Posted on: October 5, 2009 10:16 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2009 10:26 pm
So the Jets went down to New Orleans on Sunday to face their toughest competition to date and left with their first loss of the season. They looked great on one side of the ball and horrific on the other. It may have looked bad on Sunday but the immediate future looks good for the Jets.
The defense looked very strong against the high powered offense of the Saints. They were able to hold QB Drew Brees to under 200 yards passing for the second game straight with no touchdowns. In fact the Saints did not score an offensive touchdown until there was about six minutes left in the game. Brees was never able to get into a serious rhythm against the Jets.
The Saints marched down the field on the opening possession and the "bend but dont break" defense of the Jets held them to a field goal. Brees only managed to throw for 190 yards, but most importantly he had no turnovers. It was the Saints running game that gave the Jets defense fits on the afternoon.
The Jets run defense, which had only been giving up about 82 yards per game on the ground, surrendered 153 yards to New Orleans, one of their worst performances over the past 2 seasons. RB Pierre Thomas, who scored the only offensive touchdown for the Saints, racked up 86 of those yards himself.
New York's defense did more than enough to win the game. They only gave up 10 points to the Saints offense on the afternoon, the same offense that was averaging about 40 points per game over the first three games. The defense just could not come up with the big play. They had no interceptions on the day. They did force the Saints to fumble twice but only recovered one of them. The one that they did recover, they turned into a touchdown.
It was the Jets offense that cost them this game. Rookie QB Mark Sanchez looked like a rookie for the first time on Sunday. The Saints had Sanchez looking confused all day. They forced the Jets QB to throw three interceptions and forced him to fumble which led to a touchdown for the Saints defense. On the Jets first play of the second quarter, Sanchez took the ball on the Saints 15 yard line and fired a pass to TE Dustin Keller in the end zone. Except it was picked off by S Darren Sharper on the 1 yard line and taken all the way back for a touchdown. Instead of the Jets taking a 7-3 lead, they were down 10-0.
Sanchez was confused all day and got limited help from anyone else on the offense, namely the running game. Jets RB's Thomas Jones and Leon Washington were not able to get anything going against an improved Saints defense. Combined, they only managed 65 yards on 17 carries. Washington only was able to grab 4 of those carries. He is a key to the Jets being successful this season and he needs to get the ball more than 10 times per game. That was not to be on this afternoon.
The bottom line here is that the Jets lost to the better team on Sunday. The Saints controlled the game on both sides of the ball. Brees did not have a huge game but he didn't need to. He was able to control the clock and the Saints defense did the rest. The New Orleans defense gets the game ball this week. They did something that the Jets three other opponents failed to do. Make Mark Sanchez look like a rookie.
Things will get better for Gang Green over the next four weeks. They have the Dolphins twice, the Bills and the Raiders coming up before their bye week. The defense continues to improve and will get even better with the return of LB Calvin Pace this week. We will see what kind of team the Jets are going to be next week against Miami. This is the first time they will be coming off a loss and we will see how they will respond. I expect the Jets to come out mad and firing on all cylinders next week.
Posted on: October 1, 2009 4:06 pm
So what's more important, a good defense or a good offense? That's the question that will be answered this Sunday when the New York Jets bring their revamped defense down to the Big Easy to take on the high powered offense of the New Orleans Saints. Everyone says that defense wins championships, but the Saints are trying to prove that a very good offense can get you to a championship. Both units will be put to the test on Sunday.
New York's defensive unit will face its biggest test of the 2009 season so far, going up against QB Drew Brees and the Saints offense. Brees has been off the charts over the past two seasons. In 2008, Brees threw for 5069 yards and 34 touchdowns. So far, three weeks into this season, he has 841 yards and 9 touchdowns. Brees' career has really taken off in New Orleans and the Saints have all the tools around him to make a successful run at the playoffs in 2009.
