Grading Out Jets/Bills Round 1

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1. The Jets resigned defensive lineman Howard Green today, along with releasing wide receivers David Clowney and Patrick Turner to make room for Santonio Holmes on the active roster. Welcome back, #10. Good luck to Clowney moving forward.

2. It sounds like Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace are on track to come back for this Monday’s game. Obviously, their progress throughout the week will be closely monitored, but I’d be shocked not to see Pace out there and Revis out there, even if it is with limited reps.

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4. The “Stats” section has been updated, and we will have an article coming later tonight with some overall observations on the first quarter of the season, along with statistical projections.

5. Who is rooting for a scoreless tie tonight?

Grading Out Jets/Bills Round 1

Quarterback (A) – An efficient performance from Mark Sanchez, who took what the defense gave him, threw the ball well off of play action and hit the big play when it was available. Considering the way Sanchez played at times last year, it is pretty amazing that he has zero turnovers through four games. The bottom line is that he has been one of the most improved players in the NFL through the first quarter of the season.

Running Backs (A+) – LaDainian Tomlinsonwas the best player on the field yesterday. He looked fast and displayed his trademark shiftiness that is going to make him a first ballot hall of famer. Tomlinson averaged 7 yards a carry en route to 133 yards, also adding 3 receptions for 22 yards. Shonn Greene had his first big game of 2010, with 117 yards on 22 carries. If the Jets can get this type of 1-2 punch going consistently, they are going to be one hell of a tough team to beat.

Wide Receivers (A) – Braylon Edwards put together a very good game, with 86 yards and a touchdown. He has been the big play threat the Jets needed during the Santonio Holmes suspension. Jerricho Cotchery has been quiet all season, yet I wonder if a full time move into the slot with Santonio Holmes back will bump up his production. Brad Smith is just a terrific all-around football player.

Tight Ends (A) – Dustin Keller is playing better than any tight end in the NFL right now, not named Antonio Gates. Ben Hartsock and Matt Mulligan continue to be reliable blockers.

Offensive Line (A+) – They physically dominated the Bills all game long, running the ball down their throat and keeping Mark Sanchez on his feet. Also, they finally avoided the killer penalties that had plagued them the first 3 weeks.

Defensive Line (A) – Shaun Ellis sprained his knee but there is a chance he could be back for this Monday night. Let’s hope, the Jets are already thin enough on the defensive line. Trevor Pryce was quiet in his debut.

Linebackers (A) – David Harris led the way with 6 tackles and a nice shot on Ryan Fitzpatrick that nearly forced a fumble. Bryan Thomas had a forced fumble, recovered by Jason Taylor. This unit should receive a big boost from the return of Calvin Pace this week.

Secondary (A) – Antonio Cromartie completely took Lee Evans out of the game. Drew Coleman held his own at the other starting spot. Dwight Lowery and James Ihedigbo both had sacks. Kyle Wilson? He still doesn’t understand the concept of turning around when the ball is in the air.

Special Teams (B) – Nick Folk finally missed an easy one…let’s hope he got it out of his system. Steve Weatherford continues to play well. Jim Leonhard looks much better than Wilson on punt returns.

Coaching (A) – Great job by Rex Ryan having his team ready to go and avoid the trap game. Brian Schottenheimer’s game-plan was solid and kept the Bills off balance.

Jets/Bills Highlights

Instant Reaction: 3 Up, 3 Down Jets Crush Bills, Keep Rolling Through AFC East

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Didn’t that feel a little too easy? After watching the Jets embarrass the Bills today, it doesn’t say much for Miami and New England that they beat them by one possession. Today was a completely one-sided statement from Jets, who avoided any threat of a trap game and are certainly looking like one of the elite teams in the NFL.

LaDainian Tomlinson was the primary story on offense, as he put on a show with 133 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns, including a highlight reel move on a 26 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter. I don’t think anybody expected Tomlinson to show this type of speed after the way he looked last year. Shonn Greene also finally got going with 117 yards on 22 carries, in a much needed confidence boosting performance.

