The New England Patriots started the season 0-4 at Gillette Stadium, but they picked up their first home win of the season in a 54-13 rout of the New York Jets. With the win, the Patriots are now 3-4 on the year. New England’s last 50 point game came on September 27th, 2015 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
New England jumped out to a 17-0 lead and finished the first half with a 31-7 advantage. Jets rookie Quarterback Zach Wilson left the game early in the second quarter with a knee injury and would not return. 2018 fifth round pick Mike White took over for Wilson.
For the Patriots, Quarterback Mac Jones completed 24 of 36 passes for 307 passing yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Jones’ completion percentage on the year remains above 70% with a 70.4% completion percentage. Brian Hoyer took over for Jones in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand and completed three of four passes for 79 yards. Kendrick Bourne even get in on the action with a 25-yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game.
Damien Harris served as the workhorse back in this game with 14 carries for 106 rushing yards with two touchdowns. Second year player J.J. Taylor picked up carries in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 21 rushing yards on nine carries with two rushing touchdowns.
Running back Brandon Bolden led all pass catchers with six receptions for 79 yards with a receiving touchdown. Bourne also had four catches for 68 yards to go along with his passing touchdown. Hunter Henry had a receiving touchdown in his fourth consecutive game, and Nelson Agholor recorded his second touchdown catch of the season.
Kyle Dugger led the team with nine total tackles and recorded an interception for the second consecutive week after not having one through the first 19 games of his career. J.C. Jackson also came away with his 20th career interception. Myles Bryant and Daniel Ekuale picked up a sack each.
New England limited the Jets to 62 total rushing yards and 237 passing yards. The Jets turned the ball over three times compared to zero turnovers by New England, and the Pats won the time of possession battle by holding the ball for 32:12 against New York’s 27:48 time of possession.
The Patriots will travel to Los Angeles to take on the 4-2 Chargers next week. Last season the Patriots beat the Chargers 45-0 in LA. The Chargers are coming off a bye week, so they should be well rested to take on the Patriots.