The grades are in, from a very interesting 7-6 win by the Jets yesterday.
QUARTERBACKS:C+ Overall, the grade for the QB’s is a C+, but obviously this game was the story of two different quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez had an awful performance, going 10-21, 97 yards, and 3 first half INT’s. Mark certainly welcomed back Kerry Rhodes, even throwing to him as if he was still a Jets teammate, as Rhodes recorded 2 of the 3 INT’s. Then Greg McElroy came into the game and saved the day, leading the Jets on a 10 play, 69 yard drive that ended in the game-winning TD pass from McElroy to Jeff Cumberland. Overall, he wasn’t spectacular, going 5-7 for 29 yards and the 1 TD, but he gave the offense a spark that Sanchez just wasn’t giving them. But overall, it’s an average day for the quarterbacks.
RUNNING BACKS:B+ Under the rader was the fact that the running backs had an excellent football game. I know I didn’t realize it at the time, but Shonn Greene ran for over 100 yards yesterday, carrying the ball 24 times for 104 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Behind him, Bilal Powell had a solid day as well, running it 12 times for 58 yards. Overall, the Jets did a good job on the ground, ending with 177 net rushing yards, and a 4.1 average per rush. Good job from the running game yesterday.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:C- The wide receivers were OK. Stephen Hill had a decent bounceback game, leading the team with 5 catches for 40 yards. Jeremy Kerley had one particularly pretty catch during the game from McElroy, and finished with 3 catches for 37 yards. Nobody had more than 50 yards receiving, so it is hard to give the receivers more than a C. Jeff Cumberland did catch the game-winning TD, and Keller caught 2 passes, before coming out of the game with an ankle injury. None of them were terrible, but nobody did anything particularly exciting either.
OFFENSIVE LINE:B- Any time that Shonn Greene runs for 100 yards, you have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line. Without help, Greene’s running is typically pretty offensive, and he actually had holes yesterday, so the offensive line did a nice job. He even cut back on a play, which was particularly impressive to see. I had to pull it back from being an A because they did give up three sacks. But the line wasn’t too shabby at all.
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