DEFENSIVE LINE: A With all of these “A’s”, people are going to start wondering who is writing this. It’s still me.
Yes, the Saints did score 20 points. But that doesn’t mean that the defense wasn’t still outstanding, as it absolutely was. The front was great. They allowed 41 yards rushing, even below their season average. More importantly, they were in Drew Brees’ face all day long. Sure, they only recorded two sacks (one by Wilkerson), but they recorded several hurries and hits.
We talked all week about how the Jets needed to make Drew uncomfortable. They did just that, with a great push into the backfield.
LINEBACKERS: A Although it was just one play, it was a huge one by Mr. Coples, was it not? That fourth down stop he made on the end-around was about as good as it gets. Imagine if he starts playing well consistently, and adds that to this already high performing defense? It could be scary.
Calvin Pace added a sack, and generally speaking, didn’t let the Saints’ offense get on a roll all afternoon. They did their part in keeping the quarterback uncomfortable.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: B For the most part, the secondary performed well. Dee Milliner stepped up with a pass defended. Antonio Cromartie posted an interception, and the secondary caused a second interception on a tipped pass. Drew Brees only completed 30 out of 51 pass attempts.
They don’t get an “A” because they did allow well over 300 yards. Sorry boys, you will have to take the B.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B+Nick Folk had another wonderful football game, making all four of his field goal attempts. He has gone from a guy to worry about, to a guy that is as easy to count on as death and taxes.
Nothing else really special out of this group, but no real mistakes either.
So how do your grades look?