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A shall-we-say awkward start to this game saw Darrelle Revis once again burned for a long touchdown by speedster Marquise Goodwin - a player who entered the season with 20 career catches in three seasons. AJ Green this was not.
It seemed that Revis didn't so much underestimate Goodwin's speed as underestimate just how much Tyrod Taylor got behind that throw - an absolute pill that carried 60 yards in the air. Revis is also struggling to adjust to his own recovery speed being a step slower than he's used to. You could almost see the thought bubble above Revis' head as the ball was on its way: "I got this…I got this…I got this…I haven't got this."
Hopefully he's smart enough to adjust to that because giving up a huge touchdown is not something the Jets can afford to have to overcome every week.
This wasn't the only coverage bust leading to a long touchdown though. Rontez Miles left former Jet Greg Salas all alone deep for a 71-yard score. It was the only snap Miles played all day which may have contributed to his confusion.
As you can see, Miles steps up too quickly and almost loses balance before he can recover to Salas who has leaked downfield out of a bunch set. On this occasion, it does seem like Miles is at fault, although that's not always the case with the guy trailing the receiver to the end zone. You can see that each of the other routes are picked up with Buster Skrine lingering in the left flat to spy Taylor as that momentary positional lapse from Miles sets Salas loose.
Those two plays accounted for over half of Taylor's yardage, as he otherwise averaged just five yards per attempt. In fact, take out those big plays, the late game drive against a soft defense and the gadget play as time expired and Taylor passed for just 50 yards. I guess you could therefore say that the secondary did quite well other than those two errors and also got yet another key turnover from Marcus Williams to lead to the win. There were ups and downs across the board though.
Having given up the score, Revis played off his man a little more the rest of the way and wasn't badly beaten again, while breaking up one downfield pass. He gave up a couple of first downs, but one of those was late in the game while the Jets played prevent with the Bills showing a surprising lack of urgency. His inability to tackle Mike Gillislee inside the five was probably the difference between the Jets being able to take a knee and forced to kick away at the end of the game though, so that was disappointing.
On that play Marcus Gilchrist was trucked at the goal line for the second week in a row, which was again disappointing, but he made a terrific play to make an open field tackle on McCoy in tons of space in the fourth quarter. He was beaten once in coverage but got lucky because the throw was off-target.
Williams made a couple of good plays aside from his interception but was called for a costly penalty to needlessly negate a sack. Skrine played well, giving up just one first down late and contributing a third down stop and a nice pass break-up in the end zone.
Finally, Calvin Pryor had a quiet game, but that's okay for a safety. He had four tackles, but one missed tackle.
It seems like the Jets have some work to do in terms of their defensive backfield communication and maybe Revis has to make some adjustments to account for that step he claims not to have lost. However, with so much of the yardage they surrendered coming on the two big plays and when playing soft late in the game, perhaps there are some places we can take encouragement from this performance.
Next up … Some shaky special teams play turns out, on balance, to be just good enough not to prevent the win...