Ordway has criticized the Patriots defense all season, but gives them deserved praise for its effort against the Jets. Plus, Tom Brady offers his thoughts on career win #200.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A lot of Patriots fans were wondering when the team’s defense would finally produce a turnover.

After all, it had been over a month since the last one.

The Patriots come back to beat the Jets 22-17 and ride clutch plays by the offense & defense to the victory. Ordway & Smerlas break down the win.
Quincy Enunwa (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Quincy Enunwa makes a spectacular catch over Malcolm Butler in the fourth quarter. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A lot of Patriots fans were wondering when the team’s defense would finally produce a turnover.

After all, it had been over a month since the last one.

Malcolm Butler produced it when he picked off Steelers quarterback Landry Jones in Pittsburgh on Oct. 23. Butler was again the spark in a key situation Sunday.

With the Patriots down, 10-3, and the Jets driving toward midfield, he punched the ball out of the hands of Robby Anderson at midfield after a 25-yard gain five minutes into the second quarter. Devin McCourty held up Anderson on the tackle while Butler did the dirty work. Butler also recovered the ball.

“We’ve been building. Our day is coming,” Butler said. “Today is one of those days. We want to continue to build on it and continue doing the right things to get the ball.”

The offense responded by taking the ball down the field and tying the game on a Tom Brady-to-Malcolm Mitchell touchdown in the end zone.

“They most definitely paid off,” Butler said. “They took away some of the errors that we made. The offense converted those to points, so it turned out pretty well.”

The Patriots defense did it again at a most opportunistic time. With under two minutes left and the Patriots holding a precarious 22-17 lead, Chris Long got through for a strip sack on Ryan Fitzpatrick, New England’s only sack of the day. Trey Flowers recovered at the Jets 34 and the game was over.

“That’s the goal every week,” Butler said. “To make plays, create turnovers and get the ball to the offense so they can add more points to the board. Like I said once before, we have to continue to build on it and just keep scoring.”

Butler also addressed his tough day in coverage. He allowed both touchdowns, one to Brandon Marshall in the first half and another to Quincy Enunwa in the fourth quarter. Enunwa finished with five catches on five targets for 109 yards and a touchdown. In fairness to Butler, two of the catches were of the spectacular variety, including the “Butt Touchdown” in the fourth quarter that put the Jets ahead, 17-13.

Did Butler think it was a difficult day for him?

“Yeah, my standards are very high so I’d say so,” Butler said. “I don’t want to give up touchdowns or long balls but hey, it’s going to happen. The biggest thing is we got the win. So, just got to learn from it, be pissed off about it and put it into next week. That’s all I can do.”

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Mike Petraglia

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Once again, Patriots fans were out in full force despite being on the road.

At times in the Patriots’ 22-17 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium there were “Brady, Brady, Brady” chants heard and also loud cheers when the Patriots made big plays.

Quincy Enunwa (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Quincy Enunwa would like to see more Jets fans at their home games. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Once again, Patriots fans were out in full force despite being on the road.

At times in the Patriots’ 22-17 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium there were “Brady, Brady, Brady” chants heard and also loud cheers when the Patriots made big plays.

With the Jets falling to 3-8 on the year, wide receiver Quincy Enunwa would like there to be more of a homefield advantage.

“It’s tough, but I know as a fan, you know, it’s hard to support when your team is not playing the way you want them to,” he said when asked how he felt about the Tom Brady chants. “I don’t blame them, but at the same time it would be great if we could have more of our fans in our home stadium.”

Enunwa finished the game with five catches for 109 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Malcolm Mitchell and James White celebrate the go-ahead touchdown Sunday. (Elsa/Getty Images)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.



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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sunday’s 22-17 win over the Jets was a special one for Tom Brady.

It was his 200th career win overall, which tied Peyton Manning for the most wins by an NFL quarterback. Brady reached the 200-win mark in 261 career starts, 31 fewer than the 292 by Manning.

Tom Brady won his 200th career game on Sunday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady won his 200th career game on Sunday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sunday’s 22-17 win over the Jets was a special one for Tom Brady.

It was his 200th career win overall, which tied Peyton Manning for the most wins by an NFL quarterback. Brady reached the 200-win mark in 261 career starts, 31 fewer than the 292 by Manning.

“It’s a team sport,” Brady said. “Individual awards and things like that mean that I’ve been part of great teams with great coaches and great teammates, and I’ve had a lot of really great support over the years, so hopefully we can keep wining. It never gets old.”

It was a battle throughout as the Jets pressured Brady all game long. The Patriots trailed 10-0 and then 17-13 early on in the fourth quarter, but Brady led the Patriots on two scoring drives in the fourth quarter, the last being an 8-yard touchdown to Malcolm Mitchell with less than two minutes remaining for the game-winning score as they trailed by one going into the drive.

“There were a lot of great plays that we did there in the last seven minutes of the game there,” Brady said. “It wasn’t our best effort, but that’s just what happens in these games sometimes.”

Overall, Brady was 30-for-50 in the game with 286 yards and two touchdowns. He really stepped up his game in the final quarter going 10-for-16 with 132 yards and a touchdown.

It wasn’t the easiest week or game for the quarterback, as Brady missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury. The injury was suffered in the Seahawks game on a hit by Kam Chancellor to his quad, but reportedly has spread to the knee, which is very swollen.

According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, he’s needed round the clock treatment for the last two weeks.

“I’m happy the week is over. It was a long week,” Brady said.

Added Brady: “I think everybody is battling through different things.  You just do the best you can do. It’s a long season. Every week starts fresh again. I’m glad it’s over, and I’m glad we won.”

Brady knows as the leader of the team how important he is and how he needs to sometimes play through injuries.

“Well everybody’s going to try and do different things, and I try to just show up and do my best,” he said. “I don’t think everybody’s feeling great things time of year so just do the best you can do and I’ll try to do the same this week.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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