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New York Jets 2008 End of Season Review

What a difference six months makes.  The Jets were heading into the 2008 season with a handful of offseason acquisitions that were brought here to improve on a disastrous 2007 season which say the team go 4-12.  The Jets made the most noise in the off-season with the signings of Alan Faneca, Damien Woody, Calvin Pace, Bubba Franks, Tony Richardson and the trade for Kris Jenkins.  Faneca and Woody were brought here to sure up the offensive line that already consisted of budding stars Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, attempting to protect injury prone quarterback Chad Pennington.  Jenkins was brought in to anchor a 3-4 defense that was missing a true nose tackle.  Pace was brought in to establish a better pass rush.  Coming into training camp in late July, things were looking better for the Jets and they were looking like a 8-8 or 9-7 team, much better than the 2007 season.  Then on August 6th the whole landscape of the franchise changed.

On that day it was announced that the Jets had traded for future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.  Favre was brought in to try to revive a franchise that was only going so far on the shoulder of Pennington.  Favre was coming off a solid season in Green Bay in which he threw 28 touchdowns, passed for over 4,000 yards and took the Packers to the NFC Championship game.  So with Favre came bigger expectations for Gang Green.  The Jets finally had a QB that could hang with Tom Brady and keep the team in the race for a division title.  So Favre had about 4 weeks to learn a totally new offense and try to get the Jets into the playoffs.

Going into week 1 against the Dolphins, the Jets were looking like a possible 10-6 or 11-5 team with Favre and the new acquisitions leading the way and then Tom Brady got hurt.  With Brady out for the season, everyone was saying the division was the Jets for the taking.  So after the Jets win in week 1, the talk was now of the Jets possibly going 12-4 with their pretty weak schedule.  The team must have believed the hype because Matt Cassell, playing in place of Brady and making his first career start in the NFL, came into the Meadowlands and beat the overconfident Jets.  They then headed out west to play the 0-2 Chargers and got blown out.  So with all the high expectations the Jets were at 1-2 at this point in the season.

They came home to a must win game against the Arizona Cardinals.  The offense really took off in this game.  Favre set a personal record high in throwing for 6 touchdowns in the game.  The Jets put up 56 points, but their passing defense was really exposed in the game.  They gave up over 400 yards passing to Kurt Warner with most of that coming in the second half of the game.  The Jets then had their bye week early and welcomed in the Bengals in week 6.  New York won the game but the offense was not on point as it was against Arizona.  So the Jets were at 3-2 heading out to play the awful Oakland Raiders.  The Jets struggled all day on offense and eventually lost the game in overtime to a Sebastian Janikowski 57 yard field goal. 

So the 3-3 Jets came home to play one of the worst teams in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs.  The Jets had a lead late in the 4th quarter until Favre threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown and gave the Chiefs a 24-21 lead.  Favre then put together a drive, in the two minute offense, that led to a touchdown catch by Laveranues Coles and a Jets win.  From this point, the team really started to take off.  They followed up the game against the Chiefs with relatively easy wins over the Bills and Rams over the next two weeks.  This set up a battle for first place in the AFC East against the Patriots.  Both teams were sitting at 6-3 with the winner taking a one game lead in the division. 

The Jets jumped out to a huge lead by the end of the first half, 24-6.  The offense and defense both looked great and the team was rolling.  Then came the second half.  The huge lead was gone and Cassell hit Randy Moss in the end zone for a last second touchdown to tie the game.  On the first drive of overtime, Favre led the Jets down the field to setup the game winning field goal by Jay Feely.  The Jets took over first place and headed out to play the 10-0 Tennessee Titans in Tennessee.  The Titans had a very good defense and had been getting solid play from QB Kerry Collins.  Everyone figured this is where the Jets four game winning streak would end and the Titans would remain unbeaten.  Well they were all wrong.  The Jets went down there and totally dominated the Titans on offense and defense and came out of the game with a 34-13 win.  New York found itself at 8-3, two games behind the Titans for the #1 seed in the AFC and tied with the Steelers for the #2 seed.  The Jets looked like a force to be reckoned with in the NFL and the sky was the limit.  Unfortunately, this was about as good as it would get for the 2008 Jets.