Brees' number one target in the passing game is WR Marques Colston. So far this season he only has 195 yards receiving through three games, but he has 15 receptions with 3 of them going for touchdowns. He will be matched up with Jets Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis. All Revis has been able to do this season has been shutting down Andre Johnson, Randy Moss and Justin Gage in successive weeks. The key for Revis will be keeping Colston out of the end zone.
The Jets are hurting a little in the secondary with Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland still nursing injuries and are questionable for Sunday. Revis and S Kerry Rhodes are also a little banged up, but they will be in the lineup on Sunday. The Jets have to do their best to take away the receivers and make the Saints beat them in other ways.
That's where the defensive line comes in. Last week against in Buffalo, the Bills held Brees to only 172 yards passing. The flip side to that was that the Saints ran the ball for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Jets run defense is ranked 9th in the NFL giving up 82 yards per game on the ground. If the secondary is able to keep the receivers quiet, then the defensive line will have their hands full with RB's Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush.
The front seven of the Jets defense will need to keep pressure on Drew Brees and the running backs. It will be tough but I'm sure Rex Ryan has a good game plan in place.
One player that could end up having a good game is Saints TE Jeremy Shockey. So far this season, he been able to haul in 14 catches in the first three games. The Jets gave up some yards last week to Titans TE Alge Crumpler, so Shockey could be a huge factor in this game. Expect the Saints to use short passes to Shockey and quick screens to Bush to help them control the clock.
On the other side of the ball is the Jets offense led by rookie QB Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is having a good year by rookie standards so far with 606 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has only thrown two interceptions through three games, but does have 4 fumbles. Sanchez, the NFL's offensive rookie of the month in September, has been working on protecting the ball better in the pocket. As expected, he has made a few mistakes this season, but not when it counts. He has been very solid during the important moments of the games so far.
The Saints secondary is ranked 22nd in the NFL against the pass, giving up 245 yards per game through the air. Sanchez will have to try to expose this so he can open things up for the running game. He does have the luxury of passing to WR Jerricho Cotchery, who is currently 3rd in the NFL with 285 yards. Throw in TE Dustin Keller and WR Chansi Stuckey with Sanchez' pocket presence and the Jets should be successful through the air on Sunday.
A main key for New York is to get the ground game going to control the game clock. Last week against the Titans, RB Thomas Jones was only able to get 20 yards on 14 carries. The Saints running defense is currently ranked 5th in the league, giving up 67 yards on the ground per game. Jones and Leon Washington got plenty of carries last week but could not get the yards against Tennessee. New Orleans defense has really improved since last season and may have a good day against the Jets running backs.
They key on offense this week for Gang Green is try to establish the running game against the Saints. If they can do this, then the passing lanes will open up even more on a poor Saints secondary. They have to establish the run and keep Drew Brees and Co. off the field. The key on defense is to keep the pressure on Brees. Get him confused and try to force him into a mistake. But do not over do it on the blitz or he will burn you. The Saints offense is too talented and will find ways to score.
I have confidence that the Jets can win this game. As long as they can keep the Saints offense some what in check, then I believe their offense can do enough to win. But they are going to have to put some points on the board. Jets head down south and take it 28-24.
Posted on: September 28, 2009 9:08 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2009 9:18 pm
So, if you would have told me three weeks ago that the Jets would start the season 3-0, I would have thought you were crazy. So I guess we're all a little crazy right now. The New York Jets have gotten off to a 3-0 start by beating the high powered offense of the Texans. The team they never could seem to beat in the Patriots. And a team that finished 13-3 a year ago with the best record in the AFC, the Titans. The Jets are doing it on both sides of the ball, while letting their quarterback learn on the fly.
