It wasn't prolific, but they came up big in the red zone. Mark Sanchez and Plaxico Burress played pitch-and-catch, hooking up for three short touchdown passes. They beat Antoine Cason on all three. Some clutch third-down catches by rookie Jeremy Kerley, who's validating the decision to trade Derrick Mason.
It was vintage Ground & Pound, as the Jets rushed for a season-high 162 yards. They scrapped their zone-blocking scheme, emphasizing straight-ahead blocking and double teaming. The change suited Shonn Greene, who ran for 112 and finally resembled a feature back. He got to the second level and broke tackles.
They held Philip Rivers to 179 yards and made two interceptions, including another game changer by Darrelle Revis. The Jets eliminated the Chargers' downfield passing. The Jets changed it up in the second half, using more zone coverage. That really helped on third down. Still too many blown coverages, especially against tight ends.
Despite injuries in the front seven, the Jets embattled run defense stepped up and held the Chargers to 96 yards. Rookie Mo Wilkerson played his best game. Gutty game by David Harris, who came back and played on a bad ankle. The Jets did a better job on the perimeter, limiting the Chargers to only one run longer than nine yards.
The kick coverage was solid across the board. Punter T.J. Conley (36.7 gross average) has to do a better job, however. Maybe his leg is tired from all the work this season; busiest punter in the NFL. PK Nick Folk quietly continued his strong season, improving to 10-for-10 on field goals.
Best game of the season for Rex Ryan, who put together a good plan against a quality opponent. The Jets felt they could run on the Chargers and they didn't panic or stray from the game plan when they fell behind 21-10. Terrific adjustments by the defense, basically taking Antonio Gates away in the second half.