There was a perception after their Week 7 home win against the hated rival New England Patriots that the New York Jets won due to a fortunate call. Of course, one little known NFL rule when an attempted block on Nick Folk’s missed field goal resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct call that gave his team another chance.
Yes, Patriots coach Bill Belichick appeared miffed after the call. It’s understandable why he was frustrated.
As everyone knows, this is the second time Gang Green has benefited from a last-second penalty. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Geno Smith was hit heading for the sideline, drawing an unnecessary roughness call. Folk answered by booting them to victory.
Like as they did then, New York played at a high level at points in this particular contest. Sunday afternoon saw Smith get into a great rhythm, hooking up with Jeremy Kerley for a touchdown to cap off their opening drive. He continued marching them down as action was tied up. Sadly, his pick-six changed the outlook of the second half.
As it would happen though, they appeared to rally around it. Chris Ivory started to bust out for big runs. The Jets’ pressure started to reach Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with an interception return score of their own. Brady also fumbled twice while getting knocked around. Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples created absolute chaos from a defensive line. Standing at 4-3, there is a good deal of talent in New York and the Jets deserved these wins.