The Jets came home at 8-3 to face the 6-5 Denver Broncos.  Again, the Jets must have really started to believe the hype that they were an elite team, because they played like the total opposite.  They laid an egg against Denver and lost 34-17.  No big deal right?  They would get back on track in the next game against the 49ers right?  Well that didn't happen either.  They went out to San Francisco and could not get out of their own way.  They let another team with an inexperienced quarterback get the best of them in a game that they should have won easily. 

So they came home with a record of 8-5 to take on the Buffalo Bills.  Buffalo ran all over the Jets and nearly pulled off the win, if not for the poor play calling by Buffalo.  All they had to do was run out the clock with under two minutes remaining.  Instead, J.P. Losman fumbled and Shaun Ellis returned it for a touchdown and the Jets won a must win game.  With the win, the Jets controlled their own destiny at 9-5 to make the playoffs.  Win their last two games and they were in.  So they hit the road again to play the Seattle Seahawks who, at the time, held a record of 3-11.  The snow was falling and so were the Jets.  They were outplayed in snowy Seattle and lost 13-3.  Not only did they lose the game, they no longer controlled their own destiny with the Dolphins and Patriots both winning that week. 

Coming into the last week, the Jets would need to beat Chad Pennington and the Dolphins and hope for some help from other teams.  If the Dolphins win, they win the division.  You could not have written a better script for this game.  A must win against a former teammate.  The game was tight in the first half and the Jets were on the losing end at the time.  But they took the lead in the beginning of the third quarter, 17-14.  And it was all over after that.  Pennington took apart the Jets with the dink and dunk passes and gave the Dolphins a lead they would keep.  The Dolphins won 24-17 and won the AFC East in the process.  The Jets finished the season at 9-7 and were officially eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.

Back in August, it looked like this may be a special season for the New York Jets and it turned out to be what all us Jets fans are used to, a big disappointment.  The Jets loaded up in the offseason to try and right the ship from a forgettable 2007 season.  When they were at 8-3 in late November, it looked as though all those moves were the right ones.  But in the end it was not enough to get the Jets over the hump.  For a team that was on such a roll, winning five straight games to get to 8-3, to lose four of their last five and not make the playoffs is very disappointing on so many levels.  Now the Jets stand without a coach and a quarterback who will keep everyone in limbo on whether or not he will return in 2009.  The team has a lot of questions to answer in the offseason, but it may only take a few key moves to get this team on the right track again next season.  2008 was filled with a lot of memorable moments and tons of hope.  Unfortunately, it ended the way that it did.  But we will stick by our Jets next season and beyond, and hope that one day this franchise will figure it out and get back to the Super Bowl.

Posted on: December 11, 2008 2:26 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2008 2:27 pm
 

Jets v. Bills: Week 15 (Time to Step It Up)

Thirteen down, three to go.  That's all that's left for the Jets to prove themselves, right the ship and get themselves into the playoffs.  Right now the Jets are reeling after consecutive loses to two average teams, the 49ers and Broncos.  Now they are down to the final three games and none of them are going to be easy, despite what their records are.  This week the Jets welcome the Buffalo Bills to the Meadowlands with a chance for the Bills to play the role of playoff spoiler. 

During the Jets five game winning streak last month, the offense was averaging about 32 points per game.  That has dropped to 17 over the past two games.  Brett Favre has not found the end zone over the past two games with the exception of a rushing touchdown last week.  Buffalo has a decent pass defense so this week will not be easy for Favre.  They only give up about 200 yards per game in the air.  The Jets and Favre have done a horrible job of getting the ball to their top two receivers in Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles over the past few weeks.  During the past two games, Coles has a total of 3 catches for about 7 yards.  That is just totally unacceptable.  New York has to get these two back in the offensive game plan once again.  It seems that if they can not get them the ball in the first quarter then they quit trying for the rest of the game.  Dustin Keller, who had been emerging as a huge threat during the month of November, was also shut down by San Francisco last week.  If this keeps happening, the Jets will not win another game this season.  In the beginning of the season, it seemed like the Jets used more play action and threw the ball deep.  Now, it is all about the dink and dunk over the middle.  If the Jets can re-establish the deep threat then the offense will be fine.

