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.

Posted on: October 9, 2008 12:33 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2008 12:37 pm

Jets v. Bengals: Week 6 Preview

<p>Welcome back Jets fans.  The Jets are back from the bye week after beating down the Arizona Cardinals for 56 points 2 weeks ago.  We are basically right where we figured we would be when the season started, 2-2 coming out of the bye week.  Now the question is, do the Jets take off from here?  NY headed into the bye week with an offensive explosion courtesy of Brett Favre throwing for a career high 6 touchdowns, tying the Jets record held by Joe Namath.  With all that being said the Jets opportunity to make a dent in the AFC starts now.  The 0-5 Cincinnati Bengals come rolling into town this week.  They are very banged up at the moment, but they did give the Cowboys a scare last week.  The Jets can not take this game lightly.</p>

<p>First off the Bengals are banged up.  Carson Palmer hurt his elbow against the Giants 3 weeks ago.  Sat out the next week, and then was on limited practice leading up to the game in Dallas last week.  He played and played well (217 yards 2 TD's).  Overall though, he is not having a typical Palmer season.  3 TD's, 4 picks and a QB rating of 69 are not the numbers we've some to expect from Carson Palmer over the last few years.  The running game for the Bengals has been average.  Chris Perry is the leading rusher on the season with 239 yards on 85 carries.  That is just 2.8 YPC.  The receiving corps have not been lighting it up with the exception of T.J. Houshmandzadeh.  He has 31 receptions through 5 games for 351 yards.  Chad Johnson has really been a non factor with the bad shoulder.  I'd say he is more of a decoy right now but teams are realizing that the shoulder may be bothering him more then he leads on.</p>

<p>I would expect the Jets to have a good ground attack this week.  The Bengals have the 4th worst rushing defense in the league giving up 171 YPG.  Thomas Jones has been solid running the ball so far and should have a big game on Sunday.  This is how the Jets need to attack the Bengals right now because oddly enough the Bengals have the 6th ranked passing defense in the NFL, giving up 167 YPG.  If the running game is solid on Sunday then I expect Favre to have good numbers and manage the game effectively.  I see him with something around 230 yards and 2 TD's.  The passing game has been really improving with each passing week.  And i'm sure more progress was made during the bye week.  Favre is hooking up with Coles and Cotchery with more regularity and finally Dustin Keller has been more involved in the offense.  This week though, we need Thomas Jones to pound the ball all day.</p>

<p>As for the defense, it's a two headed monster at this point.  The run defense is ranked 5th in the NFL, giving up 75 YPG (thank you Kris Jenkins).  He is one of the main reasons for this improvement from last season.  Along with Calvin Pace, who had his best game so far this season against the Cardinals.  Then there is the passing defense.  Which ranks 2nd to last, giving up 265 YPG.  This had to be addressed during the bye week.  If the Jets are going to go anywhere this season this has to be fixed ASAP.  Based on the stats so far I think that David Barrett should replace Eric Smith this week while he serving his suspension.  Either way, the secondary has to be on the Bengals WR's like glue this week.  </p>

<p>The Bengals gave the Cowboys a scare last week, but they are still 0-5 and not a very good "Team" right now.  The Jets need to pound the ball with the run and blitz Palmer a lot so he can not get the ball to T.J. or Ocho Cinco.  Jets take this one on Sunday 31-17 and head off to Oakland at 3-2.  It sould be a good week in the NFL as usual.</p>

Posted on: September 30, 2008 12:30 pm

Jets v. Cardinals: Week 4 Recap

Welcome to New York Brett Favre.  I guess there are no more questions about the offense.  That is what we've all been waiting for Jets fans.  I'm sure we all figured we would beat the Cardinals, but putting up 56 points?  Good game for the offense.  Let's start with Favre.  Looks like he has the playbook down pretty good at this point.  He was 24-34 for 289 yards and completed passes to eight different receivers.  Looks like Laveranues Coles is passing Jericho Cotchery as Favre's favorite target.  Coles had 8 catches for 105 yards and 3 scores (first time in his career).  All 3 of the Jets tight ends (Keller, Baker and Franks) had catches in the game.  The running game looked good as well.  Thomas Jones and Leon Washington ran for a combined 72 yards.  This freed up the recievers in the passing game.  And you know Favre will find the open receiver almost every time.  Other than the pick that Favre threw in the 1st quarter, off his back foot and across the field, he managed the game very well.  Congratulations to Brett on throwing 6 TD's in a game for the first time in his career.

