Ten Post Bye Thoughts On The Jets

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1. Darrelle Revis is claiming to be 100 percent coming out of the bye week…we’ll see on Sunday. I would expect to see the Jets mix and match Revis and Antonio Cromartie on the opposing team’s best receiver in the following weeks. Obviously a truly healthy Revis would provide a major boost to the Jets defense, which hasn’t been it dominant self yet in 2010. There will be plenty of chances to for Revis to show the Island is back, with Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens all upcoming.

2. I think coming out of the bye week, you will see Santonio Holmes and Shonn Greene both become bigger parts of the Jets offense. Holmes is too talented to only be playing 25 – 30 reps a game and Brian Schottenheimer has to find a way to get the ball in his hands more. Greene needs to help insure LaDainian Tomlinson is fresh for the stretch run in December and January.

3. The Jets need to keep rolling in their next five games and by that I mean anything less than 4-1 is unacceptable. Their final six games include tough road trips to New England, Pittsburgh, and Chicago along with a home match-up against Miami. It doesn’t look like the Patriots are going to let the Jets run away with this division title, which means they want to be at 9-2 or 10-1 (it is very possible if you look at the upcoming schedule) heading into December.

4. We are overdue for some trickery. I don’t know if it is going to be fake punt or field goal. A LaDainian Tomlinson option pass. Another Brad Smith pass…but something should be on the way after the bye week.

5. I am sure Rex Ryan has been beating into the heads of his defensive players how average their rankings are so far. He knows it would make a nice little statement to shut down a powerhouse offense like Green Bay this week. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jets be even more aggressive than usual, especially if Revis is genuinely 100 percent.

6. It will be interesting to see how Mark Sanchez responds to his first turnovers of the year this week. If he can finish the regular season with single digits in interceptions, it would be a tremendous accomplishment considering the amount he threw last season. I have loved Sanchez’s aggressiveness down the field and hopefully he can connect on a few more over the next few weeks.

7. Post-Bye Offensive Predictions – Both LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene will finish with over 1,000 yards…Both Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller will have at least 8 touchdowns…Mark Sanchez will crack 20 touchdown passes…Santonio Holmes will finish with 50 receptions.

8. Jason Taylor is going to end up leading the Jets in sacks. There should be a boost to his production as Calvin Pace gets closer and closer to 100 percent and Taylor’s reps become a little more limited.

9. I wonder if we will see Kyle Wilson play a significant role on the defense at any point the rest of the 2010 season. It doesn’t seem like it right now. Yet, you never know with Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery.

10. This nonsense with Cablevision and FOX better be settled by Sunday.

How The Jets Can Get The Most Out Of Their Offense

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It is hard to spend too much time complaining about the Jets offense through their first six games. They have made tremendous strides since last season, starting with quarterback Mark Sanchez who finally appears to understand the value of the football and isn’t giving it away at every chance possible. Braylon Edwards is playing to his potential. LaDainian Tomlinson has found the fountain of youth and has been a revelation. Dustin Keller is playing like the Pro-Bowl tight end the Jets drafted him to be.

Yet, this doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement.

The Jets have no shortage of weapons and skill position players who play meaningful reps on their offense. Consider they have Tomlinson and Shonn Greene splitting reps at halfback, Tony Richardson and John Conner splitting reps at fullback. Edwards, Santonio Holmes, and Jerricho Cotchery, three wide receivers who have all been number one guys at some point in their careers. Keller at tight end, with Ben Hartsock, Matthew Mulligan, and Wayne Hunter all involved as blocking tight ends. Beyond that, they have Brad Smith playing receiver and quarterback.

It isn’t an easy task for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to mix and match up personnel groups and come up with ways to get the most out of this collection of players. We have all seen his inconsistencies and struggles attempting to do this. Coming out of the bye week, the Jets can do a better job with their division of reps, more clearly dividing roles in their offense, while still not becoming too predictable and tipping off their tendencies.

Nobody is a bigger fan of Jerricho Cotchery than me, he is a gritty player who has a terrific understanding of how to run routes and great hands. However in this offense, he would be most effective as primarily the number three receiver/slot guy. Cotchery can give this offense what they need from him in 25 – 35 reps a game. He can be a big time weapon for the Jets on third downs and in the slot, matched up on team’s third or fourth best corners.

