Grading Out Jets/Dolphins Round 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instant Reaction: First Place – Resilient Jets Get Tough Win In Miami

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No Darrelle Revis. No Calvin Pace. No Santonio Holmes. A potential major distraction with the Braylon Edwards DUI. On the road, against a 2-0 Miami team. Plenty of penalties, some of them very questionable…didn’t matter, the New York Jets found a way to gut out an impressive 31-23 victory.

Was it only two weeks ago, I was listening to everybody who could talk say the Jets couldn’t win a Super Bowl with Mark Sanchez at quarterback? I don’t think we will be hearing too much of that anymore, considering through three games he has six touchdowns to zero interceptions and is completing over 60 percent of his passes. Tonight, Sanchez was 15/28 for 256 yards and three touchdowns. He looks confident and is developing a scary good connection with Dustin Keller.

This is a Jets offense loaded with playmakers. Keller is playing at an All-Pro level and racked up 98 yards and two touchdowns tonight. Braylon Edwards showed up after being benched for the first quarter and made a nice move en route to a 67 yard touchdown (nice tackling, Jason Allen). Edwards also had a huge catch on the Jets final drive. The Jets final drive to extend the lead to 8 was a thing of beauty and was led by LaDainian Tomlinson who turned in yet another strong effort with 70 yards on 15 carries and his first touchdown.

Brad Smith continues to be a dangerous weapon on offense. The offensive line needs to cut down on the penalties. Shonn Greene had a couple of nice runs late but overall they need more from him.

On defense, the secondary has serious issues without Darrelle Revis in the lineup. Kyle Wilson will be a better player in the long run because of this baptism by fire, but for right now he is struggling heavily. Antonio Cromartie missed some tackles and was beat a few times, although he did make his share of plays. The front seven was clearly gassed at times and thus the pass rush struggled a little bit. However, Jason Taylor did get his homecoming sack.

A win is a win, and with early season victories over the Patriots and Dolphins, the Jets have made it clear they are the team to beat in the AFC East…as of right now.

Even better news? Buffalo is up next on the schedule…keep resting Revis and Pace. We got a date with #4 on Monday Night in 15 days, and I’d like to have you both 100 percent for that.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: 12 Pack of Predictions

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First a few updates:

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

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

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

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: 12 Pack of Predictions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other NFL Picks (Lines from BetUs)

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

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Jets Have Chance To Make Major Statement Sunday Night

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First a few updates:

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

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

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

Jets Have Chance To Make Major Statement Sunday Night

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

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

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

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

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

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: First Look

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First a few updates:

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

Final Thoughts on Week 2:

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

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

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

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: First Look

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

Miami Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

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

DEFENSE

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

SPECIAL TEAMS

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

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

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

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

Highlights of Dolphins Week Two Win