Jets Might Have Had To Go To That Place, To Get To This One

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The benefit of the New York Jets 9-2 start is that despite the 45-3 whooping they took from New England a few nights ago, they are still in position to achieve everything they want this season.

As a matter of fact, the loss may end up being a much needed wake up to the entire organization. 45-3 forces you to look in the mirror and reconsider a few things. Hopefully, the Jets realize they can’t just show up to play and expect to win because they are the New York Jets.

You can’t fall into big holes against playoff caliber teams and expect them to allow you to come rolling back and steal a victory. Detroit, Cleveland, and Houston are one thing but New England, and upcoming games against Pittsburgh and Chicago are another.

The Jets were riding on top of the NFL world heading into week 13. They believed they were the best team in the league and everything would come easy the rest of the way. Hopefully, New England smacked them back to the reality that the NFL is wide open in 2010 and nothing is going to come easy to any team. Unless of course you are the Patriots playing your “A” game, while the Jets are sleepwalking around the field.

In 2009, the Jets were at their best when everybody wrote them off. They weren’t thought of as contenders in the beginning of the year but won 3 straight. When they were 4-6 and considered dead, they again won 3 straight. At 7-7, even when their own head coach counted them out, they won two straight and made the playoffs. (Insert your obligatory comment about the Colts and Bengals laying down here). Finally, they went on the road twice in the playoffs as underdogs and pulled out victories before ultimately running out of steam in the AFC Championship Game.

Despite being 9-3, most people don’t consider the Jets a serious Super Bowl contender right now. They have only beat one team with a winning record and that team avenged their loss with a 42 point victory.

Maybe now, Rex Ryan will go back to the drawing board on defense to find a way to compensate for his below average safeties and nickel backs. Maybe now, he won’t make impulsive decisions in game management that come back to hurt the Jets. Maybe now Mark Sanchez, will refocus on protecting the football. Finally, maybe now the offensive coaching staff will rededicate themselves to letting Shonn Greene carry the load and getting tight end Dustin Keller involved in the offense.

Like every team in the NFL, the Jets have problems. Unlike many teams in the NFL, the Jets have the talent to overcome them. It starts this week at home against Miami, where it is time for the Jets to put together a complete well played game for the first time since September.

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New York Jets Playoffs Scenario Week 14

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The Jets clinch a playoff spot this week with the following

1) A Jets Win + SD loss or tie + JAK loss or tie

2) A Jets Win + SD loss or tie + IND loss or tie

3) A Jets Tie + OAK loss or tie + SD loss + IND loss

Schedule

  • Indianapolis At Tennessee – Thursday, 8:20 PM
  • Oakland At Jacksonville – Sunday, 1 PM
  • Kansas City At San Diego – Sunday, 4:15 PM

TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 14

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As the Jets tumble down…down…down

1. New England Patriots (10-2) – Flexed their muscle as the NFL’s best team by thrashing the Jets in front of the whole country. If they can take care of business in Chicago, no reason they can’t finish with at least 13 wins.

2. Atlanta Falcons (10-2) – Not as dominant as New England but they find a way to keep winning each week.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) – Gutsy win in Baltimore, puts them in great position for a AFC North title and a bye week.

4. Chicago Bears (9-3) – The Bears have a chance to show they belong in the discussion as the NFL’s best team this week when they host New England.

5. Baltimore Ravens (8-4) – No shame in losing a hard fought game with Pittsburgh and settling for a season split. However, they will likely be stuck in the wild-card again.

6. New Orleans Saints (9-3) – They have kept themselves within striking distance of Atlanta.

7. Green Bay Packers (8-4) – The Packers took care of business this week but after next week’s match-up with Detroit, they have a brutal finish against New England, the Giants, and Chicago.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) – Need to avoid slipping up against resurgent Cowboys to set stage for showdown with Giants.

9. New York Giants (8-4) – Need to avoid slipping up against resurgent Vikings to set stage for showdown with Eagles.

10. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) – The Chiefs can bury the Chargers by beating them for the second time this year.

11. New York Jets (9-3) – A little harsh? 45-3. They are lucky to be this high.

12. Tampa Bay Bucs (7-5) – Their inability to beat any team with a winning record will keep them out of the playoffs.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5) – It is starting to look like they have an actual chance to steal the AFC South.

