New York Jets Week Three Report Card

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Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) is sacked by New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) in the 4th quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

DEFENSIVE LINE:A

Led by Mo Wilkerson with two sacks, this group was in the backfield all day, making E.J. Manuel run for his life. As we said earlier today, the defense recorded 16 hits on Manuel to go along with eight sacks. Karl Dunbar is rapidly turning this group to as dominant of a line as there is in football.

Aside from a couple of long runs from Fred Jackson, the defense stopped the run as always. CJ Spiller rushed the ball 10 times for nine yards before leaving the game with an injury. Coach Ryan, no matter what names are on the roster, will always have a dominant defense.

LINEBACKERS:B

These guys were active all day as well, with their three main cogs, Calvin Pace, Demario Davis, and David Harris recording over four tackles and one sack. They held the edges, and other than a couple of scrambles by Manuel and runs by Fred Jackson, stopped the Bills all day.

The only problem that brought the grade down was all of the open space afforded to Bills’ tight end Scott Chandler. Mostly in the second half, Chandler recorded five catches for 79 yards and the game-tying touchdown. It’s far from the first time that a tight end has given the Jets fits, and the linebacking corp needs to do a better job at keeping that position out of the stats.

DEFENSIVE BACKS:B-

There was the good and the bad with this group. The good was keeping E.J Manuel at below a 50% completion percentage, throwing 19-42 yesterday. He accumulated 243 yards through the air, but much of that was late. Manuel had barely passed for over 100 yards for much of the game.

Steve Johnson, as he has done for many years now, brings the grade down. He is a tough guy for this group to handle, and he proved it again yesterday, leading his team with 86 receiving yards on 6 catches. For some reason, he is one of the toughest guys for this Rex Ryan defense to stop.

The other major bad was the penalties. The culprit? A favorite player of this website, Kyle “Captain PI” Wilson. He himself was called for six penalties, and several of them on one drive, the game tying drive. He will remain on the field, unfortunately, while Dee Milliner learns and improves. The penalties have to stop at some point.

SPECIAL TEAMS:B+

The special teams unit was solid, but nothing special to earn an “A”. Ryan Quigley was fine in his debut, Nick Folk didn’t miss a kick, nor did he miss a touchback on his kickoffs. Any returns that occurred were short, no major plays to speak of.

How would you guys grade the team?

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  • Paul Newbold

    Over all it was probably B+. As you pointed out Ivory hasn’t shown much, but Powell excelled. The O line kept Smith upright and he appeared poised and confident, making some beautiful throws. Geno is the player of the game without a doubt. D line is just beginning to come into its own, the return of Coples is another good sign, but Richardson really is showing why the Jets picked him in the 1 st round. I still worry about our secondary, yes Manuel was less then 50%, but I credit most of that to our D line, he ran for his life most of the day. They need to bench Wilson, too many penalties and blown coverage’s as well. Some day the Jets will learn to cover a tight end, let’s face it the Bills don’t have a premier TE. Just once in my lifetime I’d like the Jets to have production out of a TE as well. Oh well, good game, glad to see them get the WIN!!!

    • Alan Schechter

      It is rough to watch Wilson play some times. OK maybe all the time. The D line is already so good, and it is only going to get better, which is a scary thought for opposing teams.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Overall it’s probably a B+ but easily could be an A+ if they clean up some mistakes that are not that difficult to fix. Whenever an offense produces over 500 yards of offense and a defense has 8 sacks and is as dominant as they were on Sunday this bodes well for the future. Funny how the “experts” called the Jets the worst team in the league and now some are actually saying they have a shot at the playoffs! Hypocrisy knows no bounds!

    • Alan Schechter

      Exactly right. I am sure ESPN is crying for rating us the worst team in football.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Our great coach, and I mean that, should never have allowed that rat Pettine to run the defense the
    last two years. The first two years the defense was great while with
    Pettine running the operation it went all the way down to 8th best last
    year and with an inability to get off the field on 3rd downs! Pettine
    is showing the same issues running the Bills defense. While the Jets
    will have a great defense that is getting off the field on 3rd downs.
    The best thing that happened last year was that the rat left the ship
    forcing Rex to take over the defense again. Don’t make the same mistake
    again Rex, run the damn defense.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    I said all along we had one of the best D-lines in the NFL but now Antwan Barnes, Demario Davis, and David Harris are playing lights out this defense can be better then 09. IF.. Geno keeps improving and we are lucky and stay healthy -the sky is the limit boys .