their schedule is relatively easy after this Thanksgiving Day debacle. The remaining teams on their schedule are all under .500 but even if the Jets somehow managed to run the table it still may not be enough to secure a playoff spot.