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Posted on: September 21, 2009 4:08 pm
 

Jets v. Patriots: Recap ("D" is for Dominating)

So it looks as if the New York Jets are not all talk.  The New England Patriots showed up at the Meadowlands on Sunday to teach the Jets a lesson and were punched in the face by a fast and smart Jets defense.  This was the first time the Jets have beaten the Patriots at home since the 2000 season.  The Jets came out swinging from the opening kickoff and did not let up during the game.  In the process, they sent a message to the league that they should not be overlooked.

We have to start this off by talking about the defense.  What a performance by Rex Ryan's bunch, holding the Patriots without a touchdown in a game for the first time since December 2006.  The defensive line held strong all afternoon, limiting to the Patriots to 83 rushing yards.  Laurence Maroney and Fred Taylor only ran the ball 14 times in the game for a total of 69 yards.  The defensive line, with the return of Shaun Ellis, was able to shut down the run and keep pressure on Tom Brady as well.  Kris Jenkins and Shaun Ellis are looking as strong as they did midway through last season when the Jets had one of the most solid defensive lines in the NFL.  Not only are they plugging the holes for the running backs, they are creating openings for the line backers to bring the blitz.  The line is looking very good to start the season.

The secondary also looked great on Sunday.  With the defensive line taking away the running game, Brady was forced to pass the ball 47 times.  Darrelle Revis is becoming one of the top three cornerbacks in the NFL.  He was matched up with WR Randy Moss and was able to hold Moss to 4 catches for 24 yards.  Late in the first quarter, Brady threw to Moss on a streak down the right side and Revis took the ball out of Moss' hands for the interception.  Last week, Revis held Andre Johnson to 4 catches for 35 yards.  Just to be noted, in week 2 against the Titans, Johnson hauled in 10 catches for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

The rest of the secondary is playing great also.  Jets CB Lito Sheppard, who was flagged in the second quarter for interference, followed up the penalty on the next play by knocking the ball away from a Patriots receiver in the back of the end zone.  New England had to settle for a field goal.  The only negative on the secondary was the coverage on Patriots rookie WR Julian Edelman.  Edelman was filling in for injured WR Wes Welker, who did not play due to a sore knee.  Edelman was able to 98 yards on 8 catches, mostly out of the slot position.  Other than that, the secondary was as good as advertised.

The offense was able to manage the game for the second week in a row.  Jets rookie QB Mark Sanchez again started off a little shaky but rebounded in the 2nd half to lead the Jets to the win.  It did not start off that well for Sanchez though.  He was sacked on the first play from scrimmage for the Jets and fumbled the ball.  The Jets were able to recover the ball on their own 3 yard line avoiding serious damage.  New York was unable to get anything going in the 1st half.  Sanchez only had 15 yards passing in the 1st half of the game, but they came out firing in the 2nd half. 

The Jets received the ball to start the 2nd half and made an impact right away.  After starting on their own 44 yard line, Sanchez hit WR Jerricho Cotchery down the middle for a gain of 45 yards.  Two plays later, Sanchez hit TE Dustin Keller for a 9 yard touchdown in the back of the end zone.  On the next possession, Sanchez hit WR Chansi Stuckey for an 8 yard touchdown, but the score was called back on a challenge by New England.  The Jets settled for a field goal.  Overall on the day, Sanchez was 14-22 for 163 yards and a touchdown.  He is not making stupid mistakes and is protecting the ball very well so far.

The running game was solid although no one stood out in particular.  Jets RB Thomas Jones was able to gain 54 yards on 14 carries, while RB Leon Washington gained 58 yards on 14 carries.  Neither, Jones or Washington was able to break off any huge plays from the line of scrimmage.  They did do their best to control the game clock.  Both teams controlled the game clock for about 30 minutes a piece. 

