Jets vs. Bills Round 1: Game Breakdown

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First a few updates:

1. The Jets have signed former Ravens defensive end, Trevor Pryce to boost their interior pass rush and overall defensive line depth. Pryce is obviously familiar with Rex Ryan’s defense and does have an ability to get after the quarterback, as evidenced by his 6.5 sacks last year and 90 sacks throughout his career. Howard Green was released as a corresponding roster move but is expected to re-sign Monday.

2. Darrelle Revis will be out Sunday, as expected. Wayne Hunter and Jamaal Westerman are both also likely to miss the Buffalo game. Calvin Pace was limited in practice but it doesn’t sound like he is going to play either. Rex Ryan hinted that Joe McKnight could be active this week…he probably got sick of hearing about Leon Washington, Chauncey Washington, and Danny Woodhead.

Jets vs. Bills Round 1: Game Breakdown

Offense: Considering Mark Sanchez has turned into Peyton Manning, I think the Jets should come out in the 4 wide hurry up and have the kid let it fly 40-50 times….More seriously, the Jets must avoid the temptation to move too far away from their running game. They have looked great throwing the ball but let’s make sure LaDainian Tomlinson is electric gliding for at least 15 carries and Shonn Greene starts building some confidence back with 12-15 carries of his own. The Jets must maintain balance on offense, even against an average defensive unit like the Bills.

When the Jets are throwing the ball, you have to think Buffalo will be concentrating their coverage on Dustin Keller which should keep things open for Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery, who has been very quiet so far this year. I am waiting for a break out game from both Cotchery and Greene. The Jets better keep Brad Smith involved in the game plan, because it seems like every time he touches the ball the Jets get at least 10 yards.

The best news? This is the last game without Santonio Holmes.

Defense: How about we get that pass rush going a little bit? I saw what Miami did to the Jets secondary, but Buffalo doesn’t a receiver in the same stratosphere as Brandon Marshall. Antonio Cromartie should take Lee Evans out of this game, while Kyle Wilson and Drew Coleman (who will be taking most of the first team reps, who would have thought?) should be able to handle Steve Johnson and Roscoe Parrish. The Jets need to come after Ryan Fitzpatrick early and often.

Buffalo does have talent at running back, but it doesn’t really seem like you can run the ball on the 2010 Jets. I am sure the Bills will play above their heads, as they usually do when they face the Jets but overall…c’mon. This Bills offense shouldn’t be able to put up more than 13 points  on this defense. They dropped 30 on a pitiful New England defense and that won’t happen this week.

Special Teams: If Joe McKnight is active, I would expect to see him get a shot on a punt return or two. Brad Smith looked great on kick returns last week, so no need to mess with that. Nick Folk? Steve Weatherford? Pro-Bowl? The Jets do have to be careful of Roscoe Parrish on returns, however.

Jets Must Avoid Textbook Trap Game

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First a few updates:

1. Calvin Pace returned to practice today with very limited reps and Darrelle Revis still wasn’t on the practice field. I wouldn’t bet on seeing either of them on the field against Buffalo this weekend. Jamaal Westerman and Wayne Hunter could both also miss this week’s game.

2. Danny Woodhead scoring touchdowns in New England. Chauncey Washington signed by the Rams. Leon Washington returning every kick in sight for a touchdown. How about it Joe McKnight?

3. TOJ will be seeing “Lombardi” on Broadway tonight, in his first ever play…thoughts coming tomorrow.

Jets Must Avoid Textbook Trap Game

If you were attempting to define the term “trap game” you would describe the upcoming Jets/Bills match-up. The Jets are coming off two emotional wins against their primary divisional rivals and competition for an AFC East title, New England and Miami, and on the horizon is a made for TV Monday night match-up against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, in which you may be able to hear the cheers every time #4 hits the turf up in Connecticut.

Yet, coming up this Sunday at 1 PM the Jets must travel to Buffalo, home of the AFC East’s dysfunctional, basement dwelling Bills. I genuinely feel bad for the fans up there, who are among the most passionate in the league. The past two weeks, I have been walking in the streets of Hoboken on Sunday around noon. If you aren’t familiar with the area, at this particular time the streets are filled with NFL fans in their respective jerseys heading to a sports bar to watch their teams. I always see two or three Bills fans, who have a certain look on their face as they trudge around in their Lee Evans or Marshawn Lynch jersey. Unlike the other fans, they aren’t exactly excited to be heading to watch their team, it almost looks like they are 9 year olds being dragged to church by their parents. Poor, guys.

