Jets vs. Packers: Game Breakdown

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Offense: The Jets should be able to take advantage of Green Bay’s struggling run defense with both LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. This would be the time of the year to start getting Greene more involved in the offense to insure that Tomlinson is fresh for the stretch run in December and January. I do hope the Jets don’t become too conservative after Mark Sanchez’s erratic performance against the Denver Broncos a few weeks ago, which is no reason to go into the week one shell.

When the Jets are throwing the ball, expect to see more reps and targets for Santonio Holmes. Green Bay’s pass defense has been in the middle of the pack and there should be chances down the field for Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Dustin Keller, and Jerricho Cotchery. The Jets offensive line will have their hands full with the Green Bay pass rush, led by Clay Matthews. It would make sense for the Packers to predominantly send Matthews at Damien Woody instead of D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

I am still waiting to see a little more out of the Jets Tiger formation, perhaps another pass from Brad Smith or an option pass from Tomlinson.

Defense: It will be interesting to see if the Jets are even more aggressive than usual with their blitz package, considering the supposed improved health of Darrelle Revis. Aaron Rodgers certainly has the ability and weapons to make the Jets pay against the blitz so Rex Ryan is going to have to mix and match his approach and occasionally be slightly less aggressive.

The Packers haven’t really been able to run the football this season, making them one-dimensional. However, Denver also came into the Jets game unable to run the ball and had a good degree of success. The Jets are thin on the defensive line moving forward and clearly think Shaun Ellis, Mike DeVito, Sione Pouha, and Trevor Pryce can handle major reps.

It would be nice to see the Jets pass rush be a little more active this week. Calvin Pace has had two weeks to rest his foot and should be more explosive off the edge. Jason Taylor has been pretty good so far, but considering how much the Packers will likely throw this week he should be in Rodgers face all day. I would expect the Jets to rotate Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie on Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Hopefully Revis can live up this word and begin to resemble his 2009 self.

Special Teams: How about it Kyle Wilson? I am waiting to see something…anything from you on punt return. Brad Smith has quietly been excellent on kick returns and always is a threat to break one. Jordy Nelson and Tramon Williams are somewhat dangerous on returns but the Jets coverage has been solid this year. Nick Folk and Mason Crosby have been two of the top kickers in the NFL this year.

Trying To Make Sense Out Of A Senseless NFL

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Parity is a beautiful thing in the NFL. It helps makes the slate of games every week unpredictable and always throw you an “are you ‘effing kid me” game or two each weekend. It is a large part of why a Jaguars/Titans turd fest on Monday Night Football, featuring Trent Edwards at quarterback could easily get higher rating than the Yankees and Rangers in the ALCS. I do know that through seven weeks, it is nearly impossible to see where this season is headed, particularly in the NFC.

You get a team like the Giants who look ready for 6-10 and a coaching change after back to back early losses and now they are the consensus top team in the NFC. Dallas, Green Bay, and New Orleans were easily the top three picks to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl heading into season, yet could anybody pick any of those three teams with any type of confidence now? Dallas could end up with the first pick in the draft the way they are headed. The Saints can’t even keep it close against the Cleveland Browns in their own building.

The Colts have more holes than ever around Peyton Manning and keep dropping like flies. The Broncos go toe to toe with the Jets and then make the Raiders look like a a juggernaut by allowing a 59 spot to them. The Bengals and Chargers have been major disappointments.

Here is what I am thinking moving forward –

Despite the Chiefs and Seahawks looking capable of pulling away with their division, every team is alive in the AFC and NFC West with the exception of the teams in the London Bowl this week. The 49ers are completely incapable of winning a close game and are delusional with their perception of their team’s talent level and I don’t think Denver can recover from the whooping they took last week.

As much as it feels like time to bury Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings (and trust me I’d love to), they are far from out of it. The Bears are probably the worst 4-3 team I have ever seen in my life. They aren’t going to be in the mix for a playoff spot when it comes down to it. Green Bay isn’t healthy or consistent enough to pull away. In the NFC South, I do think Atlanta has the ability to pull away from the Saints if they don’t get their heads on straight now. Tampa Bay is a tough, young team who will stay around .500 and will probably amazingly stay in the wild-card race.

There are three teams across the entire NFC, I would feel confident saying are playoff teams right now: Atlanta, the Giants, and the Eagles. Yes, I saw Philadelphia lose to Tennessee last week but I think when Vick gets back and gets rolling again, they will be right there with the Giants for the NFC East title. Everything else is a crap shoot, in a conference filled with mediocrity.