QB Mark Sanchez led the Jets out of the gates on Sunday in a hurry. He led the Jets on a 10 play 73 yard scoring drive which was capped off by Sanchez' 14 yard touchdown run. New York opened up the passing game on the opening drive going into a no-huddle offense right off the bat. He was able to hit WR Jerricho Cotchery and TE Dustin Keller for a few long passes while getting down to the Titans 14 yard line. Then on 3rd and 10 from the Tennessee 14, Sanchez took off and plowed his way into the end zone for the Jets first score of the day.
After recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Sanchez led the Jets on another scoring drive, capping it off with a 2 yard touchdown to TE Ben Hartsock. Before the Titans offense even took the field, the Jets were up 14-0. After a lackluster performance by the offense in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, New York was able to capitalize on another Titans turnover. Sanchez hit Cotchery for a 6 yard touchdown late in the 3rd quarter. Overall on the afternoon, Sanchez was 17-30 for 171 yards, throwing for two touchdowns while running for another. He did have one interception and one fumble, but in the end he protected the ball when he needed to and was able to help the Jets to another victory.
Jerricho Cotchery is emerging as a reliable number one receiver in the NFL. Not many thought he could be a number one, but he is proving the doubters wrong in a hurry. On Sunday, he reeled in 8 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. Dustin Keller had 2 receptions for 24 yards. They had the bulk of the Jets receiving yards.
The Jets running game was never able to get going against a very good Titans defensive line. RB Thomas Jones was only able to rack up 20 yards on 14 carries. His lowest total yards in 2 seasons. Leon Washington was a little more sucessful, getting 46 yards on 12 carries. Tennessee was able to clog up the middle forcing Sanchez to beat them through the air. Sanchez did not light it up against the Titans pass defense, which was the worst ranked group in the NFL coming into the game. He did however do enough to win.
The Jets defense looked suspect in the 1st half of the game. They stayed back in coverage early in the game letting Titans QB Kerry Collins get comfortable in the pocket. Trailing 14-0, Collins was able to bring the Titans back into the game by scoring on 3 of their 5 possessions. Collins and the Titans completely dominated the Jets in the 2nd quarter. They scored 10 points and out gained the Jets on offense 157 to -3. Collins kept the ball out of the Jets hands and got the Titans to within 14-10.
Titans RB Chris Johnson was able to help out the offense by running for 97 yards on 22 carries. The Jets were not going to be able to stop Johnson, but they had to keep him in check. He gained the yards but did not find the end zone. RB LenDale White was able to do that in the 2nd quarter. He was the first player to score an offensive touchdown against the Jets defense this season. His score pulled Tennessee to within 14-7. In the end, the Jets rush defense gave up 127 yards on the ground. Not their best performance, but the made the stops when it counted.
The Jets secondary did not allow a receiver to top the 59 yard receiving mark in the game. Collins was able to dink and dunk to WR's Kenny Britt and Justin Gage, as well as TE Alge Crumpler. But he was never able to get the big play downfield.
The defense stepped up huge in the 4th quarter. They were able to hold Collins to 0-13 over his last 13 pass attempts. Jets LB David Harris was the star of the game with his defensive play in the 4th quarter. On Tennessee's 2nd to last possession of the game, Harris was able to stop a Titans drive with an interception. Then on their last possession, Harris had an sack on Collins for -8 yards to help preserve the Jets 24-17 win. He gets the defensive game ball in this one.
It was not a pretty win for the Jets but it was still a win. The defense showed some soft spots in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, but really stepped it up when it counted in the 4th quarter. The really started bringing the blitz in the 4th quarter, keeping Collins and the Titans offense guessing. Good teams find ways to win when they are down and thats what the Jets did on Sunday. The jumped out to a quick lead, lost it, regained it and held strong for the win.
So the Jets stand at 3-0 on the season, leading the AFC East by a game over the Patriots. The road does not get any easier this week with a trip down to New Orleans to play the high powered offense of the Saints. But with the way Rex Ryan has this team believing they can win every game, don't be surprised if the Jets are standing at 4-0 next Monday.
Posted on: October 16, 2008 2:00 pm
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.