Grading Out Jets/Vikings

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1. Darrelle Revis admitted after the game what everybody could plainly see, he still isn’t 100 percent back from his hamstring injury and it now sounds like he might not play against the Broncos. It was foolish for Revis to attempt a comeback, unless he was truly 100 percent. You get the feeling this is going to be a nagging injury all year and we won’t be seeing any of the 2009 version of Revis this year.

2. The stats section is now updated.

Grading Out Jets/Vikings

Quarterback (B-) The stats (21/44, 191 yards) don’t show a very productive game for Mark Sanchez. However, there were at least 4 dropped passes by his receivers and he was dealing with poor weather conditions. Most importantly, Sanchez has now gone five full games without a single turnover.

Running Back (A) Another strong night for LaDainian Tomlinson with 94 yards on 20 carries, along with 5 receptions. I am a little concerned with him getting worn down, 25 touches is a bit too much. Shonn Greene only had 10 carries, which isn’t enough. He got rolling in the second half and finally popped through for a touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

Wide Receiver (C) Too many drops from this unit, particularly Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. Edwards did have another productive night with 70 yards on 5 receptions, but it could have much more. Jerricho Cotchery had a good night with 5 catches for 46 yards.

Tight End (C) Dustin Keller was due for a quiet night (2 receptions, 14 yards).

Offensive Line (A) They did a terrific job run blocking against a physical Minnesota front seven. The pass protection was very good for most of the night. They are getting better with the penalties and starting to more closely resemble the unit they were in 2009.

Defensive Line (A-) They did a solid job against Adrian Peterson, holding him to under 100 yards. Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito both had 5 tackles and were active all night. Shaun Ellis added a half sack and didn’t appear limited by his leg injury last week.

Linebackers (A) Very active night for David Harris with 9 tackles, including a few big shots on Adrian Peterson. Calvin Pace made his presence felt with 1.5 sacks. Jason Taylor had another sack. A quiet night for Bryan Thomas. Bart Scott had a fumble recovery.

Secondary (B) There still seems to be miscommunication at times and Darrelle Revis is far from being his old self, however Antonio Cromartie played a great game despite allowing the one touchdown to Randy Moss, Drew Coleman is playing the best football of his life, and even Dwight Lowery made a huge play in a big spot.

Special Teams (A+) Nick Folk is playing like the All-Pro he used to be, by going 5/5 including a 53 yarder. Steve Weatherford also continued his strong 2010 campaign, continually pinning the Vikings deep and having great hang time on his kicks. Brad Smith ripped off a huge kick return that set up a field goal.

Coaching (C) I am downgrading them all the way to a C for the horrific time management in the final few minutes. The Jets gave the Vikings an extra minute to drive down for the go ahead field goal. There was no reason to throw ball on that second down before the two minute warning. Yes, Sanchez did a bad job not running the play clock all the way down but a pass never should have been called.

Highlights From The Win

Initial Reaction: I Always Loved Dwight Lowery, Jets Move To 4-1

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What was that everybody was saying about the difficult start to the Jets schedule?

It was ugly at times, the weather was an issue…again, as God continues to strike the Jets with lightning whenever they host a primetime game. However, the Jets proved they were one of the elite teams in the NFL by beating a very good Minnesota Vikings team, despite playing far from their best game.

They were plagued by dropped passes on offense, questionable play calling and horrific time management at the end of the game but still ran the ball well and hit a few big plays when needed. Mark Sanchez didn’t turn the ball over. LaDainian Tomlinson continues to look great and Shonn Greene finally broke off a big touchdown run.

On defense, Darrelle Revis is clearly far from 100 percent. Antonio Cromartie played a terrific game against Randy Moss. I know he got him once but that was a perfect throw from Favre and beyond that Cromartie kept him in check despite being on an island with him on multiple deep balls. Drew Coleman played well. The run defense was good, not great…and yes TOJ favorite Dwight Lowery stepped up to make the game clinching interception.

It would have been gut wrenching to watch the Jets choke away a game they were firmly in control of on a last minute game winning drive by Brett Favre. It couldn’t have been written any better to win the game by taking one of his trademark interceptions back to the house.

