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Posted on: November 9, 2008 11:01 pm
 

Jets v. Rams: Recap (A Complete Game)

Jets 47.  Rams 3.  Now that's what Eric Mangini has been talking about all season, a complete game.  The offense was almost perfect, scoring on their first eight possessions.  The defense was just as good getting five turnovers against the Rams with one defensive touchdown.  The Jets did not get caught up in a potential "trap game" with a trip to New England looming this coming Thursday.  And with the Patriots coming up, this was a perfect tune up with 1st place on the line in Foxborough.

Thomas Jones was one of the main factors on offense Sunday.  He had his second 3 touchdown game of he season while also adding 149 yards rushing.  Jones, who coming into the game was the AFC's 2nd leading rusher, is really proving this season that last season was just bad season on a bad team.  He now has 750 rushing yards on the season and is on pace for over 1300 yards.  He also had 8 touchdowns on the ground and is also on pace for about 15 this season.  I know it's tough to say that he will get to 15, but it's a whole lot better than last season when he only had one rushing touchdown.  Dustin Keller was also a big part of the offense on Sunday.  The Jets second pick in this year's draft, 30th overall, had by far his best game of the season with 6 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.  His biggest catch of the day came on the Jets second possession when Brett Favre went over the top to hit him for a 54 yard reception that led to a Jets field goal and a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.  New York has been waiting for him to break out and be a threat in the offense.  Hopefully this will lead to bigger things for the young tight end.

For the second straight week, Brett Favre managed the Jets offense, this time to perfection.  He ended up going 14-19 for 167 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers.  Not flashy by any means but it got the job done.  Since the game got out of hand early, the Jets relied on the run.  They rushed 43 times for a total of 206 yards.  The Rams had one of the worst rushing defenses coming into the game, so the Jets took full advantage.  In addition to the 149 yards from Jones, Leon Washington added another 54 yards on the ground.  The offensive line continues to improve for the Jets.  For the second straight week they allowed zero sacks.  Favre has been getting excellent protection which has led to him having only one turnover the past two weeks, a major improvement over the first seven weeks of the season. 

The defense was a major factor to Sunday's win as well.  Eric Barton had a huge game for the Jets.  He contributed with 10 tackles and a half a sack.  He had constant pressure on the quarterback all day.  Calvin Pace, one of the Jets big free agent acquisitions in the off-season, also had a big play early in the game.  On the Rams second possession of the day, Marc Bulger was pressured and fumbled the ball.  Pace picked it up off one bounce and took it 50 yards to the house for the touchdown.  The fumble was caused by Abram Elam, who last week had a touchdown of his own after an interception against the Buffalo's Trent EdwardsKerry Rhodes also had one of his better games of the season on Sunday.  He had one interception which led to a touchdown and a fumble recovery which led to a field goal.  Overall, the Jets defense had five turnovers against the Rams which led to 27 points.

The Jets defensive line had another solid afternoon, only surrendering 80 rushing yards on 21 attempts.  The Jets rushing defense will remain one of the top four in the NFL after this performance.  The passing defense really stepped up this week.  They gave up only 135 yards in the air and gave the Rams receivers headaches all day.  St. Louis ended up playing both Marc Bulger and Trent Green, only to get no where with either of them. Bulger had only 6 completions while Green only had 5.  The pass defense is the weakest part of the Jets defense and they really stepped it up on Sunday.  This unit has continued to improve as the weeks have gone by.

This was a huge win for the Jets.  With a short week ahead, they needed to keep their momentum going before heading up to New England.  Both the offense and defense has improved each week over the last month or so.  With the exception of the loss in Oakland three weeks ago, the Jets have managed to win five of their last six games.  They now see themselves at 6-3, tied with the Patriots, heading up to Foxborough on Thursday to face them.  This is the first time in a while the Jets see themselves in first place this late in a season.  If they can play on Thursday the way they did against the Rams, then they will be in the drivers seat for a potential AFC East title this season.  It's still a long way to go, but they have put themselves in a very good position.  This was a good win in a game they had to win.  Next up is payback against the Patriots.

