Last Sunday, the New England Patriots dominated the New York Jets in Week 7 in every facet of the game to the tune of a 54-13 beatdown.
Running the score up is generally frowned upon in sports, which is why it was shocking to see Belichick having his offense throwing deep routes with 30-point leads in the fourth quarter, and literally taking every opportunity to add more points.
A pair of Jets players voiced their displeasure postgame with the Patriots’ willingness to continue throwing the ball and scoring with the game in hand. Morgan Moses watched from the sideline and said he and others were bothered by New England, according to The Athletic’s Connor Hughes.
“Probably some things I’m not going to say,” Rankins said when asked what he was thinking when the Patriots were throwing in garbage time, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “But it’s our job to stop it.”
Days later, an old quote surfaced on Twitter from 2007 showing that Belichick is not a believer in the concept of running it up.
“It’s the NFL, it’s not like Alabama vs. William & Mary,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said on “The Michael Kay Show.” “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.”
The Patriots played the first complete game of the season, with 60 strong minutes. The Jets did not.
As it has been stated before, if you don’t like what your opponent is doing to you, then stop it.