The Jets talked trash all week leading up to the game and backed it up in a big way.  They were able to keep Brady on his toes all day.  He was never able to get into a groove, constantly looking at the defense trying to read the blitzes.  Jets S Kerry Rhodes said that the Jets wanted to "Embarrass" the Patriots.  They didn't embarrass them, but they did hang with them.  And in the end they were the better team on Sunday.  It was the first time since 2003 that the Jets defense has gone two games without allowing an offensive touchdown.  It was also the first time in 2 years that Tom Brady completed under 50% of his passes.  The last time that happened was against Rex Ryan's Baltimore Ravens defense. 

Its only week two in the NFL, but the Jets look good.  As long as the defense keeps playing like they are, then rookie QB Mark Sanchez will not have to do more than just manage the game for the time being.  The running will be better than is was against New England and the defense will continue to improve.  With the addition of LB Calvin Pace in three weeks, this defense will be very scary.  The win against the Patriots was huge, but there are still 14 games remaining.  And after last season, its never good to get too excited too early.

Posted on: September 17, 2009 4:34 pm
 

Jets v. Patriots: Week 2 (Round 1, Ding..Ding)

To quote Terrell Owens, "Get your popcorn ready!"  The New York Jets and the New England Patriots will renew their heated rivalry this weekend in the Meadowlands.  Both teams come into the game atop of the AFC East, both posting a 1-0 record.  New England, in true Bill Belichick form, are treating the game as just another game on the schedule.  While the trash talking, Rex Ryan led Jets are treating it like Armageddon.  Which as a Jets fan you have to love.  He sure does talk a good game.

The Jets are coming off a very dominating performance in Houston last week and are amped up for Sunday.  They totally shut down a very good Texans offense.  While the Patriots were two minutes away from a loss against the Bills, until Buffalo KR Leodis McKelvin fumbled a kickoff which led to another Tom Brady comeback win.  Both teams will be ready to play and play hard on Sunday.

Mark Sanchez is now being called "Sanchise" after his solid performance in his first game last week in Houston.  The Jets rookie quarterback picked apart the Texans for 272 yards and a touchdown.   191 of those yards came on 3rd down.  But just like the Jets teams of the past, Sanchez will have his hands full with the Patriots defense.  Rookie quarterbacks always seem to have a hard time with Belichick's defenses.  The offensive line should have a slightly easier time then in the past with the absence of DE Richard Seymour, who was recently traded to the Raiders.  Sanchez has a pocket presence about him after watching last weeks game.  As long as the offensive line can give him some time, he will be able to find his open receivers.

The Jets receivers did a good job of finding openings in the Texans secondary and they will need to do the same this week.  Jets TE Dustin Keller was the teams leading receiver last week with 94 yards.  He should be able to find openings across the middle with Patriots LB Jerod Mayo out with an injury.  It's not that the Patriots do not have good role players, but the loss of Mayo and Seymour is something the Jets need to take advantage of.

Jets number one receiver Jerricho Cotchery will most likely be matched up with CB Shawn Springs, so don't expect a huge game from him.  Chansi Stuckey, who had a good game himself last week, will need to take pressure off Cotchery and make some plays himself.  I think the key for the Jets will be to have Brad Smith and David Clowney involved in the passing game this week.  Neither one recorded a catch last week.  Smith could be a key for Sanchez and the offense this week.

The passing game may be tested in a big way if Gang Green can not get the running game going.  Thomas Jones picked up right where he left off last season by posting another 100 yard game last week.  He will be leaned on to get the offense started this week behind a strong offensive line.  He will be up against a Patriots defensive line that surrendered 90 yards on the ground against the Bills.  Since the start of last season Jones has been pretty consistent at putting up 90 yards a game and I don't think that will change this week.

It took two season, but Leon Washington finally got more than 10 touches in a game.  He was able to gain 60 yards on 15 carries against the Texans.  Throw in 4 catches for 24 yards and I'd say he had a good day.  And that does not include what he does on special teams.  Any way you slice it, Leon has to get the ball at least 12 times against New England.  Even if it's in the "Wildcat" which the Jets ran a few times last week.  He is a main key to any success the Jets will have in 2009.

