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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: September 9, 2009 2:58 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2009 12:10 am
 

Jets v. Texans: Week 1 (The Sanchez Era Begins)

So here we go again.  The 2009 New York Jets season is about to start and a lot has changed since the end of last season.  The Jets will take the field at Reliant Stadium on Sunday to take on the Houston Texans.  They will be led by new head coach Rex Ryan, who brings his defensive mind to New York from Baltimore.  The Jets will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing end to the 2008 season and it all starts Sunday in Houston.

Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez will at the helm for the Jets offense on Sunday.  Sanchez beat out Kellen Clemens for the starting job in the pre-season.  Sanchez will be starting with some lofty expectations from the Jets fans.  Since New York moved up in the draft to get him, he will be counted on to try to get this team in the playoffs.  It wont come easy though.  The Texans have one of the NFL's best pass rushers in Mario Williams.  Williams did have 12 sacks in 2008.  He will be going up against a very solid Jets offensive line.  This unit will be entering it's second season together after a strong 2008 campaign.  It will be up to them to keep Sanchez upright this season.

The Jets also return a strong running game this season with Thomas Jones and Leon Washington.  Jones led the AFC in rushing last season with 1312 yards.  He also had a personal best 15 touchdowns as well.  He will be up against a Houston defense that ranked 31st against the run in 2008.  And with the way the offensive line blocked for him last season, we should expect the Jets to have a good game on the ground on Sunday.  Mr. Everything, Leon Washington, should also have a good overall game as well.  If the Jets are smart, they will find a way to get Leon the ball 10-15 times on offense.  Whenever he touches the ball he seems to make something happen.  Ryan has said since he was hired that Leon needs to get the ball more.  So lets start off on the right foot on Sunday and get Leon some touches.

One problem the Jets will run into on offense is the passing game.  They only have one proven wide receiver and that is Jerricho Cotchery.  And the problem with that is that Cotchery does not seem to be a number one receiver, he is a very solid number two though.  This puts Chansi Stuckey as the number two receiver this season.  Stuckey had a couple of big catches last season as he became a favorite target of Brett Favre for a few games, but in no way does that make him a proven receiver.  The Jets round out the receiving corps with Brad Smith and David Clowney.  Smith, a converted quarterback, is someone who the Jets are high on and will be counted on to come up big as the slot receiver.  Clowney brings plenty of speed with him.  He had a very good pre-season for the second straight year.  However, he was hurt for a big part of last season and does not have that much experience behind him.

A man who could become one of Mark Sanchez favorite targets is second year tight end Dustin Keller.  Keller started out slow last season but really emerged as a very solid option in the passing game for the Jets.  He proved that he can handle pressure situations last November in Foxboro against the Patriots, catching a few key passes in overtime to help the Jets to the win in New England.  This season Keller will be counted on to be a relible option for Sanchez.

New York's run defense returns with a few new pieces in 2009.  Free agent Bart Scott joins David Harris, Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas to form one of the strongest linebacking core's in the NFL.  Scott, a key in the Ravens defense for the past few years will be looked upon to help lead the Jets to one of the best run defenses in the league.  The run defense will be led by Kris Jenkins and Shaun Ellis.  The Jets had one of the best run defenses in the league last season until the beginning of December when they started to wear down.  The will have a tall order in week one against second year running back Steve Slaton.  Slaton is coming off a rookie year in which he ran for 1282 yards and 9 touchdowns.  Jenkins and Scott will need to shut down Slaton and make Matt Schaub beat them through the air.

Which brings us to the Jets achilles heal from last year, the Secondary.  Last season the Jets secondary surrendered 234 yards per game, good for 29th in the league.  To address this issue, New York brought in cornerback Lito Sheppard and safety Jim Leonhard to join pro-bowl corner Darrelle Revis and safety Kerry Rhodes.  These upgrades should bring the secondary back to respectability.  They will be tested on Sunday against the Texans' Andre Johnson.  Johnson is coming off a season where he had 1575 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns.  He will be matched up with shut-down corner Revis while Sheppard will be on Kevin Walter, who had a good season himself in 2008 with 899 yards and 8 touchdowns.

The few keys for the Jets this week will be to: A) protect Mark Sanchez.  The offensive line needs to try to keep the pressure off the kid so he can make some plays.  B) Establish the running game.  Jones should put up good numbers against a weak Texans run defense.  C) Get Leon Washington the ball more than 10 times.  The more he gets the ball, the more plays he is able to make.  This is a key for the whole season.  D) Get pressure on Matt Schaub.  Get the pressure on him and let the revamped secondary make some plays.  With Ryan's new attack style defense, the secondary should be able to make some key plays. 

The 2009 season is about to begin and the Jets are an enigma.  The have a very good defense on paper and have a very good running game.  The question this season is how fast Mark Sanchez will develop.  If he can settle in and have a season like Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan did in 2008, then the Jets will be in good shape.  If not, it may be another long season for Gang Green.  But for this week, the Jets will rely on the running game and should come out of Houston with a win to start the season.  I see the Jets winning 21-17.  Sanchez just needs to manage the game and let the running game and the defense do the rest.

