Even the best around have off days.
Mo Wilkerson has been huge in 2013, racking up double-digit sacks, marking the first time a New York Jets’ player has done so since John Abraham reached the mark in 2005. Under the tutelage of Karl Dunbar, Big Mo has excelled. But he isn’t perfect.
You know how Rex talks about how one unit of the team has to pick up another? Well, the defense, surprisingly enough during this regime, needed the picking up. And the guy who needed the most picking up, according to our friends again at Pro Football Focus, was Mo.
His overall grade was his worst of the season with a -5.3. Against the run, he was also at a team low of -3.5. And finally, he graded out with a -1.5 in pass rushing. All in playing the second most snaps, with 67.
Doesn’t seem like an afternoon that the Jets would have picked up the win, does it? Where was Mo? If the Raiders did that good a job against the Jets star, they would win. But the offense found the fire power to save the day.