What more can you say about the way New York's defense played last week.  They totally dominated the Texans offense and shut out that side of the ball.  If that was their "A" game, then they need to bring their "A+" game this week.  Unfortunately for Rex Ryan and the Jets defense, Tom Brady is no Matt Schaub.  Brady is a master at picking apart a weak spot in a defense, so the Jets better not show any holes in their defense.  Just like last week, the defense needs to send a message early.  On the Texans first series, Jets LB Bart Scott buried his helmet in Shaub's chest after a pass attempt to set a tone.  And it worked.  They must send a similar message this week.  A good thing for the Jets is the return of DE Shaun Ellis from his one game suspension this week.  The defensive line was great last week and now you add Ellis back to it.....scary.

CB Darrelle Revis will be matched up with WR Randy Moss and should be able to keep him in check most of the game.  The key for the secondary will be to keep an eye on WR Wes Welker and TE Benjamin Watson.  Watson put up 2 touchdowns last week and is always a threat in the red zone.  Welker had 12 catches for 93 yards last week, but did have a few key drops on 3rd and 4th down.  With a potential neutralized Moss, stopping Welker and Watson is crucial.

The Patriots running game is inconsistent at best.  RB's Laurence Maroney and Fred Taylor did not have the best showing against the Bills.  Combined they were only able to rush for 55 yards.  Kris Jenkins and the Jets "D" line was able to hold Steve Slaton to just 17 yards on 9 carries.  They totally dominated the line of scrimmage.  With the way they played and the return of Ellis I don't really see the Patriots running game being a huge factor in this game.

Patriots - Jets is always a huge game for both teams.  The main reason is the divisional matchup and the standings afterword.  It just always seems to be a little bit bigger for the Jets.  They are the ones with something to prove, not New England.  The Jets need to focus on: 1) controlling the game clock.  Let the running game do its thing and eat up that clock.  2)  Try to contain the Brady to Welker connection.  They wont be able to stop it, but try to limit the damage.  3)  Start drives with good field position.  This is something the Jets have done pretty well over the past two seasons with Leon Washington.  If they can execute these things, then I think they can win this game and stop the 8 game losing streak at the Meadowlands.  If they don't execute, then Brady can have a field day and this game could be over by halftime.  I say the Jets stick to the game plan from last week and squeak out a 20-17 win on Sunday.  They have the talent and the attitude, but they need to execute.

Posted on: November 20, 2008 2:15 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2008 2:56 pm
 

Jets v. Titans: Week 12 (Melee in Music City)

With the Jets still riding high after their huge win against the Patriots last week, they now head down to Tennessee to take on the undefeated Titans.  Right now the Jets sit alone on top in the AFC East, but they are well aware that if they do not show up against the Titans, they will be back in a tie for first in their division.  On paper the Jets seem to match up well with the Titans, so I do not see this game being a blow out for either team.  But it will be fun to watch, that's for sure.

One of the main keys for the Jets is for Brett Favre to keep playing smart.  He has only thrown 1 interception in the past three games.  He has been able to manage games efficiently without putting the Jets in any bad situations.  Favre has found a new favorite target the past 2 weeks to get the ball to, Dustin Keller.  The rookie tight end has finally become what the Jets thought they were getting when they took him in the first round of the 2008 draft.  Against the Rams two weeks ago, Keller had 6 receptions for 107 yards.  Last week against the Patriots he had 8 more catches for 87 yards.  With him emerging as a down field threat, defenses will have to adjust which could leave either Jerricho Cotchery or Laveranues Coles in man coverage.  And if that is the case, Favre should be able to see this and expose it. 

With every passing week, the Jets offensive line keeps improving.  Thomas Jones was able to get another 100 yard game last week, gaining 104 yards on 30 carries against New England.  He has become the Jets workhorse over the past month.  He still is the leading rusher in the AFC with 854 yards on the ground.  He also has 8 touchdowns over the past six games.  This week will be a lot tougher for Jones to have a big game.  The Titans are a very physical team and they have big Albert Haynesworth plugging up the middle of their defensive line.  Haynesworth is having an MVP type season for Tennessee with 7 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.  They will be tough to run against, but they do give up almost 100 yards on the ground per game.  I'm not saying the Jets will gain 100 yards on the ground, but I do think they can get close to that number if Favre can get the passing game going.

