Instant Reaction: First Place – Resilient Jets Get Tough Win In Miami


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No Darrelle Revis. No Calvin Pace. No Santonio Holmes. A potential major distraction with the Braylon Edwards DUI. On the road, against a 2-0 Miami team. Plenty of penalties, some of them very questionable…didn’t matter, the New York Jets found a way to gut out an impressive 31-23 victory.

Was it only two weeks ago, I was listening to everybody who could talk say the Jets couldn’t win a Super Bowl with Mark Sanchez at quarterback? I don’t think we will be hearing too much of that anymore, considering through three games he has six touchdowns to zero interceptions and is completing over 60 percent of his passes. Tonight, Sanchez was 15/28 for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He looks confident and is developing a scary good connection with Dustin Keller.

This is a Jets offense loaded with playmakers. Keller is playing at an All-Pro level and racked up 98 yards and two touchdowns tonight. Braylon Edwards showed up after being benched for the first quarter and made a nice move en route to a 67 yard touchdown (nice tackling, Jason Allen). Edwards also had a huge catch on the Jets final drive. The Jets final drive to extend the lead to 8 was a thing of beauty and was led by LaDainian Tomlinson who turned in yet another strong effort with 70 yards on 15 carries and his first touchdown.

Brad Smith continues to be a dangerous weapon on offense. The offensive line needs to cut down on the penalties. Shonn Greene had a couple of nice runs late but overall they need more from him.

On defense, the secondary has serious issues without Darrelle Revis in the lineup. Kyle Wilson will be a better player in the long run because of this baptism by fire, but for right now he is struggling heavily. Antonio Cromartie missed some tackles and was beat a few times, although he did make his share of plays. The front seven was clearly gassed at times and thus the pass rush struggled a little bit. However, Jason Taylor did get his homecoming sack.

A win is a win, and with early season victories over the Patriots and Dolphins, the Jets have made it clear they are the team to beat in the AFC East…as of right now.

Even better news? Buffalo is up next on the schedule…keep resting Revis and Pace. We got a date with #4 on Monday Night in 15 days, and I’d like to have you both 100 percent for that.

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

  • Tony C

    I was doing homework during the start of this game I had to dead stop at 14-0, My heart stopped at 14-10, I dropped dead at 14-17, and it went from there. Sanchez did great, but still had two dangerous throws, and Henne was impressive, but with Marshall its hard not to be, I mean come on he made Orton last year look like a high caliber player(though this year he is starting to, with his high passing yards). But beyond that DREW EFFING COLEMAN made the game saving interception… I will never say that again after this game… but I gotta say holy f—ing s— I couldn’t believe it even AFTER seeing again on nfl network. I gotta say, I’m scared to see how impressive this offense will be against the Vikings when we have Holmes, Edwards?, J-Co, Keller, and LT on three wide plays.

    But looking ahead, next week might be a golden opportunity for our inactives who need redemption, to get a chance. Give McKnight five carries and a kick return/punt return (I can’t remember whatever his shining lone moment was). Lets see Turner prove he’s actually supposed to be on this team, and not just a cardboard cutout stand in for Edwards in case of a suspension.

    Next week should be a nice rest for them. I know no game can ever be an easy one(I will never say it feels likes scrimmage like the Giants did, and then went 2-8 at the end haha), but we have the guys who can manhandle the Bills when given the chance, so we might be able to give these people a break every once in a while.

  • Jets4Life

    Great Win. Sanchez is shutting up the whole league.

    But don’t take the Bills lightly!!! They always play us tough. A championship caliber team beats the teams they are supposed to beat. I don’t want anyone (including the fans) to look ahead to old man Farve. Lets beat the Bills first!

  • Tony C

    Oh no, I wouldn’t take the Bills lightly that I wasn’t my intent. But looking at them, they gave up a lot to the high powered offense. Their offensive has some life go 30-37 to the Pats but remember the Pats secondary isn’t a shining beacon of hope. Right now they have 4 decent guys, and they’ll be trying to use their rushing three headed beast to beat us. Which they will have some difficulties with.

    That leaves looking at their stats 5 decent receivers adding in CJ who is leading them with 11 catches. We have a TE who’s racked up over 200 yards, 2 WRs with TDs and its proven that the Bills secondary isn’t like it was last year.

    I’m not saying they are bad, but I’m saying we can explore alternatives, if the game is going in our favor.

  • Joe Caporoso

    I always worry about trips to Buffalo…Dangerous trap game for the Jets coming off two huge wins and with Favre match-up looming on MNF

  • Tony C

    That’s a fair reason to be, I mean after all, Mark had a bad trip with them throwing 5 picks, I don’t think though this is the same Jets team or same Mark Sanchez. He has Keller, he has LT and Edwards depending on when he gets suspended, if he does.