Turn On The Jets Stock Watch – Jets/Patriots Preview Edition

Mike Donnelly is buying and selling for his weekly Turn On The Jets Stock Watch. This week previewing Jets vs. Patriots

It’s a bit of a shame that the Jets play on a short week against the Pats this week because I would like to savor that curb-stomping Rex Ryan and his defense handed to former Jets coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s current St. Louis Rams offense just a little bit longer. After all, we haven’t had all that much to be pleased with this year, right? It sure was sweet to be on the other side of a patented Schotty game for a change. The Rams were gashing the Jets early with the run but I wasn’t worried at all. I’d seen this movie too many times and I know how it ends. Naturally, he immediately stopped calling run and a smile broke across my face. Just like we had seen for years here in New York, Schotty much preferred the 2 yard outs and 3 yard crossing patterns that repeatedly resulted in incomplete passes. It was all so very familiar, and all so gratifying to watch. Thank you, Schotty, thank you. Finally, you brought me some joy after six painful years.

Now before we sweep the Rams game under the rug, let’s touch on a few things from it before moving on into full-on Patriots Week mode…

SELL: The “Schotty’s Revenge” jokes – It was funny checking my Twitter after the Rams scored that opening touchdown, seeing all the many, many, many, many stupid and ignorant jokes put out there by so many “experts”, reporters, fans, and haters, all based around the premise that Schotty is, was, and forever will be a genius who the Jets stupidly got rid of. Ha-ha, jokes on the Jets, right? By the 2nd quarter, when Schotty was back to doing Schotty things, leading to his offense not moving the ball, I didn’t see a single thing about it. Weird how that works, huh?

SELL: The Mark Sanchez haters – It’s really gotten to the point that even when Sanchez plays well he’s going to get zero credit and zero respect, huh? Prior to the game all I read about was how the Rams defense was going to tear the Jets apart. Didn’t quite happen. Hey Jets fans, Mark Sanchez is the quarterback of the Jets. Regardless of how you feel about him, when he does well, you should be happy. I will never understand this.

BUY: Tony Sparano’s Gameplan – This was probably Sparano’s best game of the season. The use of play-actions, rollout passes, and creativity in getting the Jets’ many bad receivers open in space was great to see. What else? Glad you asked..

BUY: The Jets 3-Headed RB Attack – FINALLY! I re-watched the game tape five times just to make sure that what I thought I had seen on the TV was not a figment of my imagination: We actually had a Joe McKnight sighting on offense! It was pretty funny — and sad — watching the game and hearing the shock and disgust in the announcer’s voice when he said “That was Joe McKnight’s first catch of the season!” Tell me about it. After 10 weeks of praying to various Gods, lighting candles, begging, pleading, writing letters, and ritualistically sacrificing a few Patriots fans (ok, the last one may not have actually happened), the Jets FINALLY did what I wanted and got Joe McKnight involved in the offense, and threw him a pass. That’s all I wanted, just one pass to show me the coaches were aware it is in fact legal to throw a pass to the running back.

It was also great to see Bilal Powell get a few touches and turn them into two touchdowns. Who would have known that maximizing the various talents your running backs possess would be a better alternative than just having Shonn Greene stumble into the line 20 times a game?

SELL: Joe McKnight Inside the 5 yard line – I am all for more McKnight, but perhaps using him as a pseudo goal-line back is not the proper time. Let’s go ahead and rip that page out of the playbook and pretend it never happened, Tony.

SELL: Calvin Pace, Kyle Wilson, Ellis Lankster – Just reminding you that they still stink. This game changed nothing.

SELL: Jets Special Teams (other than Joe McKnight) – Also still very bad.

BUY: Mo Wilkerson – Big Mo has started to look like the dominant All-Pro defensive lineman Rex Ryan talked him up as prior to the season. The last few weeks have been especially impressive for the 2011 first round pick. The scary thing is that he’s only beginning to scratch the surface on what he can do on the field as well. As Quinton Coples develops next to him and an edge rusher is presumably brought in to come around the corner and clean up after Wilkerson’s disruption up the middle, he’s really going to look tremendous. Nobody gives more crap to Mike Tannenbaum and his player evaluation ability than me, but I have to give him credit for Wilkerson. Having Mo and other young talent on defense like Coples, Kenrick Ellis, and Demario Davis will set this defense up very nicely up front for years to come.

