NFL Week 6 Recap/Jets vs. Raiders First Look

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First a few updates:

1. As expected, the Jets added defensive tackle Howard Green back to the active roster today and Kris Jenkins was placed on the IR.

2. I sent my questions over to David Clowney yesterday and I am hoping to have his responses back by the end of the week.

3. I am glad the Jets didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline. We are already short on draft picks in what is expected to be a deep, talented 2010 draft class and we need depth on the offensive and defensive line, along with a pass rusher.

4. The game highlights, stats, and TOJ TV page have all been updated.

NFL Week 6 Recap/Jets vs. Raiders First Look

Wrapping Up Jets/Bills

Defensive Player of the Game: David Harris – Unlike his partner at inside linebacker, Harris has been productive in every single game this year. He racked up 17 tackles against Buffalo and another .5 sack. Harris currently leads the team in tackles, sacks, and is tied for the lead interceptions.

Offensive Player of the Game: Thomas Jones – We knew the addition of Braylon Edwards would open up more space for Jones, but 210 yards of space? Wow. Hopefully, TJ can keep it up this week against the Raiders who have struggled against the run.

Honorable Mentions: Darrelle Revis for solid coverage on Terrell Owens throughout the game…Dwight Lowery for his interception in OT…Leon Washington for finally ripping off a few big plays…The entire offensive line for allowing the Jets to run for 318 yards.

AFC East Observations

New England Patriots – The Patriots ran it up on the hapless Titans in the snow and are back in first place in the AFC East at 4-2. They should move to 5-2 after playing the equally hapless Bucs in London this Sunday.

Miami Dolphins – Anybody else got a bad feeling the Saints are due for a let down against Miami on the road this week?

Buffalo Bills – They are still terrible…the Jets were just more terrible on Sunday.

TOJ Top Five

  1. New Orleans Saints – Embarrassed the Giants and sent a statement to the rest of the league.
  2. Indianapolis Colts – They might be 30 point favorites over the Rams this weekend.
  3. Denver Broncos – Just a very good, all-around football team that looks like they are on a mission.
  4. Minnesota Vikings – Man, I hate Brett Favre.
  5. New York Giants – Got to work on that defense there Big Blue.

Jets vs. Raiders First Look AKA “The Turd Bowl”

The Opponent: Oakland is only one game worse than the Jets and is coming off an upset victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. After a strong early season start by nearly upsetting the Chargers in week one and then beating the Chiefs in week two, they put together three of the worst games anybody has ever played including a 44-7 loss to the Giants. However, as previously mentioned they knocked off Philly 13-9 at home last week, led by a strong running effort and a big day from their defense. Starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been under heavy criticism for his erratic play and lackadaisical practice habits. Also, #7 overall pick Darius Heyward-Bey only has 2 catches through 6 weeks. Regardless, the Jets never play well in Oakland or anywhere on the West Coast for that matter making this a dangerous game.

Oakland Raiders Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: JaMarcus Russell – 68/149, 830 yards, 2 TD’s, 6 INT’s
  • Running Back: Michael Bush – 48 carries, 179 yards, 2 TD’s
  • Running Back: Darren McFadden – 47 carries, 146 yards, 1 TD
  • Running Back: Justin Fargas – 46 carries, 137 yards
  • Tight End: Zach Miller – 21 receptions, 354 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Louis Murphy – 12 receptions, 174 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Darrius Heyward-Bay – 2 receptions, 36 yards
  • Left Tackle: Mario Henderson
  • Left Guard: Chris Morris
  • Center: Samson Satele
  • Right Guard: Cooper Carlisle
  • Right Tackle: Erik Pears

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Richard Seymour – 23 tackles, 4 sacks
  • Defensive Tackle: Tommy Kelly – 30 tackles
  • Defensive Tackle: Gerard Warren – 16 tackles, 1 sack
  • Defensive End: Greg Ellis – 16 tackles, 4 sacks
  • Outside Linebacker: Ricky Brown – 31 tackles, 1 FF
  • Middle Linebacker: Kirk Morrison – 58 tackles, 1 FF
  • Outside Linebacker: Thomas Howard – 39 tackles, 2 sacks
  • Corner: Nnamdi Asmougha – 11 tackles
  • Corner: Chris Johnson – 31 tackles, 1 INT
  • Safety: Michael Huff – 16 tackles, 3 INT’s
  • Safety: Tyvon Branch – 43 tackles, 4 PD’s

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski
  • Punter: Shane Lechler
  • Kick Return: Jonathon Holland
  • Punt Return: Johnnie Lee Higgns

Key Players: Zach Miller is a playmaking tight end who is easily Russell’s favorite target. Ellis and Seymour can both get after the passer. Asmougha will likely be assigned to Braylon Edwards since he is arguably the best cover corner in football (the other side of the argument of course goes to our boy Revis).

