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A Deeper Look at the Jets 28-14 Win over the Patriots

It’s a great week to be a Jets fan. The Jets came back and doubled up on the Patriots, shutting them out in the second half. The final score read 28-14 and everything was right again in Jets land. A complete 180 from the week before. The Jets stay in the division and travel to Miami this week to take on the Dolphins on Sunday Night Football. The Jets will be without Darrelle Revis, but the defense played incredible without him on Sunday and will have to do so again.

But back to Sunday. Who played well? Who played bad? And who played awful?

The Good

Mark Sanchez– Sanchez needed to have a great game and he exceeded even my greatest expectations. It was a defining game for Sanchez, who looked like a completely different quarterback on Sunday than he did against the Ravens. He was great at avoiding the rush, using his athleticism to make plays. Most importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over. He won’t get to face the Patriots defense every week, but this was a very encouraging sign from Sanchez.

Braylon Edwards– Despite his recent behavior, Edwards was a beast in the actual game. His stats weren’t incredible (5 catches, 45 yards, 1 TD), but he played aggressive using his height advantage over Darius Butler. He also made a great catch on a two-point conversion to give the Jets a seven point lead.

Antonio Cromartie– His performance came out of left field. Cromartie looked like he was going to have a repeat of Week 1 early on, but he turned it on and played an incredible second half. With Revis out, Cromartie locked up Randy Moss and had an interception of his own. Hopefully, this is the start of “Alcotraz Island.”

LaDainian Tomlinson– I thought this guy was supposed to washed up. Who kidnapped the guy that was plodding along in San Diego and replaced him with this electric and elusive back?

Anyway, L.T. has been one of the best surprises for the Jets this season. He was great on Sunday, rushing for 76 yards on just 11 carries. He also sealed the win with a signature L.T. jump over the pile on a fourth and short. Expect to see L.T. share or perhaps carry the load in the backfield.

Dustin Keller– Sanchez and Keller have always shown great chemistry together and it was at its best on Sunday. Keller was a beast over the middle torching the Patriots linebackers and safeties. On Keller’s 39 yard gain, the Jets ran a similar play than they did against the Bengals in the playoffs last season that resulted in a touchdown.

The Bad

Darrelle Revis– This is one game Revis will like to forget. First, he left the game just prior to halftime with a hamstring injury and will miss 1-2 weeks. Randy Moss also beat him on a 34-yard touchdown, who Revis had been exchanging words with preceding the game. There looked to be a miscommunication on the play, but Revis still got burned.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson– Brick didn’t look like himself again on Sunday. He gave up a sack and was getting beaten more often than you would like to see a guy who just signed a $60 million contract.

The Ugly

No one is the ugly category for this week. Great job boys.

Other Thoughts

  • Steve Weatherford has been punting the ball great so far. I don’t think anyone saw that coming.
  • Nick Folk looked good again nailing both of his kicks including a 49 yarder.
  • How did that punt not get downed near the goal line by either Marquice Cole or Drew Coleman?
  • In his first game as a Jet, Brodney Pool recorded his first interception. It took Kerry Rhodes 12 games last season to get his first interception.
  • Matt Slauson is going through some growing pains, but he is holding his own out there.
  • I can’t say enough about the play of Mike DeVito and Sione Pouha. They are the linchpins holding the run defense together.
  • The Jets penalties last week: 14 for 125; this week: 6 for 58.
  • The Jets third down conversion rate last week: 1-11; this week: 6-13.

My Final Take: A great win for Gan Green, but as we learned last week don’t overreact to one game. The Jets aren’t as good as they looked on Sunday and they aren’t as good as they looked against the Ravens. Where they fall in between is what we will find out as the season plays off. Looking at the Jets upcoming schedule if the Jets can win two out of the next three, then I would consider it a success. The division game are crucial though. I would much rather beat the Bills and lose to the Vikings than the other way around. The road start this Sunday night against the Dolphins. The Jets will be without Revis, so Antonio Cromartie will have to step up big again as he guards Brandon Marshall.


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