The Jets’ reign at the top of the NFL’s rushing department is over. The Jets held the No. 1 spot for four consecutive weeks, and even occupied the catbird’s seat heading into Monday night’s Tennessee-Houston game after rushing for 104 yards (Thomas Jones had 103 of them) at New England.
But the rejuvenated Titans, with Chris Johnson and Vince Young leading the way, rushed for 228 yards in the win over the Texans and now lead the Jets by 49 yards.
Here are the NFL’s top five rushing teams and their immediate prospects of improving or declining in Week 12 (RO–Run Offense, RD–Run Defense):
|Team||RO Rank||Y/G||Opp||RD Rank||Y/G|
|New Orleans||5th||154.3||vs. NE||14th||109.4|
Another Green & White ranking note: In yielding 31 points to the Patriots, the Jets have now given up 18.9 points per game. That’s ninth-best in the NFL, true, still in the top 10 but also the Jets’ lowest points-allowed ranking this season. This includes all points, including touchdowns not allowed by the defense.
Record Book Entries (Jets)
We reported Sunday on Shaun Ellis’ move up the Jets’ sack list, past Super Bowl III DE Gerry Philbin and into third place with 66.0 sacks. This list is unofficial since it includes all Jets sacks back into the Sixties even though individual defensive sacks became an official NFL statistic only in 1982.
But what is official is that Ellis moved into a tie for most sacks of Patriots quarterbacks since 2000, the Big Katt’s rookie season. Ellis now has 12.0 NE sacks, equaling the dozen takedowns by Buffalo DE Aaron Schobel. And 8.0 of Ellis’ 12.0 sacks have been of Tom Brady, including Sunday’s two drops.
One more historical note on the Smith Bros. blocked punt on Sunday. The Jets/Titans have scored touchdowns off of blocked punts 13 times in their history, and this was the fourth one to come on the road against the Boston/New England Patriots.
In the 1963 season opener, Larry Grantham took a block 20 yards at Fenway Park. In ’68 Mark Smolinski had a 3-yard BPR vs. the home-team Patriots at, of all places, Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Then came the Gillette era: David Bowens’ snuff-and-scoop against Hanson in 2007 and Eric Smith’s block and Brad Smith’s return Sunday.
Record Book Entries (Patriots)
Just to make it official, Wes Welker’s 15 catches were the most by an opponent in Jets franchise history. He eclipsed Ozzie Newsome’s 14-catch game at Cleveland in 1984 and 13-catch games by the Oilers’ Haywood Jeffires, the Bills’ Thurman Thomas and the Colts’ Lydell Mitchell.
Welker, with his 192 receiving yards and 11 more on an end-around, had 203 offensive yards to become the first opponent to gain 200 yards from scrimmage against the Jets since Ronnie Brown gained 211 in 2007. And he was the first opponent to gain 200 yards with more receiving than rushing yards since Dolphins WR Mark Duper had 217 yards, all receiving, at Miami in 1985.
Finally, Leigh Bodden was the eighth Jets opponent since 1970 to come up with three interceptions in a game, but the first to do it since Dolphins CB William Judson in 1983. Most prominent on that list is Dolphins LB A.J. Duhe in the 1982 AFC Championship Game. Not on the list is Broncos DB Willie Brown, who had an NFL-record-tying four INTs of Dick Wood in Denver in 1964.
The Rest of the Week
We’ll have our usual full Wednesday of coverage on newyorkjets.com tomorrow as the Jets open their practice week for the Panthers on Sunday. There is no media availability on Thanksgiving Day, but Kyle Richardson will have a story on how the Jets are recognizing the holiday, topped by Mike DeVito and Robert Turner’s visit today to the Interfaith Food Pantry’s turkey distribution in Morristown. And on Friday we’ll have a visit with Darrelle Revis ahead of his matchup with the Panthers’ Steve Smith and a shortened Coordinators Corner.
Tags: Brad Smith, Chris Johnson, David Bowens, Eric Smith, Larry Grantham, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, Thomas Jones, Wes Welker
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