14. Oakland Raiders (6-6) – Impressive win over San Diego kept their slim playoff chances alive.

15. San Diego Chargers (6-6) – Brutal loss to the Raiders, took a big shot into their playoff hopes. However, they can make up for it by beating the Chiefs this week.

16. Indianapolis Colts (6-6) – If they can’t handle the imploding Titans on Thursday night, than it may be time to throw in the towel on them as a playoff contender.

17. St. Louis Rams (6-6) – Very interested to see how they play the Saints this weekend.

18. Cleveland Browns (5-7) – The Browns should be able to pull to .500 in the next two weeks with games against Buffalo and Cincinnati.

19. Miami Dolphins (6-6) – Can play the role of spoiler by beating the Jets on the road this weekend.

20. Houston Texans (5-7) – Any playoff hope they have left should be buried by Baltimore this week.

21. Minnesota Vikings (5-7) – T-Jack didn’t look so bad out there.

22. Seattle Seahawks (6-6) – It would truly pain me to watch this team in the playoffs this year.

23. Dallas Cowboys (4-8) – Not sure anybody wants to play them the rest of the year.

24. Washington Redskins (5-7) – Their season has quickly turned into an absolute disaster.

25. Tennessee Titans (5-7) – See above.

26. San Francisco 49ers (4-8) – Sadly, could very realistically only be 1 game out of first place after next week.

27. Denver Broncos (3-9) – That Josh McDaniels sideline celebration after moving to 6-0 last year feels like 100 years ago.

28. Buffalo Bills (2-10) – They were due to get blown out…they are a 2-10 team after all.

29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10) – Time to draft a new quarterback.

30. Detroit Lions (2-10) – Have no idea how to win a football game.

31. Arizona Cardinals (3-9) – One of the hardest teams to watch in recent years.

32. Carolina Panthers (1-11) – No stops on the 1-15 train.

Instant Reaction: Same Old Jets

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When you have 10 days to prepare for your biggest game of the year. It doesn’t say much for your organization when you are completely out coached, out schemed, out played, and out everything you can think of.

The New York Jets were exposed as frauds tonight. They were embarrassed on national television and unequivocally proven to be second class citizens in the AFC East and the AFC. Don’t talk about the Jets with the Patriots, Ravens, or Steelers anymore. They aren’t on that level or even close for that matter. They are now in the mix with the Chiefs, Jaguars, Colts, Chargers, and the rest of the mediocrity throughout the conference.

There won’t be any home playoff games this year and don’t write the Jets in as a playoff team yet. You think the team you watched tonight is going to Pittsburgh or Chicago and getting a victory?

The Jets defense was awful tonight. Not just awful, but they quit and let Tom Brady completely dice them apart. They ushered Danny Woodhead down the field so he could make us cringe, as Joe McKnight looked good in his winter jacket on the sideline. Antonio Cromartie lacked effort and forgot how to tackle. Drew Coleman…looked like, well Drew Coleman.

I can’t write enough about how pathetic the effort level was on defense. It starts with Rex Ryan, who didn’t have his team prepared tonight and did a terrible job with game management and game planning. Sorry Rex, it doesn’t make sense to challenge a quarterback sneak on your offense’s first drive, just like it doesn’t make sense to blitz the house and leave Drew Coleman one on one with Wes Welker. Where was Darrelle Revis by the way?

Offense? Mark Sanchez isn’t ready yet. He was shaken from the first possession of this game. Braylon Edwards is back to dropping passes in big spots. Dustin Keller? Where was he? At least Santonio Holmes and Shonn Greene showed up, but that was about it.

It was one thing to lose the game. It is another thing to be embarrassed. It is another thing to quit and be completely humiliated. Hell, I am embarrassed I spent 10 days writing articles previewing the game and the Jets couldn’t put up an effort.

Say it with me now…

Same. Old. Jets.

I need a day off.

Jets vs. Patriots Round II: 12 Pack Of Predictions

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Better late than never, here are 12 predictions for tonight’s showdown, which is arguably the most hyped Jets regular season game in franchise history — How long have we been waiting for this game by the way?

1. Tonight will be the night Mark Sanchez puts to rest any lingering questions about him as one of the best young quarterbacks in football. He has exceeded everybody’s expectations throughout the season and will continue his strong 2010 season by throwing for over 250 yards, 2 touchdowns, and not having more than one turnover.