Mark Sanchez has made it through 1/4 of the entire season without a single turnover. He put together an efficient performance with 166 yards and 2 more touchdowns, included a well executed double move 41 yard touchdown to Braylon Edwards. Without Santonio Holmes out the first four games, Edwards has stepped up with 3 touchdowns in 4 games.

The Bills offense is putrid, but the Jets still did the job they needed to. Shaun Ellis banged his knee up but is apparently fine. Antonio Cromartie completely took Lee Evans out of the game. Dwight Lowery and James Ihedigbo each had a sack. Bryan Thomas had a nice forced fumble. Nick Folk didn’t let us get too comfortable with him by missing a 30 yard field goal.

The most important thing is that the Jets are 3-0 in the division. Even better news, Santonio Holmes and Calvin Pace will be back next week, likely joined by Darrelle Revis. The Jets get a shot at Brett Favre and the Vikings on Monday night football and our stadium is going to be rocking. A victory is going to put all of that talk about the Jets difficult start to their schedule to rest.

Great teams beat the teams they are supposed to, and the Jets didn’t just beat Buffalo today they put an exclamation point on their first tour through the division marking themselves as the team to beat in the AFC East.

A few fun stats:

  • Dustin Keller is on pace for 20 touchdowns.
  • Mark Sanchez is on pace for 32 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
  • LaDainian Tomlinson is on pace for over 1300 yards rushing.
  • Braylon Edwards is on pace for 12 touchdowns.

Jets vs. Bills Round 1: 12 Pack Of Predictions

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First a few updates:

1. Darrelle Revis, Jamaal Westerman, and Wayne Hunter are officially out this Sunday against Buffalo. Calvin Pace will be a game-time decision, but I’d be surprised to see him suit up.

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Jets vs. Bills Round 1: 12 Pack Of Predictions

1. The Jets pass rush is going to pick it up in a big way this week. Taking advantage of a weak offensive line, the Jets will drop Ryan Fitzpatrick at least four times.

2. Fitzpatrick will take his shots down the field and hit a few big plays against Drew Coleman or Kyle Wilson. However, he will turn the ball over with at least one fumble and one interception.

3. I know he has been off to a slow start, but Shonn Greene will have over 60 yards rushing this week. It isn’t anything to get that excited about, but it will be a step in the right direction.

4. Mark Sanchez will complete the first quarter of the 2010 season without a single turnover.

5. Lee Evans is going to score a touchdown, because he always scores a touchdown against the Jets.

6. Inactives – Jamaal Westerman, Wayne Hunter, Darrelle Revis, Kellen Clemens, Calvin Pace, Patrick Turner, Marcus Dixon, Jeff Cumberland

7. Joe McKnight will return a few punts and get 2-3 carries,  as he begins his climb out of the coach’s and fan’s doghouse.

8. I think the Jets will be more committed to the run than they have been the past few weeks. LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene will combine for 35-38 carries, while McKnight and Brad Smith chip in a few also.

9. Mark Sanchez will hit a big play or two down the field but for the most part will work in the short/intermediate passing game. He will throw for just under 200 yards.

10. Nick Folk will miss his first under 60 yard field goal of the year…I just think he is due for one and hopefully he gets it out of the way this week.

11. Trevor Pryce is going to record a sack and Rex Ryan will have some type of comment in his post-game press conference about how Baltimore is foolish for thinking he was done.

12. The Jets are going to avoid the trap game and win 24-13. Buffalo will keep this game interesting into the fourth quarter but will never be able to make the big play to pull ahead, as the Jets eventually put them away.

