You can take that finger off the panic button at least for another week. The Patriots rebounded from their surprising upset loss to the Dolphins with a resounding 23-7 victory over the New York Jets. Michael Felger clocks the game report at the Boston Herald.
Yesterday's contest against the Jets was just as much a referendum on the Pats' embattled defense and their suddenly human quarterback. It was just as much a litmus test on where the team was headed with the playoffs looming.
And after three hours of mostly dominant football at Giants Stadium, the Patriots had their answers.
Former HC of NYJ, all of 24 hours summed up the victory;
"A lot of guys stepped up and showed a lot of toughness," coach Bill Belichick said. "This was the kind of game we needed - in all three phases."