SELL: Stephen Hill being “raw” – Ok, enough praise of Tannenbaum. The Stephen Hill debacle looks worse and worse every week. All we heard about after the draft was how “raw” Hill was and how he would need time to develop. Well if that was the case, WHY THE HELL would you not bring in a reliable #2 receiver to start while the rookie developed? And not to mention, it’s always been my understand that “being raw” means he runs the wrong route from time to time, or can’t separate from the cornerback at the line of scrimmage. Being raw, to me, doesn’t include “not being able to catch”, because that seems like a pretty basic thing that all wide receivers should have learned sometime around the 6th grade. If Hill doesn’t learn to catch — and fast — he’s going to just be another in the long line of bust wide receivers who can run real fast and jump real high, but aren’t actually good at playing football — which is a pretty important thing.

Now about that little ol’ Patriots game we have coming up this week. Below are my three keys to this game. If I’m not back here next week in this very column buying all of these, there’s a really good chance I’m also going to be loading the column up with more than a few expletives because the Jets will have lost another big game and the season will more than likely be kaput.

1. Pressure Tom Brady – Mo Wilkerson is going to be double-teamed the entire game because quite frankly, Bill Belichick isn’t dumb. He knows Wilkerson can single-handily disrupt the Patriots offense by getting in Tom Brady’s face all night, just like Shaun Ellis did in the 2010 playoffs. So it’s going to be up to Quinton Coples to step up, along with Calvin Pace (doubtful) and Ricky Sapp (maybe) around the edge. Bryan Thomas has also elevated his play of late, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him turn back the clock a little bit and step up in what will likely be his last Jets-Pats game ever.

2. Stop Wes Welker – With Rob Gronkowski out and Aaron Hernandez likely to be slowed a little by his injury, stopping Wes Welker will be an even bigger key to this week’s game than usual. Typically the Jets would be able to just put him on Revis Island and forget about it, but that option isn’t available this week. And as amazing as Antonio Cromartie has been this season, moving to the slot and covering shifty guys like Welker has never been his strong suit. And that means that — sigh — it’s going to be up to guys like Kyle Wilson and Ellis Lankster to play as well as they possibly can (which isn’t very well, unfortunately) and slow Wes down. There’s going to be a ton of bracket coverage played, and don’t be surprised to see Demario Davis play a major role this week covering some of these short passes over the middle. Just writing this paragraph is giving me anxiety. Ugh.

3. NO TURNOVERS!! – This is the biggest one of them all. When the Jets don’t turn the ball over, they win. Mark Sanchez is unquestionably at a crossroads of his Jets career, and a big-time performance this week against the Patriots will go a long way toward building the confidence not just of himself, but all of his teammates, and the fans. We all know the Patriots defense is comically bad, but they thrive on being opportunistic and causing turnovers, so the Jets absolutely can not fall into that trap. The mission statement on offense this week is simple: Protect the ball, find the many, many soft spots in the defense, and win the game. Easier said than done, unfortunately.

New York Jets: Who Is Mark Sanchez?

TJ takes a closer look at Mark Sanchez’s performance against Buffalo and what to expect from him the rest of the year

In the Jets 28-24 comeback win over Buffalo, QB Mark Sanchez was just 17-35 for 180 yards. He threw an interception out of his own end zone that led to a Bills TD. He also threw a few others that were almost picked. He also threw 4 touchdowns including the game winner with 1:00 left. On a season saving drive that including other key completions. Maybe this dual personality is the essence of Mark Sanchez at this stage of his career. A player who may not be consistent, but can be there to help engineer the comeback win.

Much of the blame for any of the Jets troubles is put on the shoulders of Sanchez on a weekly basis. It was the Jets defense on Sunday though that let the Bills without star Fred Jackson, drive down the field and chew up the clock too often. For three seasons in fact, the defense has lacked a heavyweight knockout puncher who can end games with blindside uppercuts.

The rushing attack since the Ground and Pound thrived in 2009, has not been the home of a solid 100 yards per game rusher either.That’s why every play Sanchez makes, is delivered under the most high powered microscope that exists in the Big Apple. The Jets leave him little room for error.

