Do not adjust your computer’s monitor settings, you are seeing the picture on this page correctly. That is our first round draft pick, Quinton Coples, in the backfield hitting a quarterback. They gave him a chance to rush the passer today, and he responded, recording 1.5 sacks. Mo Wilkerson had a strong game as well, adding a sack of his own, as well as 6 total tackles, 5 solo. The defensive line must get credit for holding the Colts to under 3 yards per rushing attempt. The grade comes down a little due to the untimely penalties by Wilkerson and Coples.
Not spectacular, but a solid performance out of this group yesterday. I had to rub my eyes, but there was an Aaron Maybin sighting, as he finally made an impact, recording .5 sack. They too, must receive some of the credit for the Colts running attack being held to under 3 yards per carry. It was nice to finally see a game where these guys weren’t missing tackles all over the field. These are all good signs that things are getting on the right track with this defense.
It wasn’t a perfect game for the Jets secondary, as Andrew Luck did throw for 280 yards. However, this group as well, made big plays when it needed to. It was nice to see Ellis Lankster get in the boxscore with an interception, and Antonio Cromartie added one as well. He had a second one, but it was nullified due to a very dicey pass interference call. Both plays were pick sixes, but both were nullified on penalties, one that took away the INT, one that did not.
Reggie Wayne did lead all receivers with 87 yards, and Donnie Avery did add 60 more yards, but there was no point in the game when you felt that the passing game of the Colts was going to take the game over, and that is a credit to the Jets secondary.
Westy and his crew had an excellent game yesterday. Robert Malone did an excellent job punting the football, averaging 48 yards per punt over 5 punts, landing one inside the twenty.
The Jets were successful on yet another fake punt, as Tim Tebow connected with Nick Bellore on a jump pass that picked up 23 yards to set the Jets up for their TD that extended the lead to 21-6. This fake was a momentum changing, back breaking play, and the special teams deserves a lot of credit for getting it done.
The celebration will be short lived, as the Jets tangle with the Patriots next week. The work begins on what will be a fun week in New York.