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The New England Patriots moved to 7-0 for the season as their outstanding defense harried the New York Jets all night in a 33-0 win on Monday.
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At one point in the first-half, after he had thrown two interceptions and given away a fumble under intense pressure from the Pats defense, a shaken Sam Darnold was picked up by the microphone saying “I’m seeing ghosts”. Things did not get much better for the Jets quarterback: he ended up with four interceptions for the evening. Although New England caused him plenty of problems he was also guilty of some terrible throws with two going straight to Patriot defensive backs. He ended with just 86 yards through the air and completed only 11 of 32 passes, giving him a quarterback rating of 3.7.
Bradford explained his sideline comments to reporters after the game. “I just gotta see the field a lot better,” Darnold said. “That’s kinda what that means. It was a rough day out there, rough night out there, and obviously I gotta be better and learn from the mistakes. But we will get better.”
Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy was amused when informed of Darnold’s comments. Ooh, man, that’s the boogie man,” he said. “That’s crazy for him to say that. That makes it real, you know what I’m saying? ... I think it’s just a testament to how well we’re playing, to be honest. And we played really well tonight.”
The reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots now have the best record in the AFC. The win was also their largest ever shutout victory against their divisional rivals.
Tom Brady did not have a vintage night, throwing for one touchdown, one interception and 249 yards, but it was more than enough to beat a woeful Jets team. Sony Michel had three rushing touchdowns for the Patriots.