Jets-Rams Looking at the Films - Part I

Here is the first installment of "Looking at the Films" from the Jets-Rams game.


With the domination of the running game and defense, Brett Favre was more in a complimentary role.

Favre did his best work with Dustin Keller, connecting with the rookie tight end six times, including on a 54-yard strike down the deep middle early in the game, and short TD in the third quarter.

Favre had a couple of near picks in the second quarter, one to Fakhir Brown in the end zone early in the quarter, and the other another to Jason Craft, late in the first half.

Running Back:

Thomas Jones was outstanding.

There were so many good runs we aren't going to document them all, but his first run might have been his most impressive and was his longest. We all know how much the Jets love running screens, so sensing the Rams would expect one early, Brett Favre faked a screen left, and handed to Jones up the middle, and #20 took it for 20 yards. Tony Richardson had a great lead block on Will Witherspoon on this play.

Another particularly impressive Jones' run was late in the first quarter when he broke a tackle attempt in the backfield by Will Witherspoon, and made eight yards out of nothing.

And another Jones run we need to mention was his six-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. On this play, he carried 308-pound DT Adam Carriker on his back for the final two or three yards. This just shows you how strong Jones is.

Jones also had a terrific blitz pickup, early in the fourth, enabling Favre to complete a 30-yard pass down field to Dustin Keller. Without this pickup, there is no way this play would have worked.

Aside from that key block early, Richardson had several other nice blocks including when he paved the way on Jones' second quarter TD run to make it 24-0. One play Richardson would like back was when he dropped a pass late in the first quarter.

Leon Washington did some nice running mostly late. His best run was a gain of 13 on the Jets last possession. On this play, he broke a tackle attempt by Chris Long on the line.

Offensive Line:

The offensive line was sensational. They simply overpowered the Rams Front Seven with regularity.

Nick Mangold did a lot of good things. He paved the way on Thomas Jones' first run of the game that went for 20 yards. Mangold and Alan Faneca led the way on Jones' TD early in the second quarter. Mangold manhandled Clifton Ryan on this play. Mangold along with Damien Woody opened up a big hole on the Jets last TD, a six-yard run by Jones in the fourth quarter.

Woody had a terrific game. Aside from the aforementioned block, two other plays that stood out from the Boston College product were at the end of the Jets first scoring drive. First he led the way for Thomas Jones off right tackle on a gain of seven. Then on the very next play, he opened up a big hole on a Jones 13-yard TD run.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson had an interesting matchup in this game with his old buddy from UVA Chris Long. He might have been a little overexcited early in the game when he jumped off-sides on the first series, but then he calmed down, was more cavalier about the matchup, and did a solid job. One of Ferguson's better blocks was when he sealed the corner, allowing Thomas Jones to run for 13 yards off left tackle in the second quarter.

Alan Faneca was rock solid. One of his better blocks was on when he knocked Quinton Culberson out of the way on a Jones gain of 14.

Robert Turner replaced Faneca late, and had a real nice block when he pushed Will Witherspoon back on skates on Leon Washington gain of 10 in the fourth.

Wide Receiver:

It's very bizarre for a team to score 47 points and their starting receivers caught a total of two passes between them. And both receptions were on the first drive of the game.

Jerricho Cotchery beat Pisa Tinoisamoa over the middle for a gain of 18. And Coles beat Ron Bartell on a quick slant that went for 14 yards.

Brad Smith had two short receptions, and that was it for the wideouts – a total of four catches.

Tight End :

It was the Dustin Keller show.

On the Jets second possession, Keller beat Quinton Culberson down the deep middle for a gain of 54 yards. Late in the second quarter, Keller beat Corey Chavous on a quick slant that went for 11 yards and then three plays later, he beat Fakhir Brown for a one-yard TD. Another impressive reception by Keller was when he beat Brown on a deep out on the left side for a gain of 30 early in the fourth quarter.

Chris Baker had a great block on Victor Adeyanju on a Jones 11-yard run in the middle of the Jets first drive.

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