EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Life without Tom Brady might not be so bad for New England after all.
Matt Cassel was efficient running the offense in his first NFL start, taking over for the injured quarterback and leading the Patriots over Brett Favre and the New York Jets, 19-10.
Cassel, who hadn't started at any level since his senior year of high school, was 16 for 23 for 165 yards, Sammy Morris ran for a touchdown and Stephen Gostkowski kicked four field goals.
The Jets and Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss said New England was still the team to beat even without Brady.
The Patriots (2-0) then showed why, ruining the Jets' home opener and Favre's first regular-season home start for New York (1-1). New England won its 21st consecutive regular-season game, and beat the Jets for the eighth straight time at the Meadowlands.
Quoteworthy: "I've been in the system for four years, so I'm confident I know I can run it." -- Matt Cassel, Patriots quarterback