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mkporter
10-22-2010, 11:05 AM
I was surprised at their ranking for Orton this week. I thought he played okay, but he threw a lot of balls to well-covered receivers (particularly Lloyd). I was at the game though, so individual play was kinda hard to judge.


http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2010/10/21/re-focused-week-6-jets-at-broncos/

Re-Focused: Week 6, Jets at Broncos
October 21st, 2010 | Author: Neil Hornsby

Strange things can happen at altitude. The Broncos’ anemic running game racked up 145 yards on the Jets’ stingy run defense. The Jets — who entered the game with just one turnover on the season — turned the ball over three times. The vaunted Denver passing game was kept in check by a Jets pass defense that had been struggling to stop anyone moving the ball. In other words, throw the form book out of the window for this AFC clash, which ended up with the Jets coming from behind for a 24-20 win.

After falling behind with four minutes to go, the Jets responded by driving for the winning score and came away with a labored victory. It was their fifth in a row to leave them atop the AFC East as they head into their bye week. For the Broncos, a much better effort than last week came up just short against a team that has clung on to the lead in each of its last three games.

Jets: Three performances of note

Despite being beaten for a touchdown for the second straight week since returning from a hamstring injury, Darrelle Revis (+3.2) graded out well this week, breaking up three passes and recording three tackles and a fumble recovery. While he still doesn’t quite look like he did last season, he was certainly moving a lot more comfortably than last week. It didn’t hurt that Antonio Cromartie drew the assignment of covering Brandon Lloyd and had an even better rating than Revis in coverage (+2.6) en route to posting a first-half shutout. The Jets’ cornerback play was a big reason why Kyle Orton was held to a season-low completion rate of 41.2 percent, and Revis may yet improve on this performance.

The standout performance on the defensive side of the ball belonged to Bart Scott (+5.2), who recorded five solo tackles, two assists, four stops, two QB hits and a pressure. Although the Jets gave up 145 yards on the ground, Denver’s running backs only averaged 3.3 yards per carry and Scott attacking the line of scrimmage was, as usual, a big factor in that.

On offense, although the record books will document his first career fourth quarter comeback, the Jets can realistically be considered to have won in spite of the performance of Mark Sanchez (-1.4). Sanchez threw his first two interceptions of the season and was 0 for 7 with two interceptions and two sacks when pressured. Fortunately, the Jets offensive line, which also did an excellent job in run blocking, was able to limit the number of times he was in that situation, otherwise the game could have had a very different outcome.

Broncos: Three performances of note

With Robert Ayers out injured, the Broncos reverted to a 4-3 formation 69 percent of the time and D.J. Williams (+6.1) flourished. Williams recorded nine solo tackles, two assists and six stops and added a sack and a pressure for good measure. He actually attained his highest grade of the season for run defense, rushing the passer and in coverage, where both passes thrown his way fell incomplete. Williams’ performance helped hold LaDainian Tomlinson to a season-low 3.4 yards per carry.

While Williams performed well in the 4-3, where he has had success in the past, the same could not be said for the defensive linemen. All seven defensive linemen had a negative rating against the run (-9.1 combined), apart from Jarvis Moss, who only played on passing downs. The main culprit was Justin Bannan (-4.1), who didn’t record a tackle in 48 snaps.

On offense, Orton (+5.2) had easily his worst game of the season statistically. However, his overall grade was actually his highest of the season so far. Although more than half of his passes fell incomplete, he graded out well because many of the passes he did make were to tightly covered receivers or thrown under pressure. The Jets broke up seven passes on balls where he usually gave the receiver a chance to make a play and he averaged 15 yards per completion and also made some plays with his legs. Broncos fans should not necessarily be discouraged by the sudden drop in his raw numbers.

Rookie report

CB Kyle Wilson didn’t get any playing time on defense this week, but was used on special teams and as a punt returner. Fullback John Conner saw action on nine plays this week, and had a key block on Tomlinson’s first touchdown run. Those were the only two rookies active for the Jets.

In contrast, the Broncos got terrific production from their rookies in this game. Tim Tebow (+2.0) saw action on nine plays, scoring his first NFL touchdown. After Eddie Royal went down with a groin injury, Demaryius Thomas stepped in and also found the end zone — beating Revis, no less. Right Tackle Zane Beadles (-1.4) and center J.D. Walton (-2.2) played the entire game on the offensive line and Walton’s bad snap in the last minute effectively ended the Broncos’ hopes of winning. Walton also gave up a sack and Beadles gave up two pressures. Perrish Cox (+3.5) played the whole game and graded out well, but gave up two crucial first downs on the last drive. Slot cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson (+1.5) saw action as a slot cornerback and intercepted a pass, as well as playing on special teams. Four other rookies contributed on special teams — Cassius Vaughan, Kevin Alexander, Kyle McCarthy and Eric Decker (who also briefly saw action at wide receiver).

Random notes

Last season, the Jets used offensive linemen Wayne Hunter and Rob Turner as extra tight ends in their “Jumbo” package. On Sunday, they played together for the first time this season…on defense. Tebow ran for a touchdown on the play. … Dwight Lowery only played one snap on defense. It was the Broncos’ last snap of the game, as he made a clinching fumble recovery.