Anyway, the Jets or their fans would be exceedingly foolish to take this game lightly. Despite Buffalo’s lack of talent, direction, and strategy they have played their other two AFC East opponents tough, only losing to Miami by 5 points and New England by 8.

Needless to say, in a typical Jets season one of the worst losses always comes against the Bills. Consider the following:

  • 2009 – Mark Sanchez throws 5 interceptions en route to an embarrassing 16-13 loss, which drops the Jets to 3-3 after a 3-0 start.
  • 2007 – Despite high expectations the 1-2 Jets fall to 1-3, after they lose to the 0-3 Bills and then later in the year lose 13-3 at home on a ridiculous Lee Evans touchdown when Abram Elam and Darrelle Revis run into each other.
  • 2006 – The eventually playoff bound Jets get smacked by the Bills 31-13 to drop their record to 7-6.
  • 2005 – The Jets pull themselves to 2-3 with an impressive win against Tampa Bay with Vinny Testaverde at the helm and then follow with an ugly 27-17 loss in Buffalo.
  • 2004 – The 6-1 Jets are upset on the road 22-17 by the Bills and also lose Chad Pennington to an injury.
  • 2003 – Despite a bad start, the Jets come into Buffalo winning 3 of 4 but see their recent strong play fall off in a 17-6 loss.

You get the gist of it.

Buffalo is going to play the Jets tough. This is a game in a difficult environment and a good early season test for the Jets. A great team takes care of business in this game, moves to 3-0 in the division and 2-0 on the road. There is no logical reason that Ryan Fitzpatrick should be able to produce more points with his pedestrian wide receivers and tight ends than Mark Sanchez can throwing to Dustin Keller, Braylon Edwards, and Jerricho Cotchery. The Bills have talent at running back, but so far in 2010 you can’t run on the Jets. Why should LaDainian Tomlinson slow down against this defense? Better yet, why can’t Shonn Greene get going against this defense when a scrub like BenJarvus Green-Ellis can nearly run for 100 yards against it?

The point is the Jets have to be a mature team, who treats this game with equal importance to the previous three weeks. If the Jets can handle business this week, there is no reason they can’t knock off the one-dimensional Vikings at home (in case you haven’t noticed they can’t throw the ball) and the inconsistent Broncos in Denver. What will people have to say about that “impossible” start to the Jets schedule, if they head into the bye week at 5-1?

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Jets vs. Bills Round 1: First Look

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First a few updates:

1. It sounds like there is a decent chance Calvin Pace could play this week and an outside chance Darrelle Revis could suit up. Personally, I think the Jets should be resting Revis until after the bye week. Give him the full six weeks to recover from the hamstring injury, so he is 100 percent for the second half of the season. He needs to be 100 percent for Green Bay and Detroit coming out of the bye. The Jets can survive against Buffalo, Minnesota, and Denver without him. All three teams lack a big time receiver and depth at the position…and yes, I do think Kyle Wilson will eventually learn to turn around when the ball is in the air.

2. Jamaal Westerman is also now banged up and could miss this week, which equals more Vernon Ghoslton at outside linebacker. Wayne Hunter will likely miss his second straight game.

Final Thoughts on Week 3:

Offensive MVP – Dustin Keller – Keller has been rolling since the playoffs started last year, if you count those games he has 6 touchdowns in his last 6 games. It sure looks like he will be the Jets leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns unless Santonio Holmes plays outside of his mind for 12 straight games.

Defensive MVP – Brodney Pool – He was quiet all night but made two huge plays in the final minute to clinch the Jets victory, by chasing down Brandon Marshall and reading Miami’s final play to knock the ball away from Anthony Fasano.

They Deserve Some Love Too – Mark Sanchez…The guy has looked like a legit franchise quarterback the past two weeks…LaDainian Tomlinson…Carrying the Jets running game and providing a viable receiving option out of the backfield…Braylon Edwards…On the football field, he blocked very well and made two huge catches…Eric Smith…The Jets best special teams player and currently leads the team in tackles…Brad Smith…Every time he touches the ball, it seems like the Jets get a big play.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: First Look

The Opponent: Those poor, poor Buffalo Bills. The AFC East’s whipping boy is off to a 0-3 start and has already cut the quarterback who won their off-season competition. Regardless, the Bills tend to play above their talent level in AFC East games and were very much in their games against Miami and New England. Ryan Fitzpatrick will take shots down the field at quarterback and the Bills have a quality collection of running backs. We all remember what their secondary did to Mark Sanchez last year.

