Inside the Jets vs. Cardinals Film Room: Defense

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JETSerious will bring you inside the defensive film room and dissect plays from the beginning to end…. each and every week.  We’ll look at what the Jets defense did right and wrong for each play.

The Jets hosted the Cardinals on Sunday. It was a low scoring game (7-6) with very poor play from both quarterbacks. The Jets defense, however, went toe to toe with one of the best defensive units in the NFL in the Cardinals.

The Cardinals defense may have created 3 interceptions, but the Jets defense held them to 6 points. That’s a dominant performance.

*Interesting Note: Although each one of these games did not result in a win, the Jets held their opponents to 10 points or less in 5 games this year… ranked #1 in the NFL.

Let’s dive in and see what the Jets defense looks like when we break it down…


The first play we’re going to look at is a sack by our rising star Muhammad Wilkerson. Bart Scott was also credited on the sack, but you’ll see that it was all Wilkerson doing the dirty work.

In the picture above, you’ll see that Bart Scott is going to loop all the way around the center, and crash inside. The remaining blitzers are going to penetrate and help collapse the pocket.

But take a look at Wilkerson beating his man inside. The center for the Cardinals doesn’t stand a chance.

Wilkerson is almost hitting the quarterback by the time we get to the next frame. He’s really starting to become a premiere defensive lineman in this league. Mostly because of his versatility. Not every defensive end can line up over the center, like Wilkerson does here, and still sack the quarterback.

Wilkerson is also getting better at strip sacks. He’s able to get his big paws and long arms on the ball more often than not. The Cardinals are fortunate that Ryan Lindley was able to protect the football here. He knew there was abolutely no time to get rid of it and took the sack.


Please turn the page and join us as we break down another defensive play from Sunday’s Jets vs. Cardinals matchup…

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