GRADING THE GROUPS
Line (B-) ... Jets stacked the box and made things tough, but Pats didn’t move the pile forward much at all. Allowed Tom Brady to get hit early. This is a bad Jets defense, and the Pats backs rushed for 52 yards on 21 carries, hardly a quality night’s work.
Wide Receivers (C) ... Everything Tom Brady has worked for, all the passing efficiency marks, all the accuracy, say bye-bye. The most accurate passer on the planet, facing a middle-of-the-pack (at best) Jets defense hit 19 of 39 passes for 185 yards. The guy who averages 7.5 yards per attempt for his career was at 4.7 last night because of the minor league pass catchers this team has assembled.
Tight Ends (F) ... Nothing whatsoever from this group.
Running Backs (D) ... Stevan Ridley’s burst is lost in his fear of losing the football. All he had to do once is crease the Jets, and he was gone. Instead, he made sure of ball security. LeGarrette Blount is, well, a backup at best.
Quarterback (C) ... Try a shoe-horn to squeeze those passes in. For the first time in his pro career, it stinks to be Tom Brady.
Line (C) ... Much more activity from the edge in Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, but much of the noise came with Geno Smith’s constant siestas in the pocket, too. Play Tommy Kelly and Vince Wilfork, and can we please stop with the Joe Vellano experiment?
Linebackers (C) ... Somebody, please make a play. Not a play after the first down. Not a play if you’re unblocked and they run right at you. A play. Blow up a blocker, take someone’s head off and make a statement – one like: We have two first-rounders and a second at linebacker, so we shouldn’t be non-factors.