The line actually stepped up and played well for most of this game. For three quarters, Marshawn Lynch was not a factor. As well, there was the encouraging sight of them getting some pressure on the quarterback as well, confusing Russell Wilson with the different looks he was seeing. Mike DeVito was great, recording 4 tackles, 3 of them solo, one sack and a forced fumble. Mo Wilkerson added 5.5 tackles, 4 solo, and the fumble recovery for a TD. This only falls below an A because of the fourth quarter, where they got worn out. Otherwise, good job out of the Jets defensive line in this game.
The linebackers also came to play, and played well. Wasn’t it a rewarding sight to see Bart Scott get after the quarterback for once, recording a sack? I know I had to wipe my glasses off and make sure I was still watching the same football game. Bryan Thomas also played well, with 5.5 tackles and .5 sack. David Harris added 4.5 tackles and .5 sack as well. Again, this grade falls below an A because of the fourth quarter, when they began to have difficulty tackling due to getting tired. But this group played well.
This wasn’t a great day for the Jets defensive backfield. Russell Wilson was given the opportunity to be far too efficient, as Wilson was 12-19 for 188 yards and 2 TDs. Not only did they give up 2 TDs, but they gave up 2 TDs of 30 yards or more, and the option play for a TD was over 20 yards, with Sidney Rick wide open. Too many wide open guys, very un-Jets like. The bright spot back there was Ellis Lankster, with 3.5 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
No, they didn’t lose the game because of this play, but the grade came down because of the muffed punt by Jeremy Kerley. The Jets were going to have decent field position in a 7-7 game, and that happened. It can’t happen. The Seahawks went right down the field and scored, and never looked back. Again, not blaming the loss on this play, but it was a huge play. Maybe they get a chance to stay in it if it doesn’t happen.