FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson on the game’s first series before both offenses played as sloppily as the second-half weather, and the New England Patriots got by the New York Jets 13-10 on Thursday night.
Brady had trouble connecting with his rookie-filled receiving corps, while Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith was repeatedly sacked when he took too much time to throw.
The Patriots (2-0) managed just nine first downs and 234 yards after leading the NFL in points and yards last season.
“We have a long way to go,” Brady said. “No one is coming to (our) rescue and save the day, so we’ve just got to fight through it.”
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The Jets (1-1) cut the lead to 13-10 on Bilal Powell’s 3-yard TD run with 5:05 left in the third quarter. But Smith threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, two to Aqib Talib.
It marked the 50th straight game in which Brady has thrown a touchdown pass. Drew Brees, whose streak has ended, holds the NFL record of 54.
The win was the Patriots’ 12th straight against an AFC opponent and fifth in a row against the Jets.
Surgery or not for Sanchez?
ESPN reported late Wednesday night that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez likely will undergo season-ending surgery after he received confirmation from noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews that Sanchez has a torn labrum in his shoulder.
However, two sources told Newsday that Sanchez instead plans to continue rehabbing to see if he can recover in time to return this season. A source said Sanchez has seen “multiple doctors” who are “all in agreement” that he is ahead of schedule and progressing well.
• Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles was back at practice after missing the previous day’s work out with a bruised thigh suffered in last week’s win over Jacksonville.
• Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David confirmed his out-of-bounds hit on Jets QB Smith, which helped cost the Bucs a victory, has resulted in a fine of $7,875 from the NFL.