I know that you Leon haters are real happy with this win. But, forgive me guys for not sharing in your joy. The Jets are just an average team, playing without their two best players, NT Kris Jenkins, and RB/KR Leon Washington. The Patriots should
be able to beat these Jets by at least two TDs, on any 4 out of 5 given Sundays. If the Pats beat the Saints next week, then I'll get excited.
For those of you who point out to the "great rivalry" between these teams...that is a result of the NY media championing the bogus spygate mantra, rather than true competition between the teams. There is but one rivalry of that nature in the AFC, thats between the Patriots and Colts.
To borrow a quote I once read elsewhere, the Jets are like the Tommy/Joe Peschi character in the mob movie, "Goodfellas". Every now and then the sadistic, pint sized Tommy will get be able to get the drop on a Billy Bats, and be able to take him out. But, in the end, we all know how things will eventually end up for Tommy.
But, I digress. Here are my grades: A.) OFFENSE:
A tale of two halves. The Pats were brought their "A" game in the first half, but pretty much went through the motions in the second half, as they nursed a 17 point lead. 1.) QB:
A great first half by Tom Terrific, who must have been shocked at what he was seeing from the Jets' defense. Was anybody covering Wes Welker? In the second half, Tom seemed to be more pressured, and was hurried and hit often. Tom finished with 28 completions in 41 attempts, for 310 yards, one TD, and no picks...with a normal 98.6 (not his temperature, his QB rating!). Tom held the ball too long on one pass play, which resulted in a strip sack...and made one terrible deep throw that would have been intercepted, had Randy Moss not put the wraps on Jets' CB, Darelle Revis:GRADE: B+;
After having fumbled just once during his career, Laurence Maroney has now fumbled in two straight games. Had Sammy Morris been ready to play, odds are that Maroney would have been benched. Though I have defended him throughout the season, he must be made to realize that the fumbling had better cease. To his credit, Maroney bounced back and ran hard, finishing with 22 carries for 77 yards, and two rushing TDs. Kevin Faulk wasn't much of a factor in the running game, but contributed with 4 receptions for 53 yards. But, he also had a drop in the second half, which cost the Patriots 20 plus yards, and ended a drive: GRADE: C+;
Like most of the team, seemed focused and intense in the first half, while going through the motions in the second half. Their initial great pass protection broke down at times in the second stanza, as Tom Brady was hit hard too many times. Would still like to see improvement with the run blocking. Holding call on Logan Mankins killed a late second quarter drive, and set the stage for the blocked punt, which swung the momentum for a blow-out away from the Pats:GRADE: B;
4.) TEs and WRs
: The TEs seemed to be used to help out against the Jets outside pass-rushers...as the goal was to let a protected Brady riddle the Jets secondary with WRs Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Though the Jets pretty much shut down Moss, no one...and I mean, no one
...bothered to cover Welker. Wes torched the Jets with a career high 15 receptions for 192 yards...included one beautiful 43 yard hook-up. Is there any doubt what Welker means to this offense? Kudos to Julian Edelman for a great effort on a run and catch, to pick up a first down...and give the Jets little hope for a comeback:GRADE: A- (but an A+ for Welker)
Shut down the run in the first half, when it mattered. Intercepted rookie QB Mark Sanchez 4 times, including three by Leigh Bodden. One of which was a 53 yard pick-six, which set the tone early. But, one has to wonder how much of the "D"'s success had to do with the inept performance by Sanchez, who finished with just 8 completions in 21 attempts, for 136 yards, plus the aforementioned 4 picks. Its' also worth noting that the "D" was only on the field for 20 minutes.1.) DL:
Solid in the first half...just OK in the second. Vince Wilfolk seemed to have his usual dominating game against the Greenshirts. Having Ty Warren back made a huge difference:GRADE: B;
This might have been the best game of the season for Adalius Thomas. Tully Banta-Cain chipped in with two more sacks, including one which caused a fumble, and seemed to do a good overall job on the edge. Usual solid effort from Gary Guyton and Jerod Mayo:GRADE: B+;
With the exception of Jonathan Wilhite getting beat by Jerricho Cotchery for a deep TD, this unit looked like world beaters. As mentioned above, Leigh Bodden had three picks, including one he returned for a TD. Safety Brandon Meriweather finished things off when he picked off a Sanchez prayer in the closing minutes. The high grade they are receiving must be tempered by the fact that they weren't exactly facing one of the QB elites in this one:GRADE: A-;
C.) SPECIAL TEAMS:
An awful performance in both executing kicks, and in kick coverage. A high snap led to a missed Stephen Gostkowski 40 yard FG, just before half-time. But, the mortal sin was the blocked punt, in which the Jets registered a TD, pulled to within 17 points, and changed the momentum of the game. Though its' hard to really tell what happened, but it appeared that either Jerod Mayo or somebody else missed a blocking assignment, as the Jets Eric Smith got to Chris Hanson clean. Had the blocked punt not occurred, the Pats might have won this game by at least 4 TDs. As for the kick coverage, the Jets seemed to average 35 yards per kickoff return, and 12-15 yards per punt return. Both of which are completely unacceptable.GRADE: F;
Great job by BB and his staff of getting the team to move on from the Indy heartbreaker...and deal with the task at hand. What happened with the special teams? What was going on with those delay of game calls...as the offense appeared a bit unsure of themselves in the second half. Credit the play callers for repeatedly going to Wes Welker, who the Jets failed to cover all afternoon. Though the defense played well, its' hard to say whether they've improved, or simply are looking good against inferior opposition. The Pats still must show that they're capable of beating a quality opponent on the road. They'll get another crack at it next weekend in New Orleans:GRADE: B;
E.) PLAY OF THE GAME:
The Leigh Bodden 53 yard pick-six; F.) GAME BALLS:
Leigh Bodden, and Wes Welker.
Here are the game stats: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=291122017