DEFENSIVE LINE: A- First of all, hats off to our good buddy Damon Harrison for recording his first professional sack. The Jets only allowed 90 yards on the ground, a credit to the line as well. The average they allowed was 4.5 yards per carry according to the boxscore, but the running backs never looked that good. It never seemed like they were getting anything done on the ground.
Kudos for a job well done.
LINEBACKERS: B+ Nice job out of Quinton Coples, recording a sack and a forced fumble. Demario Davis played well, with four solo tackles. Calvin Pace added a sack, and almost recorded an interception if he had been a little bit faster.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: A- Although Tom Brady did complete more than 50% of his passes, they kept him out of the end zone. It’s not often that you prevent Tom Brady from throwing a TD pass, so when you do, it’s a great performance.
The performance evolves to an “A” for another reason, Antonio Allen. Antonio Allen did a wonderful job against Rob Gronkowski, despite the fact that he led the Patriots in receiving. He posted a pick six against the “Gronk”, and knocked down two passes as well. And most importantly, they kept Rob out of the end zone. That was huge.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B Nick Folk was “money” again, or should we say “still”, coming through in the clutch like he always is. Ryan Quigley had an off game, only averaging 30 yards per punt. The x-factor was Josh Cribbs, taking over for Kerley and his fair catches. He averaged over ten yards per return, which was a nice change on punt returns.
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