With the exception of Matt Cassel gaining 62 yards rushing last week, the Jets still have the 4th best rushing defense in the NFL.  They were able to limit four other of the Patriots running backs to a total of 63 yards on the ground.  Kris Jenkins, who is also a candidate for defensive MVP, is having a stellar season anchoring the line for the Jets.  He may not have as many stats as Haynesworth, but what he has done for the Jets run defense has been remarkable.  And with him having the season he is having, it has allowed Shaun Ellis to have his best season in the past 4 years for the Jets.  He currently leads the team with 7 sacks.  They will have their work cut out for them with the Titans running game.  Led by Chris Johnson and LenDale White, the Titans rush for about 133 yards per game.  Johnson leads the way with 787 yards rushing and White has pounded his way to 11 touchdowns so far.  I believe the Jets run defense matches up well with the Titans running game.  If they are able to keep them under 100 yards and not control the clock, then they just have to deal with Kerry Collins and the passing game.

This is where the Jets may run into a problem.  The Jets passing defense has been up and down all season.  One week they look great, as they did against the Rams two weeks ago.  And the next week they look horrible, as they did against the Patriots last week.  Letting Matt Cassel throw for 400 yards in the air, most of that in the second half of the game.  And Collins, as we have seen the past two weeks, is more than capable of leading the Titans to a win through the air.  They went down early last week to the Jaguars 14-3, only to have Collins throw for three touchdowns and lead the Titans to a 24-14 win in Jacksonville.  Collins does not make mistakes, with only 4 interceptions on the season, and will not hurt the team with bad throws.  The Titans are a run first team and they only seem to rely on the pass when they need to.  Last week the Jets welcomed back Ty Law and he did a very good job on Randy Moss.  Considering it was his first game action in 11 months, I'd say he was up to the task.  With Darrelle Revis most likely matched up with Justin Gage, that means the Jets linebackers and safety's need to watch out for the Titans tight end Bo Scaife.  He leads the team in receptions and yards.  This will be tough for New York, who is still missing David Harris, but Kerry Rhodes has played a lot better as of late and should be on him for a good portion of the game.

I really think the Jets can win this game.  Basically, Favre has to limit his mistakes to pretty much zero and the pass defense has to show up.  If they play they way they did against the Rams and Bills, then I think the Jets will win.  The run defense will play the way they have been all year and the running game should be able to eat up enough clock in the second half to be able to grab a win.  The field position the Jets are given by Leon Washington will also be a big factor.  Every time he touches the ball, he has the ability to make something big happen.  I think the Jets win a close one 21-17, with the Jets making a big defensive stand late in the game.

Posted on: November 14, 2008 1:15 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2008 9:57 pm
 

Jets v. Patriots: Recap (Jettin' into First)

Jets v. Patriots...Thursday night...prime time...only game of the day, talk about an instant classic.  What a game for the New York Jets.  They go up to New England tied for first place with the hated Patriots, build a huge lead and blow it, and still walk out with a win.  This game was big, not just for the Jets in the standings, but for the whole organization.  Just when we were all ready to say "Same Old Jets", they pull out a miracle win in enemy territory.

All throughout his career, Brett Favre has won big games.  Last night, he finally won a big one for the Jets.  Favre played by far his best game of the season for the Jets, considering the stakes.  He made no mistakes in this game.  He was 26-33 for 258 yards and 2 touchdowns, and most importantly, no turnovers.  He was able to spread the ball all over the field, making completions to seven different receivers.  He is definitely getting more comfortable in the Jets offense, which was evident last night, completing almost 80% of his passes.  The key stat for Favre was that he was 9-12 on third down.  He was finding the open man all night. 

