Jets grades: Not so good

Bilal Powell of the New York Jets is Bilal Powell of the New York Jets is stopped on a run by Jerod Mayo of the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Nov. 22, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Rex Ryan may have thought Mark Sanchez (301 passing yards) "threw the ball well," but the quarterback's decision-making was beyond questionable. Sanchez not only threw an interception to derail momentum on the Jets' second drive but gave the Patriots a touchdown when he fumbled the ball while sliding face-first into Brandon Moore's butt. Shonn Greene, Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens accounted for three of the Jets' five fumbles.



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The Jets' defense was gassed way before the third quarter began. Tom Brady threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns, including an 83-yarder to Shane Vereen. Even without tight end Rob Gronkowski, Brady was able to carve up the Jets en route to a 139.4 passer rating.



Joe McKnight churned out 168 yards on seven kickoff returns, but he coughed up the ball immediately after Sanchez's second-quarter fumble, both of which were returned for TDs. The special-teams unit also allowed Julian Edelman to return a 54-yard Rob Malone punt 30 yards. Fortunately for the Jets, the Patriots weren't able to capitalize on that coverage breakdown.



So to recap: Ryan knew Tim Tebow's rib injury was severe enough that the backup quarterback could be used only in an "emergency." So why would he go into a must-win game against the rival Patriots without a healthy backup quarterback? Also, why is Tony Sparano calling a Shonn Greene run up the middle when the Jets are trailing 35-3 and Vince Wilkfork and Brandon Spikes are clogging up lanes?

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