Buffalo Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick – 20/28, 247 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
  • Running Back: Marshawn Lynch – 33 carries, 156 yards
  • Running Back: Fred Jackson – 17 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD
  • Running Back: CJ Spiller – 12 carries, 38 yards, 11 receptions, 41 yards, 1 TD
  • Fullback: Corey McIntyre – 1 carry, 2 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Lee Evans – 9 receptions, 88 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Steve Johnson – 9 receptions, 137 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Roscoe Parrish – 9 receptions, 152 yards, 1 TD
  • Tight End: Jonathan Stupar – 5 receptions, 41 yards
  • Tight End: David Nelson – 3 receptions, 22 yards
  • Left Tackle: Demetrius Bell
  • Left Guard: Andy Levitre
  • Center: Geoff Hangartner
  • Right Guard: Eric Wood
  • Right Tackle: Cornell Green

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Marcus Stroud – 13 tackles
  • Nose Tackle: Kyle Williams – 14 tackles, 1 sack
  • Defensive End: Dwan Edwards – 15 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Chris Kelsay – 19 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Andra Davis – 21 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Keith Ellison – 16 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Akin Ayodele – 7 tackles
  • Corner: Terrence McGee – 9 tackles
  • Corner – Leodis McKlevin – 12 tackles
  • Corner: Drayton Florence – 17 tackles
  • Safety: Jairus Byrd – 11 tackles
  • Safety: Donte Whitner – 21 tackles
  • Safety: George Wilson – 9 tackles
  • Safety: Bryan Scott – 14 tackles, 1 sack

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Rian Lindell – 4/6 FGs
  • Punter: Brian Moorman – 43.3 yards per punt
  • Kick Return: CJ Spiller – 31.2 yards per return, 1 TD
  • Punt Return: Roscoe Parrish – 6.6 per punt return

Key PlayersMarshawn Lynch has been Buffalo’s most productive back. CJ Spiller is explosive on offense and special teams. Roscoe Parrish is a big play threat at receiver. Terrence McGee and Leodis McKlevin are athletic corners who can make big plays.

Injuries – Paul Posluszny has been banged up and could miss this game. Calvin Pace could suit up for the Jets and play a somewhat limited role. Darrelle Revis will likely be out for the second straight week, along with Wayne Hunter.

Key Storylines – Can the Jets avoid the trap game? Seeing if the secondary can play better against an average offense. Can Shonn Green finally get going? Calvin Pace’s potential return to the lineup.

Highlights of Bills week three loss

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Grading Out Jets/Dolphins Round 1

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Quarterback (A) – Who is this guy throwing for three touchdowns every week and never turning the ball over? Mark Sanchez has now put together two straight performances, where it certainly looks like he gets “it.” He is attacking all levels of the field and fully taking advantage of all the weapons around him. This offense has the potential to be one of the better units in the league if Sanchez keeps playing like this. Don’t forget he is getting that Santonio guy back in week five.

Running Back (B+) – LaDainian Tomlinson just keeps getting the job done, with another 70 yards on 15 carries along with 3 more receptions. He is hitting the second gear and looks great on the Jets outside runs. Shonn Greene doesn’t appear to be running with any confidence right now. The Jets are going to need him to get going sooner rather than later.

Wide Receiver (A) – Braylon Edwards only had two catches but they were both game changing plays. Brad Smith continues to be extremely valuable, finishing with 52 total yards on offense. Jerricho Cotchery had a quiet night and even David Clowney pulled in a reception.

Tight End (A) – Dustin Keller and Mark Sanchez are very much on the same page and that is a scary thing  for any opposing defense. He is developing into the Jets most consistent big play threat and is playing at a Pro-Bowl level.

Offensive Line (C) – The penalties continue to plague this unit. However, there were a few questionable calls. Matt Slauson is still struggling at times, yet the Jets didn’t allow any sacks last night and I am pretty sure Mark Sanchez only got hit once.

Defensive Line (B) – The run defense continues to be very, very good. The pass rush remains a little inconsistent. Shaun Ellis grabbed his second sack of the season. Sione Pouha, Mike DeVito, and Vernon Gholston had quiet nights.