Located in this scrutiny are missed opportunities to open receivers and a handful of dangerous choices each week. Sometimes a visible lack of confidence on the face of number six as well.

Yesterday though, the Jets franchise signal caller kept his cool. The Jets followed his lead, and came from behind with Sanchez at the helm yet again.

Yet even when they do pull one out, it’s never enough. Jets fans want more out of him. Rex Ryan naturally does too. The Jets HC even predicts Super Bowl appearances with the “Sanchise” at the helm. This while he gives a rusty 41 year old QB, reps in practice. A move designed to light a fire under Sanchez that brings with it the cryptic message of what COULD happen should the struggles continue .

Both the ultra high bar set by the diehards and Lombardi Trophy visions that Ryan has created, have added the pressure of expectation that Mark Sanchez could never have truly envisioned the magnitude of. Back during his initiation to it all in 2009. As he entered the world of pro football after just one year of major college playing experience.

The fans and the Jets themselves may simply have to accept that Sanchez has faults, but important strengths as well. Pluses that often lack currency in fantasy football, but translate into valuable traits on the field and in the standings.

For now he may only be at his best in spurts, but Mark Sanchez has proven that he can engineer late game winning drives. Regardless of what the first 55 minutes or so bring. Then there’s his playoff record. One that already includes four wins. All having come on the road. Where one big gaffe can end an entire season.

It may not look pretty throughout, but Mark Sanchez unlike those who habitually LOSE games in the final minutes, can find ways to win them. After almost three seasons as a NFL starter, THIS is what Mark Sanchez is. A player with a range of emotions and imperfections, who owns a winner’s ability to be clutch by getting hot when the money is on the line

New York Jets: Good Enough To Overcome Major Flaws?

TOJ on how the Jets can overcome their major flaws to remain alive at least another week

Yesterday was a confusing football game to watch. In many ways it was a disappointing showing but ultimately how disappointing could a last second win be?

The New York Jets aren’t a great football team in 2011. They are a clear cut level below Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New England, and Houston within their own conference and haven’t given any reason to believe they are better than Oakland, Cincinnati, Denver, or Tennessee. However, I don’t know if they were a great a team in 2009 or 2010. They did a few things great and simply got hot at the right time.

The problem with this season, is that they don’t do anything great. Their running game has shown flashes but has been average throughout the year. The defense has had their moments but overall is far from being one the league’s elite units. There is talent in the passing game but all the pieces of it, most notably the quarterback, have been wildly inconsistent.

Can this New York Jets team once again get hot at the right time and start to be great in a few key areas? This team does still have a unique, clutch ability to win close games as demonstrated by victories over Dallas, San Diego, and Buffalo this past week. I know Tebow Christ broke that trend this year…but he is breaking every conventional trend in NFL history the past few weeks.

On offense, it starts up front. The offensive line has been up and down. Yes, they had a strong performance yesterday. Can they do it against a pass rush and defensive line that isn’t as pitiful as Buffalo’s? We will find out soon enough with the Redskins, Eagles, and Giants on the schedule.

The running game sets the tone for this unit, especially since Mark Sanchez thrives off play action. Yet, Shonn Greene looked banged up yesterday despite his 6 yards per carry. It was a savvy move to hold LaDainian Tomlinson out for another week because the Jets will need him at 100 percent, especially if Greene isn’t up to the task of 20 carries per game. Joe McKnight is coming on strong so there is no reason the Jets can’t muster up a respectable running game between their three backs. Give Greene 12-15 carries. Give Tomlinson and McKnight 7-10 each and let them work the screen game.

A nice part of yesterday was the Jets rediscovering Dustin Keller. The Jets passing attack needs him as Sanchez’s safety valve and a red-zone target. Plaxico Burress is getting better each week and should be a major weapon on both third downs and in the red-zone for the rest of season. Santonio Holmes is the big play threat and more of an effort needs to be made to get him catches in space and down the sideline. Jeremy Kerley will return from injury this week and gives the Jets some needed speed in the slot. These weapons all sound great but they won’t matter if Sanchez doesn’t find some measure of consistency.

