Jets vs. Patriots: Final Grades and Analysis for New York

TJ RosenthalFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2012

Jets vs. Patriots: Final Grades and Analysis for New York

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    The New England Patriots moved to 8-3 with a 49-19 win over the pathetic New York Jets. Two Gang Green fumbles for touchdowns in the second quarter, inexplicably changed a one score game into a 35-0 blowout by halftime. Now at 4-7, the Jets must run the table if they have any hopes of reaching the postseason. With the way they played tonight, the notion of a five game winning streak is as laughable as the performance they just displayed. On the national stage they were handed by the NFL no less.

MARK SANCHEZ

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    FINAL GRADE: F 

    Mark Sanchez had no room for error tonight. Instead, he made a few monstrous mistakes early. Soon after, the game was all but over at 21-0 midway through the second quarter. That warrants an F.

    Sanchez the "game manager" fumbling after running into his own player, Brandon Moore, will become the play that symbolizes the Jets season.

    By halftime the stadium was calling for Tim Tebow. Instead it got Sanchez for the rest of the game. With arguably the worst skill set in football around him trying to mount an impossible comeback. Together. What a disaster.

    FOURTH QUARTER: C-

    Sanchez was victimized by a Chaz Schilens fumble and did hit on a few timing routes. Down 49-12 Sanchez mounted a touchdown drive in the waning minutes, but we doubt that he will enjoy any turkey later as a result of the late six.

    THIRD QUARTER: C

    What can you say at this point? The playcalling despite being down 35-0 to start the quarter, was still run heavy. Sanchez managed the mess he helped create as well as possible. Finally, a touchdown. Pop the champagne bottles. As former New Jersey Net Derrick Coleman once said "whoop dee damn do."

    SECOND QUARTER: F

    Mark Sanchez's fumble caused by running a busted play into G Brandon Moore’s derriere, only to be returned for a touchdown, has now surpassed the “Bubby Brister Intercepted Shovel Pass,” as the dumbest looking Jets play that we have personally endured. Leadership is knowing that a game can be won or lost even within the first thirty minutes. On the flip side, it is hard not to notice the lack of weaponry that Sanchez has at his disposal tonight.

    FIRST QUARTER: F

    Mark Sanchez had two chances to help grow momentum built from a great start on defense and through the ground game. Instead, he missed a makeable third down and five completion, then followed it with an awful interception as the Jets were marching inside the Patriots 30.

OFFENSE

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    FINAL GRADE: D

    Tonight exposed the Jets current lack of big play ability on offense. Winning by attrition can only happen if you win the turnover battle as well. Once the Jets got down 28-0 after a bizarre sequence that saw an 80 yard RB screen for TD, a Joe McKnight kickoff return for TD, and a Sanchez fumble for TD, there was no hope for any ground and pound.

    The Jets were running the ball well, and controlling the clock throughout the entire first quarter. When you base things on ball security then contribute to four of the team's five turnovers though, you're not maximizing what little you have.

    Sanchez was 26-36 for 301 yards tonight, showing how misleading statistics can be.

    FOURTH QUARTER: D

    This quarter was mop up time. Were the Patriots really as aggressive as they would have been had this game been relatively close? The late TD to Dustin Keller capped off the best drive of the night. THIRD QUARTER: C-

    You’re down 35-0 with no deep threats. What do you do? The answer is, don’t get behind 35-0. Bill Belichick ran the third quarter out with the Jets rushing attack. A genius tactic. The results of this quarter would have brought with it a higher grade, had the game been winnable.

    There had to be one attempt for a quick score, right? Wrong.

    SECOND QUARTER: F+

    Shonn Greene fumbled a fourth and one attempt in a 7-0 game. Seconds later it was 14-0. Seconds after that, it was 21-0. Literally. Sometimes, you get one or two moments in a game to seize control. Then it’s gone. Bilal Powell made a few positive plays. The stadium chants for Tebow are growing. There is zero big play potential among this unit.

    FIRST QUARTER: C

    The grade is a blend between the F for Sanchez and the A for the ground and pound led by Shonn Greene. The Jets game plan was off to a great start. Move the chains on the ground, tire out the Patriots defensive interior up front, and burn the clock. The Sanchez interception damaged the results of a great second drive.

RUNNING BACKS

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    RUNNING BACKS:

    Shonn Greene: C+ 

    Greene (14-71 yds) had the Jets off to a good start in the first quarter. His failed 4th and 1 attempt (the first of two on the night) early in the second quarter began the downhill slide that took the Jets from players in a competitive game, to stars of their own dark comedy.

    Bilal Powell: C+

    Powell (12-40 yds 1TD) made some plays and found the end zone for the second straight game. His running style is Gayle Sayers-like in exictement compared to Greene's. Expect more carries heading his way down the stretch.

WIDE RECEIVERS

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    WIDE RECEIVERS:

    Jeremy Kerley: B 

    The Jets only healthy wideout weapon had 86 yards on seven catches. His helmet flew off twice after contact. This exemplifying a willingness by Kerley to do whatever it took to extend the play in the name of extra yardage. We would have liked to see one or two deep shots to the former TCU star early in the third quarter. With the hopes of landing a quick score in what was at the time, a 35-3 game.

    Clyde Gates: Incomplete:

    Gates was knocked out after a reception, with an injury to the head. He and Sanchez were not on the same page timing wise on a third and five situation, during the Jets initial drive. 

    Chaz Schilens: C

    On Schilens biggest play, a deep slant reception in the fourth quarter, he fumbled while looking for more yardage. Schilens was not involved enough to condemn or commend.