The Jets just may be the best team in football right now but they will have a difficult challenge this week on the road in Denver.

Jets vs. Vikings: 12 Pack of Predictions

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12 predictions for the Jets/Vikings on Monday night

1. Randy Moss is going to make at least one big play. However, for the most part the combination of Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis (who I think will suit up) will keep him in check, similar to the week 2 game against New England.

2. Brett Favre is going to turn the ball over more than Mark Sanchez and he is throwing at least one interception to Cromartie.

3. Shonn Greene will build off his solid outing last week with at least 70 yards rushing, providing a strong compliment to LaDainian Tomlinson who will also add on 80 – 90 yards of his own.

4. Adrian Peterson will have a strong game and keep the Vikings in it, despite Favre’s turnovers.

5. If Vishante Shiancoe is healthy enough, he is going to kill the Jets in the middle field. The defense has struggled heavily stopping tight ends so far in 2010.

6. Santonio Holmes will have at least 65 yards receiving. Dustin Keller will finally go a game without scoring a touchdown. Braylon Edwards will have another productive night.

7. With Calvin Pace back in the lineup, Jason Taylor will be more productive with limited reps and have 1.5 sacks.

8.  Nick Folk will get back on track after last week’s 30 yard miss and be 100 percent on his field goal attempts.

9. Percy Harvin is going to have a big return on the Jets coverage units.

10. With Darrelle Revis back in the lineup and Drew Coleman now ahead of him on the depth chart, we will see very little of Kyle Wilson on the defensive side of the football.

11. The Jets are going to win a high-scoring close one, 31-27. Mark Sanchez is going to crack 300 yards for the first time in his NFL career, as he enjoys his full arsenal of weapons for the first time this season.

12. Brett Favre won’t be leaving any voicemails or texts for Jenn Sterger after the game.

Jets vs. Vikings: Game Breakdown

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First a few updates:

1. Calvin Pace practiced full today and should be back in the starting line-up Monday night. Darrelle Revis was limited and his status remains somewhat in the air. The Jets should also be getting backup tackle Wayne Hunter back from a shin injury.

2. Brett Favre is taking his talents to South Beach all over Deadspin today…proceed with caution.

Jets vs. Vikings: Game Breakdown

Offense: Is do what you been doing the past three games too easy? Seriously, the Jets seem to have found a nice balance between their rushing and passing attack, along with a good division of touches between their various playmakers. Minnesota is a tough defense to run the ball on but that doesn’t mean they should shy away from having LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene combine for 35-40 touches. The Jets offense is most effective when the running game gets going, opening up the play action attack for Mark Sanchez.

The big news on this side of the ball is obviously that Santonio Holmes is returning to the line-up. It will be very interesting to see how many snaps he plays and his integration into the offense. I would imagine the smoke screens and quick receiver screens the Jets usually like throwing to Jerricho Cotchery, will now be going to Holmes. Yet, the Jets don’t want to just use Holmes run after the catch ability. He is the most complete receiver on the roster and I expect Brian Schottenheimer to be excited about his new toy, and hence take an early shot down the field to him.

I would say Minnesota will likely focus their coverage on Dustin Keller, but really how could they? If they want to consistently leave Braylon Edwards and Holmes in single coverage with their corners, then good luck. Don’t forget Lito Sheppard plays major reps for them at corner and even if he gets matched up with Jerricho Cotchery in the slot, the Jets could do some damage.

Beyond that, there is also that Brad Smith guy running around on reverses, options, and quarterback draws.

Defense: The Jets need to put this game in Brett Favre’s hands. Adrian Peterson has been a monster this season (as usual) and even though the run defense has been stout so far, he has the ability to change that quickly. Worry about stopping AP first and then let the old gunslinger (aka dongslinger as Jason Whitlock is now calling him on Twitter) take his shots on our secondary.

