TOJ argues the best quarterback currently in NY is wearing green and white…
TOJ’s normal grade report at SB Nation
It is hard to fathom what is happening with the New York Jets on a weekly basis the past month . A franchise that is notorious for losing football games in the most painful ways possible at the most painful times has entered a bizarro world during November. We saw hints of it with how they pulled out late victories over Miami, Minnesota, and Denver earlier in the year but these past three games have been something else.
If you haven’t noticed yet, the “same old Jets” culture is long dead. Rex Ryan buried it when he came to town with his brash confidence and unwavering belief this football team would be the best in the league. Mike Tannenbaum and Woody Johnson supported it by making the bold move to trade up for the right franchise quarterback and surround him with the weapons to let him flourish.
The most encouraging trait about this Jets team is their confidence that regardless of the situation, they are going to ultimately find a way to win. It isn’t a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” somebody is going to step up to boost the Jets to yet another victory.
It is time to stop being surprised when Mark Sanchez throws for 300 yards and saves his two best throws for the final minute of a game. I wrote it two weeks ago and I will write it again, the Jets have their franchise quarterback, whatever the “it” factor is that makes certain quarterbacks winners in the NFL, Sanchez has “it”.
Sanchez has no shortage of options when he drops back to pass but Santonio Holmes has taken his game to another level over the past month. There isn’t a more clutch receiver in the NFL right now and his ability to run after the catch has added a dimension to the Jets offense which hasn’t existed in my lifetime.
It isn’t just Holmes though. It is the notoriously unreliable and inconsistent Braylon Edwards, becoming reliable and consistent. It is LaDainian Tomlinson always finding a way to have big reception after big reception in the Jets two minute drill. It is an offense as a whole that scores points in every single situation they need to so far this month.
The defense? That is a story for another day (or just later today) but similar to how the offense slumped last year before rediscovering their identity for a late season playoff push, the defense is capable of doing the same thing.
November 2010 isn’t a month Jets fans will forget anytime soon. When people talk about the Jets being “lucky” it is a weak attempt to hide their disgust that Sanchez is turning into a quarterback capable of keeping this team great for a long time and that Ryan can run his mouth, while his team backs it up.
I do know this, as we head into the final stretch of the regular season: the New York Jets are the number one show in town and en route to being the number one show in the NFL.
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TOJ’s initial reaction at SB Nation http://newyork.sbnation.com/2010/11/21/1828878/at-a-loss-for-words-jets-do-it-again
It’s about that time…
1. Mark Sanchez is going to throw for 300 yards for the second time in three weeks as he continues to flourish in the Jets offense during his second year. The Texans have a brutal secondary and unlike last year, the Jets are now equipped to advantage of it.
2. Shonn Greene will get more carries than LaDainian Tomlinson for the second week in a row and start building momentum for a big time December. Don’t worry about LT though, he will still get 13-15 carries along with 3-5 receptions.
3. The inactive list – Jerricho Cotchery, Marquice Cole, Dwight Lowery, Kellen Clemens, Marcus Dixon, Vladimir Ducasse, Josh Mauga, Matt Kroul
4. Andre Johnson will have less than 50 yards receiving, as Darrelle Revis does what he did to him last year and what he did to Calvin Johnson a few weeks back.
5. Arian Foster isn’t going to be the first running back to get 100 yards on the Jets this season.
6. Braylon Edwards is going to have his first 100 yard game of the season, as Houston keys on Santonio Holmes who is coming off back to back big games.
7. The Texans two leading receivers are going to be Jacoby Jones and Joel Dressen as they attack the Jets safeties and #3 and #4 corners.
8. Kyle Wilson is going to break big punt return this week for 30 yards or more.
9. The Jets are going to finally get an interception this week. I am guessing it will be Antonio Cromartie who pulls in his third of the season.
10. Nick Folk is going to miss another field goal, giving us all indigestion heading into December.
11. Patrick Turner will take the bulk of the reps for Jerricho Cotchery and record his first reception of the season.
12. If you haven’t been able to tell already I am supremely confident in the Jets this week. Houston does not match-up well with them and is in the midst of a 3 game losing streak. The Jets have the ability to take away the two best things Houston does on offense: throw to Andre Johnson and handoff to Arian Foster, and the Texans defense is brutal. There is no way they are coming into the New Meadowlands in late November and winning this game. I am picking the Jets 27-10.
