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Grading the Jets


B-Making his first start in two years, Kellen Clemens certainly didn't create any quarterback controversy with his unbelievably boring play. He managed the game and took care of the ball, the two things the Jets were looking for from the fourth-year quarterback. He completed 12 of 23 for 111 yards and didn't turn the ball over. Thomas Jones, who played for the Bucs in 2003, ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.


A+The Jets forced the Bucs into six three-and-outs in the first half alone, holding them to 15 yards of total offense and zero first downs through the first 30 minutes. They held the Bucs to six total first downs and didn't let them convert on third down in 14 tries. They allowed a modest 124 total net yards on 56 plays - an average of 2.2 yards per play - to mark the fifth time this season they've kept a team under 200 total net yards.


AThe Jets executed their fourth successful fake punt of the season when Brad Smith hit Eric Smith for a 27-yard gain on fourth-and-7 in the first quarter. Jay Feely returned to his hometown roots, playing a long field goal away from Jesuit High School right down Dale Mabry Highway. He made his first four attempts before a high snap from the steady James Dearth led to his missing a 49-yarder wide right early in the fourth. Punter Steve Weatherford dropped two of his five punts inside the 15.


ARex Ryan's decision to pull the plug on an injured Mark Sanchez early in the week and go with Clemens was absolutely the right move, and although Clemens was unspectacular, it showed the Jets didn't need Sanchez to beat the hapless Bucs. With Tampa Bay's run defense ranked No. 31, Ryan's "ground-and-pound" game plan was simple and effective.

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