Sanchez’s mistakes are typical of rookie quarterbacks, only he isn’t a rookie anymore. He can’t lock on to one receiver. He can’t throw the same route repeatedly into triple coverage. We watched him take command of the offense on the final drive and make multiple big time throws and plays…that type of urgency must be present from the first snap of every game, or else he risks moving down a career path similar to the quarterback he will be facing this week, Rex Grossman.

On defense, there is no way around certain realities. The Jets have one of the slowest linebacker groups in the NFL. Bart Scott epitomizes this and is in the midst of a thoroughly subpar year. Calvin Pace may be a three-down linebacker, but is an extremely liability when he has to cover and he can longer get after the quarterback. Bryan Thomas is being missed in a big way because Garret McIntyre is a below average starter at best and the Jets are running out of options to turn to. On the whole, outside of the always stellar David Harris, the Jets just don’t have a very good linebacker core right now.

The secondary is the next concern. We know the safeties are an issue because of the speed, size, and athleticism they lack. Brodney Pool got a bigger opportunity yesterday as he returned from an extended injury absence and struggled. However, similar to last year he should get better as he gets his legs back under him. Antonio Cromartie is disturbingly inconsistent to the point that the Jets may need to consider benching him in favor of Kyle Wilson for at least a few series a game.

The special teams have been great this season, outside of the mind-boggling five turnovers, two of which have come at the hands of Cromartie who now needs to be permanently be off any kick or punt return duties. With Jeremy Kerley returning from injury, only him and Jim Leonhard should get the chance to return punts. Joe McKnight has never looked comfortable back there and has already muffed one this season.

How do the Jets make a run?

Rex Ryan gets creative on defense to cover his shortcomings. How about more 4-3 looks, since the defensive line has been better than the linebackers this year? The line has shown a ton of depth and versatility between Sione Pouha, Muhammad Wilkerson, Mike DeVito (who is now injured), Ropati Pitoitua, Marcus Dixon, Martin Tevaseu, and Kenrick Ellis. Ryan should be coming with looks that roll these players between nose tackle, defensive tackle and end, which will also equal less reps for McIntyre and Scott who deserve a substantial cut in playing time. In the secondary, it should be more Pool and Wilson, coupled with less Smith and Cromartie. It will be unconventional looks that give Aaron Maybin more reps at end and outside linebacker, as he now leads the team in sacks with five.

The offense finds a three-headed monster by figuring how to properly balance Greene, Tomlinson, and McKnight. A quality running game opens things up in the passing game for Sanchez who is under less pressure and won’t be dropping back 35 times a game. Plax keeps being Plax. Dustin Keller remains involved and Santonio Holmes starts producing more big plays. The special teams? They just don’t turn the ball over.

They may not be able to do anything great but the Jets have enough talent to be good at everything, which will give them the ability to get hot against subpar competition. As of now, the Jets are still breathing and each week that passes with them still breathing makes them that much more confident and dangerous.

Grading Out Jets/Bills

TOJ grades out the Jets last minute win over the Buffalo Bills

Quarterback (C) – Yes, a “C” for a 4 touchdown performance and a last minute comeback victory. The inaccuracy and inconsistency shown by Mark Sanchez was too much to ignore. Why does he continue to throw the dig route into triple coverage? Why isn’t he on the same page as the receivers? He is capable of playing much better than he did yesterday, as he showed glimpses of late in the fourth quarter.

Running Back (B+) – Shonn Greene averaged 6 yards per carry but still looks a little banged up. Joe McKnight did very well with limited touches and needs more work down the stretch, particularly in the screen game.

Wide Receiver (A) – Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes were the heroes yesterday, especially Burress who might have saved the team’s season with a ridiculous one-handed grab on the final drive. Holmes reminded us of how clutch he could be, with yet another game winning grab. Patrick Turner made a big catch on the final drive for a key first down.

Dustin Keller (A) – Dustin Keller can score touchdowns when given the opportunity…and no penalties on Matthew Mulligan, wow.

Offensive Line (A) – Zero sacks on Mark Sanchez and a good push in the running game. However, let’s keep in mind how weak Buffalo’s defensive front is. Washington will provide a much stiffer test.

Defensive Line (A) – Solid against the run as usual. Muhammad Wilkerson played one of his better games and Marcus Dixon did a nice job picking up the slack for an injured Mike DeVito.

