Beautiful Night At The Meadowlands: Jets Heading To Playoffs


I just got back from the Meadowlands and have finally got feeling in my hands again, allowing me to type this article. Simply put tonight was a complete and utter beatdown. The Bengals played their starters the entire first half minus Cedric Benson and were beat 27-0. Carson Palmer went 1/11 for 0 yards with an interception. Chad Ochocinco was obviously shut down by Darrelle Revis (like we didn’t see that coming) he also had two drops and was flattened by Kerry Rhodes over the middle.

I love how bitter the rest of the NFL is about the Jets making the playoffs. Bengals fans making excuses, saying Cincy lost on purpose because they wanted to avoid playing the Texans? The Texans?! You remember them right, their quarterback was nearly in tears when the Jets shredded them up back in week one. Dolphins fans are wiping their tears away over their 7-9 record (which I brilliantly predicted, along with a Jets playoff berth in the pre-season). I love how Jason Taylor left for a year, they made the playoffs, he comes back and they are back to being mediocre and sitting home in January. Steelers fans are crying, like they earned a playoff spot by losing to the Chiefs, Browns, and Raiders.

The bottom line is that Cincy tried to compete tonight in the first half and they were steamrolled by the Jets. Can I get me some Brad Smith? The Jets “tiger” formation ripped apart the Bengals, as Smith had 92 rushing yards and a touchdown. Thomas Jones added 78 more yards with two touchdowns and Shonn Greene chipped in 62 yards on 4.8 yards per carry. Their defense allowed one completion in the first half and shut down the running game, along with pulling an interception (Dwight Lowery). Mark Sanchez had only one stat that matter…zero turnovers.

You would have to be stupid to think the Bengals confidence isn’t somewhat shaken by tonight’s game. But, I really look forward to the whole world to picking Cincy to beat the Jets on Saturday…I do. They are already 4 point favorites and can I already see all the NFL experts penciling in a Bengals victory, don’t worry I will be keeping track of them all week.

It is playoff time, which means it is time to put in work around here. One article a day isn’t going to cut it, so look for two a days starting tomorrow. You are going to be able to right a thesis on the Jets/Bengals match-up by the end of the week, along with all the other wild-card games. I will be tracking all of the coverage and all the disrespect from the national media, that will hopefully be motivating the team this week and of course be doing plenty of gloating tomorrow to Giants and Dolphins fans.

In the end, the team with a rookie quarterback and rookie head coach is playoff bound. The team that lost Kris Jenkins and Leon Washington still found a way to get it done.  After the 37-0 beatdown was over, my two cousins and I walked out savoring one of the few great moments we got to enjoy as Jets fans. I drove away from the stadium still covered in confetti. It was more than likely the last game I will ever attend in Giants Stadium, a building that I have been coming to Jets games in since I was 4 years old and a building that I won a high school state championship win (LL ’05 I see you). As I took off down Route 3, I turned up the Rex Ryan press conference, looked in my rear view and saw the Empire State building brightly lit in a nice shade of Jets green, and just smiled to myself…picture me rolling.

By the way, the Jets are playing at 4:30 this Saturday in the playoffs does anyone know what time the Giants or Dolphins are playing? Anyone? I can’t seem to find this information anywhere.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • The Iron Marshal

    Excellent wrap, Joe – agree 100% with everything you say. Having alongside you a wonderful sense of schadenfreude at everyone else’s contortions over how the Jets got in. As if we have a say in who an opposing team coach chooses to put in the field against us!

    The talk prior to the game was that Lewis would hold back certain aspects of his gameplan for strategic reasons. Brother, that was no holdback… that was utter, complete, “Baby I got whupped so bad I can’t get it up even with Ciales” domination. They threw their best guys at us for 38 minutes (we faced their first team during better part of 3rd quarter) and our guys were indomitable.

    Joe, I cannot adequately express how sublimely happy I am. For years I’ve wanted to see a gritty, tough, dominating defense and the New York Jets be a synonym.

    The kind of defense that has been associated with the likes of Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain, or the more recent Tampa Bay Bucs under Dungy or – until a certain DC left to come here – the Baltimore Ravens.

    The kind of defense that is so good that no one wants to play against, the kind that makes previously high performing offenses, ones with reps like the Texans (earned before the season, and certainly proven against every other opponent they faced except for the Jets), play against our guys and crumble completely into oblivion.

    My wish, my prayers are coming true before my very eyes.

    Maybe comparing to one of the elite defenses like the Steel Curtain is a bit much, but the way I see it, there’s only one thing that separates the Jets from that mythic group of defenders: Longevity. It can happen here. It WILL happen here. If Rex Ryan in his role as assistant and DC could accomplish this in Baltimore, he will certainly do it here now that he has full control/decision making.

    I am looking forward to years of domination, where my defense at-TACKS, dis-RUPTS, des-TROYS and de-MOLISHES the best that opponents have to throw at us.

    God, Thank You!!! — it is a GREAT TIME to be Jets Fan!

    T I M

    PS: Oh God, 3 more things, please let our guys go deep into the playoffs, let’em stay healthy, and open up everyone’s eyes so that Darrelle gets the DPOY award.

  • simplysimon2

    A sigh of relief and only 6 days to enjoy and it’s back to the grindstone of “win and you’re in, lose and you’re out” of the championship tournament. Fortunately we’ve been getting some great “HELP”. Greene fumbles on a play that the Bengals are “conveniently offsides” (Thank You, Football God!) The Colts rest Mr. 4th quarter before the 4TH quarter (TY, FG!) Sanchize throws a pick against Colts but a penalty nullifies the pick (TY, FG!) We are a team of destiny but what that destiny is will be revealed. “All things prepare the event, Watch!”

  • Fellow Basement Jet

    GET SOME….who are dimes, dick, salt, donaboo, and mr no team gonna be cheerin for next weekend? surely wont be the gmen unless gratts playin 96′ madden for the original xbox

  • Joe Caporoso

    BK…nice to finally hear from you, you better be ready to show your face at the gato’s house this saturday so i have somebody on my side during the game.

    TIM…our defense is defintley something to be proud of…we are an elite pass rusher away from being hands down the best in the league…also wait until we get big Jenkins back next year.

    simplyismon…everything does seem to be breaking right these days…very rare for the Jets