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Grading the Jets


DSave for Mark Sanchez's 65-yard first-quarter TD to Braylon Edwards, the offense kept backfiring. Seven points isn't going to cut it. They had no success in the red zone - 0-for-3 - and were 5-for-15 on third-down conversions. Their No. 1-ranked rushing attack was held in check: Thomas Jones had 52 yards; Shone Green had 30.


BUltimately, they didn't get it done, allowing the Falcons to drive 73 yards in 11 plays for the winning score. But they did hold the Falcons to 238 total yards and had their number until that final drive. They forced Atlanta to kick a field goal that made it 7-3 after a goal-line stand. But they didn't generate enough pressure on Matt Ryan, - no sacks and only two quarterback hits.


FThe Jets left nine points on the board and it was all because this unit was atrocious: Kellen Clemens' botched snap on Jay Feely's 18-yard field-goal attempt; Feely missed a 38-yarder at the end of the first half that would've made it 10-3; Feely's 37-yard attempt that was blocked with 4:33 left, which gave the Falcons hope.


C+Rex Ryan had Darrelle Revis guard Roddy White for the most part and also had safety Kerry Rhodes shadow Tony Gonzalez, though he wasn't on Gonzalez's winning TD and probably should've been. Ryan also made smart use of his timeouts, showing he is indeed learning on the job. He burned a timeout in between first and second down with the Falcons staring at the goal line on their game-winning drive, understanding the Jets needed to save time since there were less than two minutes left. The offensive playcalling is either too aggressive: two pass plays on the their initial drive in windy conditions; or too conservative: running on third-and-goal from the 2.

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