Maybe they weren't blowing smoke.
The New England Patriots had more success Sunday with Revis in the game. A hamstring injury sidelined him for the entire second half. That didn't allow Patriots receivers Randy Moss or Wes Welker to run free in the secondary.
In fact, the Patriots didn't score a point with Revis out of commission and lost 28-14 at New Meadowlands.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady targeted Moss 10 times. He caught one pass for 4 yards and then got behind Revis for a 34-yard touchdown at the end of the second quarter.
And that was it. Brady threw to Moss four times in the second half, but they couldn't connect even with Revis out of the game. In fact, on two of Brady's attempts to Moss, the Jets came down with an interception.
Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie could have fair caught a rainbow pass down the right sideline in the third quarter. Safety Brodney Pool (in for the injured Eric Smith) corralled a pinball and barely got his feet inside the right sideline in the fourth quarter.
"We have a lot of depth on this team," Jets inside linebacker David Harris said. "The guys on the back end do a heck of a job every day in practice. When Darrelle went down, we didn't panic because we knew the type of guys we have in the back. We just continued to play our style of defense and prevailed."
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Rodak charted Revis coverage on Moss and also took a look at how the Jets handled Welker in the slot.
Welker had six catches for 38 yards and a touchdown, but he had only two of those receptions for 5 yards in the second half.