Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/25/11
Rushing offense: A This was more in line with what coach Rex Ryan envisioned prior to the season, the line doing the job up front and Shonn Greene hitting the resulting holes with quickness and authority. The Jets' total of 162 yards marked the first time they went over 100 as a team in 2011. Greene's 112 yards on 20 carries was a season high for him. QB Mark Sanchez's 25-yard scramble in the third quarter helped flip field position in the Jets' favor. Passing offense: B Sanchez again showed his penchant for locking onto his primary target, and that cost him on the end-zone interception by San Diego FS Eric Weddle. However, he finally established the long-awaited chemistry with WR Plaxico Burress, hitting him for three TD passes, all inside the 5-yard line. Sanchez was sacked only twice, but a holding call on C Nick Mangold nullified a pretty, diving 23-yard TD catch by WR Santonio Holmes. TE Dustin Keller needs to secure catches better after being stripped for a fumble-return score. Rushing defense: B-plus Mike Tolbert broke a 29-yard run to set up the Chargers' second touchdown drive, which he finished with a second-effort 1-yard plunge. After that, there was very little happening for the Chargers on the ground, as San Diego had only 29 yards rushing after that. Give credit to the injury-plagued, makeshift defensive line and to OLB Calvin Pace, in particular, for doing a good job of setting the edge and slowing down the outside runs. Passing defense: A CB Darrelle Revis made a huge play for the second straight week, following up his 100-yard pick six against Miami with a 64-yard interception return to set up the go-ahead touchdown. The Jets limited the talented Philip Rivers to a 51.4 passer rating, and CBs Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson each had terrific games. Wilson's first career interception led to the final field goal. OLB Aaron Maybin had his third sack in three games. Special teams: B A solid, if unspectacular, day for this unit. No big returns for KR Joe McKnight, but the coverage teams limited San Diego's Richard Goodman to a 23.2-yard average on six KO returns. Nick Folk's field goals of 35 and 30 yards made him a perfect 10-for-10 on the season. T.J. Conley's 42-yard punt to the San Diego 6 flipped field position and led to the touchdown that cut the Jets' deficit to 21-17. Coaching: A-plus Coach Rex Ryan had his team prepared in a must-win situation despite a short week and the distractions stemming from his comments about the Chargers. He and his staff also did a terrific job of adjusting personnel and tactics at halftime, especially on defense. The play call on Revis' interception was an excellent one, with Revis in zone and Cromartie in man-to-man coverage. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did a great job of mixing in play-action passes for Sanchez once Greene had established himself as a force in the running game. -- J.P. Pelzman
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