The New York Jets' tale of torment at the hands of the Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots has been one that has lasted over 20 years and counting. It's also one that has persisted into the post-Tom Brady era of Patriots football. The 2021 season has already seen the Patriots sweep the Jets yet again, with their Week 7 matchup leaving Gang Green with particularly bitter feelings.
Following the Jets' 54-13 blowout loss at the hands of the Patriots, multiple Jets players as well as first-year coach Robert Saleh were openly irritated about New England running up the score on them in the fourth quarter. Although the game was already out of hand at 31-7 by halftime, the Patriots still kept throwing the ball and ended up scoring three fourth-quarter touchdowns to go with a field goal.
"It's the NFL, it's not like Alabama vs William & Mary," Saleh said during an appearance on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN radio. "It's the NFL. We're all professional athletes. If you don't want to get scored on, you gotta stop 'em. Is it something I would do? Probably not, but to each his own."
Offensive lineman Morgan Moses said he and other players were bothered by New England running up the score, according to Connor Hughes of The Athletic. Defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins indicated similar feelings, but acknowledged that the onus of responsibility was on the Jets to not let that happen.
"Probably some things I'm not going to say," Rankins told reporters when asked what his thoughts were when the Patriots kept throwing in the fourth quarter. "But it's our job to stop it."
In all, the Jets' Week 7 outing marked the most points they had allowed in a loss since a 56-3 blowout in 1979 -- also to the rival Patriots -- and the first time they had allowed over 50 points in a game since a 52-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in 1995 during the infamous Rich Kotite years.
Unfortunately for the Jets, the past several years have seen them serve as little more than a doormat for the Patriots, who will lord over the Jets despite no longer being kings of the AFC East. The Patriots have enjoyed 10 wins in a row against the Jets including wins by scores of 41-3, 38-3, 30-14, and 33-0.