Part II of "Looking at the films."

Here is the second part of our positional breakdown of the Jets-Bengals game.

Defensive Line:

The Jets defensive line played a very solid game led by the big fella Kris Jenkins.

Jenkins set a good tone when he stop Chris Perry around the line on his first carry. Jenkins seemed to have Bengal center Eric Ghiaciuc intimidated, like when he jumped offsides in the second quarter. One thing that makes Jenkins so good is how quick he is off the ball for a 350-pounder. On a third quarter PD by Dwight Lowery, Jenkins looked like Dwight Freeney getting off the ball and getting into the quarterback's face.

Shaun Ellis did some good things. He stopped Perry for no gain early in the third quarter, and then added a late sack.

Kenyon Coleman was active in run support like when he stopped Perry around the line in the early third.

Mike DeVito had a picture perfect shed and tackle early in the fourth on a Perry gain of three.


The linebackers were very active.

Eric Barton did a lot of good things like when he tracked down a scrambling Ryan Fitzpatrick in the right flat for a first quarter sack. On the Bengals first offensive play of the second half, a Barton blitz caused a poor throw.

Calvin Pace had another good game. He recovered a second quarter fumble, and twice in the first half he pushed the left tackle into Fitzpatrick causing incompletions. And then he sacked the QB to end a third quarter drive.

David Harris made a number of terrific plays including when he shot into the backfield and stopped Ced Benson for a loss of one in the second quarter. Harris and Bryan Thomas combined for a fourth quarter sack. The two of them just overwhelmed the middle of the Bengals line.

Defensive Backs:

The secondary got a break when Carson Palmer was scratched, but nonetheless did a solid job.

Abram Elam is a very good tackler. He stopped Ben Utecht short of the first down to end the Bengals first possession. Elam stopped Chris Perry in the backfield for a loss of one in the second quarter.

A Hank Poteat blitz in second caused a fumble that the Jets recovered.

Dwight Lowery batted down a pass on a corner blitz early in the third, and also had a PD in that quarter.

Drew Coleman had a PD in the end zone on T.J. Houshmanzadeh in the second. Coleman did a good of spacing on a fade to Chris Henry that was caught out of bounds.

Darrelle Revis is also a very good tackler. He stopped Perry on a swing pass in the right flat for no gain in the third.

The only criticism of the secondary would be on the Bengals TD drive at the end of the first half. Why were the corners playing so far off the receivers? I could see that if Palmer was the QB, but not Fitzpatrick. There was no reason for this strategy.

Special Teams:

Best special team's game of the year for Gang Green.

Leon Washington did a great job helping the Jets win the field position battle.

In the first quarter, Washington had a 46-yard return. Mike DeVito had a great block on this play in the wedge.

On Washington's first punt return of the second half, Leon made Glenn Holt and Keith Rivers miss in the open field on a gain of 14.

Reggie Hodges did a decent job punting and did a solid job holding.

Wallace Wright and Ahmad Carroll both made outstanding plays on the coverage teams.

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