Linebackers (B) – David Harris lit up Ronnie Brown on a screen pass and led the team tackles. There were some struggles in pass coverage, but Jason Taylor did get another sack. It was a quiet night for Bart Scott and Bryan Thomas. Calvin Pace should be back next week.

Secondary (D) – Kyle Wilson…turn around, man. It feels like there has been about 15 plays this season where he is in perfect position but can’t make a play on the ball in the air. Antonio Cromartie had a few nice plays but for the most part was beat up by Brandon Marshall. How about Drew Coleman making a big play on the game’s final two plays? Kudos to Brodney Pool for breaking up the pass on fourth down to seal the game.

Special Teams (A) – Nick Folk remains reliable. Eric Smith remains a special teams beast. Brad Smith had a very strong night on kick returns.

Coaching (A) – What distraction? Darrelle who? The Jets found a way to win, despite being short handed and dealing with the Braylon Edwards arrest. Brian Schottenheimer called his second strong game in a row.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: 12 Pack of Predictions

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First a few updates:

1. Jason Taylor and Nick Mangold both practiced today and are expected to start Sunday night. Mangold is playing with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and if he encounters too much, Rob Turner will be subbed in. Backup tackle Wayne Hunter won’t be making the trip, which means Vladimir Ducasse will be active for the first time in his NFL career and will be the extra tackle in the Jets jumbo package.

2. Wide receiver Patrick Turner has been moved to the active roster and will likely be a game captain, considering Rex Ryan’s love of making players game captains when they are facing their former teams. Offensive tackle Patrick Brown was waived in a corresponding move.

3. After hearing what Mike Francesa said this week about the Jets organization and how he treated Peter Schwartz…there is no other conclusion to reach except that he is a disrespectful, hypocritical, bitter individual who is lacking knowledge on major issues in the NFL. It is okay when the Giants start Kareem McKenzie in 2008 two days after a DUI. Francesa even let Tom Coughlin on his show to defend the decision. It is okay when the Dolphins don’t suspend Ronnie Brown for a DUI in March. Francesa even let Tony Sparano on his show this week and didn’t challenge him on the issue. It is okay for Francesa to question the character of Mike Tannenbaum, who was always respectful to him but not Bill Parcells who allowed Lawrence Taylor to be a coked up maniac, as long as it didn’t get in the way of the Giants winning. All I can advise Jets fans to do is enjoy how much every victory for Rex Ryan and crew will bother Francesa and inspire pathetic, twisted excuses from him. Keep hating Mike, the Jets are the number one story in this town right now, not your Giants (not even close), not even your Yankees. I just can’t wait until December when the Giants are out of playoff contention and the Jets are battling for a division title to hear how he divides up discussion time on the show, when nobody from the Jets organization will go near him for good reason.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: 12 Pack of Predictions

1. I think the Jets will hold Braylon Edwards out the entire first quarter. After he is subbed in during the second quarter, he will do what he did to the Dolphins secondary last year. They simply don’t have somebody who can match up with him.

2. Miami is going to be focusing their coverage on Dustin Keller, which means Jerricho Cotchery needs to step up in a big way. Sanchez and him just missed on a few big plays last week, so hopefully they can get on the same page for Sunday night.

3. Shonn Greene will get more than the 15 carries he got last week, while LaDainian Tomlinson will be in the 14-16 total touches range.

4. Either Brad Smith or LaDainian Tomlinson will throw a pass tomorrow night.

5. The Jets will do something tricky on special teams. Mike Westhoff has had this game circled on his calendar after the way Miami embarrassed the Jets special team unit last year in their second meeting.

6. Antonio Cromartie will hold Brandon Marshall under 65 yards receiving. Kyle Wilson will play his best game as a pro, considering the drop in competition he is facing after the first two weeks.

7. Mark Sanchez won’t have the gaudy stat line he did from week two, but will put together an efficient, turnover free performance.

8. Even though he has struggled so far this season, Ricky Williams will have a few big plays, like he always does against the Jets.

9. If he frequently gets matched up with Drew Coleman or Dwight Lowery, Davone Bess will put together a strong performance in the slot.

10. Chad Henne will push the ball down the field more than he has so far this season, resulting in a few big plays but also a turnover or two.

11. Jason Taylor will have at least one sack. Nick Mangold is going to have to come out at some point because of pain in his shoulder, yet Rob Turner will hold his own.

12. The Jets are going to have a gut-check performance, playing without Darrelle Revis, Calvin Pace, Kris Jenkins and a banged up Nick Mangold, along with dealing with the Braylon Edwards drama. They will scratch out a hard fought, close victory, thanks to a trick play or two, along with a big turnover created by their defense. I am taking the Jets 17-13.