And last night the open man was rookie tight end Dustin Keller.  Keller, coming off a 6 catch 107 performance against the Rams, had another great game last night.  The Jets first round pick hauled in 8 catches for 87 yards, with some of his biggest catches on the night coming on overtime.  Three of his 8 catches came on the game winning drive in OT.  His biggest catch came on third down and 15 in overtime.  Favre was able to hit him for about 14 yards, with Keller making a 2 yard dive for the first down.  He is proving to be a very reliable option for Brett in the passing game, especially over the past two weeks.  All though he did drop a sure touchdown in the 1st quarter, he does have very good hands, and you can see why the Jets picked him in the first round.

Jerricho Cotchery and Leon Washington also had huge games for Gang Green.  In the second quarter, Favre saw Cotchery in man coverage, and unleashed a bomb down the sideline.  Jerricho, fighting off Ellis Hobbs with his right hand, was able to make a one handed catch with his left hand.  He reached out, while falling down, grabbed the ball and pinned it to his helmet for a 46 yard reception that ended up on the New England 16 yard line.  The Patriots must have been having David Tyree flashbacks from the Super Bowl.  To cap off the drive, Favre hit Cotchery for a 15 yard touchdown.  He was met by two Patriots at the 2 yard line, so he stretched his arm out to break the plane by the nose of the ball.  He ended up with 5 receptions for 87 yards.  Leon Washington, who has been a Jets MVP, stepped up in a big way for the Jets again.  In the second quarter, the Patriots scored a field goal to cut the Jets lead to 10-6.  On the ensuing kickoff, Washington fielded it at the Jets 8 yard line and took it to the house for 92 yards.  Giving the Jets a 17-6 lead.  He also had a 7 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter to give the Jets a 7-0 lead.  He really is the Jets "X" factor.  There is nothing he can not do, and is always a threat when he is on the field.

The offensive line was good last night again.  They did allow Favre to be sacked three times, but were able to help Thomas Jones gain 104 yards rushing against a very good Patriots line.  Jones was not flashy, but kept grinding out yards.  He ran the ball 30 times for an average of 3.4 yards.  Overall the Jets ended up with 140 yards on the ground.  At one point, Brad Smith lined up under center with Favre going out wide left.  Smith took the snap and ran the ball for 17 yards to the Patriots 5 yard line.  That would be the Jets version of the "wildcat" formation.  The best part was Favre running a slant and waiving his arms in the air for Smith to throw him the ball.

The defense had a great first half to this game.  They held New England to two field goals until the last minute of the second quarter, when the scored their first touchdown of the game.  During the first half, the Jets defense managed to not let Matt Cassel get into a comfort zone.  He missed a few open receivers on key third downs.  The defense was able to get a huge sack on Cassel in the second quarter on 4th and 1 with the Patriots going for it down 24-6.  The second half was a different story.  Tom Brady's backup had a huge second half, leading the Patriots back to tie the Jets at 24 and then again at 31.  He ended up throwing for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns.  He also ended up with 62 yards rushing on 8 attempts.  His best play was a touchdown pass to Randy Moss on 4th and 1 with .01 seconds left on the clock.  He has chased out of the pocket, and almost sacked, only to hit Moss falling out of bounds on the right side of the end zone.  Moss made an unbelievable catch with Ty Law all over him.  Cassel played a very good game and almost led his team to a big comeback win.

This was a huge win for the entire Jets organization.  They have been getting beat down by New England in what seems like forever, losing 11 of the previous 12 to their hated rivals.  They needed a win like this to not only take a one game lead in the division, but to show the NFL that they can hang with the big boys.  One of the reasons they got all these big name free agents was to win "this" game.  Favre proved he is still up to the task.  And as he said after the game, "This is why I came back".  If he can play like this the rest of the way, this may end up being a very special season for the Jets.

Posted on: November 12, 2008 4:04 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2008 4:06 pm
 

Jets v. Patriots: Week 11 (Now or Never)

It's finally here...the Jets vs. the Patriots with first place in the AFC East on the line.  This is what we Jets fans have been waiting for, a late season matchup against the reigning AFC champs with a chance to put them in out rear view mirror.  This is the reason why the Jets got Brett Favre and all the other big names in the off-season, to beat New England in a game that matters.  The Jets have been getting knocked around by the Patriots ever since Tom Brady took over the reigns.  The Jets have been rolling the past three weeks and have plenty of momentum heading up to Foxborough on Thursday night.