Santonio Holmes needs to be on the field more than the 25 – 35 reps he has been. Simply put, he is a more dynamic overall receiver than Cotchery and puts more pressure on the defense opposite Braylon Edwards. He can make a defense pay more for leaving him in single coverage and should be the guy getting the quick receiver screens instead of Cotchery. Holmes can force defenses to roll coverage over to him, which will open up things for Edwards who has been on top of his game this season.

At running back, the Jets need to mix up their tendencies more often. You can’t just bring in Shonn Greene when you want to run the football. He has to be out there occasionally on passing downs and be involved in the screen game. A better mix between Tomlinson and Greene will open up more running lanes for both of them. On top of that, the Jets must start getting Greene more overall touches particularly over the next five games. Tomlinson needs to be fresh for the final five games of the regular season heading into the playoffs, most notably against New England, Miami, and Pittsburgh.

Tomlinson has 43 touches over the past two weeks compared to Greene only having 19 touches, which isn’t a good enough division by Schottenheimer. The Jets can’t risk running Tomlinson into the ground and with the way Greene has been running the past few weeks, he has shown he is more than capable of taking on more carries. He is averaging 4.8, 5.7, and 5.3 yards per carry over the last three games, respectively.

When the Jets move into their “Tiger” formation, I’d like to see them get more out of it. They have rarely been using the extra player coming in motion to hold the defense on the fake reverse. Despite his recent fumble, Holmes is a big threat coming around the end. It would also be nice to get Brad Smith on the edge a little more and let him throw another pass to keep defenses honest. Also don’t forget LaDainian Tomlinson’s career passing numbers (8/12, 143 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INTs). How about an option pass?

Nobody is saying Brian Schottenheimer has an easy job, but the Jets could certainly be getting more out of their offense considering their collection of weapons.

Getting The Job Done: Antonio Cromartie

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When the Jets traded for Antonio Cromartie this off-season, it was a relatively controversial deal. Cromartie had floundered the past two seasons after putting together an All-Pro 2007 campaign and Jets fans saw close up in the playoffs last year what type of effort he was capable of putting forward on the field.

Nobody could question Cromartie’s raw physical skills. He might be the most gifted athlete on the Jets roster. Yet, the real question was whether he could keep his head in the game and thrive in Rex Ryan’s aggressive man to man system, which would seem to play to his physical strenghts.

Cromartie got off to a questionable start in 2010 for the Jets. He was flagged three times in the Jets opening Monday Night loss for illegal contact or pass interference and was routinely beat by Anquan Boldin. Week 2 didn’t start off much better when he was beat by Wes Welker for a 2nd quarter touchdown. However, the switch was flipped in the second half of the New England game and since then, Cromartie has been playing at a Pro-Bowl caliber level.

He rallied the defensive backs at halftime of the Jets/Patriots game to step up after Darrelle Revis suffered an injury. He then backed up his words by shutting down Randy Moss in the second half and pulling in an interception. Brandon Marshall did put together a big game on him the following week, but Cromartie bounced back by completely shutting down Lee Evans and then putting together another solid performance on Moss. Against Denver, Brandon Lloyd came into the game leading the NFL in receiving yards but Cromartie kept him to 74 yards, no scores, and without any game changing plays.

Cromartie is never going to be the shut down corner Revis was in 2009. He gets beat occasionally and is flagged more than you’d like to see. However, he has stepped up in the absence of Revis Island (which has yet to surface in 2010) and provided stability in a Jets secondary that has dealt with its share of injuries and juggled line-ups. As Revis gets back to 100 percent, I would expect ‘Cro to bag a few more interceptions in 2010 and make a strong case to be a Pro-Bowler. Considering the struggles of Kyle Wilson, Cromartie is making very hard for the Jets not to bring him back in 2011.

For The 2010 Jets, 12 Is The Number

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The Jets made it to the AFC Championship Game the hard way in 2009. They went on the road and pulled off two upsets as a wild-card, built momentum and eventually ran out of steam in the second half in Indianapolis.

We have seen wild-card teams win Super Bowls in recent years, most notably the New York Giants who ripped off three straight road victories before upsetting the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

However, considering the way the AFC looks like it is breaking so far and the 5-1 start the Jets have got themselves off to, there is no reason a minimum of 12 victories shouldn’t be the target for this team. The easiest road to the Super Bowl is getting yourself a bye and then hosting two playoff games, and this Jets team is built to do that. Look at the rest of their schedule:

Week 8 vs. Green Bay – Originally this appeared to be a much tougher match-up but the Packers have been decimated with injuries and could very well come into this game at 3-4. Beyond that, they have a long trip out to the Meadowlands off an emotional prime-time game against Brett Favre, while the Jets will be fresh off the bye week. There is no reason the Jets shouldn’t handle business against this one-dimensional offense, with Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace likely very close to, if not, 100 percent.