Other NFL Picks (Lines from BetUs)

  •  Titans (+3) vs. Giants
  • Bills (+16) vs. Patriots
  • Browns (+11.5) vs. Ravens
  • Steelers (-4.5) vs. Bucs
  • Bengals (-4.5) vs. Panthers
  • Falcons (+4) vs. Saints
  • Chiefs (+4.5) vs. 49ers
  • Lions (+10.5) vs. Vikings
  • Texans (-3) vs. Cowboys
  • Redskins (-4.5) vs. Rams
  • Eagles (-4.5) vs. Jaguars
  • Colts (-7) vs. Denver
  • Chargers (-6.5) vs. Seahawks
  • Raiders (+4.5) vs. Cardinals
  • Jets (+2) vs. Dolphins
  • Packers (-4.5) vs. Bears

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Jets Have Chance To Make Major Statement Sunday Night

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First a few updates:

1. Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace have been declared out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. This was a smart call in both situations. There is no reason to rush them back so they have lingering injury issues all season long. Jason Taylor and Nick Mangold should be good to go, along with Brad Smith.

2. I would expect Braylon Edwards to sit out the first series and that is about it. I am not saying I agree with the decision, but it is what it is. The guy made an incredibly stupid decision and he won’t be on the team next year. The Jets were handcuffed by the CBA in terms of suspending him but it still feels like they didn’t take strong enough action. However, I can’t sit here lying and say I won’t be cheering if Edwards did to Miami what he did last season.

3. The Jets are planning to activate wide receiver Patrick Turner Sunday night.

Jets Have Chance To Make Major Statement Sunday Night

Lost in the midst of the entire world ripping the Jets to pieces for losing to the Ravens by one point, Ines Sainz, and Braylon Edwards’ stupidity is just how impressive their win against the New England Patriots really was.

Consider this, no Darrelle Revis, no Calvin Pace, no Kris Jenkins, and a banged up Jason Taylor against that vaunted Patriots passing attack…and the Jets defense allowed zero points in the second half after allowing 14 in the first. The Jets beat their supposed biggest competition in the division by 14 points nowhere near full strength.

Now here come the Dolphins, the other serious contender for the AFC East title. If the Jets can go on the road and beat them this week amidst all the Braylon Edwards nonsense, they are demonstrating they are the team to beat in the AFC East and a legit contender throughout the entire conference. Just think about about this team when they get Revis back at full strength, get their top pass rusher back in Calvin Pace and then get their top wide receiver Santonio Holmes back. They are only going to get better and if they can grab back to back wins against their competition for an AFC East title early in the season, it is going to demonstrate just how resilient this team really is.

Just as many people the Jets shut up last week by beating New England by two touchdowns, they will shut up this week if they knock off the 2-0 Dolphins on the road without their best player on defense, their best pass rusher, and while dealing with another headline grabbing controversy.

Beyond that, it is time for Rex Ryan to get his first win against the Dolphins.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: First Look

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First a few updates:

1. On Braylon Edwards’ stupidity…There is never any excuse to drive drunk and regardless of what the league sanctions, the Jets need to take some type of action to tone down some of the behavior on this team. Obviously, it would be nice if the Jets could “collect the facts” this week and then bench him against the Bills (because they are the Bills) and the Vikings (because Santonio Holmes will return). Yet, it is more likely he won’t play against Miami which is the appropriate action. I have confidence in Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller’s ability to step up, although Brad Smith and David Clowney are also going to have to produce. How about it The Clown?

Final Thoughts on Week 2:

Offensive MVP – Mark Sanchez – A no brainer here. It was the best game of our young QB’s short career. Sanchez played well in both games against Miami last year, so hopefully he can now start stringing together a few strong performances.

Defensive MVP – Antonio Cromartie –Played the part of “Revis Island” in the second half and rallied the secondary around him with a half time speech to his unit.

