It was an interesting game between the Patriots and Jets because New York managed to hang around early before New England finally decided to put their foot on the gas. Despite the Patriots winning the game 28-14, there really wasn’t much to be gained by either side in the contest. Both teams could have different quarterbacks under center next year, so it’s not like too many aspects from the game can be taken into next season.
Sam Darnold completed 23-of-34 passes for 266 yards with one touchdown but did throw two picks on the day. He didn’t seem to have it on some of the drives throughout the game.
While it looked like the Jets’ running backs could have some fantasy value coming into this game, Josh Adams and Ty Johnson only combined for 92 yards and one touchdown. Breshad Perriman led Jets’ receivers with 84 yards while Chris Herndon chipped in with seven catches for 63 yards and the lone touchdown reception. Herndon is a player who showed some flashes this season, and he could be someone who flourishes under a new Jets regime next year.
As for New England, Cam Newton managed to put together some good displays on tape in this game. He didn’t throw any interceptions and completed 21-of-30 passes for 242 yards along with three touchdowns. Newton also ran the ball effectively with 11 carries for 79 yards. He even caught a touchdown pass on a trick play in the game.
Newton was involved in all four of their touchdowns, and maybe that kind of performance will be enough to land him a starting job on a team next year.
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