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October 22, 2012

Hector longo's Two-Minute Drill

Patriots 29, Jets 26

(Continued)

DEFENSE

Line (B) … For some reason, the Jets kept pounding it up inside, right at the strength of the Pats’ defense – Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love. Congrats, New York earned its 3.2 yards a carry. Quiet night for Chandler Jones in his 1 on 1 with D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

Linebackers (B+) … Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham combined on the strip sack to end it. Jerod Mayo was a magnet to the football with 10 solo tackles. Donta’ Hightower was back in the lineup with limited success. Brandon Spikes can only play the run, so his efforts were limited.

Secondary (D-) … Alfonzo Dennard’s pick was the highlight on a day that the Jets tortured the Pats. Fittingly, that pick came on a ball in which he was beaten badly to the corner by Stephon Hill, with no help from the safety. Mark Sanchez found the receiver a second to late, and then underthrew him by 15 yards, allowing Dennard the pick. Other than that, man or zone, Jets flew free like the U.S. Air Force over Baghdad in Desert Storm.

Coaching (C-) … Again, too much confusion on the sideline with the defense sending players on and off at the snap of the football. The play-calling on offense remains unpredictable to the point that there is no rhyme nor reason. Why would Josh McDaniels try to pound the football with Logan Mankins in street clothes and Dan Connolly unavailable? Luckily, this was the Jets, whose coaching staff earned a D-.

Special Teams (C+) … How only a C+ when you run a kick back 104 yards for a TD, you kick the game-tying and game-winning field goals late and your punter bails you out with a 44.8 yard average, with four (of) six kicks inside the 20, two of those inside the 10? Simple, you fumble away what should have been the game in the final 2 minutes. That’s like skipping the essay on the history midterm. You’re A+ becomes a C+.

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