JAX-NYJ Grades: Swarming Jets defense overwhelms Jaguars, hangs on late
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Jets’ 28-23 win over the Jaguars:
– Despite being under pressure on 46.9% of his dropbacks and eventually losing the game, quarterback Blake Bortles (+6.3) had a really solid outing yesterday. Accounting for drops and throwaways, Bortles was accurate on 77.8% of his passes. It was especially impressive how accurate he was on downfield passes. He completed 7 of his 11 pass attempts when throwing more than 20 yards downfield. In addition, Bortles proved to be a dual-threat option yesterday and picked up 30 yards on three scrambles.
– The fact that Bortles’ great performance was not enough for the win might have to do with the Jaguars’ non-existent running game. Excluding a 45-yard run, T.J. Yeldon (-2.4) ran for 19 yards on 13 carries and forced only one missed tackle on these attempts. It is important to note that Yeldon really did not have a chance to get started yesterday as he was constantly hit in the backfield by Jets defenders. Again, excluding the big run, all 19 of Yeldon’s rushing yards came after contact, which shows how the Jets front seven dominated the Jaguars’ offensive line.
– Safety John Cyprien (+3.4) backed up his solid game against the Bills two weeks ago and played the best game of his career yesterday. While he did defend one of the three passes thrown his way, his biggest contribution came in the running game. He finished the game with a team-high 10 solo tackles without missing any tackle attempts. Eight of Cyprien’s 10 tackles were stops, which constituted in an offensive failure. His run stop percentage of 25.9% led all safeties in Week 9 as he picked up seven run stops on 27 run snaps.
QB Blake Bortles (+6.3)
S John Cyprien (+3.4)
C Stefan Wisniewski (+2.8)
WR Allen Hurns (+2.1)
WR Bryan Walters (+2.1)
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– The Jets couldn’t muster a ground game, either and gained 32 yards on 24 designed run attempts. While Chris Ivory (-2.6) scored two 1-yard touchdown runs in the game, but he managed to force only one missed tackle, which equals the number of fumbles he had yesterday. While Ivory was certainly at fault when he fumbled the football, the offensive line has to take a large share of the blame for the ineffective running game from the Jets’ part. Of the 32 yards gained by the Jets yesterday, 35 came after contact.
– While Sheldon Richardson (+4.2) did not record any of the Jets’ seven sacks yesterday, he was still the most disruptive defender of the home team. He recorded three quarterback hits and four hurries and some of his pressures forced Blake Bortles to move against the leverage of his offensive linemen and resulted in sacks by other Jets defenders. His afternoon was highlighted by a play where he lined up at middle linebacker and had a full head of steam when he collided with T.J. Yeldon in the backfield and was able to push the running back into Bortles.
– There were a lot of rumors about Darrelle Revis’ (+3.5) potential demise in the past week, but the cornerback yesterday proved again that he still belongs among the elite players at his position. He did contribute some in defending the run as well, but, as usual, his real work came in coverage. Revis followed second-year receiver Allen Robinson the majority of the game and while he did allow 50 yards to him, 33 of those came on a scramble drill where Bortles extended the play and it was just enough for Robinson to create separation. Overall, Revis allowed two receptions on seven targets and defended two passes, one of which resulted in Bortles’ first interception.
DE Sheldon Richardson (+4.2)
OLB Calvin Pace (+4.1)
CB Darrelle Revis (+3.5)
FS Dion Bailey (+3.5)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (+2.9)