Back in the AFC where things are a little clearer, the Patriots and Jets are going down to the wire for the division title and are both playoff teams. Miami is nothing more than a 8-8 team. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are going down to the wire for their division title and are both playoff teams. Cincinnati is a 6-10 team. I don’t trust the Texans and think the South will come down to the Titans and Colts, with the other team battling it out for the Ravens for that last wild card spot.

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Will Revis Island Resurface?

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The most exciting news coming out out of Florham Park during the Jets bye week was the proclamation by Darrelle Revis that he is now “100 percent.” Bringing some hope to those around the organization that he can finally begin the process of living up to the monster contract extension that he held out all summer for.

We have all been impressed by the way Antonio Cromartie stepped his play up as the Jets number one corner. Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery have also been playing above their head to extent, helping fill the void by Revis who has missed time and when he has been on the field, has been far from 100 percent.

PhotobucketHowever, through their first six games the Jets are allowing 229 passing yards per game, which puts them at 22nd in the NFL. 100 yard receivers against their defense are becoming common place. They have been a far cry from the lock down unit they were in 2010. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a healthy Darrelle Revis makes a difference.

All of the anger that has been rightfully directed at Revis from fans so far will quickly disappear if he can get back to his 2009 level of play over the next 10 games. The Jets need him to because their defense isn’t going to make the strides Rex Ryan keeps talking about unless he does. Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Terrell Owens, Hines Ward and Brandon Marshall are all upcoming on the schedule and the trickle down effect of a Revis Island return is extensive.

Consider this, if Revis can get his swag back: The Jets will have the best number one corner in football, arguably the best number two corner in football in Cromartie, who will now be in more positions to make big plays considering he will be covering lesser receivers that will be targeted as quarterbacks avoid Revis. Drew Coleman, Dwight Lowery, and Kyle Wilson can all work at the nickel and dime spots they are much better suited for. The pass rush, which has been somewhat disappointing so far, will improve because of the enhanced coverage.

It has been nothing short of very impressive that the Jets built a 5-1 record without their best player. Yet, if they want to become the 12-13 win team they have the potential to be, Revis Island must resurface.

Jets vs. Packers: First Look

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The Opponent: The Green Bay Packers were one of the most popular Super Bowl picks heading into the 2010 season. However, an unbelievable rash of injuries, along with inconsistent and undisciplined play has led to a somewhat disappointing 4-3 start. Green Bay is coming off a gutsy win over the Vikings on Sunday Night football, which could be to the Jets advantage. The Packers can rush the passer and throw the football but can’t stop the run or run the football. This game will be a good test to see if Revis Island has actually returned to the map alongside Alcrotraz and would be a good week to let Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson combine for 38 – 42 carries.

Green Bay Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers – 150/235, 1841 yards, 12 TDs, 9 INTs
  • Running Back: Brandon Jackson – 80 carries, 363 yards, 2 TDs
  • Running Back: John Kuhn – 41 carries, 154 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Greg Jennings – 26 receptions, 390 yards, 5 TDs
  • Wide Receiver: Donal Driver – 28 receptions, 307 yards, 3 TDs
  • Wide Receiver: James Jones – 19 receptions, 284 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Jordy Nelson – 17 receptions, 184 yards, 0 TD
  • Tight End: Andrew Quarless – 7 receptions, 90 yards, 1 TD
  • Left Tackle: Chad Clifton
  • Left Guard: Daryn Colledge
  • Center: Scott Wells
  • Right Guard: Josh Sitton
  • Right Tackle: Bryan Bulaga

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Ryan Pickett – 8 tackles
  • Nose Tackle: B.J. Raji – 22 tackles, 2.5 sacks
  • Defensive End: Cullen Jenkins – 12 tackles, 4 sacks
  • Defensive End – C.J. Wilson – 13 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Clay Matthews – 22 tackles, 8.5 sacks
  • Inside Linebacker: A.J. Hawk – 60 tackles, 2 INTs
  • Outside Linebacker: Brad Jones – 27 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Desmond Bishop – 35 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
  • Corner: Charles Woodson – 45 tackles, 1 INT
  • Corner: Tramon Williams – 28 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 sack
  • Corner: Perrish Cox – 17 tackles, 1 INT
  • Safety: Nick Collins – 31 tackles, 1 INT
  • Safety: Charlie Peprah – 22 tackles

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Mason Crosby – 9/12 on FGs
  • Punter: Tim Masthay – 43.2 yards per punt
  • Kick Return: Jordy Nelson – 23.4 per kick return
  • Punt Return: Tramon Williams – 9.1 per punt return

PhotobucketKey Players: Aaron Rodgers is one of the top quarterbacks in the league and is always capable of putting up some monster numbers. Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are a formidable duo at receiver and will be a big test for Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. Clay Matthews leads the NFL in sacks and Charles Woodson is a playmaker in the secondary.

