Antonio Cromartie on Bengals’ WR AJ Green

By Alan Schechter

Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) tries to tackle New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

We have talked a lot about how the 2013 New York Jets’ defense has been led by the front seven, with the defensive backs falling behind a bit. Well, maybe that trend is starting to change.

Antonio Cromartie had his best game in several weeks last Sunday, with a PFF grade of -0.5.  The negative obviously isn’t great, but compared to -4.3 from the previous week, it is an excellent job.

Cro’s job does not get any easier this week, with the up and coming A.J. Green waiting in the wings, likely to match up with Antonio for the entire afternoon. Here is what Cro had to say about Green this week:

It’s a tough task, (just) as I come into it every single week. He’s a great receiver for that team and he’s one of the best receivers in the NFL right now in our league. They want to try to get the ball to him. The thing for us is just to be patient and try to take (our) time, pick and choose, just try to be physical and just go out there and play football, make plays on the ball when the ball’s on the field.

Not only will this matchup be tough, it will tell a great deal of the story on Sunday. It should be fun to watch.