Falcons over Jets: Report Card

Falcons over Jets: Report Card

A look at the performance of the Falcons during their win over the Jets.

PASSING OFFENSE: D-minus -- An atrocious display by anyone's standards. Vick struggled all night and rarely seemed to notice when a receiver broke open. He was particularly confused on third downs in which the Jets changed their coverage and dropped back into traditional Cover 2 and 3 alignments.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A-plus -- Even without T.J. Duckett to give him an occasional snap or series off, Warrick Dunn wrecked the Jets for 155 yards. Blocking by linemen, receivers and fullbacks Justin Griffith and Fred McCrary was exceptional.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- Left cornerback DeAngelo Hall guess wrong in attempting to intercept Vinny Testaverde on a play that gave Justin McCareins a 35-yard catch and set up the Jets' lone score of the first half. Otherwise, the longest gain went to Laveranues Coles for 15 yards.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- Considering that one of his runs went for 11 yards, that means Curtis Martin gained 17 yards over his other 13 carries. Linebackers Keith Brooking, Demorrio Williams and Michael Boley excelled at staying in their gaps, shedding blocks and making tackles.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Solid job by rookie punter Michael Koenen, who launched two balls that were nearly blocked. Poor tackling on kickoff coverage led to Justin Miller's 45-yard return in the third quarter.

COACHING: B-plus -- New York's top offensive playmakers had a minimal impact. The Falcons' execution of their rushing offense was the difference once again.

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