After blowing out the Bengals in week one, it seemed as though the Patriots were picking up right where they left off, in week two, against the Jets. New England went into half time with a 14-10 lead on the road, and all looked fine.
But it wasn't. The Pats were surprisingly outscored 18-0 in the second half and lost to their key division rival 28-14.
Although it may look like New England has a huge chink in its armor after Sunday, the Patriots are just too talented to make a habit out of losing games in the second half, especially to their week three opponent, the Buffalo Bills. You can bet the Jets won't be as successful when they play again Dec. 6 at home -- on Monday Night Football.
As expected, Tom Brady is off to a great start this year completing 45 of 71 passes for 506 yards and 5 touchdowns. But the real surprise is 20-year old rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Taking the place of Ben Watson, now in Cleveland, Hernandez leads the Pats in reception yards and is tied with Randy Moss in total receptions with seven. Even though he has yet to score a touchdown, Hernandez is an extremely talented up-and-coming tight end who will add to Brady’s plethora of weapons.
New England’s running game, on the other hand, must improve. The ugly committee of running backs has yet to score a touchdown, and now that Kevin Faulk is likely out for the year with a torn ACL, the Pats will look for Fred Taylor and BenJarvus Green-Ellis to produce.
Lucky for the Patriots, the 0-2 Bills will limp into Foxboro after getting pummeled by Green Bay a week ago. Look for this game to be nothing more than a confidence boost for Brady and the Pats.