If Darrelle Revis does play, he shouldn’t be tracking Randy Moss all over the field. Antonio Cromartie already showed he can shut him down. Let Revis get a few shots at him to keep him off balance but for the most part let Cromartie man him up. Revis can work on Percy Harvin, while Kyle Wilson will probably primarily be matched up on Vishante Shiancoe, which he better have safety help on. Shiancoe has been banged up though and could be less than 100 percent.

Favre can take his chances on our secondary and I wouldn’t be shocked if he hit one big play to Moss. As we saw in week two, the Jets can survive one big play by Mr. Play When He Wants To. I’d be shocked if Favre didn’t throw at least one interception into the hands of Cromartie this Monday and maybe a few more to our other DBs to boot.

Special Teams: Be wary of Harvin on returns and keep Jim Leonhard going on the punt returns, he looks much better than Kyle Wilson. Nick Folk, forget that 30 yard miss from last week.

Randy Moss, Danny Woodhead, Matt Slauson – Collection of Jets Thoughts

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First a few updates:

1. Santonio Holmes, Calvin Pace, and Darrelle Revis were all on the practice field today. It sounds like Pace is definitely going to suit up and play, while Revis remains up in the air a little bit. If he does play, he shouldn’t be tracking Randy Moss all over the field. Let Antonio Cromartie cover him. He did a great job against him in week two and there is no reason to have Revis chasing him around in his first game back from injury. Let him match-up with Percy Harvin and occasionally get a shot at Moss.

On The Randy Moss Trade

I understand Aaron Hernandez has looked great so far in his rookie year and that Brandon Tate has potential as a deep threat. However, I don’t buy any argument about this trade improving New England for 2010. Randy Moss is a top three or four wide receiver in the NFL, who draws double coverage and the respect of every defensive coordinator in the league. All of that space you are used to seeing Wes Welker and Hernandez run around isn’t going to exist anymore because teams won’t be worried about Moss killing them over the top. Tate has never caught a touchdown in the NFL. Moss is an all time great who can score on any given play.

Yes, New England won a bunch of Super Bowls without a star wide receiver. However, they actually had a good defense in those years. News flash in case you haven’t been watching the 2010 NFL season…New England’s defense isn’t good anymore. They are also one dimensional on offense, considering their top running back was the Jets third stringer a few weeks ago. Which is a good lead in to…

Danny Woodhead Hysteria

There has been a good deal of anger among Jets fans, as they are watching Danny Woodhead become a big part of New England’s offense. He actually played the most snaps out of any running back in their Monday night victory over the Miami Dolphins. Yet, can we calm it down just for a second? The guy has 11 carries for 78 yards and 1 reception for 11 yards. He hasn’t exactly been Adrian Peterson.

Of course you hate to see a player leave our team and flourish on our rival. However, what would have Woodhead done on this 53 man roster? Nothing, he would have been inactive every week. In case you haven’t noticed LaDainian Tomlinson is playing at a Pro-Bowl level and Shonn Greene is our running back of the future, who is coming off a 117 yard game. Where would there have been touches for Woodhead? People forget we have Brad Smith who currently has 8 carries for 79 yards, 1 reception for 11 yards, a touchdown pass, and is our best special teams player. If you had Woodhead in the line-up, there is no room for Smith to get offensive touches and of course you keep Smith on the roster over Woodhead because of how superior a special teams player he is.

There is no need for a number three running back on this Jets offense right now, Smith basically fills that role and hopefully one day Joe McKnight will fill it.

Matt Slauson

The biggest question on the Jets offense heading into the 2010 season, outside of Mark Sanchez was left guard Matt Slauson. The second year pro easily beat out rookie Vladimir Ducasse for the starting job in training camp and has been under the microscope as Alan Faneca’s replacement. So far, the results have been mixed for Slauson. He has struggled with penalties and remains a liability in pass protection, especially against top tier defensive lineman. However, he has been very good in run blocking and turned in a terrific all-around performance last week against the Bills. Let’s hope he can continue the strong play when the Jets aren’t playing a CFL caliber team.

Something To Laugh About

Miami’s special teams and Chad Henne looking like Brooks Bollinger on his three interceptions last Monday night.

