Freeman McNeil led an overwhelming ground game with 106 yards rushing and one touchdown today as the New York Jets' defense controlled New England's offense en route to a 31-7 victory over the Patriots.
McNeil, last year's top draft choice, became the first Jets rusher to achieve back-to-back 100-yard games since Clark Gaines in 1976. McNeil, who ran for 116 yards last weekend in a loss to Miami, scored on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.
"We were totally inept, we could not get anything established," said rookie New England Coach Ron Meyer, who saw the Jets gain 30 first downs to New England's five.
Jets defensive end Joe Klecko, who got two of the Jets' six sacks and led the team last season with 20 1/2, suffered a ruptured tendon underneath his right kneecap. He is expected to be out 12 weeks.
Jets quarterback Richard Todd, who went 17 of 27 for 165 yards, scored on a seven-yard run. Fullback Mike Augustyniak scored on a six-yard run, Pat Leahy added a 30-yard field goal and Todd closed out the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Scott Dierking with 3:10 to play.
The Patriots (1-1) showed little imagination on offense, scoring their only points on a 98-yard kickoff return by rookie Ricky Smith.
The Jets controlled both lines of scrimmage, gaining 262 yards on the ground and holding the Patriots to 73 total yards until the final three minutes of the game.