2. Tom Brady is going to put together a stronger than usual performance against a Rex Ryan defense. The Jets secondary is getting his “A” game tonight. Brady will also throw for over 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, he will throw his fifth interception of the season tonight.

3. Shonn Greene will lead the Jets in carries and rushing yards. LaDainian Tomlinson will be involved in the offense but primarily through the passing game. Tomlinson will have less than 10 carries but at least 5 receptions.

4. Danny Woodhead will have no more than 60 total yards of offense but will score a touchdown, followed by mass hysteria from Jets fans on Twitter.

5. New England’s leading receiver will be Aaron Hernandez or Rob Gronkowski. Darrelle Revis will spend the bulk of the night on Deion Branch and Wes Welker. Antonio Cromartie will either be covering one of the tight ends, Brandon Tate, or Branch.

6. Jerricho Cotchery will be reliable on punt returns, not muffing any but also not providing any big plays. He will grab at least three receptions in his return to the Jets offense.

7. BenJarvus Green-Ellis won’t have more than 45 yards rushing. The Patriots will be largely one dimensional on offense throughout this game.

8. Both teams won’t hesitate to use trick plays on offense or special teams. Keep an eye on for reverses, toss passes, reverse passes, surprise onside kicks, fake field goals, fake punts or anything along those lines.

9. Jason Taylor will record his fifth sack of the season tonight but overall the Jets will struggle to consistently get to Brady.

10. Mark Sanchez won’t be sacked more than once by New England’s weak pass rush.

11. Both field goal kickers will miss at least one very make-able kick tonight.

12. Your final score? I am taking the Jets 34-31 in a shoot-out and in one of the best games played of the 2010 NFL regular season. This will be a landmark win in the young Rex Ryan/Mark Sanchez era.

TOJ Week 13 Rooting Guide

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A quick rooting guide for your Jet less Sunday…Gave Jimmy Leonhard the picture because we will miss him the rest of the year.

New Orleans at Cincinnati – In a game that has no impact on the Jets playoff chances, root for Ochocino and T.O to continue losing. Also more importantly root for New Orleans defense as TOJ is starting them in fantasy this week. Carson Palmer has to throw at least 2 interceptions, right?

Chicago at Detroit – If you are like me, you think Jay Cutler looks like the rich kid at the party sulking because somebody spilled beer on his 129 dollar shirt and who doesn’t hate people like that? Beyond that, the Lions deserve this one after they were screwed in week one.

San Francisco at Green Bay – I hate Mike Singletary’s press conferences and I hate that Green Bay shut the Jets out at home. I will root for the Packers because it sickens me that the 4-7 49ers are still in playoff contention.

Jacksonville at Tennessee – I don’t want the Colts in the playoffs and Jacksonville is closer to preventing that from happening, so go Jags. Hey, at least for today they have another fan…which should give them about 38.

Denver at Kansas City – Two unpopular coaches. I want the Chargers out of the playoffs, so using the same theory from the Jacksonville game, I will root for T.J. and the Chiefs.

Cleveland at Miami – Is it me or does Jake Delhomme look like a creepy guy? It must be something with those facial expressions after he is throwing all those interceptions. Obviously, I will be rooting for him, Eric Barton, Chansi Stuckey and the rest of the Jets JV team.

Buffalo at Minnesota – Very rare that you would ever root for a AFC East team against a non division opponent. However, I will be rooting for a bounce back for Steve Johnson and a win for the feisty Bills.

Washington at New York Giants – Let’s hope McNabb continues his trend of dominating the Giants.

Oakland at San Diego – Again, I’d rather not have Phillip Rivers in the playoffs with the way he is playing. So I will be pulling for the imploding Raiders.

Carolina at Seattle – I am not even sure this counts as a NFL game. I’d rather watch The George Lopez Show than this game. Enough said.

Atlanta at Tampa Bay – I’d like to see the young Bucs pull off the upset in front of the 26 people who will be at their stadium today.

St. Louis at Arizona – Derek Anderson may put his heart and soul into being the worst quarterback in the NFL but you have to root for the Rams to continue their quest to 7-9 and an improbable division title.

Dallas at Indianapolis – Go Cowboys. We don’t want Rex Ryan’s kryptonite in the playoffs.

Pittsburgh at Baltimore – The Jets don’t have a tie breaker with the Ravens so I will be waving the yellow towel in this game.