New York Jets' Week 14 Report Card

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Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets players and coaches observe a moment of silence in honor of the shooting victims of Sandy Hook elementary school before the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. From left: quarterback Mark Sanchez (6), coach Rex Ryan and defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman and cornerback Ellis Lankster (26). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t a great afternoon for Rex and DT’s defense however:

DEFENSIVE LINE: D+ Surprisingly enough, these guys just didn’t look good yesterday. They were not in Oakland quarterback Matt McGloin’s face at all, all day long. Nobody recorded a sack. The Raiders were able to average over five yards per carry on the ground, and that goes in big part against this normally stout group. It didn’t cost them the game, since the offense played well, but that doesn’t take away the fact that they played poorly. Did Mo Wilkerson come to this one?

LINEBACKERS: C- Taking the numbers in a vacuum, we can basically say the same thing about the linebackers that we said above regarding the defensive line. Demario Davis made a couple of nice plays that drew roars from the sparse crowd. Calvin Pace added a sack late in the game, bringing the grade up from a “D” to a “C”. But the defense was not its normal self, that’s for sure.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: D Despite Ed Reed’s 62nd career interception, and Dawan Landry’s team leading seven tackles, the group did not look good. Matt McGloin did complete 18 of 31 passes for a game high 245 yards passing. They were beaten for a long play once again, when Rod Streater took a Matt McGloin pass 48 yards for a score.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A Nick the Folk Hero kicked three more field goals, with a 51 yarder as the long. We have already talked today about the great blocked punt by Antonio Allen, designed by special teams coach Ben Kotwica. It was a great design, Allen came through untouched for the block. It was nice to see this unit make a big play.

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