The line played pretty well, but the Rams did go for 5.7 yards per rushing attempt, which kept the grade down. Stephen Jackson had a good game, while it was close, rushing 13 times for 81 yards, a 6.2 yards per carry average. But, there are two guys that are making their mark this week, and improving each week. Those two guys are Quinton Coples, and Mo Wilkerson.
Coples contribued 3 solo tackles, one for a loss. Mo Wilkerson is looking like he is ready to take that next step as a Pro Bowl lineman. He added 3.5 tackles, and a beautiful strip sack. The young pups on the defensive line are really getting it together.
It was an average game for the linebacking group in my opinion. Other than Bart Scott recovering the fumble, nothing exciting, but nothing terrible either. Calvin Pace did get close on a blitz, but was just a little too slow. All in all, an average game for the linebackers.
Wasn’t it nice to see Eric Smith make a big play? I had to rub my eyes a couple of times when I heard “picked off by Eric Smith”. It was a great feeling, that’s for sure. Bradford had a tough day, going 23-44. The group did allow 2 TDs, but never was the game really in doubt, once the Jets took over the lead. Good job by the group.
Again, the special teams had their troubles. They gave up another blocked field goal. So uncharacteristic. What’s going on with Mike Westhoff? It’s really just strange. And then, that fake punt? What the heck was Tebow thinking? Stevie Wonder knew that they were waiting for a fake. Terrible move by Tebow. Sorry, he had a bad game, and so did the special teams.