First a few updates:
1. Stay posted on the TOJ Facebook and Twitter page for reaction to Rex Ryan’s press conference today and any updates on Darrelle Revis’ hamstring, Jason Taylor’s elbow and any other injury issues the Jets currently have (Nick Mangold, Eric Smith, Brad Smith). If the Jets are smart they will rest Revis now, he should not return until he is absolutely 100 percent or his hamstring will be an issue all season. I would prefer to see him sit the next two weeks and then hopefully he can be back for Minnesota. They will have to cut Taylor’s arm off for him to miss the Miami game this week and I wouldn’t expect Calvin Pace back until the Buffalo game in week four.
2. Early line has the Jets as 1.5 underdogs to the 2-0 Dolphins.
Grading Out Jets/Patriots Round 1
Quarterbacks (A) – Probably the most complete, well-played game of Mark Sanchez’s young career. He was everything the Jets drafted him to be yesterday: confident, poised, and showing the ability to make any throw on the football field. The Jets have a ton of talent around Sanchez and if he can play like that on a consistent basis, the Jets are going to be a very, very tough team to beat.
Running Backs (A-) – LaDainian Tomlinson looks completely rejuvenated and provides a ton of energy every time he touches the football. He averaged 6.9 yards yesterday on 11 carries, along with adding 4 receptions for 26 yards. The Jets are giving him the perfect amount of touches as of right now. I just hope Tomlinson can keep it up all season long. Shonn Greene took a step in the right direction after week one, with no turnovers and 52 yards on 15 carries.
Wide Receivers (B+) – Braylon Edwards stepped up in a big way when the Jets desperately needed it in the 2nd quarter. It is about time the Jets used his height around the red zone. Jerricho Cotchery just missed on a few big plays from Sanchez but still had a nice touchdown grab, 4 receptions, and 2 carries. Brad Smith was banged up early and David Clowney stepped in to play a ton of reps, mostly as a decoy.
Tight Ends (A) – Dustin Keller played the best game of his career with 7 receptions, 115 yards, and a touchdown. He ripped the Patriots cover 2 apart and was a constant threat in the middle of the field.
Offensive Line (B-) – We are still waiting for our first 100 yard rusher of the season and New England did record 3 sacks, but overall they got the job done, particularly in the second half.
Defensive Line (B+) – The pass rush was a little sluggish at times but they were excellent against the run. Sione Pouha led the team in tackles with 6 and Mike DeVito chipped in 5 himself. Vernon Gholston added a tackle for a loss and Shaun Ellis had a big third down pressure.
Linebackers (B+) – They had occasional struggles in pass coverage but made their share of big plays, none bigger than Jason Taylor strip sacking Tom Brady out of a three-point stance in the fourth quarter. David Harris had 6 tackles and Bart Scott had a nice pass defense.
Secondary (A) – They get the “A” for stepping up in the absence of Darrelle Revis, especially Antonio Cromartie who was terrific in the second half. Brodney Pool made an impact in his first game in a Jets uniform with an INT. Kyle Wilson improved from his week one performance.
Special Teams (A) – Our kicker and punter are playing at a pro-bowl level through two weeks, who would have thought? The return game was only average.
Coaching (A) – Good bounce back game for Brian Schottenheimer and Rex Ryan made the necessary adjustments at half time to shut down New England’s offense.