The running game has been solid all season.  Thomas Jones is still the AFC leader in rushing and he should have another good game this week.  The Bills run defense is in the middle of the pack, giving up about 110 yards per game on the ground.  Last week Jones only got 56 rushing yards, but that's what happens when you only get 10 carries.  Jones is the Jets workhorse and needs to get around 20 carries per game.  Nine times out of tem, when he gets 20 carries he will get 100 yards.  On the flip side, Leon Washington seems to be getting less carries out of the backfield.  Leon is the team's spark plug.  When he gets the ball, good things seem to happen for the Jets.  He is always a threat as a receiver but needs to get some carries as well.  He always has the ability to break off a 30-40 yard run from time to time with his limited action out of the backfield.  He needs to get the ball at least 10-15 times per game between rushing and receiving.  If they can get the running game going early, then they should be able to move the ball with the passing game.

New York's still one of the best at stopping the run.  They are currently ranked 4th in the league, giving up about 83 yards per game.  After their worst performance of the season two weeks ago, they bounced back last week by not allowing any back more than 52 yards on the ground.  The last time they faced the Bills, they held Marshawn Lynch to a career low 16 yards.  I expect them to step it up this week again and hold Lynch under 75 yards.  The pass rush was better in getting two sacks on Shaun Hill last week, but it has lacked over the past month or so.  The Jets are still 4th in the NFL with 37 sacks, but not too many of them have come over the past four weeks.  J.P. Losman is likely to start for the Bills and the Jets need to get pressure on him and keep it on.  Force him to make bad throws and cause some turnovers.

The Jets pass defense can now be considered a joke.  And that's hard to say with two possible Pro Bowlers in the secondary in Kerry Rhodes and Darrelle Revis.  Even with the two of them out there the Jets have managed to have the 31st ranked pass defense in the NFL, giving up 251 yards per game in the air.  Over the past four games they have given up 400 yards to Matt Cassell, 243 yards to Kerry Collins, 375 to Jay Cutler and 285 to Shaun Hill.  That's 1300 yards over four games with an average of 325 per game.  That's just pathetic.  If this is not improved over the next three games, then say goodbye to the playoffs.  David Harris had a nice return last week and led the team with 13 tackles and a sack.  Hopefully his continued presence on the field will help out with the passing defense, but only time will tell and the Jets are running out of time fast.

Three weeks ago, New York was considered the best team in the AFC.  Now they may not even make the playoffs.  Like I've said before, this team will only go as far as Favre will take them.  Mangini has to stop with the dink and dunk offense and all the trick plays and just let Favre do his thing.  The clock is ticking and the Jets season may be coming to a premature close.  A season that once looked so promising has done a huge u-turn and now no one knows where it will lead us.  It's time for the Jets to step up and show everyone what kind of team they are.  The team that beat the Patriots and Titans or the team that lost to the Raiders and the 49ers.  I guess we will find out over the next three weeks, starting with Sunday against the Bills.  Jets take a close one 24-20.  That's all they need right now.  A little confidence can go a long way.

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: October 28, 2008 3:55 pm
 

Jets v. Chiefs: Week 8 Recap (Ugly Win)

You know what they say, "A win is a win". And Sunday's win against the Chiefs is about as ugly as you can get. The offense looked good at times as did the defense. But the 2008 New York Jets are a two headed monster, because they sure looked bad at times on both sides of the ball. You know things are strange when Brett Favre is getting booed one minute and cheered two minutes later. It was that kind of day for Gang Green on Sunday. So let's break it down.

First off...the offense. We had a little bit of good Brett and bad Brett. The Jets got off to a good start in the game with a 73 yard opening drive where Favre found Leon Washington for an 18 yard touchdown reception that gave them a 7-0 lead on the Chiefs. It was the Jets first opening drive touchdown since December 2nd last season. Favre was inconsistent on Sunday, not really getting into a groove all day. Good Brett had 2 td's including the game winner (never should have been that close) while bad Brett had 3 picks (almost 4) one that was returned for a touchdown late in the 4th quarter. Jerricho Cotchery had a good game with 9 catches for 102 yards. But it was Laveranues Coles who ended up with the game winning touchdown with 1 min to go in the game. Dustin Keller was the starting tight end, with Chris Baker and Bubba Franks out with injuries, and he ended up with 4 catches for 38 yards.