Jets vs. Brett (And The Vikings): First Look

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Final Thoughts on Week 4:

Offensive MVP – LaDainian Tomlinson – Tomlinson keeps getting better and better each week. He ripped the Buffalo defense to pieces with 133 yards on 19 carries, 2 touchdowns, and 3 more receptions. Can he keep up this pace for the next 12 games and into the playoffs?

Defensive MVP – Antonio Cromartie – He took Lee Evans completely out of the game. Cromartie should especially flourish when he can bump back into the #2 role after that Darrelle Revis guy returns to the line-up.

They Deserve Some Love Too – Mark Sanchez…2 more touchdown passes and still zero turnovers…Shonn Greene…Finally broke out in 2010 with 117 rushing yards…Braylon Edwards…Another big day at the office for Edwards, who held down the #1 wide receiver spot nicely in Santonio Holmes absence…Shaun Ellis…Another sack for Ellis who has the team lead…Brad Smith…A touchdown pass? Why not?…Drew Coleman…Did a solid job starting opposite Cromartie…Dustin Keller…All he does is score touchdowns.

Jets vs. Brett (And The Vikings): First Look

The Opponent: The Minnesota Vikings begged Brett Favre to come back in the off-season, yet have struggled out of the gate especially throwing the football. Regardless, they still have one of the stronger defenses in the NFL and have a beast at running back in Adrian Peterson. Minnesota is coming off their first win of the season and their bye week. This should be a physical game and the crowd should be charged up in prime-time considering the Jets have been on the road the past two weeks and most fans don’t have fond feelings toward Favre.

Minnesota Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Brett Favre – 60/97, 597 yards, 2 TDs, 6 INTs
  • Running Back: Adrian Peterson – 70 carries, 392 yards, 3 TDs
  • Running Back: Toby Gerhart – 7 carries, 22 yards
  • Fullback: Naufahu Tahi – 1 carry, 1 yard
  • Wide Receiver: Percy Harvin – 12 receptions, 106 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Greg Lewis – 5 receptions, 56 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Bernard Berrian – 5 receptions, 38 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Greg Camarillo – 4 receptions, 48 yards
  • Tight End: Vishante Shiancoe – 11 receptions, 169 yards, 1 TD
  • Tight End: Jim Kleinsasser – 4 receptions, 43 yards
  • Left Tackle: Bryant McKinnie
  • Left Guard: Steve Hutchinson
  • Center: John Sullivan
  • Right Guard: Anthony Herrera
  • Right Tackle: Phil Loadholt

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Ray Edwards – 4 tackles
  • Defensive Tackle: Pat Williams – 9 tackles
  • Defensive Tackle: Kevin Williams – 8 tackles, 1 sack
  • Defensive End: Jared Allen – 10 tackles, 1 sack
  • Outside Linebacker: Ben Leber – 8 tackles
  • Middle Linebacker: E.J. Henderson – 19 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Chad Greenway – 29 tackles
  • Corner: Antoine Winfield – 22 tackles, 1 INT
  • Corner – Lito Sheppard – 5 tackles
  • Corner: Asher Allen – 9 tackles
  • Safety: Husain Abdullah – 13 tackles
  • Safety: Madieu Williams – 15 tackles

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Ryan Longwell – 3/3 FGs
  • Punter: Chris Kluwe – 43.9 yards per punt
  • Kick Return: Percy Harvin – 21.0 per return
  • Punt Return: Greg Camarillo – 6.7 per punt return

Key PlayersAdrian Peterson is what makes the Minnesota offense go, especially in 2010 with their pedestrian collection of wide receivers. We all know Brett Favre can be forced into turning the football over, early and often. Percy Harvin is a versatile playmaker, who the Jets will have to key on in the passing game, along with tight end Vishante Shiancoe if he ends up playing.

Injuries – Shiancoe is nursing a leg injury and could end up being a game-time decision. Harvin has a perpetual issue with migraines. Calvin Pace and Darrelle Revis are both expected to return for the Jets, although they could be in limited roles.

