FOXBOROUGH, MASS – Other than a 4-yard touchdown catch at the end of the first quarter, it was a quiet day for Randy Moss.
The future hall-of-famer was limited to five catches for 34 yards in Sunday’s 31-14 win over the Jets. He was covered by Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis for most of the day. There was a lot of talk after the Jets 16-9 win over the Patriots in week 2. Moss, who was covered by Revis in that game, was held to 24 yards on four catches.
Moss claimed Revis had safety help. But a closer look at the video tape will prove that assessment was incorrect. With the Jets blitzing on most passing downs, Revis had Moss by himself for most of the day.
Things were no different on Sunday.
“I did the best I could. I knew I was going to be matched up on him like I was in the first game,” Revis said. “He did score a touchdown. But that was a play that was a timing pattern. It was on the 1-yardline. And things happen quick down there…I did my best against Randy.”
The Patriots went to Moss early and often. Brady went to Moss twice the first series, including a deep throw down the left sideline. Both passes were incomplete. It was clear that Patriots coach Bill Belichick was trying to send a message that he had confidence in his best receiver.
“That was great. I love competition like that,” Revis said. “They tried to do a flee-flicker. Moss tried to catch me sleeping. But that’s football. They try to bring the best out of you.”
While Revis had a fine day, the rest of the Jets struggled to catch up with Wes Welker, who had a career-high 15 catches for 192 yards. It was the most receptions by a Patriots receiver in a non-overtime game. The Jets, who seemed more concerned with Moss and the running game, had no answers for Welker.
The first time the Jets and Patriots played Welker was inactive due to a hamstring injury. There’s no doubt that outcome of that game would’ve been different had Welker been involved.
“Not to point anybody out, but Wes Welker, you have to press him. You have to get physical with him,” Revis said. “He’s like the energizer bunny. He keeps going and going. Even if he gets knocked down.”