The defense was mediocre once again. Letting a third string QB, leading a 1-6 team, hang around all game and almost stealing a win from the Jets. Tyler Thigpen, starting for KC, matched Brett Favre in almost every category except interceptions. He ended up throwing for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns but he had no interceptions. He gave the Chiefs all they could ask for on Sunday. The defensive line did their job once again limiting the Chiefs to only 80 yards rushing. The Jets rushing defense is still one of the tops in the NFL. The passing defense still needs a lot of help, giving up 250 yards in the air. The Jets did manage to get four sacks but had no interceptions. While the Chiefs sacked Favre only once, they did pick him off three times (one for a score).

The one thing I did not understand was the play calling by Mangini and Schottenheimer.  The Jets ran the ball great last week against the Raiders and the Chiefs were giving up 207 yards per game coming into the game.  So what do the Jets do....pass the ball 40 times and only run it 24 times.  It was very bizarre.  This should have been a game where Thomas Jones and Leon Washington could have each gotten 100 yards on the ground.  But instead they had Favre throwing the ball over and over again.  Again, it was very strange.

But on the bright side, a win is a win and the Jets need them any way they can get them.  I know Mangini changes up the game plan from week to week to adjust to that week's opponent, but Favre will never be able to get into a comfortable groove any time soon with all the changes.  It seems like the coaching staff over plans for each game and from a fan's point of view, they look very confused.  It should have not been that hard to beat the Bengals and Chiefs.  And they should have beaten the Raiders two weeks ago.  Being a Jets fan is always an adventure so this season apparently will be no different.  They have a stiff test this weekend up in Buffalo where the Bills will be looking to get back on track after coming off a loss to the Dolphins

Posted on: October 23, 2008 12:43 pm
 

Jets v. Chiefs: Week 8 (Time to Put Up)

You would not believe it after last week's performance, but this is the perfect situation for the Jets this weekend with the Chiefs coming into town.  The Jets are home, where they are 2-1 on the season.  The Chiefs will be starting their 3rd sting QB, Tyler Thigpen, who will be making his second career start.  And Larry Johnson will be serving his one game team imposed suspension.  This game has the writing of a Jets blow out all over it.  They need to put the loss to the Raiders as well as the Favre fiasco this week behind them and focus on destroying Kansas City on Sunday.

First off, Brett Favre needs to play better.  He has four interceptions in the last two games and eight in the last five.  I know the picks come with Favre, but he needs to limit them in big spots.  That being said, Eric Mangini and Brian Schottenheimer need to turn him loose and stop playing so conservative.  You don't go out and get a big arm quarterback and have him throw 10 yard slants into the slot.  If that's what they want then they should have kept Chad Pennington.  The Jets need more big plays incorporated into the offense this week.  The Chiefs are giving up about 200 yards passing per game on defense.  Favre and the coaching need to expose this and basically go nuts on Sunday.  It may be a little tough though.  Laveranues Coles has a slight head injury from last week and Jerricho Cotchery has a shoulder injury but still should play. 

The Jets running game showed up last week in Oakland, with Thomas Jones running for a season best 159 yards.  Expect to see a similar performance against the Chiefs.  Kansas City's defense gives up an average of 207 yards per game on the ground.  The Jets also had a Brad Smith sighting last week.  He ran four times for 59 yards and had 4 catches for 29 yards.  I think he well be in the game plan for Sunday, even if it is just to keep the Chiefs on their heels.  Dustin Keller has disappeared since weeks 3 and 4.  But he may be more involved this week since Bubba Franks is banged up and is questionable this week.

The Jets defense had another solid game last week until the game got to overtime, when they gave up the two big plays that led to the game winning 57 yard field goal.  With a third string QB and no Larry Johnson to deal with, I don't see the Chiefs scoring a lot.  Kolby Smith, one of Johnson's back-up's, saw a majority of the carries last week and probably will this week as well.  The Jets who still have one of the league's top rush defense's should be able to contain the running game.  The pass defense was better against the Raiders but needs to continue to improve if they want to be there at the end of the season. 

This seems like a good game for the Jets to get back on track.  They need to win this game with the Bills and improved Rams coming up on the schedule.  The Jets play good at home and I'm sure the Meadowlands will be rocking come Sunday.  The Jets are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Super Bowl III champions.  With Broadway Joe and so many other great Jets of the past in attendance, I expect the Jets to come out firing on all cylinders and win this game big.  35-10 Gang Green.  No let down this week.  Jets take it running away and stick it to Herm Edwards.  A battle of two original AFL teams, but this is not the 1960's anymore.

