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Jets grades: Rex Ryan and coaching staff get an A to lead an all-around great day

Rex Ryan gives a player a high-five before

Rex Ryan gives a player a high-five before a game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Nov. 3, 2013) Credit: Lee S. Weissman

OFFENSE

A-

Geno Smith's third rushing touchdown of the season was a footnote to Chris Ivory's production. The former Saint showed up in a big way Sunday, rushing for a season-high 139 yards on 18 carries. Ivory broke off runs of 30 and 52 yards, the latter a personal best. Smith was only 8-for-19 for 115 yards, but six receivers caught a pass. Thanks to some key plays by newly signed Greg Salas, Zach Sudfeld and Josh Cribbs, the Jets were able to keep the Saints' defense off-balance.

DEFENSE

A-

Had it not been for some rough patches early, the unit could have gotten a perfect mark. Antonio Cromartie was beaten for a 60-yard catch by Robert Meachem and a TD by Jimmy Graham, but the Jets' No. 1 cornerback redeemed himself with his first interception of the season and solid play in the second half. Muhammad Wilkerson and Calvin Pace each had a sack and second-year linebacker Demario Davis recorded his first career INT. David Harris had a team-high 10 tackles.

SPECIAL TEAMS

A-

Nick Folk is perfect. Well, at least at field-goal kicking. He nailed all four attempts (39, 21, 47 and 45 yards) and is 23-for-23 this season. Return man Cribbs also was productive, averaging 26.8 yards on five kickoffs, including a 42-yarder. Despite one bad punt, Ryan Quigley averaged 44.4 yards on his five attempts, including a 51-yarder to pin the Saints at their 19.

COACHING

A

No Jeff Cumberland, no Santonio Holmes, no Kellen Winslow Jr. and no Mike Goodson? No problem for Marty Mornhinweg. The offensive coordinator got everybody involved on offense and rode the hot hand -- Ivory -- all the way to victory. Also give credit to Rex Ryan and the entire defensive staff (especially D-line coach Karl Dunbar), who dialed up the pressure on Drew Brees from start to finish.

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