Some Next-Level stats from Patriots-Jets

A few statisticsal observations from the Patriots' 30-21 victory over the Jets:

Pats ride Green-Ellis to victory

NEXT LEVEL: With so much concentration on stopping the pass, the Jets couldn’t figure out how to stop BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Out of respect for Tom Brady’s arm, the Jets defense put six or fewer defenders in the box on 58 of 79 snaps. However, Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis excelled with six or fewer Jets in the box, rushing for 99 yards and a touchdown. 35 of Green-Ellis’s 50 season carries entering Sunday have come with at least seven in the box, and he enjoyed the extra room.

'Brady with Hernandez' shines

NEXT LEVEL: Tom Brady enjoyed having Aaron Hernandez back. Hernandez returned from a knee injury Sunday, and Brady employed 2-TE sets on 59 of 79 offensive snaps.

'Brady to Hernandez' stumbles

NEXT LEVEL: Tom Brady’s interception at the end of the second quarter was intended for tight end Aaron Hernandez. Brady and Hernandez had connected for eight touchdown passes without an interception before Sunday, tied with Peyton Manning and Austin Collie for the most in the NFL. Hernandez finished with five catches for 56 yards.

Pats' D needs work against 3 wideouts

NEXT LEVEL: Entering Sunday, the Patriots’ pass defense was the worst in the league against 3+ WR formations (8.9 yards/pass attempt). The Jets took advantage of that weakness, as Mark Sanchez posted his second-highest single game NFL passer rating from that set. Meanwhile, Tom Brady threw the first home red zone interception of his career when the Patriots had 3 wide receivers on the field.

Welker making more big plays in 2011

NEXT LEVEL: Despite leading the NFL in receiving yards, Wes Welker was averaging just 7.2 yards after the catch entering Sunday, tied for 30th among qualified players. Welker gained 43 yards after the catch on the opening play of the second half and finished the game with a 12.8 average YAC. In his 50th regular season game since 2008, Sunday was only the fourth time Welker has averaged double-digit YAC.

'Ground and pound' is back

NEXT LEVEL: Rex Ryan promised earlier in the week a return the rushing game, and he carried through on Sunday. In the first four games of the season, the Jets ran the ball on 92 of 250 snaps (36.8 percent). Even though the Jets never led in the game, New York still ran on 25 of 53 plays (47.2 percent). Shonn Greene had his best game of the season, with a season-high 83 yards on 21 rushes and a touchdown. Greene also gained a season-high 45 yards after contact.

Compiled by Dan Riccio and John Parolin of ESPN Stats & Information.