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Posted on: December 22, 2008 5:16 pm
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Jets v. Seahwaks: Recap (Just Sad)

Seahawks 13.  Jets 3.  Just outright pathetic.  Ok, I know the weather was poor, but that is still no excuse why they should have lost to that team.  This was about as bad is it gets for the Jets and their fans.  The blame for this goes to everyone on that field on Sunday.  Players and coaches equally.  Just watching the way they have played over the past month, it's amazing that they beat the Titans and Patriots back in November.  They would have been totally embarrassed if they played in those games like they have over the past four weeks.

The Jets brought Brett Favre here to bring this team back to respectability.  Instead of bringing the Jets up to his level, the Jets brought him down to theirs.  After the win over the Titans, Favre could do no wrong in the Jets eyes.  Since that game he has done very little right.  In Seattle, Favre went 18/31 for 187 yards and two interceptions.  And for the third time in four weeks he had zero touchdowns.  He started off red hot in the frigid temperatures on Sunday by going 8/9 and getting the Jets a field goal on their opening drive.  It was all pretty much downhill after that.  He just never seemed to get into any kind of groove.  The defense kept constant pressure on him and ended up sacking him 4 times.  He was also forced into a handful of bad throws and that led to the two interceptions.  As we have all seen multiple times over the past few weeks, Favre was again under throwing his receivers.  So either he is hurt or age has finally caught up to him.  Jerricho Cotchery had a nice game, grabbing 6 balls for 81 yards.  Laveranues Coles had 60 yards of his own but dropped a deep ball late in the game.  On a 4th and 2 with about 2 minutes to go and the Jets down 10-3, Favre heaved a deep ball down to about the Seahawks 40 yard line that Coles caught but the ball was knocked out by the defender.  It was probably Favre's best pass of the day.

The running game was mediocre as well.  Thomas Jones was only able to run for 67 yards on 17 carries against a beat up Seahawks defensive line.  Jets fullback Tony Richardson, who only had 5 carries all season coming into the game, was able to get 5 carries for 34 yards himself.  In total, the Jets ran for a total of 115 yards against a team with a makeshift defensive line.  Once again, Leon Washington was not a major part of the Jets game plan on offense.  He had 3 carries for 14 yards and had no receptions.  Every week, Jets fans call for this man to get the ball more and more and it seems Eric Mangini gets it to him less and less.  I know Thomas Jones is one of the league leaders in rushing but Leon adds a different dimension to the offense.  With the way the weather was on Sunday, the Jets should have ran the ball easily over 30 times in this game.  Just a bad game plan all around by the coaching staff.

The Jets defensive line turned another poor performance as well, their third in the past four games.  Maurice Morris, who has been filling in for Julius Jones, gained 116 yards on 29 carries.  The Jets, who hadn't allowed a 100 yard rusher through week 12, has now allowed three in the past four weeks.  The defensive line has just looked tired and was shut down Sunday.  They also did not get too much pressure on Seneca Wallace as he was not sacked in the game.  The Seahawks were playing an offensive line of primarily backup's and the Jets still could not get to Wallace.  The defensive has looked run down over the last quarter of the season and does not look like it will improve before next week.

The Jets secondary had a better game then we have seen, but that was due mainly to the weather.  They held Wallace to 175 passing yards and were able to recover two fumbles as well.  Both fumbles were caused due to the horrible field conditions in Seattle.  Bobby Engram was Seattle's leading receiver with 6 catches for 65 yards.  Obviously the Jets only allowed the one touchdown but we'll chalk that up to Mother Nature.  Wallace was basically mistake free all game since New York did not force him to make bad throws and had no interceptions on the afternoon.  He was able to lead Seattle on some long drives and kill the clock, even though the drives did not amount to anything on the scoreboard.

So over the past four weeks, the Jets have gone from 8-3 and cruising to an AFC East title and a home game in the playoffs, to just plain missing the playoffs.  Yeah, I know they have not been officially eliminated yet, but that will come on Sunday by the arm of Chad Pennington.  Mangini and his coaching staff have looked like a chicken with its head cut off in recent weeks.  Right now the team needs a miracle to make the playoffs (beating Miami and having the Ravens and Patriots both lose).  They have completely collapsed in December and even if they were to make the playoffs, they will not go far at all.  So sad to see such a promising season go down the tubes so fast.  It seems only fitting right now to see Pennington come in here and put the final nail in the coffin next Sunday.

