Four from the first half

Four from the first half
November 14, 2011, 3:44 am
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EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey - When you least expect it, expect it. Or that which you can expect least should be expected. Or sometimes things happen you weren't ready for. And the Patriots are doing something not expected. Undermanned on defense, they've unloaded a nastier pass rush on the Jets than we've seen all season. On offense, they look shaky despite the 13-9 halftime edge. Here's your Four. OCHOCINCO GOES OFFChad Ochocinco caught two passes in the first quarter. The first came on a nice route where he turned Antonio Cromartie inside out. Ocho caught the ball on the right sideline with plenty of room to roam and . . . stepped out of bounds. 12-yard gain. On the next Patriots' drive, a coverage miscue by the Jets led to Ocho running alone down the numbers. Brady found him and Ocho reversed field, albeit at a breathtakingly slow rate of speed. A gain of 53. His two catches set up field goals. STAGNANT PATS OFFENSETom Brady continues to look mortal. He finished the first half 12 for 22 for 194 yards but he had some heinous misses and looked indecisive at times. The Patriots took a safety when Jamaal Westerman bulldozed Sebastian Vollmer and Danny Woodhead and forced Brady into an intentional grounding. That happened after a snap by Dan Connolly went back to Brady before he was ready. Word is that Patriots tackle Matt Light lost it after that drive, complaining that the OL was getting its line calls too late and not getting set. Offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien said he wasn't getting the booth calls quickly enough (likely personnel). Tight ends coach Brian Ferentz was seen running to the elevator after the safety. Coincidence or not, the Patriots offense ran smoother after that. Perhaps he was involved, perhaps not. CARTER AND ANDERSON TICKETMark Anderson and Andre Carter have made a bigger impact coming off the edge in the rush game than at any time all season. Carter has two sacks and forced an intentional grounding. Mark Sanchez is playing like the 09 version. It's bad over there. The Patriots also seem to be taking more blitz chances which is a good idea since they are so banged up in the secondary they can't afford to have too long to cover. SO LONG DEVINPatriots corner Devin McCourty got his shoulder dinged good when Sterling Moore sailed in on a pass intended for Plaxico Burress and buried his shoulder in the shoulder of McCourty. The Patriots Pro Bowler then joined Patrick Chung and Brandon Spikes on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. The defensive performance without McCourty was surprisingly efficient.