- Posted: 11:18 AM, November 18, 2011
Now, it's time to pick through the carcass of that ugly defeat. Here are the Jets winners and losers from the game:
MATT SLAUSON – Who has Slauson on their fantasy team? Well, the left guard was the only Jets player to score a touchdown in the game. Slauson was heads up after rookie Bilal Powell fumbled on a goal-line running play. The touchdown put the Jets up 10-3 early in the third quarter.
"At the time you just feel like a big, dumb animal," Slauson said. "You're just like, 'Oh, ball.' Then I just grabbed it and rolled in and it was great, but it doesn't mean anything now."
BART SCOTT – The once chatty inside linebacker does not do much talking anymore, and he's had moments this year where he did not do much play-making. But he had a good game in Denver. He stuffed the Broncos' running attack a few times. Then he made a nice fumble recovery in the first quarter that led to the Jets' first points. He looked like he got banged up at one point, but again refused to take questions after the game.
SIONE POUHA – For the second straight week, the Jets' big nose tackle got the job done stopping the run. Pouha was in the Broncos' backfield all night. He led the team with seven tackles. The defensive captain helped hold the Denver rushing attack in check until that final drive when they began running outside more.
ERIC SMITH – Smith always seems to be in the middle of the Jets' worst defensive plays. That can't be a coincidence. Rex Ryan would not talk about what the defensive play call was on Tebow's touchdown but it looked like Smith had outside contain on the right side as the Jets brought an all-out blitz. Tebow went right around Smith then outran him into the end zone. Smith also was the man in coverage three plays earlier when Tebow hit Dante Rosario for an 18-yard gain that set up the score.
MARK SANCHEZ – The Jets quarterback has now given the other team three touchdowns through his interceptions, four if you count the one Sean Lee returned to the 1 yard line in the season-opener. Against the Broncos, his pick-six to Andre Goodman killed the Jets. They had taken a 10-3 lead to open the third quarter, the stadium was dead. Then, he pumped life back into the crowd. I do give him credit for showing accountability after the game. He looked genuinely crushed and called his performance "embarrassing."
MIKE PETTINE/REX RYAN – I'm not sure who called the all-out blitz on Tebow's touchdown. Ryan would not talk about the call. I can't figure out what they were thinking, though. Tebow had shown no ability to pass the ball. There was no need to bring that much pressure. All they needed to do was drop guys into coverage and tell the outside rushers to play contain. All they had to do was not let Tebow get 4 yards and a first down there then they would have been looking at a Denver field goal and likely overtime. By having nine guys running out of control at Tebow, they left tons of open field for him to run into. It was stunning.