Sports | October 22, 2019 8:31 am

New England Defense Dominates Darnold and Jets in 33-0 Win

The Patriots also bolstered their receiving corps with an early-morning trade

New England Defense Dominates Darnold and Jets in 33-0 Win
Danny Shelton is called for roughing the passer as he hits Sam Darnold. (Steven Ryan/Getty)
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With Halloween a little more than a week away, the New England Patriots had Jets quarterback Sam Darnold spooked on Monday Night Football.

During a 33-o beatdown in which Darnold was caught saying he was “seeing ghosts” into a live mic, the Patriots capitalized on New York’s six turnovers, five of them by the second-year quarterback. The 22-year-old finished the game 11-of-32 for 86 yards and a career-worst QB rating of 3.6.

In collecting four interceptions during the shutout, the Patriots ran their total to 18 on the year, the most for a team through seven games in a season since the 1996 Packers had 20.

Thanks to the defense, not Tom Brady and the offense (who had fewer than 325 yards of total offense but did notch four touchdowns), New England has a point differential of plus-175 on the season and the team is on pace to allow just 110 points on the season.

“It’s about the blueprint of coming out each week, each day in practice, putting in the work, studying film (and) getting on the same page,” said Patriots safety Devin McCourty. “We’re talking about adjustments right after the coin toss of something that might come in a game. These guys are that locked in. We have to keep doing it because for the rest of the season, we’re going to get every offense’s best shot. They’re going to be ready to go. We’re not a surprise anymore, we just have to keep being locked in.”

It’s been a busy 12 hours for the Patriots as the team has reportedly acquired veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a second-round draft pick.

Usually a second or third option in Atlanta’s passing game, Sanu should occupy a similar role in New England’s offense behind top target Julian Edelman. Sanu has 33 receptions for 313 yards and one touchdown this season.

The addition of Sanu helps bulk up a receiving corps that is currently missing Josh Gordon (knee) and top draft pick N’Keal Harry (injured reserve) and is continuing to adjust to life in the post-Antonio Brown era.

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