Offensive Struggles, Special Teams Blunders Lead To Patriots Overtime Loss Against Jets

October 21, 2013 1:00 PM
Offensive Struggles, Special Teams Blunders Lead To Patriots Overtime Loss Against Jets
By Gregory Hunt

" Thanks to a key Patriots penalty in overtime, the New York Jets came away with a 30-27 win over New England Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The loss dropped the Patriots record to 5-2, but they remain in first place in the AFC East by one game over the 4-3 Jets. The loss also snapped New England’s 12-game winning streak against AFC East opponents.

The Patriots continue to be a work in progress, but full credit must be given the Jets, particularly their rookie quarterback Geno Smith and their entire defensive unit. Smith is showing an increasing ability to make big plays, while the New York defense, which came into the game ranked fourth in the NFL, can smother opposing offenses almost at will.

(Credit, Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Offense Grade: C-

The highlight of the game was the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who saw his first action of the season after recovering from a series of arm and back surgeries. Gronkowski looked impressive on several seam routes and he also threw a key block on a 1-yard touchdown run by Brandon Bolden "

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