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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.

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: 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: November 3, 2008 2:29 pm
 

Jets v. Bills: Recap (All About The "D")

So the Jets went up to Buffalo this weekend with first place potentially on the line and they pull out their biggest win of 2008.  And they did it with a great defensive performance.  And thanks to the Colts for taking care of the Patriots, the Jets see themselves in a three way tie for first place at 5-3.  The defense played great and the offense did enough to win the game. 

I have to start with the defense this week.  Kris Jenkins, the Jets defensive MVP this season, led a defensive line that gave up only 30 rushing yards on the afternoon.  They were able to keep Marshawn Lynch in check for only 16 rushing yards.  He did have three receptions for 52 yards, but got about 40 of those yards on one play on the opening drive.  Jenkins not only shut down the running game, he also had two sacks and forced Trent Edwards to make a pass that was picked off by Abram Elam and taken 92 yards to the house for a touchdown.  One of the biggest plays of the day was on the ensuing drive for the Bills when they got down to the Jets 8 yard line and had 4th and 1.  Jenkins and Kerry Rhodes were able to stuff Fred Jackson for no gain.  Darrelle Revis also had a huge day for the Jets.  He sacked Edwards in the first quarter, forcing a fumble that he also recovered leading to a Jets field goal.  He then ended the game with an Interception in the end zone.  Revis is becoming one of the best cover corners in the NFL.  He now has 4 int's on the season, 2 of them were game enders.  Overall the Jets defense ended up 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and sacked Edwards 5 times.

The offense managed the game effectively and cut down on the mistakes.  Brett Favre was not spectacular but got the job done.  After talking with Eric Mangini this week about cutting down on mistakes, he only made one on this day, which was an interception that was returned for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.  That made the score at the time 23-17 Jets.  The key drive was the one that came after the interception.  Favre was able to lead the Jets on a 14 play 65 yard drive that ate up over eight minutes of the game clock, ending with another Jets field goal.  The Jets went up 26-17 and never looked back.  On the day, Favre was 19-28 for 201 yards and one interception.  One key for cutting down on the turnovers was the pass protection because Favre was not sacked at all.  The offensive played a very solid game on Sunday.  You could tell that Favre was not trying to force any passes because on the first two possessions in the red zone, the Jets were running the ball and ended up with two field goals. 

Another key play for the Jets was late in the third quarter.  Leon Washington fielded a kickoff after a Bills field goal while he was out of bounds, giving the Jets the ball on the Bills 40 yard line.  He had one foot out of bounds and grabbed the ball which was going to stay in bounds.  If he did not do this, the Jets would have gotten the ball inside the Bills 10 yard line.  A very smart play for another potential Jets team MVP this season.  Leon also ended up with 13 rushing yards and 42 receiving yards.  He does a little bit of everything for the Jets and always seems to be doing something big whenever he is on the field.

The offense was not flashy by any means on Sunday.  But the managed the game well and did enough to get the Jets a win.  The story was the defense.  That was a huge performance on the road against a division rival.  The Jets do have a trap game coming up this week against the Rams.  This is a big game because they could get a game up on the Bills or Patriots since they are playing each other this week in New England.  Since the Jets play the Patriots four days after they plays the Rams, they can not over look St. Louis.  If they can beat the Rams then they will be heading up to New England at 6-3 with the hopes of taking over the division lead.  But that's too far away right now to worry about that, but it all starts on Sunday at the Meadowlands. 

Posted on: October 31, 2008 1:24 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2008 11:51 am
 

Jets v. Bills: Week 9 (Jekyll or Hyde)

Dr. Jekyll (Good Brett) or Mr. Hyde (Bad Brett).  Who will be circling the wagons in Orchard Park on Sunday?  This is a big test for the Jets this week.  Either they will make a statement and finally beat a team with a winning record under Eric Mangini, or fall to 4-4 and be on pace for a .500 season.  Lately, the Jets have had tough times playing in Buffalo the last 3 years.  Dick Jauron has had Mangin's number the last few seasons.  The Jets have only averaged 10 ppg over the last three games versus the Bills.

The main key for the Jets this week is stopping the turnovers.  Mangini preached all week (to Favre) about not turning over the football.  That it is ok to take the sack or throw it away.  Look, we all know that Brett Favre brings three things with him no matter what.  Win's, touchdowns and interceptions.  And right now Favre leads the league with 11 interceptions and is second in the league with 15 touchdowns.  The Jets talent is capable of winning this game, but they need to win the turnover battle.  The Bills and the Jets both only have 10 turnovers on defense for the season.  If Favre and Shotty play it safe, like Chad Pennington did last week, and they pick their spots to go deep, then the Jets should limit the picks on Sunday.

Last week Pennington was able to complete 22 passes for 314 yards against the Bills secondary.  If Favre cuts down on the picks he should be able to put up similar numbers.  The running game has been better as of late but the Bills have a good (not great) rushing defense, giving up around 100 yards per game.  The Jets need to try to establish the running game on Sunday.  Thomas Jones is quietly having a good season with 532 yards so far.  But I expect Leon Washington to get a few more touches this week.  He had a great game against the Chiefs last week with 274 all purpose yards.  He has been one of the Jets MVP's so far this season.  He has been amazing on special teams and seems to always be in the middle of all of the teams scoring drives this season.  Jones should still get at least 20 carries per game but Washington deserves a few more as well.  Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery should be healthier this week then they were last week which will help the passing game.  Chansi Stuckey was a little more involved last week after being a non-factor for a few weeks.  This gives Brett three legitimate receivers out there and you never know where Washington will pop up. 

The rushing defense is still one of the NFL's best giving up 82 ypg.  They should be able to limit Marshawn Lynch and make Trent Edwards beat them in the air.  But with the way the pass defense has played the past three weeks, he may be able to do it.  Edwards manages a game very well and does not put the Bills in bad situations all that often.  The Jets passing defense need to play better for this team to go anywhere this season.  The first half against the Cardinals back in September they were almost perfect.  They got a few turnovers and had a shutout going.  Then they gave up almost 400 yards in the second half and have not improved since.  If they do not step it up this week then Edwards will pick them apart.

This will be a tough test for the Jets after going 2-1 over the past three games against three sub-par teams.  If the Jets can grab a win up in Buffalo and the Colts take care of the Patriots, then the Jets will be tied for the division lead.  It's not that far fetched.  But in order for that to happen, they need to cut down of the turnovers and tighten up in the secondary.  And maybe the Jets can also find out if they are a passing team or a rushing team because they seem to be stuck in the middle somewhere.  I think the 5.5 spread on this game is big and I think the Jets will be in it till the end.  Maybe squeaking out a 16-13 win on a last second field goal.

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.

 
 
 
 
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