Pats-Jets Films - Part I

Here is Part I of "Looking at the Films" from the Jets-Pats game in Foxboro.

Quarterback:

Brett Favre did a great job of taking what the defense was giving him, and what they were giving him was a lot of Dustin Keller.

Favre led the Jets 62 yards down the field on the first drive. His best play on this drive was a 20-yard rocket over the middle to Dustin Keller. He had a similar throw to Keller on the second drive for 12 yards.

A few other Favre throws of note. He threw a laser to Jerricho Cotchery for a 15-yard TD in the second quarter. In overtime, he had one of this best passes. He rolled right and then threw across the field to Laveranues Coles for a gain of 16.

The Pats play a very complex scheme that can be very hard to read. Favre did a good job not getting sucked into disguised coverages. The only shaky throw of note was late in the first quarter when he threw into double coverage (Pierre Woods and Brandon Meriweather) in the end zone.

Favre finished with a 119.4 QB rating which once again points out how efficient and smart he played.

Brad Smith played QB for one play, and broke two tackles on a 17-yard QB option.

Wide Receiver:

Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery both contributed a great deal.

Coles had a big play on the first scoring drive. If he didn't make this catch, they would have had to punt. It was third-and-six, and he caught an eight-yard pass. It was first it was ruled out bounds, and then reversed. He did a great job keeping both feet in bounds. Coles had four other catches including a huge 16-yarder in overtime to help the Jets get into game-winning field goal range.

Cotchery had a terrific game, and the mother of all drives in the second quarter. On his first grab of this possession, he did a good job finding a hole in the zone on an 18-yard slant. Then two plays later, he had the Jets best catch of the season, a one-handed grab 46 yards down the field with Ellis Hobbs all over him. Hobbs was penalized, but it was declined. And then two plays later he beat Brandon Merriweather for a 15-yard TD.

Cotchery had a fumble early in the fourth quarter that the Pats recovered.

Running Back:

Thomas Jones had a hard-fought 104-yard game against a solid run defense. His longest run was his first – a run that went for 13 yards up the middle. Two other Jones runs of note came on back-to-back plays on the drive that ended up putting the Jets ahead 31-24. He had an 11-yard run off right tackle, and then a gain of seven on the next play. Another big play by Jones was an eight yard catch-and-run in overtime.

Leon Washington didn't have much success running the football, but had a TD on a screen pass on the first drive.

Offensive Line:

It wasn't always pretty, but the offensive line did a lot of good work.

Alan Faneca had a great block on Teddy Bruschi on Thomas Jones' first run that went for 13 yards.

Damien Woody, Nick Mangold and Brandon Moore all had terrific blocks on Leon Washington's seven-yard TD reception in the first quarter. Moore might have had the most important block knocking Mike Wright out of the way.

Moore also had a great block on the Jones' TD run that put the Jets up 31-24. He blasted Vince Wilfork out of the way opening up a nice hole up the middle. Moore had a false start in the middle of the third.

Vince Wilfork split Mangold and Faneca for a third quarter sack. Richard Seymour got between D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Faneca for a third quarter sack.

Ferguson had a great block on a Jones' gain of seven in the middle of the fourth. He also had a key block on a huge Stuckey third-and-two screen that went for three yards in the fourth quarter.

Pierre Woods went unblocked on his overtime sack.

Tight End:

It was a huge game for Dustin Keller with eight catches. He did a great job throughout the game finding holes in the Pats zone. His best catch might have been his first, a catch that went for 20 yards. Not only did he do a good job finding a soft spot in the zone, but after catching the ball, he did some good open field running, breaking a tackle attempt by Brandon Meriweather.

Keller came up huge on the overtime drive that setup the game-winning field goal. First he beat Deltha O'Neal for a gain of 12, and then Meriweather for a gain of 16.

Another significant catch by Keller was his 16-yard grab in overtime on Meriweather.

Chris Baker had the key block on the Brad Smith 17-yard QB option.


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