With the Patriots set to play their home opener against the Jets this Thursday night, there isn't much time to focus on the past.
That means the game against the Bills got a quicker look-over than it normally would have. On Monday, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the rest of the coaching staff had already turned the attention to the Jets.
"Pretty much when you have these short weeks, you have a chance to get the film watched quickly, start that on the way home actually [Sunday]," McDaniels said. "Get that done, and then you have to move on. We've already graded the tape, and we'll make our corrections and the points that have to be made off the tape and head right into the Jets today."
In a game that featured two fumbles, an interception, many miscues through the air, and a couple blown coverages on the defensive side of things, the coaching staff most likely would have liked to have more time to analyze what went wrong and what needs improvemtn, but nonetheless they aren't afforded that opportunity this week.
But current Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was the defensive coordinator for the Jets from 2009-2012, so McDaniels may have gotten a little taste of that Jets D from past years, and there may be a bit of carryover in defensive style for Thursday's game. Any little bit helps in such a short week, but expect Jets coach Rex Ryan to do what he can to surprise the Patriots offense.
"Mike worked for Rex. I'd say there are some elements that are similar certainly," McDaniels said. "I always think that a preparation for Rex's defense is unique and different basically from everybody you play. He's very willing to change and make adjustments and give you things and looks that you haven't seen before. This year will be no different. They're doing some different things that we certainly didn't see or practice for Buffalo and we're going to need to be prepared and ready for those different things. And I'm sure there's going to be some things that happen on Thursday night that we didn't prepare for.
"He's always presented a great challenge offensively to us, and I'm expecting no different this week. They're well-coached, they have good players and a good scheme, and he certainly knows exactly what he's doing, and we have a lot of familiarity with each other - our offense, they're defense - but each game certainly has a flavor of its own and playing on the short week certainly adds a different element to that as well."
Nick Folk's field goal with two seconds left gave the Jets an 18-17 win in Week 1 over the Buccaneers. On the play before, Jets QB Geno Smith scrambled for 10 yards, but a late hit from Bucs linebacker Lavonte David moved the ball up 15 extra yards, making a field goal from 48 yards possible.
New York also limited Doug Martin to 65 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in the win, and held QB Josh Freeman to just 15-of-31 through the air for 210 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
"It's always been a physical group and this year is absolutely no different," McDaniels said of the Jets. "They have big guys up front, it's a big front, they have big outside linebackers with [Calvin] Pace and [Quinton] Coples now playing some out there. They have good safeties that will fill down in there and tackle too. It's always a challenge to run the ball or throw it against this defense, and we don't anticipate that being any different this week."
Coples suffered a hairline fracture in his ankle back on Aug. 17, and was said to be out for 3-4 weeks. He missed Sunday's Week 1 game, but there's no update on his status for Thursday.