The New York Jets 30-27 overtime victory over the New England Patriots didn’t come without a whirlwind of controversy. After Jets’ placekicker Nick Folk missed a would-be game winning 56-yard field goal, Patriots' linebacker Chris Jones was flagged for pushing his teammate into the offensive formation; giving Gang Green a new set of downs 15 yards downfield.
Four plays later, Folk would convert a 44-yarder to send the MetLife Stadium crowd into a frenzy. Patriots’ head man Bill Belichick wasn’t particularly pleased about the penalty that was called on the field and postgame he disputed the notion that his team was responsible for a ‘second level push.’
One day later Belichick admitted he was at fault and insisted he would work with the coaching staff to teach his players the proper technique and avoid future penalties.
Now Belichick is accusing the Jets of a similar tactic in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game when New England’s placekicker Stephen Gostkowski attempted his game tying field goal.
Rex Ryan took umbrage to Belichick’s most recent accusation.
”That’s not true. He’s got to make up his mind,” said Ryan of Belichick’s blame game. “Was he aware of this thing? Was it second-level, all this kind of jazz, or now the story is we did it? Okay, I got you. The fact is we’re moving on. We earned that victory plain and simple, and we’re focused on Cincinnati now.”
The Jets sit just one game back of the division leading Patriots and head to Cincinnati with a chance to win consecutive games for the first time since the middle of the 2011 regular season. Ryan and company aren’t exaclty apologizing for last week’s win, instead they're shifting their concentration to a talented and dangerous Bengals team.
“We were confident last time. We thought we should have beat them,” admitted Ryan of the Jets Week 2 meeting with the Patriots. “We just have to focus on this team and that’s really all we do. The fact we’re playing Cincinnati, who’s probably as hot as any team in the league right now, that’s enough to think about.”
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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