    Stephen Hill: C+

    The rookie out of Georgia Tech caught the few throws that went his way. We could hear the "Bronx Cheers" from miles away. Perhaps it is a new start for the receiver who has struggled to hold onto the ball all season long.

    Dustin Keller: C+

    64 yards and a garbage time TD were just not enough for the Jets. They wanted more and of course needed more from their eternally emerging tight end. Let's assume that the Patriots were attentive to his whereabouts all night. Knowing that no attention was truly required elsewhere beyond the line of scrimmage.

OFFENSIVE LINE

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    FINAL GRADE: C

    This laugher of a game had nothing to do with the Jets offensive line. At times over the past two seasons, this unit has been the target of blame for games that head south. Tonight the pass protection was decent and running holes were underutilized on a handful of carries. 

    Big Pats NG Vince Wilfork was pushed around early by perennial All Pro C Nick Mangold and his trench buddies when the game was scoreless. Which it was after the first fifteen minutes of play.

    Veteran Brandon Moore, didn't deserve to become part of a Sanchez blooper for the ages that went from broken play, to fumble, to touchdown.

DEFENSE

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    FINAL GRADE: C-

    The Jets defense gave up two monster plays for touchdowns in the second quarter. They couldn't stop the run all night. What a shame when considering that the first two drives ended with no Patriot points. Remember those early drives? We don't either.

    FOURTH QUARTER: D

    The fourth quarter like the other three quarters, saw the Jets unable to stop the run. The 30th ranked rushing defense did little to get a passive Patriots offense off the field.

    THIRD QUARTER: C-

    When you’re down 35-0, pissed off and embarrassed, despite only having given up a few of those scores, nothing is left on defense except going for clean monster hits. Laron Landry had one on Julian Edelman. We think. A fine may be on the way.  

    The defense needed to find a way to create a few turnovers. 

    SECOND QUARTER: D

    A harmless dump off to a running back goes for an 80 yard touchdown? A bomb to Julian Edleman? Black Friday is already upon us.

    FIRST QUARTER: B

    Two stops to start the quarter gave the Jets an immediate lift. Pressure was provided by Mo Wilkerson who has emerged in the second half of 2012. Penalties on the final drive of the quarter however, helped leave the Patriots on the Jets goal line.

DEFENSIVE LINE

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    FINAL GRADE: C-

    The Jets defensive line, after a brief yet positive start to the game, didn't get to Tom Brady enough, and couldn't slow down the Pats rushing attack.

LINEBACKERS

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    FINAL GRADE: D

    No linebacker was in sight on an 80 yard TD play that started out as a simple screen to Pats RB Shane Vereen. The Patriots ran at will all night, and seemed to have little problem catching mid range passes either. The Jets linebackers made no impact on the basic defensive strategy of getting to Brady, meeting ball carriers near the line of scrimmage, and limiting receiving yards after the catch.

SECONDARY

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    FINAL GRADE: C

    Julian Edelman beat the secondary for a long touchdown in the second quarter but other than that, do not pin this "L" on the Jets secondary. It's hard to believe that any club could lose a 49-19 game and not be furious with the play of their secondary. A final score like that normally signifies that big strikes took place against the defense through the air.

    This odd blowout did not go down that way. Quick scores did pile up quickly and mostly in the second quarter. Only one at the hands of the Jets secondary though.

SPECIAL TEAMS

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    FINAL GRADE: D/F

    KR Joe McKnight's killer fumble for TD in the second quarter made it 21-0, and highlighted a fourth straight game where special teams have hurt the Jets at a key time.

    FOURTH QUARTER: Inc:

    Nothing happened on specials aside from a collection of punts on both sides.

    THIRD QUARTER: D

    No big plays, no nice grades. Especially after allowing so many major ones this past month.

    SECOND QUARTER: F

    Joe McKnight fumbled a return, that is returned for a touchdown. The play turned a 14-0 game into a 21-0 game. Mike Westhoff probably wants to retire now and save himself five more weeks of this carnival act.

    FIRST QUARTER: D

    Pats punt returner Julian Edelman was pinned inside of his own 10. Instead, he escaped to the Jets 36.  In a game where field position is one of the key battles to win, the Jets special teams unit has to tighten things up.

COACHING

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    FINAL GRADE: D

    The original game plan of controlling the ball and clock was the right one. The post game press conference that saw Rex Ryan again unabashedly committing to Mark Sanchez going forward however, worries us. Sanchez has been part of the problem and that should at least be noted by Ryan. If the HC doesn't see it, what else is he missing?

    A primetime embarassment like this one is the type of game that can make even a sympathetic owner like Woody Johnson, reconsider the job security of those he may currently be giving a free pass to.

    FOURTH QUARTER: D

    When you are trailing 42-12 in the fourth, the only thing that can a coach do is try not to get down by 30 with the season on the line too often.

    THIRD QUARTER: D

    Not one deep ball. No Tebow. On the other hand, it’s not 50-0 either.  

    SECOND QUARTER: F

    From 0-0 to 35-0? In one quarter? What a joke. It’s hard to blame coaches for the many immature miscues that occurred in that fifteen minute horror film. Yet not sending in Tebow on a key fourth and one for the second time in three weeks, and failing to have a defense prepared to slow down a simple RB screen may have let this one get out of hand in a span of two straight plays.

    Tebow! Tebow! 

    FIRST QUARTER: B+

    Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano have the winning blueprint. Get pressure on Tom Brady. Entice the Pats to run, not throw. Ground and pound effectively on offense and build up credit for play action passes later. Sanchez thwarted what would have been a near perfect quarter though. Should the Jets have kept it on the ground there instead, insuring an early lead and momentum?