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Jets grades: Offense, defense both solid

Damon Harrison (94), Austin Howard (77), Tommy Bohanon

Damon Harrison (94), Austin Howard (77), Tommy Bohanon (40) and Geno Smith (7) are introduced before a game against the Cleveland Browns. (Dec. 22, 2013) Credit: Lee S. Weissman


The unit bounced back in a big way by scoring 24 points with 422 total yards. Geno Smith got off to a slow start but finished with a 91.7 passer rating and two passing TDs -- his highest totals since he had a 147.7 rating and 3 TDs in their Week 5 win in Atlanta. The offensive line did not surrender any sacks or QB hits. Led by Chris Ivory (109 yards, 20 carries), the Jets rushed for a season-high 208 yards.


Dee Milliner finally looked like a first-round pick. Despite some miscues, the rookie cornerback had his best performance by far against Browns receiver Josh Gordon. Milliner had a team-high nine tackles and five passes defensed, and his first career INT. Outside linebacker Calvin Pace recorded his 10th sack, joining Muhammad Wilkerson as the first 10-sack tandem for the team since Joe Klecko and Mark Gastineau in 1981.


The unit, which had a blocked punt in Carolina last week, got off to a shaky start: The Jets failed on a fake punt in the first quarter. Nick Folk tied it at 10 with a 21-yard field goal, but he also missed a 49-yarder. Bright side: Speedy Saalim Hakim likely prevented a kick-return TD for the Browns on Fozzy Whittaker's 50-yarder in the fourth quarter.


Rex Ryan must have said all the right things in his Saturday night team meeting. Despite their sluggish start on offense and a plethora of pre-snap penalties, Ryan's players refused to quit. And, as promised, the coaching staff gave their younger defensive players more reps and Marty Mornhinweg got tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. more involved.

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