Prior to their last meeting with the New England Patriots, the New York Jets were heavy underdogs. You may remember the massacre they undertook in the 2010 regular season and how everybody had already crowned the 14-2 Patriots as Super Bowl champs. Nobody gave the Jets a shot the last time they traveled up north to face their rivals.
Did the Jets stop running their mouths in the week leading up to the game? Of course not. Did they go into New England, 100 percent certain they were more than capable of ending the Patriots season? Of course they did. These were Rex Ryan’s Jets, who simply didn’t give a damn what you thought about them, how they acted, and what they said.
It was a beautiful thing to watch, the entire football world lavishing praise on the classy Patriots, who kept their bougie heads too high to step into the fray with the Jets outside of a few subtle references from Wes Welker. Tom Brady would shred up an idiotic Antonio Cromartie for calling him an A—Hole and New England would laugh in the face of a bumbling Rex Ryan. Yet, when they took the field, it was the Jets who punched New England in the mouth. It was Tom Brady who looked idiotic trying to move the ball against the Jets defense. It was Bill Belicheck outcoached by Rex Ryan and yes it was Mark Sanchez, that same guy you all want to cut, throwing for 3 touchdowns and leading his team to a win.
This week the Jets are 9 point underdogs. They have already been written off for the 2011 season by those who cover the league and sadly by many of their fans. Let’s be honest, nobody expects them to win.
This is the time for the Jets to go back to their roots. Run their mouth. Run the football. Run out another epic defense performance against a supposedly unstoppable Patriots offense. Break out the Flight Boys celebration all over that field just like they did last time. The Jets from last two years wouldn’t give a damn about New England still seething over that loss and how much their showboating irritated their rivals. They would simply be ready to cue up more of it.
I am all for the return to the Ground and Pound. Three runs and a punt can be a victory sometimes. Don’t get caught up in trying to go pass for pass with New England. Run the football at them consistently and set up your play action shots down the field. Let your defense and special teams make plays, while your offense doesn’t beat you. The Jets have stopped New England before and they can do it again. New England isn’t infallible, in case you forgot the Buffalo game from a couple of weeks ago.
One win can do wonders in the NFL and despite many of you thinking the season is over, a Jets victory coupled with a Buffalo loss to Philadelphia, puts them in first place…exactly where we though they’d be after 5 games.