PhotobucketWeek 9 at Detroit – The Lions are frisky for a 1-5 team, which means this could be a dangerous game. Yet in reality, the Jets are going to be 8 – 10 point favorites and need to handle business against a team they are far superior to in the talent department. Darrelle Revis/Antonio Cromartie vs. Calvin Johnson? Should be fun to watch.

Week 10 at Cleveland – The Mangini Bowl. Cleveland can be a tough place to play, yet I think plenty of Jets will be up for this game against their former coach.

Week 11 vs. Houston – I love this match-up for the Jets. The Texans are a finesse team that does not match up well against them, as we already saw last year. Beyond that, the Jets get them at home. Yes it is a few weeks away but this feels like a nice double digit smack down.

Week 12 vs. Cincinnati – The Jets back on Thanksgiving, looking to make up for their debacle against Dallas a few years back. I am not sure why I should think the Bengals can come into the Meadowlands and win this game, considering how the Jets played them last year and the fact that Cincinnati has pretty much sucked so far this season.

Week 13 at New England – The Jets get an extra three days to prepare for this game, which will likely go a long way to determining who wins the AFC East. Prime-time. December football. It doesn’t get much better than this. Jets fans are already panicking about Danny Woodhead racking up 150 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.

Week 14 vs. Miami – Good to get Miami at home this late in the year. The Dolphins feel like a .500 team to me right now, so hopefully the Jets can do some serious damage to their playoff hopes this week.

Week 15 at Pittsburgh – Oh boy. Doesn’t this feel like a battle of a couple 11-3 or 12-2 teams for the AFC’s number one seed? Santonio Holmes coming back to Pittsburgh. A couple of powerhouse defenses. This game has to be flexed to Sunday night, right?

Week 16 at Chicago – I am already having visions of Wayne Chrebet getting flipped on his head and fumbling to clinch a killer loss. Regardless of the Bears 4-2 record, I just don’t think they are that good and will either be right at or below .500 coming into this game. What is the over/under on the number times Jay Cutler is sacked this week?

Week 17 vs. Buffalo – We should be seeing some Mark Brunell and Kellen Clemens this week.

When you look at this collection of ten games, it is hard to see the Jets not putting together at least a 7-3 record. 12-4 should be good enough for a bye week in the AFC but may not be good enough for a number one seed unless the Jets can take care of business in Pittsburgh. Does it make me a delirious homer to think there is a somewhat realistic shot the Jets could win 13 games this year?

A 13 win Jets team? Times really could be changing.

Getting The Job Done: Braylon Edwards

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One of the most encouraging stories of the Jets off-season was the reported progress wide receiver Braylon Edwards was making in the offense. He impressed the coaching staff with his level of commitment and the shape he got himself into, which had many around the organization projecting a big year for him.

There was rightfully some skepticism. Edwards has struggled with consistency his entire career and in 12 games for the Jets only pulled in 35 receptions, 541 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Most people were more excited about Dustin Keller and believed when Santonio Holmes returned, Edwards would fade into the background and make it a no brainer for the Jets to re-sign Holmes after the season and let Edwards walk.

However, despite Keller’s strong start and the return of Holmes the past two weeks. Edwards leads the Jets in receiving yards with 343 and has already piled up 4 touchdowns in 6 games. He allowed the Jets to weather the Holmes suspension by being a legitimate number one receiver and consistently providing a big play threat. Edwards already has three touchdown receptions of 30 yards or more, along with another reception over 30 yards to go with it. He is averaging an impressive 16.3 yards per catch, which is the highest of his career.

Even as Santonio Holmes becomes more acclimated to the offense, Edwards brings a needed height presence in the red zone and big play capability on the other side of the formation. He is looking like a borderline 1,000 yard receiver who could approach double digits in touchdowns in 2010, which is a level of production that most didn’t expect from him.

In terms of the off-season, it will be interesting to see if the Jets can find a way to re-sign Holmes and Edwards. The only way that would happen is if, the market for Edwards isn’t as strong as should be because of his DUI incident mixed with his previous off the field problems or if Edwards comes back to the Jets for less, considering how they stuck by him after the DUI. As of the right now, Edwards is going to have to realize that even despite his production David Harris, Antonio Cromartie (because of his pro-bowl caliber play and Kyle Wilson’s struggles), and likely Santonio Holmes will all be bigger priorities for the Jets.

