The defensive line was somewhat quiet, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t effective.
Remember a big part of what 3-4 linemen do is create a brick wall so the linebackers can make plays. And the big guys up front did a good job of doing this.
For instance, Kris Jenkins finished the game with one tackle, but the player behind him, Eric Barton, led the Jets with team with 10. Jenkins body guard work helped Barton a great deal. So did the work of the ends. It wasn’t all Jenkins.
Shaun Ellis missed a tackle on Kenneth Darby on a carry that went for 14 yards on the Rams second drive.
Mike DeVito blew by Alex Barron right off the snap to force Trent Green to run out of bounds early in the fourth quarter.
C.J. Mosley played the most he has all year and led the team with three tackles. He also had half a sack.
Eric Barton had a big game, finishing with 10 tackles and a half a sack. Barton blitzed up the middle and shared a sack with Calvin Pace.
Barton was outstanding against the run. He had three run stops around the line in the third quarter alone. Barton blew by Anthony Becht to stop Antonio Pittman for a loss of four in the fourth quarter.
Barton also recovered a fumble late in the first half that was caused by Bryan Thomas.
One play Barton would want back was when Antonio Pittman beat him for 22 yards on a passing play early in the third quarter.
David Bowens crushed Ken Darby on the line on the Rams second drive.
Pace picked up a first half fumble and returned it for a touchdown. He was also called for being off-sides at the beginning of the second half.
Cody Spencer played quite a bit at inside linebacker and finished with five tackles.
The secondary made a lot of good things happen.
Abram Elam had another good game. He caused a fumble on a first quarter blitz that Cal Pace picked up and returned for a touchdown. Elam’s execution on this play was very impressive. He faked dropping into the coverage at the start of the play, and then made a bee-line for Marc Bulger. Elam also had a nice PD on a quick out to Joe Klopfenstein in the second quarter.
Kerry Rhodes made a lot happen. He was involved in two picks, and almost a third. He intercepted Bulger late in the first half on an out to Donnie Avery and returned it 50 yards. Late in the third quarter, Rhodes tipped a pass in the end zone that was picked off by Hank Poteat. Rhodes had a near pick early in the third quarter.
Another nice play from Poteat was when he stopped Torry Holt short of the first down to end the Rams initial possession. Poteat was called for holding in the second quarter, reversing a fumble recovery by the Jets.
Dwight Lowery had an up-and-down game. He had several real nice plays like when he stopped an Antonio Pittman run for a loss of four late in the first quarter. He also had a terrific PD on a quick slant to Avery on the Rams first pass.
Lowery was also inconsistent in coverage, but he deserves credit for how he recovered after giving up a mid-range pass to Derek Stanley. The receiver beat Lowery for a 19-yard gain in the second quarter, but then the cornerback chased him down and caused a fumble that Rhodes recovered. Lowery gave up a 20 yard gain to Avery on a deep out late in the first half.
Lowery had a tough stretch in the third quarter. He was called for holding on Avery in the middle of the third quarter. And then on the next play, Lowery missed a tackle on Pittman on a gain of 12 off left tackle. Then a few plays later, Lowery for called for pass interference on a fade in the end zone.
Jay Feely scored 17 points including a 55-yard field goal at the end of the first half.
Marques Murrell was outstanding on kick coverage. He blew up the returner late in the first quarter, allowing another cat to make the tackle. He also had impressive coverage tackles late in the first half and at the start of the second half.
James Dearth had some high snaps.