First a few updates:
1. Oh New England…talk about it all coming crashing down today…nice job by Bill Belichick being completely out-coached, Tom Brady playing like absolute garbage and Randy Moss not giving a crap…33-14? In your own building…yikes. Even the refs couldn’t save a team with no defense, no running backs and a coach who has done a poor job all season.
2. So much for my pre-season Super Bowl pick..c’mon now Philly, that was the best effort you had? Regardless, now I have to hope for Dallas to bring Brett Favre to tears next week.
3. I hope everybody takes the time to call Mike Francessa tomorrow and remind him about what he was saying the whole week leading up to the Jets/Bengals game and e-mail Bill Simmons or Mike Florio about their comments on the Jets all year.
4. Another week of heavy work here at TOJ…you should be able to write a thesis on Jets/Chargers by next Sunday…and we have more TOJ TV on the way.
5. Stats/game highlights…updated.
Grading Out Jets Wild-Card Win
Quarterback (A) – 12/15, 185 yards, 1 touchdown and zero turnovers. Keep in mind that of Sanchez’s three incompletions, one was a dropped 50 yard touchdown by Braylon Edwards, one was a drop by Dustin Keller and one was a batted ball…the guy played near perfect. You aren’t going to see a rookie quarterback play much better on the road in the playoffs. If Sanchez keeps this up, the Jets are going to be one hell of a tough out.
Running Backs (A) – Shonn Greene…the Jets other rookie showed why the Jets traded up for him. He hits the hole hard on every play and always falls forward when he is tackled. Thomas Jones has been dealing with a swollen knee but still showed good burst on his touchdown and was able to contribute 15 carries…regardless, the torch is slowly being passed to Greene as the Jets feature back.
Wide Receivers (B) – How about some love for Jerricho Cotchery? Nobody really seems to appreciate what a good player this guy is. He had a clutch 6 catches for 67 yards, including some unbelievable sideline grabs that converted big third downs. When the money is on the line…he is the Jets number one receiver. Braylon Edwards has unbelievable physical talent but has to concentrate, the Jets can’t afford drops like that from this point on. Quiet day for Brad Smith and the Tiger formation.
Tight Ends (A) – Dustin Keller stepped up in a big way yesterday. He provided all the big plays in the Jets passing game and sprung Shonn Greene on his touchdown run. The Jets are going to need him to keep playing this way because he is a key weapon for their offense.
Offensive Line (A) – They are the best unit in the NFL and the Jets will go as far as they take them.
Defensive Line (C) – Not one of their best days at the office. However, Shaun Ellis played a very good all around game, recording a sack, a forced fumble and 2 tackles for losses.
Linebackers (C) – Bryan Thomas played arguably his best game of the year, leading the team with 7 tackles and a sack. His play compensated for average games by Bart Scott, David Harris, and Calvin Pace.
Secondary (A) – Darrelle Revis…the best defensive player in football this season, period. Jim Leonhard stepped up with a sack, forced fumble and four tackles. Lito Sheppard played a pretty good game. The Jets need Dwight Lowery and Donald Strickland to get healthy.
Special Teams (A) – I told you I was worried about the kick coverage…however, how about Jay Feely? Hopefully, Steve Weatherford can get healthy and medical clearance for next week but you have to appreciate Feely stepping up the way he did.
Coaching (A) – Great game plan by Brian Schottenheimer on offense…and clearly Rex Ryan has his team believing in him.