It was not a happy Thanksgiving for Rex Ryan and the Jets, but New England safety Steve Gregory thoroughly enjoyed himself. Gregory recovered two fumbles, forced a fumble, snagged an interception and even scored a touchdown.
Aside from watching the Patriots defense maul Mark Sanchez all game long, the only thing Jets fans could enjoy was a halftime performance from recording artist Lenny Kravitz.
Make no bones about it, New England’s defense was sticking it to the Jets’ offense and they dished out one hard hit after another. Not to be outdone, their special teams got some pretty hard hits in as well. NBC analyst, Cris Collinsworth called the game “violent”, which may have been an understatement.
This game was supposed to be a shootout based on their last meeting, a 29-26 win for New England but the Jets were pummeled in every facet of the game. New England moved the ball offensively at will and made everyone forget that Rob Gronkowski was missing. Defensive lineman, Vince Wilfork, pushed around the Jets offensive line whenever he felt like it and the Patriots’ special teams gave up little ground in terms of field position.
It was Gregory’s outstanding day that really turned the tide in a game that was scoreless through the first quarter. After Tom Brady threw a touchdown to Wes Welker, Gregory intercepted Sanchez on the next series. After that New England would score three touchdowns in 52 seconds, finishing the first half with a commanding 35-3 lead.
With the win, New England improves to 8-3 and continues to nip at the heels of the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans for one of those top two spots in the AFC. The New York Jets seemingly have no shot at the playoffs now with a 4-7 record and with the loss, the Tim Tebow chants have grown increasingly louder.