The Morning After Report

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – And to think just a few weeks ago everyone, myself included, were saying that the Jets offense couldn’t move the ball 10 yards. I think it’s say to say that we were all wrong with that sentiment. The Jets 38-14 pounding of the Buffalo Bills was easily the most well-rounded game they’ve played all year. Many thought of the match-up with the 0-3 Bills as a trap game with Brett Farve and the Minnesota Vikings coming to town under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. However they came out clicking on all cylinders, dismantling the Bills in every facet of the game.

If I could speak from a personal stand point, the Jets are making it very easy for me to grade them. For the past three weeks they’ve received outstanding marks, with Mark Sanchez and the offense leading the way. So without further adieu, here are the Official JetsInsider.com’s Morning After Report grades.

PASSING: A-

  • I said it last week and I’ll continue to say it: through four weeks of the NFL season, Sanchez has yet to throw an interception – that’s 103 straight attempts without an interception. Simply amazing.
  • The Sanchez-Keller connection continues to roll as he found a wide-open Dustin Keller for a red zone score. Keller pulled in another red zone TD on a pass from wildcat specialist Brad Smith. He continues to have a Pro Bowl caliber year with five TDs in four games.
  • It looks like Edwards has put aside his off-the-field issues and has been living up to his potential has a big-play threat. He’s gone three straight games with a touchdown, including a 41-yard score late in the second quarter on Sunday.

Shonn Greene's 117 rushing yards coupled with the 155 total yards from LaDanian Tomlinson, sparked the 38-14 thrashing of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (Photo by JetsInsider.com).

RUSHING: A+

  • Like Jay-Z said, 30 is the new 20. Apparently LaDanian Tomlinson heard the message loud and clear. Not only is he running at 20-something pace, but he looks like rejuvenated by Rex Ryan’s brash style. “You want to run through a brick wall for him,” said LT on Ryan. He had his first 100-yard gameĀ  since 2008 and looked exceptionally shifty on his 26-yard TD run.
  • Remember Shonn Greene? Yeah he’s also in the Jets backfield. He came to play Sunday rushing for 117 yards are 22 carries. This was the first game since the AFC Championship game that we’ve seen Greene look productive. His north-south running style perfectly spells LT’s shifty style.
  • Many, myself included, believed that Tomlinson had eclipsed Greene on the depth chart. While he may have taken his “starter” status, Greene will not be sitting on the sidelines. Yesterday, Tomlinson had 155 yards on 22 touches. Greene had 22 touches for 117 yards. If Greene holds up his end of the bargain and Tomlinson’s legs hold up, this could be the snarling two-headed monster everyone had hoped for.

PROTECTION: A

  • It seems the offensive line as re-solidified itself as one of the dominant units in the league. Credit this group for Sanchez’s turnover progression. They are giving him ample time to read the coverage or scramble to make a play on the ball.
  • For the second straight week, the o-line did not let up a sack. It seems second-year player Matt Slauson has set in nicely to the left guard spot, replacing the reliable Alan Faneca.
  • The questions of the o-line came on the pass protection end and that seems to be getting better each week. The run-blocking has always been there, and this week they shined as the ground game gained 273 yards.

DEFENSIVE FRONT 7: B+

  • The front seven held the Bills running backs to 40 yards rushing. However they couldn’t get to Harvard product, Ryan Fitzpatrick, who rushed for 74 yards on seven attempts. That shouldn’t raise eyebrows though, as they won’t be facing too many running quarterbacks.
  • Despite absence of Pace, the front seven has done a good job creating pressure which, in return, leads to the opposing offense making mistakes. Bryan Thomas forced a fumble while Jason Taylor had a fumble recovery. It seems week-in and week-out the Jets force themselves into creating a turnover.

DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD: A

  • Who would’ve thought they would get an A with no Darrelle Revis? Well after their horrendous play against Miami, it was nice to see the backfield have an outstanding game sans Revis.
  • Back-up safety Lance Laury had a fumble recovery while James Ihedigbo and Dwight Lowery recorded sacks. Speaking of Lowery, he started his first game and did quite well replacing rookie Kyle Wilson.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B+

  • If the Buffalo Bills are explosive in any part of the game, it’s on special teams. The Jets allowed the threatening tandem of C.J. Spillers and Roscoe Parrish a mere 22 yard return average on kicks and a pedestrian 12.4 yard average on punts.
  • Nick Folk missed a 30-yard field goal try midway through the first quarter. This was the second straight week with a missed try.
  • Steve Weatherford showed off his big leg with an astounding 57-yard punt. He averaged 41.7 yards yesterday.

COACHING: A

  • The coaching staff did a great job of not letting a winless team take advantage of an unsuspecting team in front of their home crowd. This was pegged as a “trap game” for the Jets, but Ryan and company kept the team focused on the Bills, not the circus that will be next Monday’s match-up with the Minnesota Brett Favre’s.
  • It was another well-balanced offensive game for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with 273 yards on the ground and 173 yards through the air.

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