Posted on: July 31, 2009 2:04 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2009 5:24 pm
 

Jets 2009 Training Camp Preview

So camp is finally open for the New York Jets.  "Another" new season of hope for Gang Green.  The Jets enter camp like most other teams in the NFL, with question marks.  A lot has happened for the Jets since the disappointing loss to the Dolphins to end the 2008 season.

The Jets did some house cleaning since January.  Out is head coach Eric Mangini, QB Brett Favre, WR Laveranues Coles, TE Chris Baker and CB Ty Law.  Mangini was let go right after the season ended.  The Jets had to make the move.  They were at one point 8-3 and leading the AFC East.  Only to lose four of the final five games to finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs.  When that happens, its on the coach as well as the players. 

Exit Mangini, enter Rex Ryan.  Ryan is a defensive minded coach from the Baltimore Ravens.  For the past 9 years or so, the Ravens defense has always been one of the best in the NFL.  Ryan was a big part of that.  He will be looked upon to get the Jets defense to one of the tops in the league.  His main focus should be on an average Jets secondary.  As good as the Jets defensive line was last season; their secondary was the complete opposite.  With the exception of Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, the rest of the secondary was horrible.

Exit Ty Law, enter Jim Leonhard and Lito Sheppard.  Ryan brought in Leonhard, the hard hitting safety from the Ravens, to help bolster the team up the middle.  He was a solid backup for Baltimore playing behind Ed Reed.  He should be able to shine for the Jets with Kerry Rhodes in the secondary.  Lito Sheppard was brought in via trade with the Eagles.  Sheppard only started only 3 games last season for Philadelphia with Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown playing so well for the Eagles.  Sheppard the former two-time Pro Bowler will be a nice compliment to Revis on the other side of the field.

New York's crown jewel of free agency is LB Bart Scott.  Scott was signed away from the Ravens as well this off-season.  He will be relied on to shore up an already strong Jets run defense.  A unit, which showed signs of wear and tear over the final month of the season.  Scott along with David Harris, Calvin Pace (suspended for the first 4 games) and Bryan Thomas give the Jets one of the best line-backing cores in the NFL in the 2009 season. 

With Pace suspended for the first four games of the season, the Jets will be leaning on last years first round pick Vernon Gholston to pick up the slack.  Gholston, who was force in the 4-3 defense that Ohio State ran, never really adapted to the Jets 3-4 defense last season.  Ryan is looking forward to working with Gholston and is confident he can get him back on track and get a return on the investment for the Jets.

With Brett Favre opting for retirement form the second time in two seasons, the Jets decided to make some moves at this years NFL draft.  The traded up with the Cleveland Browns to land the number five pick in the draft.  They drafted USC QB Mark Sanchez.  Sanchez will hopefully be the Jets long term solution for the quarterback position.  Whether or not he will be ready to start the season as the Jets number one QB remains to be seen. 

Rex Ryan has stated that QB Kellen Clemens will be the #1 quarterback on the depth chart heading into training camp, but there will be an "open competition", which gives Sanchez every opportunity to win the job.  2009 will be Clemens fourth season with the Jets and fourth year working with Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.  Clemens definitely has a better understanding of the Jets playbook and should be listed as the number one QB for now.

Another question mark for Gang Green is their running backs.  Thomas Jones, who ran for 1,300 yards and 13 TD's last season, wants a new contract.  Leon Washington, who ran for 450 yards and 6 TD's last season, also wants a new contract.  Jones had an excellent season in 2008 after a disappointing 2007 season.  The Jets have said that they have no plans on restructuring Jones existing contract.  Will that affect Jones this season?  We will have to wait and see. 

Washington is in a different situation.  He is currently playing in the final year of his rookie contract and wants a big raise.  The Jets need to get him locked up for the long term.  Leon is the Jets "X" factor.  He does so much for the team between rushing, receiving, punt and kickoff returns.  He truly is irreplaceable for the Jets.

One of the Jets main concerns at this point is at wide receiver.  Right now, their only proven WR is Jerricho Cotchery.  Cotchery should not be considered a number one receiver either.  He is a very solid number two or a 1-A receiver.  The Jets now look at him as the number one with Chansi Stuckey, David Clowney and Brad Smith behind him. 

Stuckey had a few big catches last season and will be relied upon this season to fill the spot left open by Coles opposite Cotchery.  David Clowney was not activated until late in the season so he is not proven.  Although he is very fast, he has not made any impact as of yet.

As you can see, the Jets head up to Cortland with quite a few question marks for this season.  The way the team is constructed right now, they could be either an 5-11 team or an 10-6 team.  The defense will be strong with plenty of young veterans out there.  The offense will have its work cut out for them over the next six weeks.  Only time will tell where the Jets will end up this season, but this is just the start.
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 6, 2008 4:24 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2008 11:26 am
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 
 
 
 
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