Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Jets at Patriots: Report Card
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Heading into Sunday’s matchup, New England’s secondary ranked dead last in the NFL surrendering nearly 390 passing yards per contest. Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense managed merely 169 yards thr
With center Nick Mangold back in the lineup, tailback Shonn Greene finally found his way out of the Jets backfield and past the first down yard marker. Greene hit the ground running busting through for 83 yards on 21 attempts, highlighted by his three yard touchdown rumble in the second quarter. The Jets atoned for back-to-back subpar rushing outputs against Oakland and Baltimore; finding daylight against New England’s run defense.
Tom Brady was terrific as usual completing 24 of his 33 passes for 321 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Jets secondary committed untimely penalties while blown coverage assignments came back to haunt them. Brady found Wes Welker on a 73 yard catch and run as New York’s safety Eric Smith bit on the run fake and two short plays later he connected with Deion Branch on a three yard scoring grab as cornerback Antonio Cromartie lost sight of the receiver. Gang Green made a few mistakes in their coverage scheme and Brady made them pay dearly on Sunday.
Patriots halfback BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a field day against New York’s front seven as he broke both New York’s run containment and the hearts of Jets fans. With the Jets fully geared up for an aerial onslaught from quarterback Tom Brady and his deep and talented pool of receivers; head coach Bill Belichick elected for a more balanced offensive attack. New England rushed the ball 35 times for 152 yards and two scores; as they kept New York guessing and on its heels the entire game.
For the second consecutive week returner Joe McKnight ignited New York, providing superb starting field position. McKnight’s 88 yard return came on the heels of New England extending its lead to ten points early in the third quarter. Mike Westoff and the special teams unit continue to shift the momentum in New York's favor, yet the offense has failed to capitalize on this trend two weeks running.
Rex Ryan ate his fill of humble pie as Bill Belichick out-schemed and out-coached Ryan on Sunday. New York’s offensive game plan was flawed as they did not test New England’s lowly secondary; instead electing to ride the running game to a third consecutive defeat. Another ill-conceived offensive game plan and coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s days with the Green and White could be numbered.