ReFo: Jets @ Patriots, Week 7

Who takes home the game ball in this tight-fought contest? Brady? Wilkerson? Another? Khaled Elsayed has the notable performaces.

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ReFo: Jets @ Patriots, Week 7

2014-REFO-WK07-NYJ@NEAfter a slow start, Thursday Night Football is really starting to heat up. First courtesy of the Colts’ thrilling victory over Houston, and this week as a result of the New England Patriots nail-biting win against the New York Jets.

A match that, on paper, had some expecting a blowout proved extremely close, with the difference in the two teams the Patriots’ ability to convert their scoring opportunities into touchdowns, while the Jets too often settled for field goals. Such are the margins in the NFL that it is that defines why one team wins, and why team loses.

Let’s take a look at some of the key performances.

New York Jets – Performances of Note

Chris Ivory, RB: +2.2

Breakdown: 107 yards on 21 carries would seem like a great day for the offensive line. But in truth it owed an awful lot to Ivory who wasn’t bruising through defenders, but making them pay for over comitting inside as the Jets misdirection brought the worst out of the Patriots in run defense.

Signature Stat: 55 of his 107 yards came after contact.

Muhammad Wilkerson, DE: +4.1

Breakdown: While the sack numbers were there last year, we felt Wilkerson had taken a little step backwards after his breakout 2012. This year? He’s right back to his best with a string of consistently impressive performances. He was a menace rushing the passer in this one, with his three hits ensuring Tom Brady will feel sore this morning.

Signature Play: With 7.58 to go in the game Wilkerson breezes past the outside shoulder of Jordan Devey to pick up his third hit of the day.

Obay Aboushi, LG: -2.4

Breakdown: Is the future at left guard Aboushi? At this stage it’s too early to tell, but they’ll be mildly encouraged that after a terrible first quarter he settled down somewhat. That said, he still got beat too much in pass protection and he’ll need to rectify that.

Signature Play: Perhaps the most costly play of the game. He’s late reacting to the blitz of Dont’a Hightower and a result is forced to hold, resulting in a touchdown being wiped off the board with 8.47 to go in Q1.

New England Patriots – Performances of Note

Tom Brady, QB: +2.6

Breakdown: Efficient. Brady faced pressure on 16 drop-backs and while he did at times look a little rattled in the second half, he made enough plays to keep the chains moving and avoided turning the ball over. While Sam Monson may not appreciate it, reports of his demise may be premature with this Brady’s fifth grade in the green of the season.

Signature Stat: The box score will tell you Brady completed 54% of passes. Yuck, terrible game. It won’t tell you he had four throwaways, one batted pass and four dropped passes. Factor all that magic in and you get an actual adjusted Accuracy Percentage of 77.4%.

Jordan Devey, LG: -6.4

Breakdown: A couple of penalties never look good on the stat sheet, but it was the ease at which Devey was beaten in pass protection that explains this grade. The Patriots either need to get him more help or continue to expect their quarterback to take a beating, with Devey responsible for three hits.

Signature Stat: Gave up five quarterback disruptions. Rest of the line would give up six.

Patrick Chung, S: +2.5

Breakdown: Chung had one of those games that frustrates. So very good for most of it, but was beaten twice in coverage at crucial times. Still how about that work he did before Jeff Cumberland scored six on him? Active coming up to support the run game he ended up with four defensive stops and added a hit on one his two occasions rushing the passer.

Signature Stat: It may have surprised some to see Chung installed as starter, but he’s graded positively in all bar two of his games (with the lowest grade a -0.8).

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A close run thing, but in the end Chris Ivory had the biggest impact on this game.


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  • Chris Smith

    Can someone with a neutral P.O.V. confirm something I saw in last night’s game. Even though the Jets Defense was on the field for less than half the time as the Patriots D, the Jets defense looked gassed by the end of the Pats’ long drives while the Pats’ D looked like they were taking things in stride. The TV commentators even mentioned the Jets D looking winded.

    • bradybunch

      I would assume they got gassed due to the Patriots offense playing at a fast rate. Get to the line ….snap…. go….repeat.

    • Jeff

      There’s this thing called the “no huddle”… that the Patriots employ quite often. So as a defender when you have to play 8-10+ snaps with little to no time between them, it wears you out quickly.

    • Richard Light

      As others mentioned, with defensive fatigue, it’s not about total time on the field. It’s about ability to substitute and tempo.

      If a team goes up tempo, there’s less recovery in between plays and the defense can’t substitute. A defense would rather be on the field for 35 minutes against a slow-tempo team that allows substitutions than be on the field for 25 minutes against an up-tempo team.

      • Chris

        It means the Jest aren’t in very good shape. Sure having to face a no huddle with no subs can be tough, but in between those short Pats drives New York was cranking out 7-8 minute drives and giving their defense plenty of rest. New England only ran 60 plays, which is below average.

        • Xmas

          Nice typo…”The Jest”

          • Chris

            Not a typo.

    • DrAWNiloc

      In addition to the factors others have mentioned, the Jets were playing a pass-first team. That involves big linemen chasing a QB rather than stuffing a RB coming in their direction, DBs covering receivers running real pass routes, and LBs doing one or the other.

  • Chris

    Dennard deserved a mention.

    His statsheet isn’t bad (3 catches for 43 yards, 0 TDs), but all 3 of those catches went for 10+ yard 1st downs. And his other target was a 9 yard TD nullified by an offensive holding penalty.

    • Zeta Gundam

      Chris, fair warning. I’ve seen you posting player grades that are only available with a subscription a few times already. The staff at PFF can and will ban people who do that, and maybe even cancel your subscription (I’m less certain about this one). You’re giving their product away for free, essentially, which reduces other people’s incentive to buy a subscription.

      • DrAWNiloc

        Formatting is copyrightable; facts/data are not. If people were not permitted to to cite PFF data here and elsewhere I can’t imagine that PFF would have a single subscriber left.

      • Richard Light

        Doubtful. I see beat writers cite PFF stats all the time on Twitter, mentioning grades for all their Twitter followers to see.

        Far from canceling their subscriptions, PFF’s main Twitter account actually retweets those citations. There’s no evidence to suggest that PFF hates it when people use their stats in arguments.

      • Chris

        I’ve never been told by any staff that they have any issue with any post I’ve ever made.

        If they do I’ll quit.

    • Troll Chris

      Would you like some ice, my friend? You just got burned.

      • Chris


  • Chris from the Cape

    For those who watched the game or have access to the data, what are the specific under-performances that are contributing to NE’s joke of a run defense?