There were 2 sides to the defense in this game.  The 1st half defense (which shut out the Cardinals) and the 2nd half defense (which gave up 35 points to them).  The first half defense was almost perfect.  Causing Kurt Warner to fumble 3 times and throw 2 interceptions, one returned for a touchdown.  The defense kept Warner to 100 yards in the first half.  And the run defense shut down the Cardinals running game the whole afternoon (15 attempts for 42 yards).  The Kris Jenkins trade is turning out to be a great move for Gang Green.  He is a monster up the middle against the run.  He also broke through the line in the 1st quarter to block a field goal attempt.  Calvin Pace also had a big game.  4 solo tackles and caused a fumble that he recovered.  I know its only week 4, but the Jets have the 4th best rushing defense in the NFL, giving up about 75 yards a game.  The passing game was great in the 1st half.  They were missing in the second half.  With the lack of a running game, Warner threw the ball 57 times completing 42 passes.  The 100 yards in the first half turned into 372 yards in the 2nd.  I know the Cardinals have good receivers, but was it that or the defense not getting good reads.  Either way they were torched in the 3rd and 4th quarter.  The Cardinals ended up with three 120 yard receivers.  This must be addressed during the bye week this week. 

So the Jets head into the bye week at 2-2 with a "soft" schedule for the next 3 weeks after that.  They get the Bengals at home, the Raiders on the road and the Chiefs at home.  If the Jets want to make the playoffs, they have to win these games.  Buffalo is the next game after the Chiefs game, and they are showing no signs of letting up.  Other than the passing defense in the second half on Sunday, the Jets played a very good game.  With an extra week of practice this week, Favre should have the playbook down for the rest of the season.  If they keep this kind of scoring up, it could be a good year for Gang Green.

Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals, Jets, NFL
Posted on: September 26, 2008 1:17 pm

Jets v. Cardinals....A Must Win???

Well just as everyone predicted, the Jets are 1-2 after the first 3 weeks.  No one predicted that Tom Brady would have missed the Patriots game and the Jets should be 2-1, but that's over now.  They are 1-2 with the 2-1 Arizona Cardinals coming into the Meadowlands on Sunday.  It may be a little to early to say it's a must win game, but it kind of is.  If the Jets win, the will head into the bye week at 2-2 with a pretty soft schedule until the second week of November. 

Brett Favre seems to be getting the playbook down a little better as the weeks pass.  He did throw 2 picks (and should have had 4) but he did throw 3 td's and did complete 30 passes.  He hooked up more with Coles on Monday night, so that is a positive sign.  Another good thing for Gang Green is that Dustin Keller was more involved in the offense last week.  He did grab 4 catches for 41 yards and was thrown to about 7 or 8 times in the game.  The special teams, led by Leon Washington, looked very good as well. 

The key for the defense is the run blocking.  If Kris Jenkins is not playing or is limited, then the run defense will not be sharp.  The Chargers were able to run the ball effectively on Monday night after Jenkins left the game.  Edgerrin James is on the down side of his career, but is still capable of breaking off 100 yards in a game.  And if Arizona is able to establish the run, then Boldin and Fitzgerald will end up having huge games.  Warner can still throw the deep ball effectively and will find the 2 tall receivers down the field.

The bottom line for the Jets is stopping the run.  If they can do that, then they should be able to keep Warner and the passing game somewhat in check.  The offense broke out last week putting up 29 points on the Chargers.  So that should not be a problem.  Jenkins should be playing so this is doable for the Jets.  I think the Jets pull out the game, something like 28-17.
Category: NFL
Tags: Cardinals, Jets, NFL
Posted on: September 23, 2008 11:27 am