Posted on: October 20, 2008 12:45 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2008 4:01 pm
 

Jets v. Raiders: Recap (New QB...Same Old Jets)

Here we go again Jets fans.  The Jets managed to go to Oakland and find a way to lose to a 1-4 Raiders team, a team that quit for their interim coach last week in New Orleans.  A team that was ripe for the picking.  The Jets forgot to show up.  With the exception of the Jets running game, the rest of the team took a week off in week 7. 

Let's start with the offense.  What happened to Brett Favre.  Last week against the Bengals, he did not have a great game by his standards, but he managed the game and got a win.  This week you would think he would have a bounce back week against a sub-par team.  Not so much.  Favre was 21/38 for a 197 yards and 2 interceptions.  He was just not able to get into a groove yesterday.  The Raiders did a good job of taking away the deep threats, leaving Favre to look over the middle for open receivers.  Chris Baker had a great opening drive for the Jets with 4 receptions and then disappeared, having only one reception after that.  He led the team with 5 catches.  Favre now has 4 interceptions in the last 2 games with 1 TD pass.  We all know what you get with Brett, but you would think with the teams the Jets have played the last 2 weeks (Bengals, Raiders), he would have more TD's then picks.  On a positive note, the Jets running game finally showed up.  Thomas Jones had his best running game for the Jets, running for 159 yards on 24 carries.  He also managed some long runs as well, busting one run for 31 yards and another for 20 yards.  This is something the Jets have been lacking from Jones, big gains from the backfield.  As a team the Jets ran for 242 yards, their best performance in recent memory.

Defensively, the Jets had two sides as well.  The rushing defense, which was third in the league giving up 69 yards per game, got lit up for 153 yards, their worst performance of the season so far.  The Jets, who are one of the league leaders in sacks as well, were only able to manage to sack JaMarcus Russell one time.  The Jets were just not able to get enough pressure on the young quarterback yesterday.  The defense did keep him in check for the most part until the game got to overtime.  Russell was able to get two big plays in OT that sealed the game for the Raiders.  On the Raiders third drive of OT, Russell was able to hit Javon Walker for a 16 yard gain and Zach Miller for a 27 year gain, that set up the game winning field goal.  Kerry Rhodes went in on a safety blitz and was clipped buy his own teammate on the way in, allowing Russell to hit Miller on a 27 yard pass to get inside the Jets 40 yard line.  This allowed Sebastian Janikowski to hit a career best 57 yard field goal in OT to give the Raiders the win.

This was a tough one to swallow.  This game was a must win for the Jets, who have a tougher part of their schedule quickly approaching.  Favre needs to cut down on the mistakes and get this team in the end zone more.  This is why the Jets got him, to win these kinds of games.  The good news is the running game finally took off, but that was about the only highlight for Gang Green this week.  The Chiefs come into town this weekend in what has turned out to be a must win for the Jets.  A win will put them over .500 when the head up to Buffalo in 2 weeks.  As long as Brett Favre is back there, I have faith that they will pull this together and sting together some big wins the next few weeks.  But is has to start on Sunday against Kansas City.  Otherwise, this season will be like many others in the past.  With the Jets on vacation come January.

Posted on: October 16, 2008 2:00 pm
 

Jets v. Raiders: Week 7 Preview

Well, it's week 7 and the New York Jets are off to the west coast again to battle the Oakland Raiders.  This should be an interesting game for the Jets this week.  They got a big win last week against the Bengals even though the team was very sluggish throughout most of the game.  They had plenty of opportunities to score more than 26 points but were very sloppy for most of the game.  The Raiders are coming off a terrible loss to the Saints this past Sunday and will be looking to rebound this weekend.  The Saints totally shut down the Raiders offense last week and the Jets need to follow suit this week.

