DEFENSIVE LINE:B Good solid B for these guys yesterday. Muhammad Wilkerson continues his beast-like play with another sack and a pass knocked down. He has racked up 61 tackles for the year, and is proving to be a keeper for years to come. Quinton Coples had a great day as well, with 1.5 sacks, and leads the team with five. They also as a group allowed 2.9 yards per carry on the ground. The defensive line has been the most consistent performing group on this team.
LINEBACKERS:C Bart Scott did have a sack yesterday, surprising everyone in what might be his final home game as a member of the New York Jets. These guys weren’t terrible, but did nothing exciting either. David Harris was again the team leader in tackles with 9, 8 solo. David just might be the only LB that returns with this team. All in all, a just a middle of the road day for the linebackers.
DEFENSIVE BACKS:C Again, not great, but not terrible. Darrin Walls had an interception in his hands that he dropped, which would have made this grade higher. They held Rivers to 50% passing, 11-22 for 165 yards, but 2 long TDs, one to Denario Alexander and one to Antonio Gates. They did well, but couldn’t keep it up in the end. The defense wore down when the offense couldn’t get anything going. Seems like a story that we have heard quite a few times in 2012, doesn’t it? They cover well, but nobody can cover all game when they are forced to be perfect.
SPECIAL TEAMS:D In Mike Westhoff’s final home game as a special teams coach (most likely), the special teams was not great. They gave up a punt return for a TD, which we all know must provoked a few choice words from coach Westhoff. And in a surprising turn of events, Robert Malone didn’t look great punting the football, averaging only a little over 26 yards over 6 punts, although he did land 2 inside the 20. Not a great day for the special teams.
One more weekly report card to go.