Pats Live Up to Hype vs. Jets

Pre-season favorites make statement, routing Jets 38-14
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2007 5:25 PM CDT
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, passes the ball against the New York Jets during first-quarter NFL football Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Pats showed why Vegas ranks them #1 by stomping the Jets 38-14 today, the AP reports. Randy Moss reclaimed his elite status by hauling in 9 passes for 183 yards, and Tom Brady shone, passing 22-of-28 and firing for 3 touchdowns on 297 yards. But the highlight of the day was Ellis Hobbs racing for a record-breaking 108-yard kickoff return.

Chad Pennington gave Jets fans a scare by taking a hard hit and limping off the field in pain. Some cheered Pennington’s replacement, Kellen Clemens, but Pennington returned a series later to silence doubters with a touchdown drive. He threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns, both to Laveranues Coles. Hobbs’ run-back broke the 106-yard record for longest kickoff return, held by 3 players.