Does it get any better than this guy to the right? Mo Wilkerson is a beast and he was a beast last night.
Mo recorded six tackles, five solo, a sack and a forced fumble. The front seven is terrific, and led by Mo Wilkerson, they will continue to be terrific. For some reason, the Falcons continued to run against the middle of the Jets’ defense. How did that work out? The Falcons ran for 2.9 yards per carry. Horrible game planning!
Before we go on with the defense, hats off to Marty Mornhinweg for the play calling. He showed the Falcons a whole bunch of different looks. Having Mike Goodson back gave him a lot of flexibility, and Marty used that flexibility to his advantage, again and again.
Anyway, the Jets took over this game up front, biggest example being the goal line stand. First of all, why Mike Smith didn’t take the chip shot field goal there is beyond me, and those three points ended up being huge. Instead, he tries to run on our defense, that gives up NOTHING against the run. Not smart, but the Jets took advantage, that goal line stand was huge in terms of momentum going into the half.
For most of the game, the Jets defense did an excellent job, even down the field. Until late in the game, they kept Matt Ryan from going down the field, as Julio Jones did not get deep until very late in the game. Tony Gonzalez made his catches, but did not get into the end zone which was huge.
Imagine if Darrin Walls had held onto the footballs that he got his hands on? The Jets might have put this game away even earlier. But the defense did play well, and the special teams came up huge, with the blocked punt and a key return by Jeremy Kerley.
The thing I want to see next is when the Jets have the football and the lead, stick it to them! The one thing the offense was missing was the ability to put the game away, without it having to get to the very end. That will come, and it will make it easier on all of us when it does. All in all, great win on the road.
It doesn’t get easier, with Pittsburgh heading to MetLife next week.