New England's top-ranked defense held New York to 154 total yards of offense and forced six turnovers in the 33-0 triumph Monday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Quarterback Sam Darnold completed 11 of 32 passes for 86 yards and had four interceptions and a fumble for the Jets (1-5).
"It's always good to win," Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters. "I think we're confident, but we'll have to start all over again. We emptied the tank tonight. We'll have to fill it up for next week and be ready to empty it again next week against Cleveland. That's the way it is every week in this league."
"Obviously, that was brutal," Jets coach Adam Gase said. "We just didn't do anything right. We were bad in all three phases. It was just a bad performance. Can't play that way against these guys or else you'll look like that. It's just not good. We have a lot of work to do."
Michel scored his first touchdown on the game's opening drive. The Patriots star finished off a 16-play, 78-yard possession with a 3-yard rushing score to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead. Devin McCourty intercepted Darnold on the following drive. Mike Nugent then hit a 34-yard field goal to give the Patriots a 10-0 edge. Brady found Phillip Dorsett with a 26-yard touchdown pass on the Patriots' next drive.
Michel scored on a 1-yard run to give New England a 23-0 lead in the second quarter. The Patriots added a safety in the third quarter before Michel scored for a third time in the fourth frame. Neither team scored points over the final 12:36.