Grading Out the Jets Win Over the Patriots

Quarterback (A) - Mark Sanchez turned in arguably his finest performance since becoming a starting quarterback in the NFL by out playing Tom Brady in his own building, to the tune of 16/25, 194 yards, and three TDs. The Sanchez discussion is over, the guy has four road playoff wins in his first two years in league and always rises to the occasion in a big spot. The Jets have their franchise quarterback.

Running Back (A) - The Jets made the right call by making Shonn Greene the lead horse with 17 carries and he responded with 76 yards and a touchdown. LaDainian Tomlinson looked good in his 10 carries for 43 yards and added a touchdown reception.

Wide Receivers (A) - The Flight Boys in the building! All three of the Jets receivers made their mark on this game. Braylon Edwards continued his terrific season and displayed his athleticism by carrying two Patriots defensive backs into the end-zone. Santonio Holmes showed his fancy footwork again on a beautiful touchdown reception. Jerricho Cotchery, the guy you nearly forgot about, led the way with 5 receptions for 96 yards including a momentum swinging 58 yard reception in the 4th quarter.

Tight Ends (B) - A quiet day from Dustin Keller but him and Ben Hartsock did the job in the running game.

Offensive Line (A) - Controlled the line of scrimmage for the second week in a row and kept Mark Sanchez clean all game. Wayne Hunter did an excellent job filling in for Damien Woody.

Defensive Line (A) - You can't really say enough about the effort put forth by Shaun Ellis who was a man possessed yesterday, with two sacks and 5 tackles. Sione Pouha added a sack and was strong in run support all day, as was Mike DeVito and Trevor Pryce.

Linebackers (A) - David Harris had a timely interception that stopped the early momentum New England was building and had 12 tackles. Calvin Pace had a monster sack of Brady late in the game that nearly ripped his shoulder out. The rest of linebackers deserve credit for the job they did in run support.

Secondary (A) - Just a terrific all around job by everybody, especially Eric Smith who played the game of his life with 10 tackles and a TFL. Drew Coleman was also all over the field with 4 tackles, a sack, and a pass defensed. Darrelle Revis did what he does and Antonio Cromartie played one of his better games of the year.

Special Teams (C) - You hate to see Nick Folk miss such an easy field goal and Steve Weatherford had an off day but they were alert on the fake punt and had a few nice returns.

Coaching (A++) - Brilliant game plan by Rex Ryan who was two steps ahead of Bill Belichick all game.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Join SB Nation New York

You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.