AFC East rivalry game turns into a (really ugly) rout
If you skipped last night's "Monday Night Football" game in favor of "Skating With The Stars," let's just say that even Vince Neil might have looked more at home on the ice than the Jets did on the turf in Foxborough. Here's a recap of last night's top stories:
NFL: What was supposed to be a battle of two Super Bowl contenders turned into an embarrassment for the much-hyped Jets. The real "franchise" QB showed up "Sanchise," as Tom Brady completed 21 of his 29 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, while Mark Sanchez was 17-of-33 for just 164 yards and three picks. The win was Brady's 26th straight regular-season home victory, breaking the NFL record previously held by Brett Favre.
Rex Ryan said of the Jets' worst loss since 1986, "We got out-coached, got outplayed, got our butts kicked. ... It's the biggest butt-whooping I've ever taken as a coach in my career." The question is, can Gang Green bounce back? Every one of the Jets' nine wins this season, except for their Week 2 victory against the Pats, came against a team that currently sits at .500 or worse on the season. They face two more duds in the Dolphins and the Bills, but they'll get the chance to prove themselves against the Steelers and the Bears in Weeks 15 and 16.
Women's college basketball: Here was a game that DID live up to the hype. The No. 5 Blue Devils handed a gritty No. 7 Texas A&M squad its first loss, 61-58, in the Jimmy V Women's Basketball Classic. The Aggies boasted a perfect 3-0 record against Duke coming in, including a big 95-77 win over the Blue Devils in their opener last season, but they narrowly missed serving up another upset. It was a game that saw seven ties and 10 lead changes in the second half alone, and an off-balance floater from Duke guard Jasmine Thomas with less than a minute to play was the difference-maker. The Blue Devils remain unbeaten on the season and improved to 4-0 all time at the Jimmy V Classic.
More NFL: A few hours before the start of the "Monday Night Football" game, the Broncos announced the firing of coach Josh McDaniels. The timing might have been a bit unexpected, but the move was not. McDaniels had lost a remarkable 17 of his last 22 games and his tenure in Denver was marked by questionable trades that sent away Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and running back revelation Peyton Hillis. Eric Studesville, the Broncos' running backs coach, has been named interim head coach.
NBA: Carlos Boozer had 29 points and 12 boards to lead the Bulls over the Thunder 99-90 in just his fourth game of the season. ... Dwyane Wade put up 25 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Heat to a fifth straight win, 88-78 over the Bucks. ... Brandon Rush had a season-high 26 points, making him one of seven Pacers in double figures in a 124-100 win over Toronto. ... Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points to lead the surging Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 121-114 over the Timberwolves.