Patriots put together the longest drive in the NFL this season
Jets fans, look away. The New England Patriots were business as usual in New York’s Monday Night hosting duties against Tom Brady and company.
Brady’s Patriots offense broke through for an opening-drive touchdown against the Jets on Monday, setting the NFL season’s record as the longest opening drive by number of plays, at 16 total, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The Patriots opening TD drive had 16 plays, the longest opening drive (by plays) in the NFL this season pic.twitter.com/y1JIV2uenY
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 22, 2019
New England started on their own 22, with running back Sony Michel rushing for six yards. After picking up two first downs in four plays, the Patriots converted on three consecutive third-and-longs, with Brady finding rookie wideout Jakobi Meyers for a nine-yard gain; Super Bowl MVP receiver Julian Edelman on the receiving end of a 14-yard pass on 3rd & 10; and a Ben Watson 10-yard reception on 3rd & 5.
Michel would score for the Patriots on their 16th play, a three-yard rush for his fourth rushing touchdown of the 2019 season.
The Patriots quickly capitalized on a turnover by the Jets on Gang Green’s opening drive—a Sam Darnold interception—by kicking 34-yard field goal from Mike Nugent (a former Jets placekicker, too, to add insult to injury).
New England, a perfect 6-0 on the season, is looking to extend their undefeated streak this season. They are the only undefeated team left in the AFC, with the 6-0 San Francisco 49ers in the NFC winning on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. The Jets, on the other hand, just won their first game of the year last week, with Darnold returning from mono to upend the Dallas Cowboys.
Monday night’s showdown might be the latest example of continued Patriots success over their AFC East division rival Jets.