Favre started off great.
He was 6 of 7 on the first drive, and should have been 7 of 7, but Laveranues Coles had a drop.
Memo to Favre and the Jets coaches – Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles are excellent receivers, but not deep threats. The Jets coaches dial up too plays down field to them like they are Lee Evans-types. It's not pragmatic. A perfect example of this was on a pass from Favre to Cotchery in the third quarter, on third-and-one, into tight double coverage. Favre also threw deep to Cotchery down the right sideline in the first quarter, and it was picked off by Brandon Flowers. Then in the second quarter, a deep pass to Coles was picked off by Jarrad Page. There was no window to throw this ball. Coles was blanketed by two DB's.
But Favre did plenty of good things also, like late in the second quarter when Favre hit Cothcery on a crossing route for 20 yards.
In the third quarter, Favre threw a real nice deep out to Dustin Keller, but it went off the tight end's finger tips. Another terrific placement was when Favre threw a touch pass over Derrick Johnson and in front of Brandon Flowers to Coles on the left sideline for a gain of 15.
Favre had passes in both the third and fourth quarter he would love to have back. On a pass to Chansi Stuckey, Favre threw the ball right into the hands of Derrick Johnson who dropped it. Then in the fourth, he threw a Pick Six to Flowers.
But then typical Favre, with the short memory of a good cornerback, drove the Jets down the field for the game-winning drive. His top pass during the drive was an 18-yarder to Stuckey, and then he wrapped things up with a 15-yard timing route with Coles.
The game didn't start out great for the receivers when Laveranues Coles dropped the first pass of the game.
But then Favre hit his next five passes on this drive to wideouts, including a 21-yard crossing route to Jerricho Cotchery, who beat S Bernard Pollard on the play. Another key catch on this drive was when Chansi Stuckey beat Brandon Flowers on a slant for 14 yards.
And then the drive wrapped up with a Leon Washington 18-yard catch-and-run. On this play, Coles had a key block, knocking Pat Surtain out of the way.
Stuckey continues to make things happen. He had two plays on note in the fourth quarter. He beat Pollard for a gain of 11 in the left flat early in the fourth. On this play, he broke a tackle and made a short pass into an 11-yard gain. Stuckey beat Flowers down the deep middle for a gain of 18 on the Jets game-winning drive. Stuckey also had a false start in the middle of the fourth quarter.
And then Coles made a great catch on Dimitri Patterson to win the game.
The Jets had major issues at tight end when Chris Baker was dressed, but couldn't play, due to hip and back issues. With Bubba Franks inactive, the Jets were down to one tight end – Dustin Keller. So they had to use offensive linemen Wayne Hunter and Rob Turner as extra tight ends. You have to wonder why the team didn't use long-snapper James Dearth, who was a tight end in college and early in his NFL career.
Keller had his most productive game as a Jet with four catches, including when he got behind LB's Demorrio Williams and Pat Thomas for a gain of 23 yards on the Jets second drive. This is why the Jets drafted Keller, to threaten the deep middle.
Leon Washington didn't get off to a great start with a false start in the middle of the Jets first drive. But then he more than made up for it a few plays later with a middle screen he took 18 yards for a touchdown. He also had a 60-yard second quarter TD run. Another nice play by Washington was when he made Jon McGraw miss early in his eight yard gain on third-and-eight on the Jets late third quarter touchdown drive.
Thomas Jones was somewhat kind of quiet, but did have a key 17-yard run on the Jets scoring drive late in the third quarter. He wrapped up that drive with a one-yard TD run. Tony Richardson had a real nice lead block on this plays. Jones was called for a chop block late in the game.
The offensive line had an up-and-down game.
Damien Woody, perhaps hindered by his calf injury, had problems with Tamba Hali. Hali got by Woody for a sack, and also the Liberia-native got by Damien and hit Favre on a pass that was picked off late in the first quarter.
The best block of the game might have been by Brandon Moore who knocked Pat Thomas out of the way to get Leon Washington's 60-yard TD run on it's way. Woody also had a nice block on this play.
Nick Mangold had several pancake blocks on Glen Dorsey, including on a Jones gain of 17 up the middle.
Alan Faneca had the key block on Dorsey on a Jones gain of five in the second quarter. A few plays later, Alan had a false start.