New York Jets Week Eight Report Card

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Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) reacts after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (not pictured) during the first quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

DEFENSIVE LINE: C Our budding star, Mr. Muhammad Wilkerson, did make his presence felt yesterday, albeit in a losing effort. He did record one sack and an interception off of a deflection. The Bengals only did net 79 yards rushing, which isn’t a bad effort, and right along with how the defense has played all year.

The problem was in the passing game. They did not get enough consistent pressure on Andy Dalton to make a difference. Andy had all afternoon to throw the ball all over the football field, and he did that to the tune of five touchdowns through the air. The passing game beat the Jets yesterday to absolute epic proportions.

LINEBACKERS: D Did anyone hear the linebackers’ names called? I think I heard the name of Demario Davis once. I don’t remember hearing Calvin Pace or David Harris at all. Coples I heard once. What am I trying to say? The linebackers had no impact on the football game. The Bengals took them out.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: F Calling these guys brutal would be a compliment. What the heck happened yesterday? The backfield was all over the place. I wonder if Tom Brady saw the highlights and wondered how well he would have played if we played that badly last week? To quote Bart Scott, they “Couldn’t stop a nose bleed”. If there was a grade lower than an “F”, they would have received it.

And it starts from the top. Antonio Cromartie has been awful. I firmly believe that he is still hurt, worse than any of us know. There is no other way to explain how poorly he has played. Dee Milliner has been rough. Was he worth a high first round pick? It’s too early to say absolutely not, but it is certainly a question without a clear-cut answer. Not good.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C These guys were their usual, fine performance. Ryan Quigley punted to an over 45 yards per kick average. Nick Folk continued his perfect season going 3-3, including a season long fifty yarder. At least one group played well.

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  • Joe Willie

    That day the Beagles were a much better team–both points of attack, they beat the Jets up –not to even mention RBs and WRs–its a joke to think of the difference talent—but that’s nothing new for the Jets this year –every team they played has better WRs and rb’s—-even Tampa. The big surprise this year is how bad our CBs are, and having the #9 pick of the 2013 draft best serving his team sitting the bench. Lots of WRs in next yrs draft—good CBs are always harder to find. P.S Beagles are no type-o—F them we beat their azz in the playoffs.