Brett Favre, the old gunslinger, came here for a chance to win one more before he rides off into the sunset.  This is the game the Jets really need him to step up and flash some of that "Favre magic".  Last week against the Rams, Favre played a well managed game.  He threw for only 167 yards and a touchdown, but no interceptions.  They did not need him to do a lot with Thomas Jones running all over the field.  Brett has seen a ton of these games during his career, more than any of his teammates have.  The bottom line is that he is a winner and should be able to lead gang green to a win.  The offensive line has also played a lot better in recent weeks.  They have not allowed a sack the past two weeks, which has allowed Favre to cut down on his mistakes (one interception in the past two games).  Jones has also benefitted from this as well.  He now leads the AFC in rushing with 750 yards.  However, the best part of the Patriots defense is their defensive line.  If the Jets are to have any success on Thursday, then they need to somehow establish the running game.

As long as Favre is upright, then I expect the passing game to have success in this game.  The Patriots have no Rodney Harrison or Adalius Thomas playing in the game and the Jets need to expose that.  Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery are both having very solid seasons for Jets.  I expect them to be a huge part of the offense in this game.  Coles is always up for big games and he should be amped up for this one.  Another option that emerged for Favre is Dustin Keller.  He had his best game of the season last week against St. Louis to a tune of 6 receptions for 107 yards.  The Jets are very high on their first round draft pick, especially after the game the just had.  With Keller emerging and Chansi Stuckey out there, New York has plenty of good options for Favre to throw to.  The difference between this game and the game in week two is that the offense is finally on the same page.  The first time they played this season Favre did not know the playbook and the Jets were still meshing as a team.  Favre knows what is going on now and the offensive line is really clicking with each other at the right time.

As usual, the defense will have its work cutout for them.  In week two, Matt Cassel was making his first career start in the NFL and played a very smart game for the Patriots.  He threw for 165 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, not flashy but it got the job done.  He still has Wes Welker and Randy Moss to throw the ball to.  The Jets need to find a way to slow them down.  They will have some help this week with the free agent acquisition of Ty Law.  He may not play all that much with only two days to prepare, but he is a veteran and knows both teams well.  He also may not be a shut down corner anymore, but with him on one side and Darrelle Revis on the other, the Jets secondary will be much improved for the rest of the season.  One of the keys will be to limit Welker as much as they can.  Even if that means giving Moss one or two deep ones in the process.  Welker helps that offense go.  He is their go to guy on third down.  Slow him down and they should be able to slow down the whole offense.

The defensive line, which in one of the tops in the NFL, needs to get pressure on Cassel.  The Jets are second in the NFL in sacks with 31.  Shaun Ellis is quietly having a pro-bowl season for New York, leading the team with seven sacks.  The defensive MVP has been Kris Jenkins so far.  What a huge difference he has had on the defensive line for the Jets.  The Jets are 5th in the league against the run, surrendering only 76 yards per game.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be starting for the Patriots this week and he is coming off a 105 yard rushing performance against a good Buffalo Bills defense.  The Jets should be able to limit him and force Cassel to beat him with his arm.  New York needs to keep constant pressure on him and force him to make mistakes.  They had constant pressure on Marc Bulger and Trent Green last week and Trent Edwards the week before.  They caused big turnovers that they turned into scores.  Abram Elam had an interception return for a touchdown and Calvin Pace had a fumble return for a touchdown the past two weeks.

The bottom line is the Jets have to win this game to establish them-selves as a force in the AFC.  This is a game that they went out and got Favre, Pace, Jenkins, Damien Woody, Alan Faneca and now Law.  This is a great rivalry in the NFL and I would expect both teams to come out with guns blazing.  The main key's for the Jets is just to keep pressuring Cassel and take advantage of his mistakes and for Favre to limit his mistakes and recapture some of the old "Favre magic".  The Jets finally get over the hump and take this one on the road by a 28-17 score.

 
 
 
 
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