Posted on: November 6, 2008 4:24 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2008 11:26 am
 

Jets v. Rams: Week 10 (Playing the Trap)

Here we go Jets fans.  The New York Jets v. the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in the ultimate "trap" game.  Looking at the remaining schedule for the Jets, this game is very important if the Jets have a shot to make the playoffs.  They get a 2-6 Rams team that is banged up and could be possibly missing their best offensive player in Steven Jackson.  After the Rams, they get the Patriots in New England four days later.  They then follow that up with a road game in Tennessee versus the Titans.  So with those two brutal road games looming ahead it makes the St. Louis game on Sunday huge.

The offense played a very conservative game this past Sunday against the BillsBrett Favre managed the game and did not make too many high risk passes.  Eric Mangini had him throwing underneath all day.  It was enough to grab a win up in Buffalo.  The running game looked good with about 100 total yards against a goof Bills defense.  Thomas Jones is currently the second leading rusher in the AFC.  The Rams rushing defense is the fourth worst in the NFL, giving up 155 yards per game.  And with the way the Jets offensive line has played in recent weeks, they should be able to expose this.  They can not do what they did against the Chiefs two weeks ago.  Kansas City had one of the worst run defenses and the Jets came out of the gate throwing 40 times.  The Rams also have the fifth worst passing defense in the NFL as well, so this also bodes well for New York.  The Rams are surrendering almost 30 points and 400 yards a game on defense.  The Jets should be able to expose this with a balanced offensive attack of rushing and passing.

Although Favre managed the game last week effectively, he still managed to throw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.  He also did not throw a touchdown last week.  As long as he can be accurate with the receivers, you should see a few more plays down field this week than last.  He has kept his passes to his top two receivers pretty even with Laveranues Coles having 40 catches and Jerricho Cotchery having 42.  It would be nice to see the Jets get their tight ends more involved this week.  Chris Baker started last week but recorded no catches.  With Bubba Franks still hurting the Jets need to get Baker and Dustin Keller a little more involved this week to be able to open up the deep pass for Coles and Cotchery.

The Jets defense looked great last week.  The defensive line only gave up 30 yards rushing to the Bills thanks to Kris Jenkins 350 lb. frame plugging up the holes.  He may not have a lot of sacks this season, but what he has done for that defense has been amazing.  The Jets run defense the past few years has been a joke.  With Jenkins, the run defense is one of the tops in the NFL.  And with Jenkins getting all the attention, Shaun Ellis is quietly having a pro bowl season.  He leads the Jets with seven sacks on the season.  The most he has had this far into a season since 2004.  One problem for the Jets is going to be the absence of linebacker David Harris.  The Jets leading tackler will be out of action for 2-3 weeks after having groin surgery the other day.  I think they will get by fine this week without him, but it will be tougher against the Patriots and Titans.

The passing defense was very good in Buffalo as well.  Darrelle Revis who had a pick, a sack, a forced fumble and fumble recovery last week will probably be matched up against Donnie Avery.  He leads the Rams with 363 yards and is averaging 15.8 yards per catch.  Revis is having an excellent season and should be able to shut down the Rams number one receiver this season.  Abram Elam who had an interception return for a touchdown will be starting again this week in place of Eric Smith, who is still suffering from post concussion syndrome.  The Jets pass defense has played better but still needs improvement.  Marc Bulger is still a very good quarterback and will find openings in the secondary if the Jets give him the opportunity.

The matchups are all there for the Jets, now they just have to execute.  This is pretty much a must win because after this game the Jets have the hardest schedule of any AFC East team the rest of the way.  They are tied with the Patriots and Bills, who are playing each other this week, and the much improved Dolphins are only a game back.  If the Jets can beat the Rams and they split the games with the Patriots and Titans, then the will be 7-4 with five games left and in a good position to win the division.  It can be done, but they can not take St. Louis lightly.  Otherwise it will turn into the Raiders game from a few weeks ago.  I think the defense is jelling and will shut down the Rams offense this week.  Especially since Steven Jackson may not be able to go, and if he does he will not be 100%.  Jets take it 31-10 and head to Foxborough at 6-3 with a showdown with the Patriots.

 
 
 
 
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