Jets vs. Brett (And The Vikings): First Look

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Final Thoughts on Week 4:

Offensive MVP – LaDainian Tomlinson – Tomlinson keeps getting better and better each week. He ripped the Buffalo defense to pieces with 133 yards on 19 carries, 2 touchdowns, and 3 more receptions. Can he keep up this pace for the next 12 games and into the playoffs?

Defensive MVP - Antonio Cromartie - He took Lee Evans completely out of the game. Cromartie should especially flourish when he can bump back into the #2 role after that Darrelle Revis guy returns to the line-up.

They Deserve Some Love Too – Mark Sanchez…2 more touchdown passes and still zero turnovers…Shonn Greene…Finally broke out in 2010 with 117 rushing yards…Braylon Edwards…Another big day at the office for Edwards, who held down the #1 wide receiver spot nicely in Santonio Holmes absence…Shaun Ellis…Another sack for Ellis who has the team lead…Brad Smith…A touchdown pass? Why not?…Drew Coleman…Did a solid job starting opposite Cromartie…Dustin Keller…All he does is score touchdowns.

Jets vs. Brett (And The Vikings): First Look

The Opponent: The Minnesota Vikings begged Brett Favre to come back in the off-season, yet have struggled out of the gate especially throwing the football. Regardless, they still have one of the stronger defenses in the NFL and have a beast at running back in Adrian Peterson. Minnesota is coming off their first win of the season and their bye week. This should be a physical game and the crowd should be charged up in prime-time considering the Jets have been on the road the past two weeks and most fans don’t have fond feelings toward Favre.

Minnesota Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Brett Favre – 60/97, 597 yards, 2 TDs, 6 INTs
  • Running Back: Adrian Peterson – 70 carries, 392 yards, 3 TDs
  • Running Back: Toby Gerhart – 7 carries, 22 yards
  • Fullback: Naufahu Tahi – 1 carry, 1 yard
  • Wide Receiver: Percy Harvin – 12 receptions, 106 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Greg Lewis – 5 receptions, 56 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Bernard Berrian – 5 receptions, 38 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Greg Camarillo – 4 receptions, 48 yards
  • Tight End: Vishante Shiancoe – 11 receptions, 169 yards, 1 TD
  • Tight End: Jim Kleinsasser – 4 receptions, 43 yards
  • Left Tackle: Bryant McKinnie
  • Left Guard: Steve Hutchinson
  • Center: John Sullivan
  • Right Guard: Anthony Herrera
  • Right Tackle: Phil Loadholt

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Ray Edwards – 4 tackles
  • Defensive Tackle: Pat Williams – 9 tackles
  • Defensive Tackle: Kevin Williams – 8 tackles, 1 sack
  • Defensive End: Jared Allen – 10 tackles, 1 sack
  • Outside Linebacker: Ben Leber – 8 tackles
  • Middle Linebacker: E.J. Henderson – 19 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Chad Greenway – 29 tackles
  • Corner: Antoine Winfield – 22 tackles, 1 INT
  • Corner - Lito Sheppard – 5 tackles
  • Corner: Asher Allen – 9 tackles
  • Safety: Husain Abdullah – 13 tackles
  • Safety: Madieu Williams – 15 tackles

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Ryan Longwell – 3/3 FGs
  • Punter: Chris Kluwe - 43.9 yards per punt
  • Kick Return: Percy Harvin – 21.0 per return
  • Punt Return: Greg Camarillo – 6.7 per punt return

Key PlayersAdrian Peterson is what makes the Minnesota offense go, especially in 2010 with their pedestrian collection of wide receivers. We all know Brett Favre can be forced into turning the football over, early and often. Percy Harvin is a versatile playmaker, who the Jets will have to key on in the passing game, along with tight end Vishante Shiancoe if he ends up playing.

Injuries – Shiancoe is nursing a leg injury and could end up being a game-time decision. Harvin has a perpetual issue with migraines. Calvin Pace and Darrelle Revis are both expected to return for the Jets, although they could be in limited roles.

Key Storylines – Brett Favre returns to New York…Santonio Holmes first game as a New York Jet…Calvin Pace and Darrelle Revis comine back from injury.

One of Favre’s 11 Retirement Speeches

  • Jimi

    I hope Jets D holds AP to like 40 yards and no TDs (My fantasy team “Revis and Butthead” also hopes so….).

  • Tony C

    They really don’t have that much of a choice Jimi. Think about it, they don’t have that impressive of a WR/TE corp right now. They’ve only registered 2 TDs in 4 games. Stopping AP is the key, first and foremost, but also locking down the WRs they have a bye week right now to come into to try and get that chemistry going that Brett hasn’t had yet with his other WRs.

  • Joe Caporoso

    AP is certainly key. Shiancoe has been the Vikings biggest weapon and he is banged up. Harvin can be dangerous but a mix of Revis and Cro should keep him in check

  • Tony C

    Agreed on Shiancoe but until we know he’s going to report to the field he’s questionable at best. As of yesterday he’s still off the line, which questions who do we give to Shiancoe if he player, do we use Wilson and safety double coverage while Cro/Revis take down their main receivers or see if Cro can get aggressive and hit a TE. Right now from what I read its a leg injury close to a hamstring, if he’s nailed like Revis was he could be out or limited.

    As for Harvin…. a bad timed migraine can take him out of the game or slow him down. So that’s a game of Russian Roulette for him on the field.

    Don’t forget Joe, they are on their 3rd string Center. Pouha will be forcing double coverage with his talent leaving the LBs to stuff the holes and turn All Day AP to No Way AP.

  • Tony C

    And now we have a Randy Moss to the Vikings Buzz on NFL, well that’s something I didn’t see coming.

  • Coach

    Joe,
    I know you haven’t started writing yet because it is not lunch time but, Wow! Revis should do some extra stretching for Monday. We wouldn’t want the fans to think he is trying to avoid the match-up, LOL. It is trades (and stuff) like this that make the NFL the best show on earth. Good luck this weekend in Boston.

  • Joe Caporoso

    If Revis plays, I would like to see Cromartie on Moss the majority of the time, with Revis mixing in but primarily being matched up on Harvin. I would like to see Wilson get a shot on Shiancoe, with occasional safety help from Pool.

    Coach…Best show on earth is absolutely right haha