This was the weakest performing unit for the Jets on the day in my opinion. They had some pressures on Ryan Fitzpatrick, but didn’t get to him for a sack all game long. Yes he is elusive, but still, not one? They also had a tough time with CJ Spiller, who came in for the injured Fred Jackson, and rushed 14 times for 169 yards and 1 TD. Nobody on the defensive line had more than 1.5 tackles. The only thing keeping that in a B grade is that Fred Jackson didn’t really do anything.
The linebackers played a good game, but that was partially because the defensive line didn’t make a lot of tackles so the linebackers had a lot of tackles to make. Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, and David Harris had 13.5 tackles between them for the game. There was a key miss by Bart on the long TD by CJ Spiller, which keeps the grade down a little bit. Calvin Pace had the active game, in the backfield quite a bit.
Any day a defensive backfield has 3 INTs, one for a TD, is a great day. Even Kyle Wilson, who many Jets fans have grown sick of, and fast, had a pick today. And can LaRon Landry hit, or what? All in all an excellent day by the Jets’ secondary.
Jeremy Kerley ran back a punt 68 yards for a TD, making him the only player in Jets history with a receiving TD and punt return TD in the same game. Robert Malone debuted with a beautiful punt with over 5 seconds hang time that was downed inside the five. Nick Folk was perfect, nothing else to be said here.
A great day was had by all.