Pats D Rattles Turbulent Sanchez

By on November 23, 2009 in

Mark Sanchez tossed three of his four interceptions into the hands of Leigh Bodden as the New England Patriots cruised by the New York Jets 31-14 yesterday afternoon in Foxborough, MA. Tom Brady completed 28 passes for 310 yards and a touchdown. Wes Welker, who was sidelined during the Pats Week 2 loss against the Jets, dominated the secondary this time around with 15 receptions for 192 yards.

Welker has caught more than 80 passes in just eight games played. “We play those guys straight up but their one-two punch got the best of us,” said Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. “On one play, Welker did a triple move that was crazy, man. He’s great.” 

The defense especially proved themselves unaffected by last week’s disappointing finish at Indianapolis. After New England put the majority of their points up on the Jets in the first half, the D remained consistent and pressured rookie Sanchez to keep handing the ball over.  “We felt like we had something definitely to prove after last week,” said Brandon Meriweather. “We felt like somebody had to step up.”

The Patriots moved New York to third place in the AFC East standings behind the Miami Dolphins. Following their big win over the Carolina Panthers, the Dolphins are now 5-5 and two games behind New England. The Pats have their toughest challenge of the year ahead on Monday, November 30th against the 10-0 New Orleans Saints.

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