This was the New York Jets team we expected to see in the 2011 season. An offense led by a power rushing attack, with Shonn Greene racking up nearly 6 yards per carry (20 attempts, 112 yards) supported by an improving Mark Sanchez (18/33, 173 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT). Plaxico Burress being a beast in the red-zone (3 touchdowns) and contributions from the other receiving options when Santonio Holmes has a quiet day (Dustin Keller 53 yards, Jeremy Kerley 4 receptions). On the other side of the football, a defense shutting down one of the league’s top offenses and coming up with big plays in big moments.
We got it today, as the Jets won a crucial home game over the San Diego Chargers 27-21, moving to 4-3 on the season and 4-0 at home. It is time now to gear up for back to back AFC East showdowns against the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.
What was impressive was the resiliency shown by the team today. At the half this was a 21-10 San Diego lead, as the Jets failed to take advantage of a strong offensive performance. On defense the Jets were getting pushed around and looked like they were ready to allow 35+ points. However, give credit to Rex Ryan and the rest of the unit for shutting out the Chargers in the second half and allowing the offense to score 17 unanswered. The defense also came up with two interceptions, including yet another one by Darrelle Revis who is making another campaign for Defensive Player of the Year.
This team is far from perfect but I got news for you, the AFC is wide open this year. The Jets still have a shot to make noise in the AFC East and if the Patriots do happen to pull away, they are going be right in the mix for a wild-card spot with a cluster of other teams. This offense has enough weapons to consistently score 24-28 points and even though the defense has some issues at linebacker and safety, with Rex Ryan’s coaching they can still flip the switch to come up with big time performances.
Bring on the Bills.