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Week 11 Picks (Lines Courtesy of BetUs)
- Raiders (+7) vs. Pittsburgh
- Ravens (-11.5) vs. Panthers
- Redskins (+7) vs. Titans
- Cowboys (-7) vs. Lions
- Packers (-3.5) vs. Vikings
- Bills (+5.5) vs. Bengals
- Browns (-1.5) vs. Jaguars
- Cardinals (+8) vs. Chiefs
- Saints (-11) vs. Seahawks
- Falcons (-3.5) vs. Rams
- Bucs (+3.5) vs. 49ers
- Peyton Manning (+4) vs. Patriots
- Mike Vick Show (-3.5) vs. Giants
- Chargers (-9) vs. Broncos
TOJ’s normal game breakdown piece, hosted at SB Nation:
A big reason the Jets pass defense has struggled so much this season (they are currently ranked 20thin the NFL) has been their inability to stop opposing team’s tight ends. The overwhelming bulk of this blame falls on safeties Jim Leonhard, Eric Smith, and Brodney Pool, who are all having disappointing seasons on the defensive side of the football.
First off, here is a quick run through of what opposing team’s tight ends have done to the Jets this year –
- Week 1 – Todd Heap – 6 receptions, 72 yards
- Week 2 – Aaron Hernandez – 6 receptions, 101 yards
- Week 3– Anthony Fasano – 2 receptions, 14 yards, 1 TD
- Week 4 – David Nelson – 4 receptions, 75 yards/David Martin – 1 reception, 4 yards, 1 TD
- Week 9– Brandon Pettigrew – 3 receptions, 18 yards, 1 TD/Tony Scheffler – 2 receptions, 22 yards
- Week 10 – Benjamin Watson – 5 receptions, 74 yards
So while it appeared the Jets had solved this problem with a three game streak of shutting down the tight end against Minnesota, Denver, and Green Bay, the problem has now reappeared. Teams aren’t hesitating to throw on the Jets safeties and with good reason.
Jim Leonhard has been scrappy as usual and good in run support. Yet he only has 2 passes defensed and 0 interceptions. It is difficult for him to match-up on most tight ends because of his height. Eric Smith has 1 pass defensed and 0 interceptions. Both have been called on numerous pass interference and illegal contact penalties this season. Brodney Pool does have 5 passes defensed and an interception (back in week 2) but doesn’t seem to be around the football enough, with only 22 tackles.
One the pieces that is still missing in Rex Ryan’s defense is a big time, playmaking safety.
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The top five storylines heading into the Jets/Texans week 11 match-up
Every now and then the articles you write time up very well with what occurs on Sunday, for example –
Nothing like lavishing praise on Mark Sanchez as a legitimate franchise quarterback before arguably the best game he ever plays as a professional. I could have sworn I was going to jinx him into a 14/34, 3 INT performance. However, I am not sure he has too many of those left in him for 2010. The strides Sanchez has made from year one to year two have been better than any of us expected, and with each passing week he looks more and more like the player we all hoped he could be for this team.
My argument for the Jets being the best team in the New Meadowlands looked much smarter and less like a homer fan rambling thanks to the Giants getting embarrassed at home by the 1-7 Cowboys, while the Jets took care of business in Cleveland. The Giants are starting to sustain too many injuries, don’t protect the football, and with Philadelphia coming up on the schedule could be heading into their second straight second half swoon. (How is that for an alliteration?)
Just For The Hell Of It, If The Playoffs Started Today In The AFC…
- New York Jets (7-2)
- Baltimore Ravens (6-3)
- Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
- Oakland Raiders (5-4)
- New England Patriots (7-2)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
- Miami Dolphins (5-4)
- Tennessee Titans (5-4)
- Kansas City Chiefs (5-4)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4)
- San Diego Chargers (4-5)
- Houston Texans (4-5)
Similar to last year, it should be another wild finish in the final weeks. The Jets need to take advantage of playing two sub .500 teams at home the next two weeks before they face four straight teams with winning records, with three of them being on the road…actually wait, the Jets never lose on the road.
Can I Get An Interception?
The Jets only have 5 total interceptions through 9 games. They haven’t pulled one in since week 5 against the Vikings when Dwight Lowery took one back to the house. Antonio Cromartie? Darrelle Revis? Brodney Pool? C’mon now. The only Jet who came close to intercepting one in previous weeks was big Sione Pouha against the Detroit Lions.
– For everybody who whines about Leon Washington (which includes myself) he has 59 rushing yards and 28 receiving yards this year. Brad Smith has 160 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards. In reality, Brad Smith has become our #3 running back since Joe McKnight can’t fill the role.