They Deserve Some Love Too – Nick Folk…How about 5/5 in two games? Steve Weatherford…who is kicking the crap out of the ball. Dustin Keller…for shredding the New England cover two in pieces…Sione Pouha/Mike DeVito…unsung heroes on the Jets defense. LaDainian Tomlinson…Bringing a ton of energy and explosiveness to the Jets offense. Matt Slauson…He has struggled at times but overall is holding his own well enough.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: First Look

The Opponent: You aren’t much of a Jets fan if you can’t already feel the hate flowing through your veins when thinking about the upcoming match-up with Miami. The Dolphins swept the Jets despite going 7-9 last season, thanks mostly to Ted Ginn Jr, who is fortunately no longer on the team. In 2010, Miami is off to a 2-0 start thanks to an impressive win in Minnesota and a not so impressive win in Buffalo. Their defense has been terrific so far this year but their offense has been struggling to produce points.

Miami Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Chad Henne -30/49, 296 yards, 1 TD
  • Running Back: Ronnie Brown – 26 carries, 145 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble
  • Running Back: Ricky Williams – 28 carries, 92 yards, 1 fumble
  • Fullback: Lousaka Polite – 6 carries, 16 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall – 12 receptions, 124 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Brian Hartline – 3 receptions, 28 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Davone Bess – 7 receptions, 63 yards
  • Tight End: Anthony Fasano – 3 receptions, 46 yards
  • Left Tackle: Jake Long
  • Left Guard: Richie Incognito
  • Center: Joe Berger
  • Right Guard: John Jerry
  • Right Tackle: Vernon Carey

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Kendall Langford – 7 tackles, 1 sack
  • Nose Tackle: Randy Starks – 3 tackles, .5 sack
  • Defensive End: Jared Odrick -1 tackle
  • Outside Linebacker: Koa Misi – 6 tackles, 1 sack
  • Inside Linebacker: Bobby Carpenter – 4 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Karlos Dansby – 17 tackles, 1 sack
  • Outside Linebacker: Cameron Wake – 5 tackles, 2.5 sacks
  • Corner: Vontae Davis – 8 tackles, 1 INT
  • Corner – Jason Allen – 17 tackles, 2 INTs
  • Corner: Sean Smith – 3 tackles
  • Safety: Chris Clemons – 9 tackles
  • Safety: Yeremiah Bell – 20 tackles

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Dan Carpenter – 2/3 FGs
  • Punter: Brandon Fields – 40.8 yards per kick
  • Kick Return: Clifton Smith – 17.3 yards per return
  • Punt Return: Clifton Smith – 4.5 yards per return

PhotobucketKey PlayersBrandon Marshall and Ronnie Brown are the Dolphins two biggest weapons on offense. Chad Henne has the ability to push the ball down the field and Ricky Williams has killed the Jets in the past. Davone Bess is a dangerous slot receiver. On defense, Cameron Wake leads Miami’s pass rush, while their young secondary has played well so far. Karlos Dansby is a very good inside linebacker.

Injuries – For the Jets, don’t expect Darrelle Revis or Calvin Pace to suit up. On Miami, Jared Odrick should be out.

Key Storylines – The rivalry…Can Rex Ryan beat the Dolphins? How will the Jets slow down Brandon Marshall without Darrelle Revis? Mark Sanchez’s follow up performance. Braylon Edwards suspension and how it affects the Jets offense. Jason Taylor’s homecoming.

Highlights of Dolphins Week Two Win

Grading Out Jets/Patriots Round 1

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 First a few updates:

1. Stay posted on the TOJ Facebook and Twitter page for reaction to Rex Ryan’s press conference today and any updates on Darrelle Revis’ hamstring, Jason Taylor’s elbow and any other injury issues the Jets currently have (Nick Mangold, Eric Smith, Brad Smith). If the Jets are smart they will rest Revis now, he should not return until he is absolutely 100 percent or his hamstring will be an issue all season. I would prefer to see him sit the next two weeks and then hopefully he can be back for Minnesota. They will have to cut Taylor’s arm off for him to miss the Miami game this week and I wouldn’t expect Calvin Pace back until the Buffalo game in week four.

2. Early line has the Jets as 1.5 underdogs to the 2-0 Dolphins.

Grading Out Jets/Patriots Round 1

Quarterbacks (A) – Probably the most complete, well-played game of Mark Sanchez’s young career. He was everything the Jets drafted him to be yesterday: confident, poised, and showing the ability to make any throw on the football field. The Jets have a ton of talent around Sanchez and if he can play like that on a consistent basis, the Jets are going to be a very, very tough team to beat.

Running Backs (A-) – LaDainian Tomlinson looks completely rejuvenated and provides a ton of energy every time he touches the football. He averaged 6.9 yards yesterday on 11 carries, along with adding 4 receptions for 26 yards. The Jets are giving him the perfect amount of touches as of right now. I just hope Tomlinson can keep it up all season long. Shonn Greene took a step in the right direction after week one, with no turnovers and 52 yards on 15 carries.

