DEFENSIVE LINE:B+ The line actually had a pretty good game overall. Mike DeVito led the group with 5 tackles and 3 assists, and they contained Chris Johnson for the most part. If you remove the 94 yard TD, he ran the ball 20 times for 28 yards. Quinton Coples added his fourth sack of the season as well. The line is emerging as the best group on the team. The trouble is, and the reason they can’t get an “A”, is the long TD run. Nobody has given an “A” performance when the team gives up it’s longest TD since 1998. Sione Pouha could not get off his block on the play and CJ2K was gone. But otherwise, the line looked quite good.
LINEBACKERS:B+ This group added 2 sacks of their own, one by Calvin Pace and one by Garrett McIntyre. They also did a good job in bottling up the running game, other than the long touchdown run. Again, the grade cannot be higher because of that long run. Bart Scott was in the wrong lane, and that left it open for Johnson to take it to the house. But other than that, the group looked pretty good.
DEFENSIVE BACKS:B+ The Titans didn’t exactly light it up through the air. Nobody recorded more than 62 yards receiving, and Jake Locker only put up 149 yards through the air. For the most part, the Jets shut down anything the Titans passing game had to offer. There were underneath completions to be had, however, thanks to the wonderful cushions provided by Kyle Wilson. This, combined with a long TD run keeps the grade from being an “A”. Nobody gets an A when the running back on the opposing team reels off a 94 yard TD run. This group did play well though.
SPECIAL TEAMS:A- It has been a long time since Mike Westhoff’s group deserved a good grade, but this week, they did. Robert Malone did execute a beautiful punt inside the 5. Mo Wilkerson even got in on the act when he blocked an early Rob Bironas field goal attempt. Mo has become a beast on defense, and now special teams. Maybe he needs to play offense, kidding of course. They also forced the bad punt late in the game with pressure. This group set the Jets up with a chance to win, so they get the best grade of the day.
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