Here are five keys to the Patriots’ victory:
1. The Patriots’ running game got going.
The Patriots’ running game had struggled in the first two weeks of the season, but it finally got going against the Jets. Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson combined to rush for 120 yards, and their running helped to open up the passing game.
2. Mac Jones made some key throws.
Mac Jones didn’t have a great game statistically, but he made some key throws when it mattered most. He hit Hunter Henry for a 14-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, and he also converted a fourth-down pass to Kendrick Bourne late in the game.
3. The Patriots’ defense was stout.
The Patriots’ defense was the story of the game. They held the Jets to just 10 points, and they forced three turnovers. Matthew Judon had two sacks, and Kyle Dugger had an interception.
4. The Patriots didn’t turn the ball over.
The Patriots didn’t turn the ball over once on Sunday, which is a big improvement from the first two weeks of the season. They had four turnovers in each of their first two games.
5. The Patriots made some key special teams plays.
The Patriots’ special teams also played a role in the victory. Jake Bailey averaged 46.5 yards on his punts, and Nick Folk hit all three of his field goal attempts.
The Patriots still have a lot of work to do, but they are finally on the winning track. They will look to build on their momentum when they face the Dallas Cowboys next week.