Wide Receivers (B+) – Braylon Edwards stepped up in a big way when the Jets desperately needed it in the 2nd quarter. It is about time the Jets used his height around the red zone. Jerricho Cotchery just missed on a few big plays from Sanchez but still had a nice touchdown grab, 4 receptions, and 2 carries. Brad Smith was banged up early and David Clowney stepped in to play a ton of reps, mostly as a decoy.

Tight Ends (A) – Dustin Keller played the best game of his career with 7 receptions, 115 yards, and a touchdown. He ripped the Patriots cover 2 apart and was a constant threat in the middle of the field.

Offensive Line (B-) – We are still waiting for our first 100 yard rusher of the season and New England did record 3 sacks, but overall they got the job done, particularly in the second half.

Defensive Line (B+) – The pass rush was a little sluggish at times but they were excellent against the run. Sione Pouha led the team in tackles with 6 and Mike DeVito chipped in 5 himself. Vernon Gholston added a tackle for a loss and Shaun Ellis had a big third down pressure.

Linebackers (B+) – They had occasional struggles in pass coverage but made their share of big plays, none bigger than Jason Taylor strip sacking Tom Brady out of a three-point stance in the fourth quarter. David Harris had 6 tackles and Bart Scott had a nice pass defense.

Secondary (A) – They get the “A” for stepping up in the absence of Darrelle Revis, especially Antonio Cromartie who was terrific in the second half. Brodney Pool made an impact in his first game in a Jets uniform with an INT. Kyle Wilson improved from his week one performance.

Special Teams (A) – Our kicker and punter are playing at a pro-bowl level through two weeks, who would have thought? The return game was only average.

Coaching (A) – Good bounce back game for Brian Schottenheimer and Rex Ryan made the necessary adjustments at half time to shut down New England’s offense.

Jets vs. Patriots Round 1: Game Breakdown

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1. Apparently the Jets didn’t have their best practice today, which led to Rex Ryan forcing players to do push ups on defense after they made a mistake and the offense to keep repeating the same play until they got it right. It is kind of hard to believe the Jets could come out with a bad practice after their performance last week but we’ll see what happens on Sunday.

2. Brodney Pool sounds like he is going to be a game time decision…I hope he doesn’t end up being Lito Sheppard part two. Calvin Pace is expected back by week 4.

3. Braylon Edwards did a good job of handling the unwarrented criticism from Joe Namath and Shonn Greene sounds like he has the right mentality heading into week two. Again…we’ll see.

Jets vs. Patriots Round 1: Game Breakdown

Offense: How about completing a pass over five yards or gaining more than a first down per quarter? In all seriousness, it will be very interesting to see the type of game plan the Jets come out with on Sunday. Are they going to re-commit to Shonn Greene and the ground and pound approach, or are they going to turn Mark Sanchez loose on a questionable Patriots secondary? Perhaps they can imitate a normal NFL offense and find a productive combination of both. I do know this, the Jets need Shonn Greene to have at least 15 carries. The less time Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and Randy Moss spend on the field, the better. Give LaDainian Tomlinson the 11 carries he had last week but supplement them with an adequate workload for Greene.

PhotobucketIn terms of the Jets passing game, Brian Schottenheimer must get Mark Sanchez going with some simple slants and hitch routes to get his confidence going. New England has traditionally had a tough time stopping Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller, so don’t hesitate to get the ball out to them on first down or take a shot down the field on a second medium or second short. Schottenheimer needs to improve his play calling and Sanchez needs to play with more confidence. Last season at home, he put together an excellent second half against the Patriots because he wasn’t scared to attack down the field to Cotchery and found a good rhythm.

The only positive thing about the Jets offense heading into this week is that there is nowhere to go but up.

Defense: Stop Wes Welker. I can’t stomach watching this guy run all over the field, converting every third down and putting together another 15 catch performance. The Jets need to move Darrelle Revis around and have him split his time between Randy Moss and Welker, while the other should be matched up on Cromartie with safety help, hopefully from Brodney Pool. Force somebody else to beat you. If Brandon Tate has a monster game or one of the rookie tight ends produces, than so be it but don’t let Welker and Moss do what Anquan Boldin did last week. New England can’t run the football on the Jets, period. They are going to be completely one dimensional, yet they can get away with it if the Jets are stubborn about blitzing 8 and manning up their three corners.

