Say this for the New York Jets: At least they tried something to spark the offense. They came out in an attack mode, using a no-huddle with QB Mark Sanchez in shotgun. The hope was to end the team's first-quarter scoring woes.
Didn't work. The Jets failed to score a first-quarter touchdown for the eighth straight game.
"I felt good. I thought we moved the ball pretty well," Sanchez said of the first drive. "Then we got to third down early in the game and just didn't execute."
The Jets' first possession lasted 12 plays, including a fourth-and-1 conversion, but it sputtered on a missed field goial by Nick Folk from 53 yards into swirling winds.
The Jets made only three of 12 third-down conversions against a defense that had been allowing a 50-percent success rate. That is where the offense bogged down.
• Patriots QB Tom Brady threw 29 passes without an interception, bringing his streak to 228. He won his 26th straight regular-season home game, setting a new league mark.
• The Patriots' 42-point win was the fifth-largest margin of victory in franchise history.
• The 42-point defeat tied for the second-most lopsided in Jets history. On Nov. 24, 1986, they lost at the Miami Dolphins, 45-3. On Sept. 9, 1979, they fell to the Patriots, 56-3.
• The Jets reported only one injury -- S James Ihedigbo (ankle). He didn't return to the game, but it's not believed to be a serious injury. LB David Harris and OLB Jason Taylor had undisclosed injuries during the game, but returned to action. Sanchez was knocked woozy and was examined by trainers on the bench, but he claimed it was "nothing serious."
• Looking for a positive? The Jets' blitz, quiet in recent weeks, generated three sacks -- Ihedigbo, Harris and S Eric Smith. Then again, the Jets got burned in a blitz on Deion Branch's 25-yard touchdown receptions.
• Steve Weatherford had an awful day, averaging 30.7 yards on three punts. A 12-yard shank set up a New England touchdown.
• Some reaction from the Jets' locker room...
RB LaDainian Tomlinson: "We're stunned at how bad it was."
WR Braylon Edwards: "I'm not going to sugar-coat it. We got our ass kicked."
RT Damien Woody: "It's like we got hit with a haymaker ...We played about as bad as you can play in all three phases ... This is the easiest storyline for you guys to write. We just got our butts kicked."
LB Bart Scott: "We're still 9-3, but we just lost a huge game that could've set us up for something special."