Posted on: December 18, 2008 3:59 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2008 4:01 pm
 

Jets v. Seahawks: Week 16 Preview

The Jets have just hit the two minute warning.  Week 16, two games to go and a three way tie for the division lead.  Now if someone would have said back in the summer that the Jets would be 9-5 after 14 weeks and they would control their own destiny for the division, I'm sure all Jets fans would have signed up for that in a heartbeat.  But with the Jets, things like that are never easy.  This week they head up to the Pacific Northwest to take on the 3-11 Seahwaks.  This is their fourth trip to the West coast this season, where at the moment they are 0-3 out there this year.  But with the way things are going this season, if they lose this game, they may as well not come home.

If you go by the numbers, then this week should be a good week for New York and their passing game.  The Seahawks have the 32nd ranked passing defense in the NFL.  They have been giving up an average of 261 yards per game in the air this season.  This may be just what Brett Favre and the offense need to get going for the rest of the season and hopefully the playoffs.  Over the past three games, Favre has passed for 591 yards, one touchdown and 4 interceptions to add to his lead leading total of 17.  If there is any chance to get back on track, it is this week.  After two straight weeks of no shows, Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery finally were involved in the offense last week for a total of 9 catches for 116 yards.  However, Coles had no catches in the second half of that game.  I expect Coles, Cotchery and Dustin Keller to all have big games this week.  They also need to re-establish the screen pass in the offense again.  Get the ball on a screen over to Leon Washington two or three times on Sunday and see what happens.

The Jets running game should also be solid this week as well.  Seattle is ranked toward the bottom of the league in rushing defense, giving up around 120 yards per game on the ground.  On the flip side, the Jets as a team get about 130 yards on the ground on offense, so I would expect the same on Sunday.  Thomas Jones has had a great season to this point and with the way the offensive line has played this season, he should keep trucking along.  He is still the AFC's leading rusher and will be able to plow over the Seahawks defensive line this week.  With Jones and Washington in the backfield doing what they do, the Jets should be able to open up the passing game with better results then over the past three weeks.

After their second sub-par performance in the past three weeks, the run defense needs to bounce back in a big way this week.  The Bills and Marshawn Lynch ran all over the Jets last week for a total of 187 yards, by far their worst performance of the season.  They are still among the league leaders in yards allowed, giving up about 90 per game.  Maurice Morris will be starting for Seattle this week and his numbers don't really jump out at you.  He has only played in 11 games this season and is getting about 38 yards per game on the ground.  This matchup seems to favor the Jets in a huge way.  New York's Pro Bowl nose tackle Kris Jenkins has shown signs of wearing down over the past couple of weeks.  With that being said, I expect him to have a huge game on Sunday.  When they have had bad performances this season, he takes the blame on himself and usually bounces back with a solid performance.  He knows what is on the line for the Jets and will use that as motivation this week.

Ironically enough, the passing defense is coming off one of their better games of the season last week.  Against the Bills and backup QB J.P. Losman, the Jets gave up 148 yards passing and intercepted him three times.  They are still ranked near the bottom of the league in yards allowed, giving up 241 yards per game.  This week, the Jets will face Seneca Wallace who will be filling in for Matt Hasselbeck again this week.  The good news for the Jets is that Wallace only throws for about 138 yards per game, but he does not turn it over.  In the eight games he has played this season, he has thrown only one interception.  As long as the Jets take away Seattle's running game then Wallace will have to beat them through the air.  Sounds all well and good, but even that is tricky since he does not turn over the ball.  If the Jets do not keep pressure on Wallace, then they will have a hard time covering the Seahawks number one receiver, John Carlson.  The Jets have had a rough time covering TE's this season and if their not careful, he could burn them throughout this game. 

The bottom line this week is that the Jets have no margin for error.  Right now they control their own destiny in the division and a loss would cripple their playoff chances, especially with the Dolphins and Patriots playing so well right now.  This is a veteran team and they know what they have to do.  It's just time for the veteran leaders to step up and get this team where they need to go.  Winning this will only make things easier heading into next week's showdown against the Dolphins.  I say the Jets take care of business this week up in Seattle and take the game by a 30-13 score.  The matchups seem to favor the Jets this week in a big way.  If they do not win this week, you will be hearing a lot about the "Same Old Jets" next week.

 
 
 
 
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