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OVERALL GRADE: A
The Jets were great on defense for the majority of the game, but allowed the Jaguars life when they should have put them away.
With a 17-3 lead, the Jets gave up a 32-yard touchdown run to Montell Owens and also allowed a 4th-and-15 conversion with less than a minute left to play.
However, an Ellis Lankster interception off of pressure from Quentin Coples sealed the game.
There were a number of standout efforts on the day for the defense, led by Muhammad Wilkerson, Antonio Cromartie, David Harris and LaRon Landry.
FOURTH QUARTER: B-
The defense made fans sweat things out a bit, but ultimately came up with the big play to seal the game. They allowed a 32-yard touchdown run to Montell Owens to make the score 17-10 and then allowed the Jaguars to convert two fourth downs on the final drive of the game.
However, Quinton Coples put pressure on Chad Henne, forcing an easy interception for Ellis Lankster to seal the win.
THIRD QUARTER: A
The Jets defense continues to be stout and seems to have cleared up those early mistakes. It's very possible that the defense could make this four-point lead stand, but the Jets would be well-served to make this a two-score game.
Antonio Cromartie, LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell have been excellent today. Cromartie had a great play in the third quarter when he dropped Jordan Shipley for a one-yard gain on 3rd-and-3 to force a punt.
Muhammad Wilkerson has continued his streak of dominant play as he continues to establish himself as one of the elite defensive lineman in the AFC. His fourth sack of the year forced a punt that ultimately allowed the Jets to take over possession in Jaguars territory.
Quinton Coples turned in perhaps the most impressive play of the quarter. He took Jaguars center Brad Meester, a very good lineman, and drove him back 10 yards right into a backpedaling Chad Henne.
The play almost resulted in a safety, and was cleaned up by David Harris for a sack.
SECOND QUARTER: A-
The Jets defense isn't giving up big plays, but they certainly are allowing the Jaguars offense to peck them to death. The Jaguars have found some running room and some miscommunications in the secondary have given Chad Henne some easy completions.
Still though, the Jets defense has allowed just three points, so there really isn't much to complain about.
FIRST QUARTER: B-
The Jets defense was taken apart by a series of short plays on a methodical 13-play drive by the Jaguars. Luckily for the Jets, Bart Scott came up with an interception after Garrett McIntyre blasted Chad Henne on a delayed blitz.
Although they generated a turnover, the Jets defense shouldn't be giving up drives like that to a poor Jaguars offense.