– Despite being 193 yards behind him right now, I wouldn’t be shocked if Shonn Green finished with more rushing yards than LaDainian Tomlinson.
– Mark Sanchez has the same amount of touchdown passes (12) right now that he had all of last regular season.
– Dustin Keller hasn’t caught a touchdown since week 4 against the Buffalo Bills.
– The Jets are more than likely going to go another year without a player with double digit sacks. Currently, Jason Taylor leads the team with 4. Calvin Pace only has 2.5 since returning 5 games ago.
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It’s that time of the week again, as always feel free to express your feelings on my stupidity:
1. Atlanta Falcons (7-2) – An impressive win for Atlanta over Baltimore. Matt Ryan and Roddy White are playing at a high enough level to be considered the favorite in the NFC…for this week.
2. New York Jets (7-2) – How could you have them over New England after the Patriots just handled the Steelers in Pittsburgh, you homer? Here is how: the Jets beat New England by 14 and a week after Cleveland beat the Patriots by 23, the Jets went into Cleveland and beat them, and if you look at the stats, you saw that the Jets actually dominated Cleveland.
3. New England Patriots (7-2) – I don’t know what is going on with that hair but you have to respect the fire Tom Brady was playing with Sunday night. The annual classic between him and Peyton Manning is up next.
4. The Mike Vick Show (6-3) – Overreaction? Nobody is beating the Eagles in the NFC if Mike Vick keeps playing at this level.
5. Baltimore Ravens (6-3) – They can take out all their anger on the Panthers this weekend.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) – It looks like they are back to abandoning the running game too soon and having more struggles than expected on defense.
7. New Orleans Saints (6-3) – It will be interesting to see if the Saints can regain their Super Bowl form entirely out of the bye week.
8. Green Bay Packers (6-3) – Time to send Brett Favre into retirement.
9. Indiannapolis Peyton Mannings (6-3) – It will be beyond impressive if Peyton Manning can lead this group of Colts to a victory in New England.
10. New York Giants (6-3) – A swift punch back to reality for the Giants, who are banged up and can’t protect the football. Good luck defending Vick in Philadelphia this weekend if you can’t stop Jon Kitna.
11. Oakland Raiders (5-4) – They can make quite a statement with a victory over the Steeleers this weekend.
12. Tampa Bay Bucs (6-3) – They win the games they are supposed to, which is saying alot in the NFL this season.
13. Chicago Bears (6-3) – Do us a favor and take care of the Dolphins and their third string quarterback this Thursday night.
14. Miami Dolphins (5-4) – I can’t see them sticking around the playoff race much longer with Tyler Thigpen under center.
15. Tennessee Titans (5-4) – Randy Moss…all he does is lose.
16. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – The AFC West is there for the taking and they have to be the favorite with the way Phillip Rivers is playing.
17. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4) – I just don’t know how this team is 5-4…oh wait, they won a game on a hail mary and a 59 yard field goal
18. Kansas City Chiefs (5-4) – It looks like things are starting to fade fast for one of the surprise teams in the first half of the season.
19. Seattle Seahawks (5-4) – Well, they can beat the other crappy teams in their division.
20. Houston Texans (4-5) – Oh, you are surprised everybody overrated Houston this pre-season and they can’t meet expectations?
21. Cleveland Browns (3-6) – If they were in the NFC West, they might be 6-3.
22. St. Louis Rams (4-5) – It will be interesting to see how this young team hangs with Atlanta at home this weekend.
23. San Francisco 49ers (3-6) – The NFC West…where 3-6 and Troy Smith make you a legitimate contender for the playoffs.
24. Washington Redskins (4-5) – Nothing like allowing the old 59 spot at home to drop down the rankings.
25. Denver Broncos (3-6) – Where did that beat-down come from?
26. Cincinnati Bengals (2-7) – Carson Palmer couldn’t be any further from a franchise quarterback right now, unless he was Derek Anderson.
27. Arizona Cardinals (3-6) – Larry Fitzgerald must be counting the seconds until he can get the hell out of Arizona.
28. Dallas Cowboys (2-7) – Amazing what happens when you put a little effort forward.
29. Minnesota Vikings (3-6) – I can’t take much more of Brett Favre asking himself questions and then answering them in his press conferences.
30. Buffalo Bills (1-8) – Got one!
31. Detroit Lions (2-7) – I guess we can stop with the talk that Detroit is better than their record. They are just another crappy Lions team.
32. Carolina Panthers (1-8) – It could get out of hand versus Baltimore by the time they step off the bus.
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