How Sweet It Is: Jets Beat Chargers…Off To Indy


Wow. Wow. Wow. What are they going to say now? Everybody who said the Jets didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs, everybody who said their defense was overrated, everybody who said Mark Sanchez couldn’t win a road playoff game, everybody who says this is a pass first league and you can’t win by running the football and playing defense…could do us all favor and shut the hell up. LaDanian Tomlinson said it best today after the game, “sometimes you just have to give the other guys credit. The Jets kicked our butts today.” Yes, they did LaDanian, yes they did.

Let’s start out with giving some love to the defense, who held the Chargers to 14 points and made countless big plays. Darrelle Revis made another ridiculous interception. Kerry Rhodes aka Mr. Redemption, came up with a vintage 2006 sack and a huge onsides kick recovery. Jim Leonhard turned the momentum with a huge interception. Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito played the games of their lives, which helped compensate for an injured Shaun Ellis. David Harris was being all over the field. Bryan Thomas and Bart Scott put together all around solid games. Donald Strickland had a big third down pass break-up.

On offense, Mark Sanchez did enough. He bounced back from his interception and made a clutch play on a third and goal to give the Jets a 10-7 lead. Braylon Edwards made two big catches down the field. Jerricho Cotchery had a huge third down conversion late in the game. Dustin Keller made a terrific touchdown reception. Shonn Greene…man, Shonn Greene is a beast…and yes, I loved rubbing it in the Chargers face by mocking LaDanian Tomlinson’s touchdown celebration. Thomas Jones came in off the bench ice-cold, to ice the win by getting a huge yard on fourth down in the final two minutes. Jay Feely took care of business as usual on his field goal attempt, which is more than I can say for Nate “1st team all-pro” Kaeding…haha.

In the end, what else can I say except that I love it. Enjoy it Jets fans, because these are the times to remember. The town is ours for another week and if you don’t think we can take down Peyton Manning and the Colts, then don’t bother checking this site for the rest of the week.

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

    AAAAAAAAAAM Lovin this!

  • So I was looking through your blog last week and decided that I agreed with you about the Jets chances against SD, then proceeded to tell all my friends at work about how the Jets were gonna steal the Chargers game. Lo and behold, they do just that… so basically thanks for helping me look like a genius. After the Cowboys loss I at least have this to gloat about.

  • Jimbo


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  • Joe Caporoso

    I agree with everything all of you said…whoooooooooooooooo

  • The Iron Marshal

    Joe, I gotta tell ya, I know we’re goin’ up against the Colts, but I think the SD offense was more dangerous than the Colts. Manning is the better QB, but he’s proven to be less than stellar when he gets knocked around a bit. Though he does have a good recieving corps, they’re not as lethal as SD.

    Their defense this time will be a different story. Mathis is back, meaning their DE’s will be a handful. Look for Hartsock, Keller, et al., line up alot alongside Woody to provide assistance on that front.

    Our guys will also be healthier than the last time we met them, at least in the secondary. Strickland didn’t play, but he’s available now; I like him laying some serious wood on a crossing pattern and seeing the poor Colt hear footsteps the rest of the way. Lowery has improved considerably, and of course, our All-Everything man Darrelle.

    I like the Jets vs Colts better than the Chargers matchup. I’m extra-pumped for this game, can’t wait.

    Lovin’ every minute of my Jets-fan-4-Ever Life!

    T I M

    PS: And if the Jets beat the Colts, then yeah, Bay-Beee, I say the NFC guys are going down! I’d call the Jets favorites, never mind no nothing dat dem dere else! They’re both (Saints & Vikes) made for carpet teams, and will have a rough and slower time on the natural grass at Joe Robbie Stadium.