Defense Returns to the Basics.
East Rutherford N.J. -- While watching the game tape will be necessary to understand exactly how the Pats improved defensively in the second half, there wasn't any fancy adjustments. Trey Flowers, who had a sack to make it 3.5 sacks on the season, had some pressure aside from his sack. Flowers is still more effective rushing against the guard than the tackle. The Pats might be one edge rusher short from being a really good defense. Deatrich Wise, who committed a roughing the passer penalty to keep the Jets only touchdown drive alive, also had a sack.
"We had to get back to the basics as far as hand placement, technique. The bye week helped us to get back to the basics," said Flowers who had some additional quarterback pressures aside from his sack. "We had some time to work on fundamentals and take it to the field."
Flowers said it is a lot easier to rush the passer when a team is ahead in the second half. Flowers, though, said the defense was more disciplined in the second half as far as making tackles, avoiding penalties, and stoping Jets QB Josh McCown from scrambling. The defense also improved its awareness of McCown's presence and had better leverage rushing the passer. Flowers said the team learned from the loss against the Titans two weeks ago.
"It is one loss. We learned from it. We know, though one game was not going to define our season," Flowers said.
Stephon Gilmore Returns to Form
As for the secondary, CB Stephon Gilmore was his usual self shutting down Jets WR Robby Anderson who had only two catches for 22 yards. Gilmore intercepted a deep McCown pass when he had coverage against Anderson in the first half. Gilmore had his worst performance of the year two weeks ago against the Titans -- allowing Corey Davis to catch 7 passes for 125 yards.
"I kind knew what was coming based on what I saw earlier in the game," Gilmore said. "I anticipated it and went up got the ball."
Gilmore, who had a holding penalty against him, said the officials were calling it tight.
"You gotta kind of not touch them (the receivers)," Gilmore said. "We are going to keep being aggressive. That is what our coaches teach us to do."
Gillmore echoed a familiar Bill Belichick theme as Belichick often screams "60 minutes" on the sidelines.
"We knew we were going to have keep fighting. It was going to take all four quarters to win," Gilmore said.
CB Jonathan Jones struggled early in the slot against Jets WR Jermaine Kearse. For at least some of the time, the Pats moved Jason McCourty inside and J.C. Jackson outside to compensate for Jones's struggles. Rookie CB Duke Dawson, who was inactive Sunday, could replace Jones as the slot corner
Quincy Enunwa, the likely Jets best receiver, had only four catches for 73 yards. Enunwa was shutout in the second half.
Random Notes: A lot of Pats fans were in attendance. Fifth straight time Pat Beat the Jets. Todd Bowles made a curious decision after stopping the Pats on third and two in the first half with a 7-0 lead. Instead of declining the offensive pass interference penalty, which would have made it fourth down Bowles accepted the penalty. The Pats now faced third and 12 instead of fourth and two. Brady took advantage of his second chance and threw a touchdown pass to Gronkowski to tie the score at 7. Bowles said he liked his odds better on third and 12 because the Pats often go for it on fourth and two. Given that it was the first half, Belichick likely would have kicked a field goal. James White had only one catch for five yards, but had nine rushes for 73 yards. Stop him in the passing game, White will hurt you in the running game. Pats other inactives besides Dawson were Keionta Davis, Derek Rivers, James Ferentz, Matt Tobin, Nate Ebner and Dwayne Allen. Pats face the Vikings next Sunday at 4:25 p.m. at Gillette Stadium