The New England Patriots found a rhythm Sunday afternoon, as they blew out the New York Jets, 54-13, to give them their first home win of the season.
The Pats got into the end-zone just over two minutes into the game with some trickery, as Mac Jones passed to wideout Kendrick Bourne who then hurled a 25-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor to make it an early 7-0 lead.
Damien Harris rushed his way into the end-zone before Nick Folk booted a 39-yard field goal to make it 17-0. Jones dumped it off to Brandon Bolden for a 15-yard rushing touchdown, and he then found Hunter Henry in the back of the end-zone on the next drive, who made a one-handed snag before corralling it in for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Jones then hooked up with Henry again for a one-yard touchdown pass, as New England headed into the half with a 31-7 lead.
The Patriots picked off Mike White twice in the second half on back-to-back drives, and they ran up the score with Harris tallying another six, as well as J.J. Taylor, who rushed for a pair of touchdowns amid Rhamondre Stevenson’s absence (healthy scratch).
Brian Hoyer also got into the action late in the fourth and was responsible in part for the drive that Taylor scored his second touchdown on.
Zach Wilson injury
Jets QB Zach Wilson went down with a knee injury in the second quarter after Patriots linebacker Matt Judon tackled him.
Zach Wilson confirms the belief is a PCL injury and described his knee as loose. Not great. https://t.co/mIuwhLuszX
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2021
You hate to see injuries. Especially if you’re apart of them. I’ll be praying for you @ZachWilson. ✊🏾✊🏾
— Matthew Judon (@man_dammn) October 24, 2021
Stats and notes
- Jones was 24-of-36 through the air, hurling for 307 yards and two TDs
- Hoyer was 3-for-4 in relief of Jones, tossing for 79 yards
- Harris had 14 rushes for 106 yards
- Bolden caught six passes and tallied 79 yards through the air
- Bourne, aside from his dime of a pass, caught four for 68 yards
- Jakobi Meyers had five catches for 44 yards
- Kyle Dugger led the team in tackles with nine
- Daniel Ekuale and Myles Bryant, both guys who have spent the majority of their time on the practice squad, grabbed a sack
- Dugger and J.C. Jackson had the two interceptions
Photo Of Mac Jones By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald