BY NICK ST. DENIS
The New York Jets' defensive front has been the undisputed strength of the team this year. And despite flashes from other places on both sides of the ball, that continued to ring true Sunday.
Gang Green got four sacks on quarterback Tom Brady from four different players -- Muhammad Wilkerson, Calvin Pace, Quinton Coples and Damon Harrison -- in their 30-27 overtime victory over the New England Patriots.
"It's hard to block us for four quarters," Jets rookie defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said after the game, via ESPN New York.
The Jets' defensive front hit Brady three more times, added five tackles for losses and forced Brady's offense to a dismal 1-for-12 third-down conversion rate.
A year after totaling just 30 sacks all season, the Jets rank third in the league in that category with 24 through seven games.
"Our staff does a great job," Jets coach Rex Ryan said after the game, via NewYorkJets.com. "Dennis and [LBs coach] Brian VanGorder and all of those guys, with the exception of [defensive assistant Jeff] Weeks [joking], do a great job, they really do.
"They made a couple of adjustments that they thought would help us, and they did. You’re playing against a group that knows what they are doing with the football."
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