There were several factors for why the New England Patriots lost to the New York Jets in overtime. However, fans should look no further than penalties for why the Patriots dropped the game against a division opponent.
There is no question Chris Jones’ unfortunate penalty will be the No. 1 topic everyone in the New England area will be talking about over the next couple days. Even though not everyone may agree with the controversial call that gave Jets kicker Nick Folk a second attempt at a game-winning field goal, it still happened.
Jones was flagged as he pushed one of his teammates in the back to propel him into the second level. It is a new rule that had not been called in a game prior to Sunday.
“It was something that we talked about probably in camp and stuff, and it just skipped out of my mind,” Jones said, according to Patriots.com. “It was my mistake and nobody else’s. I’ve just got to man up to it and fix it next time.”
Bill Belichick is someone that believes Jones did not do enough to warrant a flag.
“You can’t push in the second level,” Belichick said, according to Patriots.com. “I didn’t think we did that.”
It is easy to focus on that one penalty as the reason for the loss. Obviously, the defeat is directly tied into the mistake Jones made. However, New England was flagged seven times for 100 penalty yards. It is a reoccurring theme that the Patriots must fix if they want to stay atop the division.
New England has committed 84 penalties this season, which includes an incredible 51 on defense.