The last time the teams faced each other the Patriots were flagged 7 times for an accepted 6 penalties. Three of the times they were flagged were just plain stupid. The penalty which stands out the most is getting called for too many men on the field on offense. This came after a first down and wasn't even during crunch time. So instead of cruising down the field and having 1st and 10 on the Jets 30 with just over 3 minutes left to the half, the Patriots are sitting at 1st and 15 on the 35. Yes, they came up 1 yard short. Of course going for 4th and 1 via a Mac Jones pass while the ball is on the Jets 21 was a horrible decision.
ROOKIE PLAY- Both teams are getting a lot from their rookie class. The Jets are relying on wide receiver Garrett Wilson to move the ball down the field. This season he's had 3 games with 90+ yards. One of his best games came against the Patriots as he caught 6 of 7 passes thrown his direction for 115 yards and 4 first downs. With Corey Davis still not available, keeping Wilson in check is high priority. On the other side of the ball Sauce Gardner is putting up some solid stats. Currently he has 30 solo tackles and 14 assisted. You'd think big tackle numbers means he lets everyone catch balls. Well, he's had 2 interceptions and a league leading 13 passes defended. Those a pretty good rookie numbers. Note to Mac, do not throw in his direction.