The much-maligned Patriots defense had a resurgent day against the Jets, allowing just 255 yards and getting off the field on third down a lot. How much? Try seven three-and-outs, which is by far a season high.
This was the focus of my weekly feature, Subject to Review. I examined the seven three-and-outs, looking at common themes on the big third-down plays.
Thanks to solid technique, a few good play-calls, a couple gaffes by the Jets and sound tackling, the Patriots kept the Jets from gaining any momentum. This was a big-time focus all week, considering how much criticism the ‘D’ was receiving.
“We really put a focus on that,” said defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who was used mostly as a third-down rusher. “We know we got the talent, we know we got the parts, we just needed to put it all together. That’s what we did.”