Check below for grades and analysis for each of New York's positional units in the big Week 7 win.
New England: 27
New York: 30
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vs. Patriots Week 7
Final Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Geno Smith made one backbreaking mistake, but he played perhaps the most complete game of his young career. Smith made smart, accurate throws all game long, and he made plays with his feet, as well. Smith was successful despite an awful showing by the offensive line, which allowed four sacks and seven quarterback hits.
Run Offense: It wasn't anything special, but the running game came through when New York needed it most. Chris Ivory carried the ball an unfathomable 34 times for 104 yards, and the team rushed it a total of 52 times as a whole. The smash-mouth running style of Ivory wore down New England all game long, and it paid off on the final drive.
Pass Defense: Rob Gronkowski was a tough matchup, but New York, especially Antonio Allen, did a terrific job containing him. Gronkowski caught just eight of the 17 passes that headed his way. The secondary limited Brady all game long, as he completed under half of his throws and did not register a single touchdown. Allen's pick-six at the beginning of the second half also changed the outlook of the game and was critical to New York's win.
Run Defense: The run defense didn't have its usual shutdown day, but it still performed admirably. Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden picked up solid gains all game long, but neither player was able to break off a big run. Towards the end of the game, the duo even struggled to pick up minimal yardage.
Special Teams: The penalty on Nick Folk's first field-goal attempt in overtime was incredibly lucky, but the special teams was solid throughout the game. Ryan Quigley improved as the game went along, and Folk was his usual clutch self. Josh Cribbs also added an explosiveness to New York's return unit.
Coaching: Penalties were once again an issue, but Marty Mornhinweg and Rex Ryan both called a terrific game. Mornhinweg did a great job sticking to the run and wearing down an injured New England front, and Ryan never allowed Brady to get comfortable in the pocket. It's games like this that guarantee Ryan's return in 2014.
First-Half Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: For a drive-and-a-half, Geno Smith looked terrific. He formed a nice chemistry with Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson early on, and he led New York to a touchdown on the team's first drive. However, a boneheaded decision led to a pick-six and put the Jets in a tough hole. After the pick, New York's offense struggled to move the ball consistently. The offensive line was also shaky protecting Smith, allowing two sacks and four quarterback hits.
Run Offense: Chris Ivory took over the feature-back reins from Bilal Powell and ran with force early on. However, New England's run defense held strong throughout the half. Ivory was limited to just three yards per carry on 13 touches, and the Jets only managed 75 yards on 22 carries as a whole. Against a Patriots front missing both Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, they need to have more success on the ground.
Pass Defense: Tom Brady had an efficient but unspectacular first half against New York's secondary. Brady completed 10 of 16 passes for 102 yards. The Jets did a good job of limiting big-play opportunities, but it became evident early on that they had no answer for Rob Gronkowski. The Jets pass rush was also non-existent, as the unit only mustered one sack and not a single quarterback hit.
Run Defense: New England managed to move the ball effectively on the ground throughout the first half. Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden combined for 47 yards on 10 carries for an impressive 4.7-yard average. New York's front seven was continually pushed back, and Ridley's 17-yard touchdown run was also terribly defended. The run defense needs to improve in the second half for the Jets to have a shot.
Special Teams: Nick Folk did all that was asked of him, but he seemed to be the only positive for the special teams unit in the first half. Ryan Quigley mustered just a 41-yard average on three punts and Patriots returner Julian Edelman broke off a long return that set up a Patriots touchdown in the second quarter. The Jets return game, even with the addition of Josh Cribbs, made little impact.
Coaching: Penalties continued to hurt the Jets (five penalties for 20 yards), as did turnovers. Marty Mornhinweg did a good job of mixing up the offensive play-calling, but more screen passes and draws would help neutralize New England's pass rush. Rex Ryan's defense also struggled to stop Tom Brady and company on early downs, although they were spectacular on third down.