Green and White Report brings you the Greats and Goats from an action packed Week 7 battle between the New York Jets and New England Patriots. Find out which players made the list this week.
Nick Folk was the hero again last Sunday as the Jets kicker sealed the overtime win against the visiting New England Patriots by a score of 30-27.
The win did not come without some controversy however as Folk was given a redo after a penalty negated his first attempt from 56 yards, a kick that sailed wide left of the goal posts. New England linebacker Chris Jones was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he pushed a New England lineman into the Jets line in hopes of blocking the kick. This marked the first time that the new infraction was called and gave the Jets a crucial first down.
Prior to the overtime period, Gang Green played a game of two halves. The first half was dominated by New England. After an opening drive touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley put the Jets up by seven, Tom Brady came right back and answered by leading a drive that resulted in a touchdown run by Brandon Bolden. The very next drive saw the Patriots score again after Logan Ryan intercepted Geno Smith and took the ball back to the end zone on a 79 yard return. New England would go into the half leading 21-10.
The second half was dominated by the Jets. Brady threw a pick six of his own on the first drive to Antonio Allen and would go on to be sacked twice on the ensuing possession. Smith, meanwhile, led the Jets down the field and took the lead on an eight yard run that resulted in a score. The game came down to the wire when Stephen Gostkowski kicked a field goal to tie, after multiple failed attempts to reach pay dirt for Brady and company.
Geno Smith, QB
- Smith started off the game by leading the Jets on an 80 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley. Despite being picked off soon after, Smith made Jets fans forget all about the early mistake as he led them to victory in overtime. Smith finished the day 17 of 33 for 233 yards passing while also rushing for 32 yards on six carries, including one touchdown both passing and rushing.
David Nelson, WR
- Jets fans may not be familiar with Nelson yet but after his game on Sunday, that will soon change. Nelson caught four passes on the day, all of them in big spots, including a third down catch that kept the Jets alive in overtime. He finished the day with 80 yards receiving and eased the pain of losing Holmes to injury.
Third Down Defense
- The Jets frustrated Tom Brady all afternoon on third down and limited the future hall-of-famer to just one conversion on fifteen attempts. Moreover, in two games against the Jets this year, the Patriots are just 3-for-50 on third down conversions. The defense kept the offense from making up too much ground and put the Jets in a spot to win.
- The only goat this week comes in the form of the secondary's job of covering Gronkowski on any given play. In his first game back from injury, Gronkowski proved that he was back with a vengeance. He torched the Jets for over 100 yards receiving and showed how the defense is still struggling to cover tight ends. While he never reached the end zone, he was underthrown by Brady on a pass that if perfect would've resulted in a score.