DEFENSIVE LINE:B This was the top group of the day, by a lot. The defense was beaten by an excellent Titans’ game plan, but when the line could, they did an excellent job. Holding Chris Johnson to 15 carries for 21 yards is by no uncertain terms, an excellent job.
They didn’t get enough pressure on Jake Locker, and when they did get there, they didn’t close. Jake was able to scramble out of trouble too often, as the line only sacked him once (second sack was by Calvin Pace). We always know the Jets defense will play well. Yesterday was one of those days that the offense just made it too tough on them to overcome.
LINEBACKERS:B Not much to say here as well. The group played well against the run, as they certainly were part of Chris Johnson’s off day. However, they got caught in bad matchups in the passing game and it cost the Jets. The defense was stout against the run, as it always is, but not so much against the pass.
DEFENSIVE BACKS:C- It was not a good day for this group. Jake Locker was a far too efficient 18-24. Part of it was Locker’s ability to scramble out of trouble, as any defensive back can only cover for so long. But, they needed a big play, and a unit that we can often count on for a big play was unable to come up with one.
SPECIAL TEAMS:C+ The special teams group was fine. Nick Folk continued his perfect season with two field goals and an extra point. Ryan Quigley had a nice game, but you know it isn’t a good day when the punter is noticeable. There were no punt or kick returns of note, so an average, C+ seems appropriate.