Game MVP – LaDainian Tomlinson, who ripped apart the Oakland defense as a receiver out of the backfield. For the second year in a row he is off to a very strong start.
Game Goat – Antonio Cromartie…the feast or famine act is growing old very quickly.
Play of the Game – Cromartie’s muffed kick is where the game went down the toilet. Fortunately, I can’t find a YouTube video link of it because I don’t want to see it again.
- LaDainian Tomlinson – The Jets most consistent playmaker on offense through three weeks.
- Plaxico Burress – He is still a match-up nightmare when given the chance.
- Derrick Mason – Finished with 6 receptions and a handful of huge third down conversions.
- Colin Baxter – Held his own in his first NFL start.
- Wayne Hunter – A weekly regular in this category.
- Antonio Cromartie – A lung injury could keep him out this week.
- Santonio Holmes – Not necessarily on him but Jets must do a better job of getting #10 involved.
- Bart Scott/ Calvin Pace/Bryan Thomas/David Harris – Not a pretty week for the Jets highly touted LBs.
1. I said before this game that the only way the Jets would lose is if they laid a complete egg. They found a way to do that in spectacular fashion for a key stretch of the game that put them in too big of a hole to climb out of. Penalties, turnovers, and missed tackles equal losses. It happens in the NFL. Too many people are making broad proclamations about the implications of this game as I will get into later today.
2. Jamaal Westerman is not an answer as a pass rusher. This team has to stop procrastinating each off-season when it comes to adding a player who can get after the quarterback.
3. Look for more Joe McKnight on kick return, especially if Antonio Cromartie will be nursing an injury. If Cromartie can’t play on defense, Kyle Wilson will likely get the start. He will get quite the chance for redemption after his rough season opener against the Baltimore Ravens in 2010.