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Patriots third-quarter review: Increasing tempo sparks run game, offense

Picked-up pieces from third-quarter review of the New England Patriots' 17-16 win against the Jets:

1. One of the main X's and O's adjustments for the Patriots came on their second drive of the third quarter when they stayed in the same personnel grouping for all 12 snaps and upped the tempo. The grouping had receivers Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright, and running back Shane Vereen. There seemed to be a concerted effort to get the ball out of Tom Brady's hand quicker. That helped the Patriots establish their best offensive rhythm of the game, with the running game helping to settle things down a bit. Vereen had six carries for 39 carries. Up to that point in the game, the Patriots had seven carries for eight yards.

2. Interesting to take note of the personnel adjustment along the offensive line, as left guard Josh Kline was pulled, Ryan Wendell was switched from right guard to left guard, and rookie Cameron Fleming was inserted at right guard. This is a case where Wendell’s versatility, experience and smarts to play all three interior spots was key for the team, because Fleming is limited to the right guard spot on the interior. This was the first time we recall seeing Wendell at left guard in a game since he joined the team in 2008.

3. Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was a terror. He put Fleming on his back on a third-and-11 incomplete pass (13:07) as it looked like Fleming got too high in his stance, and then powered past Wendell on third-and-2 from the Jets’ 6 to force an incomplete pass (2:05). Richardson looked like the best defensive player on the field. He later talked about how the Jets were "feasting" on the Patriots' offensive line.

4. Good things often happen when pressure can be created, as Chandler Jones showed on linebacker Jamie Collins' interception (1:19). Jones beat left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson to the inside, and quarterback Geno Smith had trouble stepping into the throw. The other impressive aspect of the play was Collins’ pass drop as he was covering almost 20 yards down the field from where he lined up. He’s a high-end athlete with diverse skills -- playing downhill against the run, sideline to sideline to make tackles against swing passes, and then plays like this. Seems like a long time ago when he was taking flak for his work on the goal-line Sept. 29 against the Chiefs. One nitpick on Collins: He shouldn't have lateraled the football after his interception.

5. Safety Patrick Chung was an error-repeater. After getting burned by play-action in the second quarter on tight end Jeff Cumberland’s 20-yard touchdown catch, he bit hard again on an inside run, lost his run-force responsibilities to the edge, and allowed Chris Ivory to get outside for a 16-yard run on a pitch (12:19).

6. Jets safety Calvin Pryor should have been penalized 15 yards for ripping off Danny Amendola's helmet (14:54). No gray area there from this viewpoint. Players can’t do that.

7. Cornerback Brandon Browner didn’t have a penalty, and showed up with strong coverage in the end zone against Jeremy Kerley on first down (8:10).