Linebackers (C) – Zero defensive stats for Bart Scott and another lackluster performance from Calvin Pace. Fortunately, Aaron Maybin picked up the slack with two sacks. David Harris continued to add on to his great season, with 8 tackles and a sack.

Secondary (D) – The worst game of Darrelle Revis career, was allowing 75 yards and a touchdown, which is a testament to how good he has been. Antonio Cromartie continued to have a subpar season. Eric Smith, Jim Leonhard, and Brodney Pool were average at best.

Special Teams (C) – Another turnover…

Coaching (C) – The playcalling remains inconsistent and the team didn’t really play with the desperation of their season being on the line.

One Down, Five To Go: Jets Win Ugly…Very Ugly

It was far from pretty but the New York Jets are alive thanks to a last second win over the Buffalo Bills

The New York Jets will never make it easy. They will make us sick at times. They will confuse us. They will make it as hard as possible on themselves. They didn’t play well today. They put themselves in a dogfight with a subpar, injured team. Yet, in the end, they fought…and they found a way to win. We’ll get to that later, but let’s start with the problems.

First off, what the hell were they thinking by putting Antonio Cromartie deep on punt return instead of Jim Leonhard? Cromartie hasn’t returned a single punt all season and you put him deep in a one touchdown game, in the windy Meadowlands? I heard the excuse about Jim Leonhard having the wind knocked out of him. I am not sure I am buying it. If that was the case, the Jets need a more sure handed backup option than Cromartie who has zero ball security skills. Put Santonio Holmes deep. Call a timeout to get Leonhard his wind back or tell him just to fair catch it.

While we are on Cromartie, he has been generally awful this year and it didn’t stop today. He let up a touchdown to Brad Smith and was beaten up and down the field by him. By Brad Smith, who is far from a quality NFL receiver. Wasn’t Cromartie supposed to be a playmaker? All I can remember from him this year is turning the football over on special teams and allowing touchdowns on defense.

Now on to the most confusing part of the day, Darrelle Revis who was beaten up and down the field by Stevie Johnson. It was bizarre to watch the eight receptions and the touchdown on him, granted they only added up to 75 yards. It was a busy day for Johnson, who cemented himself as three things: a talented wide receiver, a scumbag, and a choke artist. The imitation of Plaxico Burress shooting himself was as classes as it gets. Fortunately, everybody gets the last laugh on Johnson as he choked yet again, late in the game by dropping a potential touchdown pass. It reminded me of this one from last year.

Over to the offense. Mark Sanchez had the worst four touchdown performance you will ever see today. He was inaccurate, particularly in the first half and he continued to throw into coverage. For some reason he kept throwing the same dig route into triple coverage, fortunately it only intercepted once. There was also multiple communications with the wide receivers. Brian Schottenheimer was inconsistent again, calling too many passes and inexplicably going away from Joe McKnight when it appeared Shonn Greene was hurt. McKnight had 40 yards on 6 touches. Do the math. He needs more of them.

Turnovers. Miscommunications. Subpar Play. But still, a victory. And for that, you must give some credit to Mark Sanchez, who did improve his play in the second half and did put together yet another game winning drive that ended with a Santonio Holmes touchdown. The talent is there but the consistency needs to improve…immensely.

Plaxico Burress deserves a ton of credit for another terrific game, highlighted by a beautiful one-handed third down grab that kept the Jets game winning drive alive. He also scored his 7th touchdown of the season and never went down to Stevie Johnson’s level to respond to him.

In the end, the Jets are alive and very much in the thick of the AFC playoff picture. They need to get better…much better but they live to fight another day. Rex Ryan said in his post-game speech, “don’t let anybody rob us of our dreams”…let’s see if the Jets can prevent the Redskins from doing that next week.

Last Second Reminders For Brian Schottenheimer

A few last second reminders for New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer

1. You are allowed to throw a pass over 10 yards. It is both legal and your quarterback has the arm strength to do it.

2. There are other pass routes besides the slant. There are even these crazy new things, called double-move routes which make defenders think you are running a short route, which they sit on and like to return for interceptions, and then actually turn into deep routes that go for big plays. A slant and go. An out and up. A stop and go. A post corner.