Injury Report: Jerricho Cotchery and Brad Smith are still battling leg injuries and remain questionable. Lito Sheppard might end up sitting out again since he clearly wasn’t 100 percent last week. Donald Strickland has been out the past 4 games.

Raiders/Eagles Highlights

  • http://mulenation 16

    A few things from your main man 16. First, I don’t appreciate your cheap shots at the Giants. So what they lost to the #1 team in YOUR power rankings on the road with a banged up secondary. Your Jet’s lost to the BILLS AT HOME! In case you missed it, the Bills lost to the BROWNS the week before HA! At the end of the day, the Giants are still in the top 5 and the Jet’s are in a tailspin that resembles last year.

    Some observations:
    1. Mark Sanchez (ha ha ha) I’m sorry I cant say that name without giggling anymore. “Sanchise”, as coined by the NY media, is tied with the stellar Jake Delhomme with 10INTS. I understand there is a learning curve for rookies but let’s get real. Rex Ryan and the Jet’s coaching staff IS NOT asking Sanchez to be Peyton or Eli Manning. He simply asks that Sanchez manage the game and make smart decisions with the ball. Back to the basics Mark. Also, someone tell Sanchise that this isn’t Southern California. The weather will not be 85 and sunny in December when the Jet’s are fighting for the wild card spot,(Yes I can comfortably say Tom Brady is back and they will win the AFC East) therefore I suggest he get used to the cold, rain, and wind that comes with the meadowlands.

    2. Thomas Jones Drinking from the Fountain of Youth. Not much to say here but: impressive. And being a connoisseur of the male body I will say his biceps looked phenomenal. Keep up the good work. If the running game keeps performing well it should take pressure of Sanchez.

    3. The BILLS? To date the Jets have been surprising – starting off 3-0 and upsetting the Patriots at home. I would even excuse the losses against Miami (because the wildcat is a gimmick) and New Orleans because they seem to be a top contender. But losing to the Bills at home is simply unacceptable. Good teams don’t slip up at home against one of the worst teams in this league. Opponents such as the Bills and Raiders are joke games that need to be won in order to keep pace with the Patriots in the division.

    I think its safe to say that the Jet’s are at a crossroads right now at 3-3. Does Sanchez continue to struggle and possibly damage is psyche for the rest of the year or does he bounce back with a strong performance this week? He couldn’t have picked a better game for a comeback performance than against the lackluster Raiders. Last I checked the Raiders were 23rd in the BCS behind TCU and Boise State.

    On a side note, 17 and 39 recieved there first noise violation this weekend. LOL don’t miss those. And Mberg continued to struggle dropping another game with 21 going catchless :)

    I’m booking my flight home this week. I should be home 11/3-11/10. Prepare accordingly

  • Joe Caporoso

    16,

    Sanchez is a rook and despite how awful he was on Sunday, I am not giving up on him yet. Let’s see how handles these next 2 games before the bye week.

    As for the Giants, take your medicine, it looked like the Saints were playing a “scrimmage” against their defense as Antonio Pierce would put it

    big things november 5 – 7

  • Coach

    Joe and 16,
    It is nice to see old friends catch-up. Interesting observations by both of you. G-Man and Jets appear to be heading in opposite directions but lets be cautious with our predictions because after all this is the NFL or as I like to describe it the New England Football League. Yes Brady looked good in the snow against a “down” and I can’t figure “out” what happened team but it is a long season, very long. It just makes me sick to think that the Jets are going to crumble and hand the East back to the Pats without a fight. Come on man!!!!!!!!!!!! Got the word new starting QB at the Burg this week, lets all hope he brings the magic back. He could probably use you two guys.

  • Joe Caporoso

    Coach,

    The last thing anybody wants to see is the Pats win another division in the New England Football League…I amazed they are actually playing in London this week since they usually having 13-14 home games a season. I am fired up about Deighan getting under this weekend though…hopefully he can begin the process of breaking all of eric’s records, although he won’t be aided by a 6’2 210 stud receiver who converts at least one key third or fouth down every weekend