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Game Balls & Goats: Week 10 Jets
1) Wes Welker – Despite being covered by the Jets' top DB Darrelle Revis, Welker still managed to set new records and break the 1,000 yards receiving mark in Week 10. Welker finished with 6 receptions for 46 yards, and earned his fourth 1,000 yard season as a Patriot. He was also the fastest player in NFL history to reach 500 receptions with one team.
2) Tom Brady – Brady managed to chalk up another near-flawless 300-yard passing performance to put the Jets vaunted defense on its heels. Brady notched his 40th career 300-yard performance, his 117th win and his ninth 3,000 yard season. He's still on pace to break Dan Marino's 5,084 yard single season passing record.
3) Andre Carter – 4.5 sacks. Carter was nearly unstoppable for a good portion of the game against the Jets. He used bull rushes, speed rushes, stunts and sheer effort to harass Mark Sanchez into multiple mistakes.
Rob Ninkiovich – deserves a game ball, but only limited to 3. His Pick-6 of sanchez late in the game put the contest completely out of reach for the Jets.
Patriots defensive line – a disruptive performance all night.
Patriots patchwork secondary – they still gave up over 300 yards and allowed the jets to convert some crucial third downs, but the secondary stepped up in the first part of the game to help salt away a key win.
Rob Gronkowski -- The Jets could not stop Gronk. Narrowly missed a game ball with his 8 reception, 113 yards 2 TD performance.
Chad Ochocinco – Chad had a nice catch for 53 yards to open up the Jets coverage. After getting blanked previously, Ocho needed to make a play, and he did.
1) Sterling Moore – As much as Moore may have wanted to level Plaxico Burress, taking out your own guy is a bad, bad move.
2) Inventor of the 'San-chise' nickname – Much of the talk is already of what the Jets will do when Sanchez's contract comes due next year. Sanchez still struggles when reading coverage.
3) Running game – With the exception of Danny Woodhead (7 runs for 38 yards, 5.4 avg), the Patriots were unable to get the ball going on the ground until the game was almost completely over. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 8 carries for 8 yards (1.0 avg.); Kevin Faulk 5/8 (1.6), and Stevan Ridley 5/4 (0.8).
Officiating – Not a failing grade, but some of the consistency in the calls was absent. The hit that knocked McCourty out of the game didn't look like the Patriots even hit Burress.
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