Live updates, analysis: Patriots 10, Jets 0 -- first quarter
EAST RUTHERFORD - All week, the Jets walked around like a team that believed things could finally be different against the Patriots.
And then the first quarter of Monday night's game happened.
The Jets' defense looked pedestrian on the first drive of the game, allowing the Patriots to march down the field for a long opening touchdown drive.
Then on the Jets' second play from scrimmage, Sam Darnold threw an interception handing the Patriots a field goal.
And before the Jets could blink, they were down 10-0 with 3:52 left inthe first quarter.
The Jets pulled off a stunning upset of the Cowboys in Week 6. Tonight, they'll go for an even bigger stunner as they face the undefeated Patriots.
A few weeks ago, it would have been laughable to think the Jets could have even stayed in a game with the Patriots. The two teams played Sept. 23 and the Patriots dominated them in a 30-14 win that was not nearly as close as the score indicated.
But Sam Darnold is back after missing three games with mono, and the Jets looked like a different team against the Cowboys -- they had more offensive touchdowns in the first half against Dallas (3) than they had in the first four games of the season combined (4).
It's going to be a tough task, of course. But the Jets will have some help as C.J. Mosley is active after missing the last four games with a groin injury.
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C.J. Mosley of the NY Jets takes it to the end zone for the only touchdown of the first half. This is the 2019 season opener between the Buffalo Bills vs the New York Jets from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on September 8, 2019. (Photo: Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com-USA Today Network)
But suffice to say, Mosley is a game-changer for the defense. Another thing to watch for the Jets, the offensive line. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (ankle) is out but center Ryan Kalil (shoulder), left guard Alex Lewis (neck) and right guard Brian Winters (shoulder, knee) are all active despite being banged up.
Brandon Shell replaced Beachum on the left side against the Cowboys, but there's a chance the Jets could begin the game with him at right tackle, where he started the first three games of the season, and move Chuma Edoga, who replaced Shell in the starting lineup, to left tackle.
Meanwhile, Patriots receiver Josh Gordon, who had some massive catches against the Jets in Week 3, is out as is safety Patrick Chung.
Here's the full list of inactives for both teams:
Jets: RB Trenton Cannon, LB Neville Hewitt, LB Albert McClellan, T Kelvin Beachum, G Kelechi Osemele, TE Chris Herndon, Dl Henry Anderson
Patriots: WR Josh, Gordon, S Patrick Chung, RB Rex Burkhead, OL Korey Cunningham, DL Michael Bennett, TE Matt LaCosse, TE Ryan Izzo
Andy Vasquez is the Jets beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Jets analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app.Email: [email protected] Twitter: @andy_vasquez
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