Well, they finally did it. It took the Patriots three weeks, but they finally have their first win of the 2023 NFL season.
It wasn’t pretty, but New England prevailed over the New York Jets in a rain-soaked affair at MetLife Stadium, extending its winning streak to 15 games over its division rivals.
Several Patriots stepped up big time in Week 3 to help bring home the first win of the season, although several players weren’t so hot.
Before we move on to Week 4, here are three studs and two duds from our first win of the season.
3 Studs & 2 Duds Patriots Week 3
1. STUD: Matthew Judon
Judon has had a knack for making big plays since joining the Patriots in 2021, and before that during his time with the Ravens as well. The four-time Pro Bowler racked up 28 sacks in 2021 and 2022 combined, raising expectations for his 2023 performance.
After notching 2 sacks and 7 tackles (including 3 for a loss) over the first two weeks, Judon was expected to be a key factor against Zach Wilson in the Jets in Week 3. Sure enough, he delivered the biggest play of the game during New England’s hard-earned victory.
With the Patriots clinging to a 13-10 lead late in the fourth quarter, Wilson dropped back to pass on 3rd & 15. He drifted into New York’s end zone, however, and that’s where Judon dropped him for a massive sack.
Judon’s safety essentially sealed the game for New England, extending the Pats’ lead to 15-10 and giving them the ball back ahead of the two-minute warning. Judon celebrated his big play appropriately, waving good bye to the legions of disappointed Jets fans in attendance.
Judon finished the game with 2 of New England’s 3 sacks and 2 tackles as well, leading the defense in another impressive performance.