3. No more direct snaps to the running back.

4. Stop with the boot route in the flat to Dustin Keller.

5. Whenever you bring Patrick Turner in the game and motion him towards the formation, everybody knows a toss is coming.

6. Just cause I said stop the boot route, doesn’t mean you should continue to ignore Dustin Keller in the way you have. We don’t want to hear excuses about defenses keying on him. Defenses key on Rob Gronkowski every week and he still manages to catch two touchdowns every game.

7. Santonio Holmes is fast. He can go deep.

8. Joe McKnight runs well in space. Throw him a screen.

9. Matthew Mulligan is awful. Stop playing him.

TOJ Week 12 NFL Picks

TOJ with his week 12 NFL picks. Who are your best bets on Sunday?

Season Record – 81-65-5

Week 12 Picks (Lines Courtesy of BetUS)

  • Arizona (+2.5) vs. St. Louis
  • Jets (-9.5) vs. Buffalo
  • Cleveland (+7.5) vs. Cincinnati
  • Houston (-7.5) vs. Jacksonville
  • Carolina (4.5) vs. Indianapolis
  • Tampa Bay (+3.5) vs. Tennessee
  • Atlanta (-10.5) vs. Minnesota
  • Oakland (-4) vs. Chicago
  • Seattle (-3.5) vs. Washington
  • New England (4.5) vs. Philadelphia
  • Denver (+6) vs. San Diego
  • Pittsburgh (-11.5) vs. Kansas City
  • New Orleans (-7) vs. Giants

New York Jets Fans: Week 12 Rooting Guide

Who should Jets fans be rooting for this Sunday?

It is that time of the year again, the time when the New York Jets inevitably need help to make the playoffs and have to rely on other team’s slipping up. Here is your week 12 rooting guide, along with the impact of the game on the Jets stretch run —

Houston (7-3) at Jacksonville (3-7) – Moderate Impact – Houston is more than likely winning the AFC South, however it would be nice to see them struggle down the stretch with Matt Leinart. In a scenario where the Jets make the playoffs, there is nobody I’d rather have them play in the wild-card round than Houston.

Cleveland (4-6) at Cincinnati (6-4) – High Impact – Doesn’t it make you sad that the Jets have a one game better record than Cleveland? Either way, the Jets need the Browns and their putrid offense (one of the few in the league worse than the Jets) to step up for the upset. The Bengals have lost two straight and are banged up with another likely loss (at Pittsburgh) on the horizon. Now is the time to enter their free-fall, so 10 wins can grab the Jets a playoff spot.

Tampa Bay (3-7) at Tennessee (5-5) – High Impact – The Titans currently have the same record and the same chance as the Jets of making the playoffs, let’s hope the “youngry” Bucs can go on the road and give us a hand.

Chicago (6-4) at Oakland (6-4) – Moderate Impact – If Oakland goes on to win the AFC West, their tie-breaker with the Jets won’t matter. Go Raiders.

Denver (5-5) at San Diego (6-4) – High Impact – Enjoy rooting for the Chargers this week, since the Jets have a tie breaker with them but not with Tebow Christ and his apostles. Let me say for the record, similar to John Elway I am not sold on Tebow as a quarterback. You won’t get a gift wrapped Mark Sanchez pick six and embarrassing amount of offensive ineptitude from your opponent every week. Tebow isn’t good. Denver isn’t good. They aren’t making the playoffs.

New England (7-3) at Philadelphia (4-6) – Moderate Impact – The only game the rest of the year the Patriots have a chance at losing. Fly Eagles Fly!

Pittsburgh (7-3) at Kansas City (4-6) – Moderate Impact – A Chiefs upset couldn’t hurt…

Jets vs. Bills: 12 Pack Of Predictions

TOJ with 12 predictions for the Jets/Bills week 12 match-up

The 12 Pack needs a few wins as bad as the New York Jets do…

1. C.J. Spiller is going to put together his best game as a professional, finishing with over 100 yards of total offense and a touchdown. He will turn at least one screen pass into a big play.

2. LaDainian Tomlinson will be inactive. Joe McKnight will see extended work for the second week in a row and have an offensive touchdown.

3. Plaxico Burress will have at least 60 yards receiving and another touchdown.

4. The Jets are going to have a conservative game plan. Shonn Greene will get at least 18 carries and Joe McKnight will have 8-12.

