Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets Beat Brady and the Pats


Published: September 21, 2009

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... upsetting the Texans last week. The Jets simply outplayed the Pats and perhaps we are witnessing a changing of the guard in the AFC East, although that is still a bit premature. 

For the second straight week the Pats played a close game but Brady couldn’t deliver the magic this week.

The Jets harassed him all game long making him uncomfortable in the pocket and forcing early and errant throws. Although they didn’t sack him, the constant pressure lead to a 49 percent completion rate for Brady. 

Now compare this game to the last time the Pats lost with Brady at quarterback, the Super Bowl in February 2008, and you see the same thing: If you pressure Brady he’s not the same quarterback. He didn’t look it in the Super Bowl and didn’t yesterday, either.

It’s clear the Pats' defense isn’t the same as well. Guys like Harrison, Bruschi, and Vrabel were expendable because their play was declining, but New England r...

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