It was another clash of the titans, said no one about the Thursday Night Football display put on by the Jets and the Patriots last night. The downpour literally put a damper on the game, but the sub-par offensive play of both sides, resulting in a boring 13-10 final score, left something to be desired in the heart of the fan.
Let’s be abundantly clear: This game was no Thanksgiving of 2012.
For the Jets that is good news; there were more touchdowns scored by the Patriots in 52 seconds in that game than were scored by either team in 60 minutes of play last night. And fortunately, there was neither a butt-fumble nor a butt-fumbler—or bumbler for short—to be found on the premises. But butterfingers among the Jets' receiving corps left Geno Smith’s Foxboro debut six completions short of what it otherwise might have been. The Jets' offensive woes were obvious and recurring, but expected.
For the Patriots, though, last night’s squeak-by win was more troubling. While the defense, much to its credit, was able to pressure Geno Smith consistently—to the tune of four sacks and three interceptions—the offense was simply anemic.
Going into the season, many wondered how Tom Brady would be able to replace the 243 catches spread out among Wes Welker, alleged murderer Aaron Hernandez, and Brandon Lloyd—not to mention the additional 55 reeled in by the still-hurt Rob Gronkowski. The prevailing opinion of any Tom Brady admirer is that he can turn a guy off of the street into a perennial pro bowler.
While Julian Edelman greatly impressed with 13 catches as Brady’s go-to slot receiver in the absence of injured Danny Amendola, the uninspiring play of rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins makes one wonder what the state of the Patriots' air attack will be at season’s end.
That said, the FakeESPN tweeted all you need to know about last night’s game. Click through the link for a little GIF context:
What Brady said: "KILL ME NOW! Where's Hernandez WHEN YOU NEED HIM?!" http://t.co/TvwbBlC5NA— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) September 13, 2013