This could very well be #17’s last season in New York, so it is good to see that at least on the field, he is getting the job done.

Edwards 2010 Highlights

Grading Out Jets/Broncos

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Quarterback (C) – Mark Sanchez finally gave in and threw a pair of interceptions. His performance was ugly at times but most importantly he got it together and played well in the second half, leading his team to a comeback victory. He made the right decision by putting the ball up Santonio Holmes 1 on 1 on the decisive 4th and 6 and it obviously worked out. This offense has tons of potential that it still hasn’t reach yet, hopefully they will come rolling out of the bye week.

Running Back (B) – LaDainian Tomlinson brought it in the second half when it mattered the most. Shonn Greene was running hard and I would have liked to see him get more than 9 carries. Tony Richardson and John Conner are both playing very good football right now.

Wide Receivers (A) – I continue to be impressed with the season Braylon Edwards is putting together. He looks like the 1,000 yard borderline pro-bowl player the Jets were hoping when they dealt for him. As of now, he is on pace for a very strong, statistical season and he isn’t dropping passes. Santonio Holmes took another step towards getting into the rhythm of the offense, but needs to learn to tuck the ball away. Jerricho Cotchery may finish the season averaging the least yards per catch in NFL history, but he is still reliable. Brad Smith was effective with the ball in his hands, as usual.

Tight Ends (A) – Good day at the office for Keller and more solid blocking from Ben Hartsock, who is quietly a big part of the Jets offense.

Offensive Line (A) – There has really been no drop off from last season, which is a credit to the entire unit and especially Matt Slauson.

Defensive Line (B-) – The run defense was a let down and so was the pass rush. However, Sione Pouha had a nice sack and Trevor Pryce had a tackle for a loss. Big Mike DeVito almost pulled in an interception on a zone blitz.

Linebackers (C+) – David Harris was all over the field and Bart Scott was also active. A very quiet game from Bryan Thomas, Calvin Pace, and Jason Taylor. You’d like to see more pressure on the quarterback from these guys.

Secondary (B) – Antonio Cromartie played another terrific game. Darrelle Revis simply wasn’t himself out there. Drew Coleman had a few nice plays, including a forced fumble and a third down pass breakup. However, he was picked on most of the day. The helmet to helmet call on Jim Leonhard was bogus.

Special Teams (A) – Nick Folk is a monster. Steve Weatherford isn’t too bad either.

Coaching (B) – I wasn’t crazy about the playcalling from Brian Schottenheimer, who never seemed to get in a rhythm. The Jets were caught napping on an onsides kick.

Highlights From The Game

Initial Reaction: Best Record In The NFL? J-E-T-S

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It just wasn’t the Jets day today. Mark Sanchez was looking jittery in the pocket and throwing interceptions. Santonio Holmes was running into his own guy and fumbling. Darrelle Revis was getting beat up and down the field by Jabar Gaffney and a rookie. The running game was inconsistent. They were on the road in a raucous environment.

But, this is 2010 and all this Jets team does is win…5 in a row now.

This was a terribly officiated game but don’t feel bad about getting that last call on Santonio Holmes because unless you are blind, you saw his facemask get grabbed. The Jets never stopped fighting in the 4th quarter and Mark Sanchez showed good field awareness by putting up that final deep ball to Holmes.

As for the rest offense, LaDainian Tomlinson was productive in the second half. Shonn Greene ran with good burst and I liked how the Jets looked out of the Tiger formation. Braylon Edwards continued his strong season and Dustin Keller got back on track with a big day. It was disappointing to see Sanchez struggle and somewhat resemble his 2009 form at times but hey, he wasn’t going the whole season without an interception.

The defense is still way off their level of play from last year. The pass rush was absent today and the run defense was frustrating to watch. However, Antonio Cromartie and David Harris put together strong performances and they made enough plays to win.

It’s not easy to win games in the NFL and the Jets are one point away from being undefeated heading into their bye week. If they could handle the suddenly average Packers at home, accommodating trips to Detroit and Cleveland are on the horizon. I am not saying the Jets could be 8-1. I am saying they should be 8-1.

Jets vs. Broncos: 12 Pack Of Predictions

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1. Darrelle Revis is the only Jets player listed below probable, at questionable. He will be a game time decision. I wouldn’t bet on him playing this week.

Jets vs. Broncos: 12 Pack Of Predictions

1. Both LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene are going to run for over 100 yards, similar to the Jets week 4 match-up against the Buffalo Bills. After the pass happy game plan last week, the Jets will be focused on running the ball against a Denver defense that struggles against the run and is banged up.

