It was a long time coming. Nine games to be exact.
The Jets topped the Patriots 16-9 on Sunday and haulted New England’s winning streak at the Meadowlands at eight games.
But the days leading up to the the game were anything but calm and quiet as the Jets talked up a storm. Kerry Rhodes was especially talkative, saying how they wanted to “embarass” the Patriots. Even Jets coach Rex Ryan got in on the act and left a voicemail message for Jets season ticket holders, encouraging them to make things “miserable” for the visiting Patriots.
Well the Jets (2-0) backed it up in a big way. They held Patriots (1-1) quarterback Tom Brady without a touchdown for the first time i several years. They also held him under 50 percent (23-47, 216 yards).
“That means we’re great…We’re great as a defense,” Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “We know Brady was going to try and sling the ball left and right. We put a lot of pressure on him and confused him.”
Revis, who had five tackles and an interception, was singled out by Rex Ryan and several of his teammates for the job he did on Randy Moss. It was the second week in a row Revis was locked up on the opponents best receiver. In the Jets opener he did a great job containing Andre Johnson.
“I just covered him,” Revis said if he did anything special when covering Moss. “If he went to the bathroom, I went. If he went to their sideline I was covering him anyway I can. Even on our sideline, when our offense was on I was sitting right across from him wherever he was sitting on the bench.
The Jets defense as a whole was impressive as they limited the Patriots to 299 total yards, including just 83 on the ground. Brady and the rest of the Pats offense was especially out of sync as the team committed three delay of game penalties, including two in a row on one drive in the second half.
“Anytime you can hold Brady to under 50 percent completions, that’s saying a hell of a lot,” Ryan said.
It’s also saying a hell of a lot that the Jets defense held an opponent without a touchdown for the second straight week. The Houston Texans touchdown came on an interception return in week one.
“We think we have an outstanding bunch,” Ryan said. “The depth was tested today. And we said all along we have great depth on this football team.”