With the odds of moving beyond the sixth seed in the playoffs slim to none, Jets head coach Rex Ryan decided to rest several of his starters and limit the snaps for a number of his other regulars. Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie along with running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene didn't suit up and quarterback Mark Sanchez didn't throw more than a pitch to running back Joe McKnight in his one series of play. "We really got exactly what we were looking for heading into the playoffs," Ryan said. Some of the depth took advantage of the field time, including Emmanuel Cook forcing a first quarter fumble and Marquice Cole's pick six in the second quarter.
2. McKnight in Shining Armor –
It wasn't bad enough that the Jets traded fan favorite Leon Washington for the fourth round pick that they used to select Joe McKnight, but the rookie out of USC showed up to rookie camp so out of shape that he ended up blowing chunks and taking a knee in his first practice. McKnight has done precious little this year but with Tomlinson and Greene standing in tracks on the sideline, the rookie improved dramatically on his seven carries for 31 yards rushing this season. In his first ever NFL start, McKnight had 158 yards on 32 carries. "Now you see why we were excited to draft him, Ryan said after the game.
3. Under the Weatherford –
His punts numbers are so-so in the NFL in terms of average kick, but Steve Weatherford is becoming one of the best in the league at changing field position through smart kicking. On Sunday, Weatherford's first four punts all landed inside the 20-yard line, with two of those efforts inside the 10-yard line. Weatherford entered the game leading the league in getting the ball inside the opposition's 20-yard line, and continues to be a quiet difference maker for the Jets, as evidenced by Sunday against the Bills.