4:15 PM ET, September 14, 2008
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Life without Tom Brady might not be so bad for New England after all.Matt Cassel was efficient running the offense in his first NFL start, taking over for the injured quarterback and leading the Patriots over Brett Favre and the New York Jets 19-10 on Sunday.
"I thought Matt did a good job," coach Bill Belichick said. "It wasn't perfect. We had some rough spots. He did a good job of making good decisions. He didn't put us in any bad situations and made some good positive plays. I thought he managed the game well."Cassel, who hadn't started at any level since his senior year of high school, was 16-of-23 for 165 yards, Sammy Morris ran for a touchdown and Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals."At the end of the day, you've got to have more points than the other team and that's what we did, so I'm satisfied," Cassel said. "I didn't have too many butterflies going out. I've been in the system for four years, so I'm confident I know I can run it."The Jets, slight favorites going in, and Patriots receiver Randy Moss said New England was still the team to beat even without Brady, who was lost for the season last Sunday when he injured his left knee against Kansas City.The Patriots (2-0) then showed why, ruining the Jets' home opener and Favre's first regular-season home start for New York.
The First LookMatt Cassel got his first shot at leading an NFL team on Sunday against the Jets. Not bad compared to the "other guy's" first NFL start.
|Opponent||at Jets||vs. Colts|
|Team result||W, 19-10||W, 44-13|
Patriots RB Laurence Maroney left early in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and didn't return until late in the fourth quarter. ... Moss worked mostly against double coverage and was held to two catches for 22 yards. ... Former Jets RB LaMont Jordan had all 62 of his yards rushing in the second half for the Patriots. ... Jones led all rushers with 70 yards on 17 carries.
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.4||5.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||03:00||Stephen Gostkowski 21 Yd||3||0|
|FG||13:16||Stephen Gostkowski 37 Yd||6||0|
|FG||07:28||Jay Feely 21 Yd||6||3|
|TD||06:20||Sammy Morris 1 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||13||3|
|FG||00:17||Stephen Gostkowski 28 Yd||16||3|
|TD||10:18||Chansi Stuckey 2 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Jay Feely Kick)||16||10|
|FG||05:18||Stephen Gostkowski 27 Yd||19||10|