Injuries: The Jets should finally be 100 percent for this one. Ryan Pickett and Cullen Jenkins could join the long list of Packers who will be sitting this one out.

Key Storylines: Is Darrelle Revis really 100 percent? How will the Jets look coming off their bye week? Can the Jets find a way to block Clay Matthews?

TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

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Your NFL Power Rankings heading into week 8…feel free to argue, criticize, and call me names

1. New York Jets (5-1) – A healthy Darrelle Revis could push their defense closer to their 2009 production, which means their winning streak could extend well beyond 5 if you look at their upcoming schedule.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) – They didn’t play their best game and received a little help from the referees but ultimately gutted out a nice road win against Miami.

3. New England Patriots (5-1) – They keep finding ways to win. This past week they were benefited by San Diego’s complete incompetence at winning big games or coming up with a play in a big spot. Their secondary needs to gear up for Randy Moss, who will likely have one of his “I wanna play” days in New England.

4. Tennessee Titans (5-2) – They were more impressive in knocking off the Eagles than the Ravens were in squeaking one out at home against the pitiful Bills.

5. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) – What happened to that defense? Ryan Fitzpatrick looked like Peyton Manning carving them up.

6. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) – Why can’t anybody on this team stay healthy? Fortunately, they still have their only player that matters and now they have a chance to avenge their week 1 loss to the Texans.

7. New York Giants (5-2) – Don’t cry Giants fans, you lost to both the Titans and Colts hence you are behind them. However, the G-Men have established themselves as the NFC’s top team at least for now.

8. Atlanta Falcons (5-2) – In the AFC, they’d be struggling to make the playoffs. In the NFC, they could looking at a bye week.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (4-2) – The Chiefs are looking more and more like they will roll to a AFC West crown. Glad to see Thomas Jones still getting the job done, as always.

10. Houston Texans (4-2) – A win in Indianapolis this week would go a long way to cementing them as a legit contender in 2010.

11. Seattle Seahawks (4-2) – Big win over the Cardinals as Seattle looking capable of running away with arguably the worst division in football.

12. Green Bay Packers (4-3) – Impressive win over the Vikings but let’s see how they compete against the Jets on the road.

13. Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) – Mike Vick has his job back now and has the ability to avoid the Giants lethal pass rush in their two huge remaining games.

14. Miami Dolphins (3-3) – You kind of need to win a home game at some point to be considered a contender in a top heavy AFC.

15. Washington Redskins (4-3) – That was an ugly, ugly win over Chicago.

16. New Orleans Saints (4-3) – What a humbling loss at home to rookie quarterback Colt McCoy and the Cleveland Browns.

17. Tampa Bay Bucs (4-2) – The Bucs are finding a way to beat the inferior teams on their schedule but you’d like to see them at least compete against the better teams on their schedule.

18. Oakland Raiders (3-4) – That was the Raiders most impressive win…since, well I can’t remember when.

19. Chicago Bears (4-3) – I don’t care that they are a game better than Oakland. The Bears have looked awful the past few weeks.

20. Arizona Cardinals (3-3) – Max Hall came back to reality in a harsh way this past week. The Cardinals will likely stay in the mix for the NFC West crown though.

21. St. Louis Rams (3-4) – Tough last second loss for a gutsy young team. They are headed in the right direction.

22. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4) – Plenty of big names and potential with no results and on field discipline.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-4) – It looks like things are about to get ugly in a hurry for Jack Del Rio and the Jags.

24. Minnesota Vikings (2-4) – When you watch that video of Brett Favre singing “Pants on the Ground” from last year’s playoffs, you can’t help but laugh at the irony.

25. Cleveland Browns (2-5) – Eric Mangini is always good for an upset or two every year. Unfortunately that means his teams are usually way under .500.

26. San Diego Chargers (2-5) – They have no idea how to win and are beyond banged up.

27. Denver Broncos (2-5) – I guess they were still hungover from their last second loss to the Jets.

28. Detroit Lions (1-5) – At 1-5 and down to their third string quarterback, at least the Lions play with heart.

29. Dallas Cowboys (1-5) – At 1-5, the Cowboys play with no heart and are an embarrassment to themselves.

30. Carolina Panthers (1-5) – They will play hard for John Fox the rest of the season.

31. San Francisco 49ers (1-6) – Looking forward to when the 49ers are 1-10 and people around their team are still talking about making the playoffs.

32. Buffalo Bills (0-6) – Great effort from Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills last week

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.

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