Other NFL Picks (Lines From BetUS): 10-6 Last Week

  • Broncos (+7) vs. Titans
  • Ravens (+2) vs. Steelers
  • Bengals (-3.5) vs. Browns
  • Packers (-14) vs. Lions
  • Saints (-13.5) vs. Panthers
  • 49ers (+7) vs. Falcons
  • Rams (+2.5) vs. Seahawks
  • Jets (-7.5) vs. Bills
  • Colts (-8.5) vs. Jags
  • Texans (-4.5) vs. Raiders
  • Redskins (+5.5) vs. Eagles
  • Bears (+3.5) vs. Giants
  • Dolphins (+2.5) vs. Patriots

Jets vs. Bills Round 1: Game Breakdown

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First a few updates:

1. The Jets have signed former Ravens defensive end, Trevor Pryce to boost their interior pass rush and overall defensive line depth. Pryce is obviously familiar with Rex Ryan’s defense and does have an ability to get after the quarterback, as evidenced by his 6.5 sacks last year and 90 sacks throughout his career. Howard Green was released as a corresponding roster move but is expected to re-sign Monday.

2. Darrelle Revis will be out Sunday, as expected. Wayne Hunter and Jamaal Westerman are both also likely to miss the Buffalo game. Calvin Pace was limited in practice but it doesn’t sound like he is going to play either. Rex Ryan hinted that Joe McKnight could be active this week…he probably got sick of hearing about Leon Washington, Chauncey Washington, and Danny Woodhead.

Jets vs. Bills Round 1: Game Breakdown

Offense: Considering Mark Sanchez has turned into Peyton Manning, I think the Jets should come out in the 4 wide hurry up and have the kid let it fly 40-50 times….More seriously, the Jets must avoid the temptation to move too far away from their running game. They have looked great throwing the ball but let’s make sure LaDainian Tomlinson is electric gliding for at least 15 carries and Shonn Greene starts building some confidence back with 12-15 carries of his own. The Jets must maintain balance on offense, even against an average defensive unit like the Bills.

When the Jets are throwing the ball, you have to think Buffalo will be concentrating their coverage on Dustin Keller which should keep things open for Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery, who has been very quiet so far this year. I am waiting for a break out game from both Cotchery and Greene. The Jets better keep Brad Smith involved in the game plan, because it seems like every time he touches the ball the Jets get at least 10 yards.

The best news? This is the last game without Santonio Holmes.

Defense: How about we get that pass rush going a little bit? I saw what Miami did to the Jets secondary, but Buffalo doesn’t a receiver in the same stratosphere as Brandon Marshall. Antonio Cromartie should take Lee Evans out of this game, while Kyle Wilson and Drew Coleman (who will be taking most of the first team reps, who would have thought?) should be able to handle Steve Johnson and Roscoe Parrish. The Jets need to come after Ryan Fitzpatrick early and often.

Buffalo does have talent at running back, but it doesn’t really seem like you can run the ball on the 2010 Jets. I am sure the Bills will play above their heads, as they usually do when they face the Jets but overall…c’mon. This Bills offense shouldn’t be able to put up more than 13 points  on this defense. They dropped 30 on a pitiful New England defense and that won’t happen this week.

Special Teams: If Joe McKnight is active, I would expect to see him get a shot on a punt return or two. Brad Smith looked great on kick returns last week, so no need to mess with that. Nick Folk? Steve Weatherford? Pro-Bowl? The Jets do have to be careful of Roscoe Parrish on returns, however.

Jets Must Avoid Textbook Trap Game

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First a few updates:

1. Calvin Pace returned to practice today with very limited reps and Darrelle Revis still wasn’t on the practice field. I wouldn’t bet on seeing either of them on the field against Buffalo this weekend. Jamaal Westerman and Wayne Hunter could both also miss this week’s game.

2. Danny Woodhead scoring touchdowns in New England. Chauncey Washington signed by the Rams. Leon Washington returning every kick in sight for a touchdown. How about it Joe McKnight?

3. TOJ will be seeing “Lombardi” on Broadway tonight, in his first ever play…thoughts coming tomorrow.

Jets Must Avoid Textbook Trap Game

If you were attempting to define the term “trap game” you would describe the upcoming Jets/Bills match-up. The Jets are coming off two emotional wins against their primary divisional rivals and competition for an AFC East title, New England and Miami, and on the horizon is a made for TV Monday night match-up against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, in which you may be able to hear the cheers every time #4 hits the turf up in Connecticut.

