1. Julian Edelman - A spirited rookie debut with 8 receptions for 98 yards.
2. Ty Warren - Why the guy is taken out on third downs and the immortal Mike Wright stays on the field, I'll never know. Finished with six solos and a sack, all while subbing out on third downs.
3. Vince Wilfork - Six solos. The Jets had scads of trouble trying to block him and used two and sometimes three men to do it.
1. Dan Koppen - The only thing that slowed Kris Jenkins down yesterday was fatigue. Koppen got manhandled, especially in the second half. When the interior running game evaporated so did Tom Brady's time to throw. Koppen is the poster child for a miserable week by the offensive line.
2. Joey Galloway - You just get the feeling that winning means a lot more to Tom Brady, Kevin Faulk, Randy Moss and others than it does to Galloway.
3. Ben Watson - Reverted back to his usual form with a decent linebacker on him one-on-one all day. Had three catches for 23 yards and a huge second-half holding penalty.
4. Randy Moss - Sorry, have to go four-deep this week and make an exception. Moss was well-covered by one man, Darrelle Revis. True, that at times the Jets showed Tom Brady different looks, but it was straight man coverage all day, and Moss finished with four catches for 24 yards.
Jets QB Mark Sanchez opened the second half with a 45-yard bomb to Jerricho Cotchery. To that point, the rookie had looked nervous, confused and tentative.
The completion came after he completed 3 of 5 passes for 15 yards in the first half and it absolutely settled down the USC product. Sanchez finished the game at 14 of 22 for 163 yards and a TD, nearly doubling Tom Brady's passer efficiency rating (101.1-53.1).
Sanchez made a couple of red-zone throws, including the nine-yard TD to Dustin Keller. That pass signaled greatness to come.
Of all the numbers that mattered, the one that mattered most was 13:17, New York's time of possession during the first 20 minutes of the second half. The Jets defense, which was on the field for 18:41 while facing the hurry-up offense during the first half, was on fumes but received some needed rest.
The Jets not only scored 10 unanswered points to take the lead, but they chewed up the clock and refreshed a beaten bunch.
"Offense came out third quarter and got the job done," said linebacker Bart Scott. "It really helped us out so we could finish strong in the fourth quarter."
Game within the game
The New York Jets defensive front - sometimes a 3-3, sometimes a 3-2 with a creeping safety - absolutely stole away the game, causing distress in the Patriots backfield on every second-half snap.
Don't look at the stat sheet. New York finished with no sacks. But don't go anoint the Pats offensive line as ready for a collective trip to Canton, Ohio.
"Honestly, I felt like I've played some really good games in these two and my stats are really nothing," said defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, who sniffed around Tom Brady all day and finished with just one solo tackle. "Sometimes it might be like that with this defense. If I don't get any sacks and we keep winning, so be it. We got the win. That's most important."
The Jets, who said they'd hit Tom Brady six times, had seven quarterback hits.
"Did we hit him a lot?" queried linebacker Bart Scott, ready to burst out in the affirmative to answer his own question.
New England managed only 102 second-half yards on 27 plays.
GRADING THE GROUPS
Line (C-): I gave the line a first-half B+ and an absolutely horrifying F for the second half. That was not a 63 kind of F, but more like a 37. Just overrun after the break.
Quarterback (C): Sorry, we just expect so much from the franchise. With the beatings he's taken the last two weeks, I hope his insurance is paid up to date.
Running Backs (D): D as in dreadful, deplorable and dubious for their inability to move the chains.
Receivers (C-): A little bit of good in rookie Julian Edelman, bad in Randy Moss and fittingly enough with the ugly, Joey Galloway.
Tight ends (D): I would cut Ben Watson, Chris Baker and Mike Matthews tomorrow if it meant bringing in more viable throwing targets for Brady.
Line (B+): Pro Bowl-type stuff from Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren, solid performance out of Jarvis Green and contributions from Mike Wright and rookie Ron Brace. An all-around strong day, although why we don't see more Brace and less Wright baffles me.
Linebackers (D): An admirable effort by Gary Guyton (7 solos) thwarts the flag. Adalius Thomas, this was an absolute stage for you to shine. This team needed you to finally step up and earn your five-year, $35 million deal. Instead, Thomas made one tackle and one assist. Horrifying day. Yes, the Pats played a lot of nickel, so he wasn't on the field much, but Pierre Woods regressed.
Secondary (C-): A rookie quarterback, who was under duress, managed a 101.1 passer rating. Enough said. Brandon Meriweather swung and missed more often than not. Leigh Bodden's special teams effort was lackluster at best, and the coverage broke down in the second half much too often.
Coaching (C): You have to applaud the hurry-up offense, even without a go-to guy, Wes Welker, who was injured. But the shell-shocked look in the second half from Bill Belichick's team is inexcusable.