2. Eddie Royal is going to have a big day for Denver. The Jets don’t have a player who matches up well with him, unless Drew Coleman can really rise to the occasion in single coverage.

3. Kyle Orton will throw at least 40 passes and will have a big day statistically. However, considering how one-dimensional the Broncos offense will be. The Jets will force him into at least two turnovers.

4. Despite leading the NFL in receiving yards, Brandon Lloyd will have a quiet game thanks to Antonio Cromartie who will continue playing at a Pro-Bowl level.

5. It is being speculated that Champ Bailey will primarily be covering Braylon Edwards, which means Santonio Holmes is going to make at least one big play down the field. After shaking off the cobwebs last week, Holmes will finish with at least 85 receiving yards and a touchdown.

6. Dustin Keller will bounce back from a quiet game last week and get back in the end-zone.

7. The Jets will turn the ball over at least once this week. They are only human, people.

8. Brad Smith is taking a kick return back to the house on Sunday.

9. The Jets will get off to a slow start as they adjust to the conditions Denver but will pick it up late in the first half and pull themselves into a bit of a shootout with the Broncos.

10. The Jets are going to win 34 – 27. Denver is going to rack up their share of passing yards and take advantage of a Jets turnover at some point. Yet, the Jets will have too much on offense in the 4th quarter and come up with a big stop late.

11. Inactives – Darrelle Revis, Joe McKnight, Kellen Clemens, Marcus Dixon, Jeff Cumberland, Vladimir Ducasse, Matt Kroul, Kenwin Cummings.

12. Jets fans will still be pissed watching a game in Denver because of bad memories from 1998.

Week 6 Picks (Lines From BetUs)

  • Chargers (-8.5) vs. Rams
  • Chiefs (+4) vs. Texans
  • Patriots (-2.5) vs. Ravens
  • Saints (-4.5) vs. Bucs
  • Falcons (+2.5) vs. Eagles
  • Lions (+10.5) vs. Giants
  • Seahawks (+6) vs. Bears
  • Steelers (-14.5) vs. Browns
  • Jets (-4) vs. Broncos
  • Raiders (+6.5) vs. 49ers
  • Vikings (-1.5) vs. Cowboys
  • Colts (-4) vs. Redskins
  • Titans (-3) vs. Jaguars

TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 6

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We were due for a good old-fashioned power rankings article, heading into week 6 here is what TOJ is thinking, feel free to vehemently disagree:

AFC Power Houses

1. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) – They beat the Jets on the road and Pittsburgh on the road. For some reason Cincy has the their number, yet the Ravens are a well-balanced team who can beat you in a variety of ways now.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) – Pretty damn impressive to be 3-1 without Ben Rothlisberger. They could be the most complete football with him back in the line-up.

3. New York Jets (4-1) – Offense should keep improving with Santonio Holmes getting into rhythm with Mark Sanchez and the defense will be better with Calvin Pace back full time. Maybe that Revis guy will eventually contribute also…

The Best In The NFC

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-1) – You have to go with the Dirty Birds as the NFC’s best so far, right?

Contenders Still Plenty Of Questions

5.  New England Patriots (3-1) – It will be interesting to see how their offense adapts without Randy Moss. I can’t take them serious as a major threat to the Jets until their defense improves.

6. Indinappolis Colts (3-2) – They have a ton of holes and injuries but Peyton Manning will keep them in the thick of things.

7. New Orleans Saints (3-2) – They are a few plays away from being 0-5. You can’t be losing to rookie undrafted quarterbacks in their first start.

The Best Of The Mediocre

8. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1) – Yes, I am putting them here because they remind of a certain team in 2009 who could play defense and run the football but couldn’t throw at all. Fortunately, the Jets quarterback was a rookie last year. Matt Cassel just sucks.

9. Washington Redskins (3-2) – If they didn’t choke away a huge lead to the Houston Texans, they’d be 4-1. How the hell did they lose like that to the Rams?

10. Chicago Bears (4-1) – Are they the worst 4-1 team in recent memory?

11. Green Bay Packers (3-2) – An unbelievable avalanche of injuries and a complete lack of running game will make the NFC North race very interesting.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) – If Mike Vick can get back on the field and start producing the way he was, the Eagles will win the NFC East.