Yet, coming up this Sunday at 1 PM the Jets must travel to Buffalo, home of the AFC East’s dysfunctional, basement dwelling Bills. I genuinely feel bad for the fans up there, who are among the most passionate in the league. The past two weeks, I have been walking in the streets of Hoboken on Sunday around noon. If you aren’t familiar with the area, at this particular time the streets are filled with NFL fans in their respective jerseys heading to a sports bar to watch their teams. I always see two or three Bills fans, who have a certain look on their face as they trudge around in their Lee Evans or Marshawn Lynch jersey. Unlike the other fans, they aren’t exactly excited to be heading to watch their team, it almost looks like they are 9 year olds being dragged to church by their parents. Poor, guys.

Anyway, the Jets or their fans would be exceedingly foolish to take this game lightly. Despite Buffalo’s lack of talent, direction, and strategy they have played their other two AFC East opponents tough, only losing to Miami by 5 points and New England by 8.

Needless to say, in a typical Jets season one of the worst losses always comes against the Bills. Consider the following:

  • 2009 – Mark Sanchez throws 5 interceptions en route to an embarrassing 16-13 loss, which drops the Jets to 3-3 after a 3-0 start.
  • 2007 – Despite high expectations the 1-2 Jets fall to 1-3, after they lose to the 0-3 Bills and then later in the year lose 13-3 at home on a ridiculous Lee Evans touchdown when Abram Elam and Darrelle Revis run into each other.
  • 2006 – The eventually playoff bound Jets get smacked by the Bills 31-13 to drop their record to 7-6.
  • 2005 – The Jets pull themselves to 2-3 with an impressive win against Tampa Bay with Vinny Testaverde at the helm and then follow with an ugly 27-17 loss in Buffalo.
  • 2004 – The 6-1 Jets are upset on the road 22-17 by the Bills and also lose Chad Pennington to an injury.
  • 2003 – Despite a bad start, the Jets come into Buffalo winning 3 of 4 but see their recent strong play fall off in a 17-6 loss.

You get the gist of it.

Buffalo is going to play the Jets tough. This is a game in a difficult environment and a good early season test for the Jets. A great team takes care of business in this game, moves to 3-0 in the division and 2-0 on the road. There is no logical reason that Ryan Fitzpatrick should be able to produce more points with his pedestrian wide receivers and tight ends than Mark Sanchez can throwing to Dustin Keller, Braylon Edwards, and Jerricho Cotchery. The Bills have talent at running back, but so far in 2010 you can’t run on the Jets. Why should LaDainian Tomlinson slow down against this defense? Better yet, why can’t Shonn Greene get going against this defense when a scrub like BenJarvus Green-Ellis can nearly run for 100 yards against it?

The point is the Jets have to be a mature team, who treats this game with equal importance to the previous three weeks. If the Jets can handle business this week, there is no reason they can’t knock off the one-dimensional Vikings at home (in case you haven’t noticed they can’t throw the ball) and the inconsistent Broncos in Denver. What will people have to say about that “impossible” start to the Jets schedule, if they head into the bye week at 5-1?

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Jets vs. Bills Round 1: First Look

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First a few updates:

1. It sounds like there is a decent chance Calvin Pace could play this week and an outside chance Darrelle Revis could suit up. Personally, I think the Jets should be resting Revis until after the bye week. Give him the full six weeks to recover from the hamstring injury, so he is 100 percent for the second half of the season. He needs to be 100 percent for Green Bay and Detroit coming out of the bye. The Jets can survive against Buffalo, Minnesota, and Denver without him. All three teams lack a big time receiver and depth at the position…and yes, I do think Kyle Wilson will eventually learn to turn around when the ball is in the air.