This game plays very well to the Jets this week.  Oakland has a bad pass offense and the Jets have a mediocre pass defense.  They played very well against the Bengals backup quarterback last week,  and I do not they will take a step back this week against the Raiders JaMarcus Russell.  The Jets, who have the 3rd best rushing defense in the NFL, will shut down the run forcing Russell to beat them.  The Jets are only giving up 69 yards per game on the ground, while the Raiders are averaging about 140 yards per game rushing.  The Saints shut down the Raiders run game last week, only giving up 85 yards rushing to 4 different players.  With Kris Jenkins and Calvin Pace leading the way, the Jets should be able to shut down the running game of the Raiders.  The Jets pass defense is still trying to make a statement to the league and I think the will have a good game on Sunday.  Kerry Rhodes has quietly done a very good job this year and is itching to make some big plays in the secondary.  He has not had an interception in the last 8 games.  They also get Eric Smith back from his one game suspension and he should be back in the starting lineup come Sunday.

The Jets offense will be looking to rebound, coming off a sub-par performance against the Bengals last week.  Brett Favre had his worst game so far this season last week with 1 fumble and 2 picks, while only throwing for 189 yards.  There were no "big" plays downfield last week, and Favre dinked and dunked the football all over the field last week.  That being said, he still managed to get the Jets a win last week.  And that's the most important thing.  Expect the passing game to have good numbers.  The Raiders are near the bottom of the league in pass defense, giving up around 240 yards per game. 

Another thing the Jets need to do on offense is establish the running game.  Oakland gives up about 115 yards per game on the ground,, so the Jets should be able to take advantage of this with Favre behind center.  The Saints were able to get about 140 yards rushing last week, so the Jets should be able to crack the 100 yard mark this week.  They need to get Thomas Jones the ball about 20-25 times this week.  If he can get the run game going, Favre should be able to pick apart the secondary with ease.  Leon Washington, who has been nothing but spectacular on special teams, should get about 7-10 touches out of the backfield as well.

The bottom line is the Jets need to take away the running game of the Raiders and make JaMarcus Russell beat them in the air.  If they do that, the Jets secondary should be able to make some big plays.  This is another game that the Jets need to win.  They are still in the "soft" part of their schedule and need to take advantage of this being 1 game out in the division.  Things are getting tight in the AFC East, with 2 games separating all 4 teams.  So these are the games that they need to win.  Jets take it on Sunday 35-14.

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 13, 2008 5:00 pm
 

Jets v. Bengals: Week 6 Recap

Week six is over with the Jets pulling out a victory over the Bengals 26-14.  This was not an easy win in any way.  After blowing out the Cardinals two weeks ago, the Jets played "down" to the Bengals on Sunday, until securing the win late in the fourth quarter thanks to Thomas Jones third touchdown of the day.  The offense looked average and the defense looked solid in the win. 

Let's start with the offense.  Brett Favre was not vintage Favre yesterday by any means.  Brett "The Jet" fumbled about a minute into the game which was recovered by the Bengals and ran in for a touchdown.  7-0 Cincinnati.  But he then led the Jets on a 53 yard scoring drive to tie the game 7-7.  Favre was average, throwing for 189 yards with 1 TD and 2 picks.  The running game was not that effective either.  Thomas Jones had only 65 rushing yards, but did have 2 rushing TD's and 1 receiving TD.  The first 3 TD game of his career.  Jericho Cotchery and Laveraneus Coles each had 8 catches for a total of 146 yards.  Dustin Keller was a non-factor in the game this week.  He did have a touchdown in the first quarter but it was negated by a Jets penalty. 

The defense looked very good against a mediocre offense that was missing its star quarterback.  The run defense, anchored by Kris Jenkins, got the job done again.  Limiting the Bengals to 43 rushing yards.  Calvin Pace followed up his effort against the Cardinals with another strong game Sunday.  He had 4 tackles and a forced fumble.  The secondary put in a solid effort all around yesterday.  Limiting both Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh to less then 60 yards receiving.  Overall the defense only game up 1 offensive TD so it was a good "team" effort on Sunday.

The MVP of the game was Leon Washington.  He gave the Jets solid field position all day on his returns.  Washington had 142 return yards and their average starting field position was around their own 45 yard line.  The Jets also started 5 drives in Bengals territory.  This game could have gone either way.  The Bengals secondary took away any deep threats the Jets had so Favre had to manage all day with short passes.  It was not his best game so far this season, but like he said after the game "A win is a win".  So the Jets will head out to Oakland to face the Raiders next week at 3-2.  This is right where we all thought they would be at this point.  It was not a great day for the offense by any means, but they won.  And that's all it comes down to, wins.

 
 
 
 
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