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Week 13: Offense Stagnates As Defense Gets Run Over
Jets Played A More Physical Game.
by Steve Saslow

Here are our position by position grades:

Quarterback:

Ryan Fitzpatrick had a nice touch on a 38 yard pass to Lee Evans on his first pass of the game but didn't do much else. He was uncharacteristically careless with the football. They needed a review to overturn one fumble. He then fumbled on a sack early in the 2nd quarter that led to a field goal. He also misplayed an exchange with Marshawn Lynch. He was inaccurate most of the game and his desperation bomb in the final minutes was picked off. He completed just 9 of 23 passes for only 98 yards. He did run fairly well gaining 32 yards on the ground. Grade F: A reminder that he's just a backup.

Running Backs:

Fred Jackson got the start again. He did a nice job in blitz pickup on the Bills second series. Marshawn Lynch followed a 35 yard run with a 15 yard scoring run to give the Bills the lead back in the 2nd quarter. He had only six carries for 60 yards. Jackson had trouble getting going on the ground as he had only 31 yards on 13 carries. He added 24 yards receiving. Corey McIntyre had a nice block on Lynch's score. Grade C: Why didn't we see more of Lynch?

Receivers:

The Darrelle Revis vs. Terrell Owens was the battle to watch but it was no contest. Revis owned Owens as he only caught three balls despite being targeted nine times. He also didn't go up to prevent a late game interception. Lee Evans caught a 38 yard bomb on the first pass of the game but did not catch another pass as he was rarely open. He did have a nice block on Lynch's touchdown. Josh Reed and Shawn Nelson did not catch a pass. Jonathan Stupar had a nice block on Lynch's TD. Grade F: Can't do much when you don't get open.

Offensive Line:

Jonathan Scott was beaten for a sack and forced fumble. He did have a nice block to spring Lynch's 35 yard run. Kirk Chambers missed most of the 2nd half with an injury. Jamon Meredith replaced him and was beaten for a sack. Geoff Hangartner was also beaten for a sack. Andy Levitre had a nice block on Lynch's touchdown. Grade C: Gave up three sacks and Fitzpatrick was hurried on many plays.

Defensive Line:

Aaron Schobel was beaten on the edge on a wide receiver reverse by Brady Smith to get the Jets first scoring drive going with a 21 yard gain but he was solid the rest of the game. He had a sack and a nice shoestring tackle of Kellen Clemens to force a punt late in the game. He had four tackles for loss. Kyle Williams got two sacks, the first one ended a drive and forced the Jets to settle for a field goal. He also had eight tackles and a forced fumble. Chris Kelsay had a sack but didn't do much else. Marcus Stroud didn't do anything to slow down the running attack. Ryan Denney had a chance at a big sack late in the game but couldn't bring down Clemens. Aaron Maybin made a nice tackle for no gain. Spencer Johnson was very quiet but he got pressure on Schobel's sack. Grade B-: Had four sacks and several pressures but did give up holes in the running game.

Linebackers:

Paul Posluszny had a sack and forced fumble but was very quiet most of the game as his tackle total was way down getting only five. Chris Draft only had two tackles while Bryan Scott led the unit with six. Grade F: They allowed some yards in chunks on the ground.

Secondary:

Terrence McGee played on a very limited basis as he works his way back from a knee injury. Drayton Florence had nine tackles. George Wilson had 3 tackles for no gain and a team high 10 tackles in all. Jairus Byrd made a nice open field tackle on Jones in the 2nd quarter and finished with four tackles. Reggie Corner was beaten for an easy TD on a bomb but Braylon Edwards dropped it. Edwards beat him deep for a completion in the 2nd quarter but Corner had no safety help. He made a nice tackle for loss on quick WR pass to help force a three and out on the opening possession of the 2nd half. He had seven tackles. Donte Whitner made a great pass breakup of a third down pass in the red zone to force the Jets to settle for three late in the first half. He was then beaten for a 45 yard pass on the next series. He was beaten for 14 yards on a third and 12 play in the 2nd half. He had six tackles. Grade C-: Didn't give of many yards but there were players wide open more often than not.

Special Teams:

Brian Moorman had another huge day with four of seven punts being downed inside the 20. He had a 48 yard average with a 42.7 yard net. Rian Lindell picked up where he left off on Sunday by hitting a 49 yard field goal on the opening possession of the game. He also nailed a 32 yarder. Roscoe Parrish had two punt returns for 11 yards. Fred Jackson doesn't scare anyone returning kicks. He averaged 22.8 yards on six returns. He also fumbled one return but Todd Johnson alertly jumped on it. The coverage units did well giving up a 19 yard average on four kickoff returns and a 7.4 yard average on five punt returns. Grade A: They did nothing wrong in this loss.

Coaching:

Perry Fewell should have stuck with Lynch when he was the hot guy instead of putting him in moth balls the rest of the game after his score. Alex Van Pelt was enamored with getting the ball to Owens. They tried too much when Revis is the better player at this point. Bobby April had his unit ready to go. Grade D: Disappointing loss after Sunday's win.



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