By Andrew Carroll
After a bye week and a loss, the New England Patriots got back on track with a 27-13 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. The Pats had a long time to prepare for the 3-7 Jets. The big news of the game was the return of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Pats had been without Gronk for three straight weeks and many were starting to question his health. But Gronk came ready to play on Sunday, making three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Gronk caught his TD on a third down and 12 to go. Brady threw a perfect pass 34 yards to hit Gronk in stride and it looked like vintage Brady to Gronk.
The game was tied 10-10 at the half, but the Pats came out in the third quarter and outscored the Jets 10-3. They got the running game going with rookie running back Sony Michel leading the charge. He rushed for 133 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. James White also had a great day on the ground with 73 yards on nine carries. Julian Edelman was back to his usual self with four catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
The win over the Jets helped the Patriots improve to 8-3 and second place in the AFC behind the 9-2 Kansas City Chiefs. This Sunday, the Patriots have a huge matchup with the Minnesota Vikings at 4:25 pm in Foxboro. The Patriots will have to play a great game in the secondary and on offense to battle the great wide receivers and defense of the 6-4 Vikings.