5. Brad Smith will make one big play for the Bills, either on offense or special teams.

6. This will be a close game at halftime and will remain somewhat tight into the early fourth quarter.

7. Mark Sanchez will throw for less than 250 yards.

8. Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw a pair of interceptions and will be sacked once or twice.

9. Joe McKnight will have a huge kick return either for a touchdown or one that directly sets up points.

10. Josh Baker will see extended reps in place of Matthew Mulligan (wishful thinking).

11. Dustin Keller will go yet another game without scoring a touchdown.

12. It isn’t going to be pretty (think the Monday night Miami game earlier in the year) but ultimately the Jets will escape with a 24-13 win.

20 Things For New York Jets Fans To Be Thankful For

20 things for New York Jets fans to be thankful for on Thanksgiving

Before we get into the 20 things for New York Jets fans to be thankful for today. I would like to express gratitude to everybody who takes the time to read TOJ, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or interact with the site in any other way. We have been growing slowly but steadily here and there are few things I enjoy more than talking Jets with all of you out there. I also want to thank our writing staff, TJ Rosenthal, who is kind enough to contribute his pieces from The Jet Report, Justin Fritze who has been giving us great, unique content for almost 8 months now, and Rob and Chris Celletti for starting up with TOJ in the past couple of months. Will Horton from The Rams Herd for ongoing help with HTML Randy Yaws for designing our banner, and Randy Field for linking up the forum to the site.

We are always trying to get better here at TOJ…keep an eye out for a site redesign this off-season, along with a few new developments. If you have ideas or are ever interested in submitting a post or becoming a writer, e-mail me at JoeC@TurnOnTheJets.com

20 Things For New York Jets Fans To Be Thankful For

1. Rex Ryan – Hate him or love him, Rex has been a blessing for this organization. There is nothing worse than being irrelevant and that is what the Jets were prior to Ryan being named the head coach. He has made them a national team, nevermind bringing them to back to back AFC Championship Games.

2. Mark Sanchez – Yea, I went there. Perhaps you forgot Chad Pennington’s injuries, Kellen Clemens, Jay Fielder, Brooks Bollinger, Quincy Carter, Brett Favre’s meltdown, Rick Mirer, and Frank Reich…I didn’t.

3. Mike Tannenbaum – A bold GM, who made some miscalculations this off-season. Yet, has still hired Ryan, drafted Sanchez, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Dustin Keller, and traded for Santonio Holmes.

4. Darrelle Revis – The best defensive player in football.

5. David Harris – One of the most under-appreciated linebackers in the league, who is having another terrific year.

6. Nick Mangold – The best center in football.

7. Boomer and Carton, Joe and Evan – A quartet of Jets fans to drown out Mike Francesa’s hate on WFAN. Come get some!

8. The Jets Haters – Rex is a bumbling idiot. Sanchez is the most overrated player in the league. Jets are out of control. The defense is overrated. When will they all shut up? Blah. Blah. Blah. You have made all the wins the past few years that much more sweet.

9. Curtis Martin – The classiest of class acts, who was nominated for the Hall of Fame again this year. Let’s hope he makes it on his second try.

10. Twitter – Off the top of my head, a few recommended must follows for Jets fans – @TheJetReport, @RobCelletti, @ChrisCelletti, @GreenLanternJet, @LilMissNYJet, @KristinReese, @TheJetsStream, @JennyVrentas.

11. Santonio Holmes – A clutch playmaker who needs more touches down the stretch.

12. Mike Westhoff – Take the time to appreciate how great the Jets special teams consistently are.

13. MetLife Stadium – Hey, it is better than playing in Giants Stadium.

14. Christmas Eve vs. the Giants – How much fun is that going to be?

15. The Bills and Dolphins – Without them and their general mediocrity, we would be 3-7.

16. Another Day Further Away From Giants/Patriots Super Bowl – The further that is in the past, the better.

17. Another Game This Sunday – The season isn’t over yet, contrary to popular belief.

18. Jersey Sports Fan – Hysterical

19. Woody Johnson – Not shy about spending money to make his team better.

20. Every other Jets fan out there – So we don’t have to suffer losses alone.