13. Tennessee Titans (3-2) – A physical (dirty) team that nobody is going to want to deal with down the stretch.

So Damn Confusing

14. New York Giants (3-2) – They went from looking like a 4-12 team and talk of Tom Coughlin being fired to arguably the best looking team in the NFC. Who knows what’s next? By the way, Hakeem Nicks is a beast.

15. Houston Texans (3-2) – They have been thoroughly average since beating down the Colts in week one.

16. San Diego Chargers (2-3) – The slow starts are getting tiresome. They can throw the ball to Antonio Gates, but not much else. Thank you for Antonio Cromartie and LaDainian Tomlinson by the way. Ryan Matthews is doing just a terrific job of filling in for him.

17. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-1) – I am not quite sure how this team is 3-1 but they are. It will be very interesting to see how they play New Orleans this week, in front of 129 somewhat excited fans.

18. Arizona Cardinals (3-2) – About as up and down as you can get.

19. Miami Dolphins (2-2) – You aren’t showing much as a contender in your division when you lose back to back primetime home games to your top two rivals.

20. Seattle Seahawks (2-2) – They should be 7-1 at home and 1-7 on the road.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) – This comment is blacked out.

22. Denver Broncos (2-3) – Who would have thought a Kyle Orton led team would be known only for their passing?

Laughably Disappointing

23. Dallas Cowboys (1-3) – Wade Phillips looks confused.

24. Minnesota Vikings (1-3) – Grab your elbow again, Brett.

25. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) – Carson Palmer kind of sucks these days.

Just Not Good

26. Oakland Raiders (2-3) – Kind of feisty this year, but overall they are still the Raiders.

27. St. Louis Rams (2-3) – At least they have hope for the future.

28. Detriot Lions (1-4) – They are one of the better 1-4 teams in recent memory…so they have that going for them.

29. Cleveland Browns (1-4) – Peyton Hillis has been pretty good. Good luck to Colt McCoy in Pittsburgh this week.

Just Terrible

30. San Francisco 49ers (0-5) – Everybody in San Francisco needs to shut up…you are what your record says you are.

31. Carolina Panthers (0-5) – They should abandon the forward pass.

32. Buffalo Bills (0-5) – So happy they are in the AFC East.

Jets vs. Broncos: Game Breakdown

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First a few updates:

 1. Darrelle Revis is going to make the trip with the team to Denver and Rex Ryan indicated he could be used in a limited role this weekend. How about this? Sit him down and make sure he is 100 percent for the final 8 games of the season. Everybody else is expected to play this weekend, including Calvin Pace.

2. ALCS/NLCS Predictions – Yankees in 5, Phillies in 6…Yes, I know I really went on a limb there.

Jets vs. Broncos: Game Breakdown

Offense: Denver is beyond banged up on defense and is currently ranked 25th in the NFL in rushing defense. I would say it is time for that Ground and Pound…How about 20 carries for Shonn Greene this week and 14-16 for LaDainian Tomlinson considering he is coming off 23 touches on a short week? Denver’s pass defense isn’t much better than their run defense and their secondary will be without Brian Dawkins, Andre Goodman, Darcel McBath, and Wesley Woodyard. Basically, what I am saying is that the Jets shouldn’t have trouble rolling up points on this defense. It will be interesting to see if this offense has matured enough to take advantage of a below average, banged up defense with the plethora of weapons they have.

Hopefully the chemistry between Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes will progress and the Jets can hit a big play to him down the field. I thought Sanchez did a good job of spreading his targets around last week, but it will be interesting to see what happens in a game the Jets don’t throw the ball as much, along with how the role of each receiver ends up developing throughout the season.

Defense: Denver has the NFL’s worst rushing offense by a substantial margin and the Jets have one of the best run defenses in the league. I am thinking Josh McDaniels won’t try to outsmart himself (which he very well may) and will rely heavily on his passing attack this week. Kyle Orton has done a great job of spreading the ball around and the Broncos have a surprisingly productive collection of receivers and tight ends. Even if talented rookie Demaryius Thomas misses this week, Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal have all been good in 2010.

I would expect Antonio Cromartie to spend most of the day on Lloyd, who actually leads the NFL in receiving yards (what?). Considering his build and speed, Drew Coleman makes the most sense for Eddie Royal while Kyle Wilson or Dwight Lowery could cover Gaffney or tight end Daniel Graham. Denver is going to get their yards on the Jets, but the key will be to hit Orton early and often and hope that since he is throwing so much there are a few turnovers.

Special Teams: Royal is dangerous in the return game and Matt Prater is a very good kicker. Doesn’t it feel like we are due for a fake punt?

Good Memories From A  Bad Day In Denver