Quick-hit thoughts after third quarter

September, 12, 2013
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Entering the final quarter of action, the New England Patriots lead the New York Jets 13-10. Passing along quick-hit notes and observations from the third quarter:

1. The rain has arrived. After a dry first half, the skies opened up to start the third quarter and all of a sudden the elements have become a factor. A steady pouring rain has persisted throughout much of the half, adding an extra layer of intrigue as it relates to ball security and ball handling.

2. Kelly logs first sack as Pat. The Patriots' pass rush has acquitted itself well tonight, logging four sacks already, including two from Chandler Jones. Veteran Tommy Kelly got in on the fun, logging his first sack with his new team. We've seen Kelly work effectively as an interior rusher thus far, but tonight's sack came on an edge rush.

3. Jets narrow the gap. The Jets made it 13-10 with a long drive that was capped off by running back Bilal Powell's 3-yard score. The drive was aided by a scramble from Geno Smith and some difficult coverage execution by the Patriots' linebackers.

4. Offense sputtering. There's no two ways about it, the Patriots' offense has been dreadful in the second half, with receivers dropping makeable catches, Tom Brady being off-target on throws and the running game being unable to get things going. We anticipated this would be a difficult test, and the Patriots find themselves very much in the middle of a tight game entering the fourth quarter.

5. Penalty box. No Patriots were flagged for penalties during the third quarter.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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