Well then……no one saw that coming. Although I am a Rex Ryan fan, I have to admit it was pretty entertaining watching his facial expressions during the Pats 45-3 beat-down of the Jets. You could just hear the voices in his head. Maybe he did a little too much talking before this one. The outcome of this game speaks for itself, but here are my 10 reactions to this game and what it means going forward.
1) Suprise suprise, I’ll start with a Mr. Tom Brady — he was the man. Tom completed 21-29 passes for 326 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 turnovers. In his last 7 games he’s thrown 17 TDs and 0 interceptions. I’d say at this point he’s got his hands wrapped pretty tightly around the NFL’s MVP trophy. He’s leading the league in passer rating and according to Jaws, “He’s one of the all-time greats. The NFL is a quarterback league and Tom Brady is THE MAN.” ‘Nough said.
2) The Jets will be fine — sure this was embarrassing and will give the Jets a more difficult road to and through the playoffs. But they’ll bounce back — they’ve got too much talent not to.
3) The Patriots defense is making strides — sure, they aren’t nearly as good as they played last night, and Mark Sanchez made them look a lot better than they are. That said, there has been definite progress — as I’ve said before, give them a year or two and this team could be scary good.
4) Jerrod Mayo is a beast — he’s now leading the league with 144 tackles.
5) Give Rex Ryan credit — that was no was not an easy press conference to do after the game. Rex handled it with class, yet still managed to give it his old Rex twist. You could see the pain on his face and the foot in his mouth. Kudos to him.
6) Danny Woodhead got his revenge — to the tune of 104 yards on 4 receptions, as well as some big special teams play. You know he took pride in that.
7) The Pats are ok without Randy — trust me, I’m Randy Moss’ biggest fan and I still don’t agree with his departure from New England. That said, Tom Brady has incredible chemistry with two of his receivers — Wes Welker and Deion Branch. That chemistry is worth a lot.
8)The Jets missed Jim Leonhard – the “quarterback of the Jets defense,” his presence was undeniably missed. Rex made a good point in saying that no one player makes a 42 point difference, but it’s likely some mis-communication was taking place out there.
9) The Jets have some firing to d0 — I’d start with kicker Nick Folk (maybe the worst performance I’ve ever seen from a kicker) and whoever the hell was in the Jets’ review booth.
10) This is Patriots weather — if the Patriots can hang on to home field advantage throughout the playoffs, they’ll have a huge advantage. I’ll be hoping for more 20 degree weather and snow every game.
The bad news in all of this? The Patriots now officially have the target back on their backs, and everyone in the league knows it.