Lost in the massive overreaction to the Jets week one loss, was just how good their defense truly played. It is kind of funny how many people are just assuming New England is going to come out on the road and drop a 35 spot on the Jets. It isn’t happening. The Patriots will move the ball but the Jets defense will keep them in the game.

Speical Teams: Keep it up from last week. Nick Folk earned some confidence with a 3/3 performance and Steve Weatherford probably played his best game as a Jet. I would prefer if Jim Leonhard handled the punt return duties for now. Kyle Wilson is swimming enough on defense, without him having to worry about punt return. Brandon Tate took a kickoff back for a touchdown last week, so the Jets should proceed with caution when kicking to him.


Jets vs. Ravens: Game Breakdown

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Offense: We all know the Jets want to run the football, yet if they want to move the ball against the Baltimore Ravens it is going to make sense to throw more than usual. The Ravens are beat up in the secondary in a big way. They won’t have Ed Reed taking people’s heads off and intercepting everything in sight and will be without Dominique Foxworth and Ladarius Webb at cornerback. The bottom line is they will have a very average collection of players in their secondary and the Jets must take advantage. I’m not saying to completely ignore the ground and pound, yet the best formation for the Jets offense this week might be Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards, Brad Smith and Dustin Keller split out with LaDainian Tomlinson in the single back or motioning out to the slot.

There isn’t a corner on Baltimore who could physically match up with Edwards, who is coming off a great off-season and will have the chance to show these first four weeks he is capable of being the Jets number one receiver. Cotchery should be able to be very effective in the slot and Keller will be a tough match-up for the Baltimore safeties, although Dawan Landry is a talented player who is athletic enough to battle with Keller.

PhotobucketObviously, left guard remains an area of concern. The Ravens will be attacking Matt Slauson and I wouldn’t be shocked if the Jets left the running back in to pass protect more frequently than usual. I am interested to see the division of reps between the halfbacks and fullbacks in week one. This will be Shonn Greene’s first career start, yet I wonder if he will get the chance to get around 20 carries. Tomlinson could get more reps than usual because of a more pass centric than usual game-plan and his pass protection abilities. I am sure we will see John Conner in short yardage packages but there should be plenty of Tony Richardson out there, again because of his experience in pass protection.

Defense: Ray Rice. Ray Rice. Ray Rice. Regardless of all their additions at the wide receiver position, Rice is the most dangerous player on the Ravens offense. He can kill you as a pass catcher out of the backfield and obviously has the ability to rip off huge runs at any moment. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a ton of Kyle Wilson shadowing him, if he motions out to the slot and when he is in the backfield, it will be on the linebackers and safety to contain him. Eric Smith will get the nod at safety in place of an injured Brodney Pool and will have his hands full right out of the gate. The Jets don’t have the fastest collection of linebackers, which could prove to be a problem when attempting to slow down Rice.

In the secondary, we should be seeing Revis Island matched up Anquan Boldin primarily, which leaves Antonio Cromartie to deal with Derrick Mason and Kyle Wilson to focus on Rice out of the backfield and TJ Houshmandzadeh. Todd Heap is also one of the better pass catching tight ends in the league. It will be interesting to see who the Jets match up on him. I would imagine the responsibility would fall mostly to Eric Smith, Jim Leonhard, and maybe Dwight Lowery. All in all, this will be a good test for the Jets secondary because the Ravens have a very legit five pass catching options in Boldin, Rice, Housh, Heap, and Rice.

As we saw in the playoffs last year, Joe Flacco can be pressured into making poor decisions. He does have a big arm and put together a pretty productive season in 2009, yet the Jets defense should be able to force him into a couple of turnovers. Jason Taylor has been invisible in the pre-seaosn but he will have the chance to show he can still get after the quarterback while filling in for Calvin Pace. Also don’t be surprised to see some Jamaal Westerman on certain pass rushing downs.

Special Teams: You can bet both team’s fanbases and coaching staffs will be cringing each time their kickers line up. Nick Folk and Billy Cundiff both still have to win over everybody’s confidence. Brad Smith will be the primary kick returner for the Jets, while punt return could be a combination of Jim Leonhard, Jerricho Cotchery, and Kyle Wilson. Chris Carr is a fairly explosive return man for the Ravens, but I don’t expect the Jets to do anything out of the ordinary to avoid kicking him the ball.

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