"Looking at the Film" - Part I

Here is Part I of "Looking at the Film" from the Jets-Bills game. Part II will appear on Tuesday morning.


Brett Favre played his third shaky game in a row. His accuracy was inconsistent.

He started off strong with a 22-yard rocket over the middle to Laveranues Coles on his first pass. Favre's best play might have been his 27-yard bootleg to the left side on the first drive. On the next play, he threw behind Coles on a quick slant.

In the second quarter, Favre threw into double coverage over the middle and it was almost picked off by Paul Poslusny.

Favre was off target to Jerricho Cotchery on a fade-type pass down the right sideline, from the goalline, in the middle of the fourth quarter. Late in the game, Favre had two inaccurate passes in a row. First he should have run, but he stopped and threw high to Coles. Then on the next play, he threw behind Dustin Keller to end the drive.

Favre threw another deep pass to Cotchery, even though he's not a deep threat, and the pass was picked off by Terrence McGee.

Running Back:

Aside from a couple of plays, the Jets ground game was somewhat quiet.

If you take out Thomas Jones' 16 yard gain, he had 19 carries for 62 yards on the rest of his carries.

Leon Washington showed a tremendous burst to outrun the field on his 47-yard second quarter TD run. The Bills have a number of fast defensive backs and nobody got him.

Washington had a pass go off his hands early in the fourth quarter.

Tony Richardson showed some pretty good speed for a 36-year-old runner when he beat Kwicka Mitchell off left tackle to turn the corner on his 12-yard gain.

Wide Receiver:

The passing game started off strong, and then kind of fizzled.

Favre stepped up and hit Laveranues Coles, who beat Donte Whitner for a gain of 22 on his first pass. Another impressive reception by Coles over the middle was late in the first quarter, when he beat George Wilson over the middle for a gain of 20. Late in the first half, Coles did a good job finding a hole in the coverage between Wilson and Whitner and hauled in a 21-yard crossing route. One play Coles would want back was as second quarter pass that went off his hands, and his back leg, that was picked off by "The Pos."

Jerricho Cotchery had a couple of impressive plays. He beat Whitner for a touchdown on a first quarter square out. Early in the second quarter, he took a short pass in the right flat, and turned into a ten-yard gain with an impressive stiff arm on Ko Simpson.

David Clowney's first NFL reception was a good one. He made a one-handed grab in the third quarter with Whitner in tight coverage.

Tight End:

Chris Baker made an outstanding catch late in the first quarter on a gain of 19. He essentially won a job ball over Donte Whitner with great positioning and strong hands.

Dustin Keller beat Kwicka Mitchell on a crossing route for a gain of 20 late in the third quarter.

Offensive Line:

Another solid game for the offensive line.

Brandon Moore did a good job of pushing Marcus Stroud past Brett Favre to allow the QB to step up in the pocket and hit Laveranues Coles on his first pass.

Moore also had a key block on Thomas Jones' first quarter touchdown run. Nick Mangold had a terrific block on Paul Poslusny on this play also.

Mangold continues his Pro Bowl level season. Not only did he have a key block on the Jones' TD, but also on Leon Washington's 47-yard TD scamper. He had a great block on Kyle Williams to open the initial hole.

Damien Woody also had a key block on the Washington touchdown, clearing Posluzny out of the way. Woody led the way on a Jones gain of seven late in the third quarter. Woody was flagged for a false start in the middle of the second quarter.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson had a great block on Kwicka Mitchell, paving the way for a Jones gain of 16 off left tackle in the middle of the second quarter. Spencer Johnson jumped over Brick, who was attempting a chop block, to stop Jones for a loss two late in the third quarter to end a drive.

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