2. Jamaal Westerman is also now banged up and could miss this week, which equals more Vernon Ghoslton at outside linebacker. Wayne Hunter will likely miss his second straight game.

Final Thoughts on Week 3:

Offensive MVP – Dustin Keller – Keller has been rolling since the playoffs started last year, if you count those games he has 6 touchdowns in his last 6 games. It sure looks like he will be the Jets leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns unless Santonio Holmes plays outside of his mind for 12 straight games.

Defensive MVP – Brodney Pool – He was quiet all night but made two huge plays in the final minute to clinch the Jets victory, by chasing down Brandon Marshall and reading Miami’s final play to knock the ball away from Anthony Fasano.

They Deserve Some Love Too – Mark Sanchez…The guy has looked like a legit franchise quarterback the past two weeks…LaDainian Tomlinson…Carrying the Jets running game and providing a viable receiving option out of the backfield…Braylon Edwards…On the football field, he blocked very well and made two huge catches…Eric Smith…The Jets best special teams player and currently leads the team in tackles…Brad Smith…Every time he touches the ball, it seems like the Jets get a big play.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: First Look

The Opponent: Those poor, poor Buffalo Bills. The AFC East’s whipping boy is off to a 0-3 start and has already cut the quarterback who won their off-season competition. Regardless, the Bills tend to play above their talent level in AFC East games and were very much in their games against Miami and New England. Ryan Fitzpatrick will take shots down the field at quarterback and the Bills have a quality collection of running backs. We all remember what their secondary did to Mark Sanchez last year.

Buffalo Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick – 20/28, 247 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
  • Running Back: Marshawn Lynch – 33 carries, 156 yards
  • Running Back: Fred Jackson – 17 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD
  • Running Back: CJ Spiller – 12 carries, 38 yards, 11 receptions, 41 yards, 1 TD
  • Fullback: Corey McIntyre – 1 carry, 2 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Lee Evans – 9 receptions, 88 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Steve Johnson – 9 receptions, 137 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Roscoe Parrish – 9 receptions, 152 yards, 1 TD
  • Tight End: Jonathan Stupar – 5 receptions, 41 yards
  • Tight End: David Nelson – 3 receptions, 22 yards
  • Left Tackle: Demetrius Bell
  • Left Guard: Andy Levitre
  • Center: Geoff Hangartner
  • Right Guard: Eric Wood
  • Right Tackle: Cornell Green

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Marcus Stroud – 13 tackles
  • Nose Tackle: Kyle Williams – 14 tackles, 1 sack
  • Defensive End: Dwan Edwards – 15 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Chris Kelsay – 19 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Andra Davis – 21 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Keith Ellison – 16 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Akin Ayodele – 7 tackles
  • Corner: Terrence McGee – 9 tackles
  • Corner – Leodis McKlevin – 12 tackles
  • Corner: Drayton Florence – 17 tackles
  • Safety: Jairus Byrd – 11 tackles
  • Safety: Donte Whitner – 21 tackles
  • Safety: George Wilson – 9 tackles
  • Safety: Bryan Scott – 14 tackles, 1 sack

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Rian Lindell – 4/6 FGs
  • Punter: Brian Moorman – 43.3 yards per punt
  • Kick Return: CJ Spiller – 31.2 yards per return, 1 TD
  • Punt Return: Roscoe Parrish – 6.6 per punt return

Key PlayersMarshawn Lynch has been Buffalo’s most productive back. CJ Spiller is explosive on offense and special teams. Roscoe Parrish is a big play threat at receiver. Terrence McGee and Leodis McKlevin are athletic corners who can make big plays.

Injuries – Paul Posluszny has been banged up and could miss this game. Calvin Pace could suit up for the Jets and play a somewhat limited role. Darrelle Revis will likely be out for the second straight week, along with Wayne Hunter.

Key Storylines – Can the Jets avoid the trap game? Seeing if the secondary can play better against an average offense. Can Shonn Green finally get going? Calvin Pace’s potential return to the lineup.

Highlights of Bills week three loss

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