Key Storylines – Brett Favre returns to New York…Santonio Holmes first game as a New York Jet…Calvin Pace and Darrelle Revis comine back from injury.

One of Favre’s 11 Retirement Speeches

Thoughts On Jets First Quarter

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Some assorted thoughts on the first quarter of the Jets season, along with a few statistical projections:

Mark ‘Freakin Sanchez – What a sharp turnaround over the past three games. Mark Sanchez seems to be progressing into the quarterback all of us hoped he would be. After four games in 2009, here were Sanchez’s stats followed by his stats so far this year:

  • 2009 – 63/110, 4 TDs, 5 INTs, 2 fumbles lost
  • 2010 – 60/103, 8 TDs, 0 INTs, 0 fumbles lost

Wow. What a change. The bottom line is that if Mark Sanchez protects the football and keeps playing at the level he did weeks 2-4, the Jets will be going 3-1 or 4-0 in the next three quarters of the season.

LaDainian Tomlinson, Revived

  • Who would have thought that after four games, LaDainian Tomlinson would be on pace for this season:
  • 224 carries, 1364 yards, 12 touchdowns, 48 receptions, 328 yards

The Jets have to somewhat limit his number of touches so he doesn’t burn out, which is why Shonn Greene’s recent performance against the Bills was so encouraging. Greene is on pace for 208 carries for 892 yards. Could the Jets end up with two 1,000 yard rushers if Greene continues to pick it up?

Receivers

Dustin Keller has stolen the show and established himself as the Jets top receiving target. He has on pace for 76 receptions, 1016 yards, and 20 (yes 20 touchdowns). Obviously, as teams begin to key on him and with the return of Santonio Holmes those numbers likely won’t carry out. Yet, there is no reason Keller shouldn’t be in double digits for touchdowns and flirt with 1,000 yards.

Braylon Edwards is on pace for 48 receptions, 908 yards, and 12 touchdowns. His yards per catch is extremely impressive at 18.9. There is no reason he can’t continue to be a big play threat and a red-zone target with the return of Holmes. I wouldn’t be stunned if his numbers didn’t fall too short of those projections.

Jerricho Cotchery is off to a slow start and is only on pace for 44 receptions, 360 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Many things the Jets do with Cotchery (namely the quick smoke screens) will likely fall to Holmes now. It will be interesting to see if the Jets can find a way to keep him involved in the offense. Maybe, with him fully embracing the slot receiver role, he can become a big time third down weapon.

Brad Smith is on pace for 316 rushing yards and is averaging 9.9 yards per carry. He also has a touchdown pass, a reception, and is probably the Jets overall best special teams player.

Defense

On defense, Shaun Ellis is on pace for 12 sacks. Let’s hope he can get back healthy next week. David Harris is leading the way with a pace for 92 tackles, with Bart Scott close behind en route to 84. Neither of them have recorded a sack yet but both have 2 tackles for a loss.

The Jets are on pace for 32 sacks in 2010. They had 32 sacks in 2009.

The Jets are on pace for 16 interceptions in 2010. They had 17 in 2009.

Unofficially, Kyle Wilson is on pace to allow 5,000 receiving yards and be called for 200 pass interference penalties.

Turning Point

In week 2, the Jets were getting beat up and down the field by the New England Patriots. They fell behind 7-0 on a Wes Welker touchdown in the second quarter and it felt like 0-2 could be on the way. However, the offense responded with a 12 play, 77 yard drive that ended in a Braylon Edwards touchdown. They haven’t looked back since.

Favorite Plays From Weeks 1 – 4

  • Shaun Ellis and Bryan Thomas demolishing Joe Flacco on the first defensive snap of the season.
  • Jason Taylor’s strip sack of Tom Brady to clinch a victory against New England.
  • Dustin Keller beating Yeremiah Bell on a fade for a first quarter touchdown against the Dolphins.
  • Drew Coleman’s game sealing interception against the Dolphins.
  • LaDainian Tomlinson breaking out the juke move for a 26 yard touchdown against the Bills.
  • Braylon Edwards smoking Leodis McKlevin for a 41 yard touchdown.

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