Jets v. Chargers: Week 3 Recap

It was a tough loss for the Jets last night in San Diego.  The game started off good with a David Barrett interception that went for a touchdown.  Then it all slowly unraveled after that.  Brett Favre was off target early in the game and the Chargers line had constant pressure on him all night.  Favre threw 2 int's and should have thrown 4.  Antonio Cromartie, who was on tight man coverage on Laveranues Coles, made a very nice pick in the first quarter, taking the ball away from Coles on a deflection and took it to the house.  After a Leon Washington return down to the Chargers 5 yard line, Favre hooked up with Coles for the first time this season to get the Jets within 3 points.  Then for some reason Mangini called for an onside kick, which the Chargers recovered and they were in very good field position at about the Jets 45 yard line.  A few plays later, Rivers hit the open man up the middle for a wide open touchdown and the Chargers never looked back.  31-14 at the half.  Favre got two late touchdowns but the Jets were never really in the game in the second half. 

The Jets defense never got it going last night and the Chargers took full advantage.  Rivers was hitting any open man he could find and the receivers were all having good runs after the catch.  The defense also gave up over a hundred rushing yards to San Diego, which was a result of Kris Jenkins leaving the game in the first half and not returning.  With that, San Diego kept to the run in the second half.  Overall, the defense was very poor last night, giving up way too many big plays.  That has to cut down in a hurry with the Cardinals coming to town next week and all the weapons that they have on offense.

There were a few bright spots for the Jets though.  Dustin Keller finally got involved in the offense with 4 catches for 41 yards and a touchdown.  Favre also seems to be on the same page with Coles now as well (6 catches for 71 yards and a TD).  Cotchery had another solid game with 10 catches.  Favre also had 30 completions, so he is starting to get the playbook down, but still needs work.  Leon Washington had another good game on special teams with that big return in the 1st quarter and the rest of the special teams looked good as well.  Even with the Jets upcoming "soft" schedule, next week is starting to look more like a must win.  They do not want to go into the bye week at 1-3.

Category: NFL
Tags: Chargers, Jets, NFL
Posted on: September 19, 2008 2:52 pm

Jets v. Chargers..Monday Night Football

Week 3 is coming up for Gang Green, and this is a tough one to call.  First off is the offense.  Hopefully Mangini and Shotty got a wake up call last week v. the Patriots and will let Brett Favre air it out a little this week.  The Chargers have one of the worst secondary's in the NFL, so Favre should have a field day.  The Jets should also be able to run a little with Merriman not being in the box.  As long as they establish a running game then that should free Favre up for some solid play action snaps.  Dustin Keller needs to be more involved this week and show why the Jets drafted him in the first round.  He has 1 catch for 19 yards in 2 games.  That being said, the Jets should use more 3 & 4 receiver sets this week to take advantage of San Diego's secondary.  Chansi Stucky has emerged as one of Favre's favorite targets.  Or maybe he is just in the right place at the right time.  But either way he is the Jets number 3 receiver at this point.  Coles and Favre seemed to have gotten a little rhythm going on Sunday and I see that only getting better as the season moves on.

So far through the first 2 weeks, the running game has been solid (except for not being able to score on 3 straight attempts on the goal line v. New England).  The new additions on the offensive have been paying off.  Thomas Jones has 171 yards rushing so far and Leon Washington is always a threat to catch a pass in the flat and run with it.  Chris Baker has been off to a good start too (happy with his new contract).  San Diego has a solid front seven, so I see the running game looking something like 28 carries and about 80 yards.

As for San Diego, they are a very good team that can easily be 2-0 right now if not for two last second loses to Carolina and Denver.  They should be at least be 1-1 after the blown call by the ref last week.  Either way, they are a very angry club right now and this game is a must win for them.  They have 0-3 staring them in the face so I expect them to be pumped up for the game on Monday.  I'm sure they will try to get a quick score on the board to try to set the tone.  If the Jets can score first and march down the field with the passing game, they may be able to take the crowd out of it early.  Going into week 3, Favre should have a better grasp of the playbook.  So expect to see a wider selection of passing plays in this game.  Bottom line is that Brett Favre is your quarterback and you need to get this passing game going.  This is not Chad Pennington back there.  And this is the perfect opportunity to get the passing game rolling.  If the Jets do that, they can win this game.  If not, and have to rely on the run, this game could get out of hand early.

Category: NFL
Tags: Chargers, Jets, NFL
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