Buster Skrine finally made his first interception as a Jet -- I told you he was due -- showing good instincts as he was supposed to blitz, but read the screen and dropped back to pick it off. He also made a good return into Titans territory to set up a field goal.
The interception capped off an excellent first half from Skrine, who was in good position on two other completions, made an open-field tackle to force a punt and made a tackle for loss on a read-option play. He did give up one first down and it would have been two if not for a drop.
In the second half, however, Skrine was beaten for five more first downs. To an extent, some of this damage was done because the Jets were playing a more conservative prevent-style defense. In fact, three of these came on consecutive snaps on the Titans' last drive. Although none of the negatives from the second half were especially important, he ultimately won't grade out well despite the fact the contributions he made in the first half helped the Jets build an unassailable lead.
Calvin Pryor made some nice plays from the safety position. He had two run-stuffs, a good tackle on a short pass and a great touchdown-saving tackle in the open field. He also created havoc as a pass-rusher, twice causing a pressure that led directly to a sack. Pryor did have one bad play, though, when he slipped and fell while covering Marcus Mariota on a gadget play, leading to an easy touchdown and Tennessee's only points.
Pryor might have also had an interception, but he collided with Marcus Gilchrist on an overthrown ball down the seam. Gilchrist did have one good third-down coverage play and a third-down tackle just short of the marker. He did give up two first downs in coverage, with one coming on a third-and-one play where the receiver only just reached the marker.
While Marcus Williams remains out, Darrelle Revis made his return. Revis wasn't targeted much in the first half, but did give up a first down and was beaten on third down only for the pass to be dropped. In the second half, they went after him a bit more and he was in good position on four incompletions. One saw him get a finger on the pass and another was almost an interception at the back of the end zone. Revis did get called for defensive holding on one play.
Antonio Cromartie got beaten for four first downs, although one was on the most blatant pick play no-call you could ever hope to see, as Cromartie was pancaked by the slot receiver, leading to a 51-yard pass play. The officials might have let that go on the basis that it was within a yard of the line of scrimmage (which would make it legal) but contact was two yards off the line. Cromartie did break up two passes, almost intercepting one on a diving attempt.
Dexter McDougle and Dee Milliner again didn't get any reps on defense. Despite a good game last week, safety Rontez Miles only played a few snaps. Darrin Walls also saw brief action but wasn't targeted.
Next up…for once, the special teams were pretty good, although there were still a few negatives…