No Huddle – New York Jets Getting Healthy Edition

TJ Rosenthal goes No Huddle on the New York Jets heading out of the bye week

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Grading Out Jets/Broncos

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Quarterback (C) – Mark Sanchez finally gave in and threw a pair of interceptions. His performance was ugly at times but most importantly he got it together and played well in the second half, leading his team to a comeback victory. He made the right decision by putting the ball up Santonio Holmes 1 on 1 on the decisive 4th and 6 and it obviously worked out. This offense has tons of potential that it still hasn’t reach yet, hopefully they will come rolling out of the bye week.

Running Back (B) – LaDainian Tomlinson brought it in the second half when it mattered the most. Shonn Greene was running hard and I would have liked to see him get more than 9 carries. Tony Richardson and John Conner are both playing very good football right now.

Wide Receivers (A) – I continue to be impressed with the season Braylon Edwards is putting together. He looks like the 1,000 yard borderline pro-bowl player the Jets were hoping when they dealt for him. As of now, he is on pace for a very strong, statistical season and he isn’t dropping passes. Santonio Holmes took another step towards getting into the rhythm of the offense, but needs to learn to tuck the ball away. Jerricho Cotchery may finish the season averaging the least yards per catch in NFL history, but he is still reliable. Brad Smith was effective with the ball in his hands, as usual.

Tight Ends (A) – Good day at the office for Keller and more solid blocking from Ben Hartsock, who is quietly a big part of the Jets offense.

Offensive Line (A) – There has really been no drop off from last season, which is a credit to the entire unit and especially Matt Slauson.

Defensive Line (B-) – The run defense was a let down and so was the pass rush. However, Sione Pouha had a nice sack and Trevor Pryce had a tackle for a loss. Big Mike DeVito almost pulled in an interception on a zone blitz.

Linebackers (C+) – David Harris was all over the field and Bart Scott was also active. A very quiet game from Bryan Thomas, Calvin Pace, and Jason Taylor. You’d like to see more pressure on the quarterback from these guys.

Secondary (B) – Antonio Cromartie played another terrific game. Darrelle Revis simply wasn’t himself out there. Drew Coleman had a few nice plays, including a forced fumble and a third down pass breakup. However, he was picked on most of the day. The helmet to helmet call on Jim Leonhard was bogus.

Special Teams (A) – Nick Folk is a monster. Steve Weatherford isn’t too bad either.

Coaching (B) – I wasn’t crazy about the playcalling from Brian Schottenheimer, who never seemed to get in a rhythm. The Jets were caught napping on an onsides kick.

Highlights From The Game

Initial Reaction: Best Record In The NFL? J-E-T-S

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It just wasn’t the Jets day today. Mark Sanchez was looking jittery in the pocket and throwing interceptions. Santonio Holmes was running into his own guy and fumbling. Darrelle Revis was getting beat up and down the field by Jabar Gaffney and a rookie. The running game was inconsistent. They were on the road in a raucous environment.

But, this is 2010 and all this Jets team does is win…5 in a row now.

This was a terribly officiated game but don’t feel bad about getting that last call on Santonio Holmes because unless you are blind, you saw his facemask get grabbed. The Jets never stopped fighting in the 4th quarter and Mark Sanchez showed good field awareness by putting up that final deep ball to Holmes.

As for the rest offense, LaDainian Tomlinson was productive in the second half. Shonn Greene ran with good burst and I liked how the Jets looked out of the Tiger formation. Braylon Edwards continued his strong season and Dustin Keller got back on track with a big day. It was disappointing to see Sanchez struggle and somewhat resemble his 2009 form at times but hey, he wasn’t going the whole season without an interception.

The defense is still way off their level of play from last year. The pass rush was absent today and the run defense was frustrating to watch. However, Antonio Cromartie and David Harris put together strong performances and they made enough plays to win.

It’s not easy to win games in the NFL and the Jets are one point away from being undefeated heading into their bye week. If they could handle the suddenly average Packers at home, accommodating trips to Detroit and Cleveland are on the horizon. I am not saying the Jets could be 8-1. I am saying they should be 8-1.

Jets vs. Broncos: 12 Pack Of Predictions

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1. Darrelle Revis is the only Jets player listed below probable, at questionable. He will be a game time decision. I wouldn’t bet on him playing this week.

Jets vs. Broncos: 12 Pack Of Predictions

1. Both LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene are going to run for over 100 yards, similar to the Jets week 4 match-up against the Buffalo Bills. After the pass happy game plan last week, the Jets will be focused on running the ball against a Denver defense that struggles against the run and is banged up.

2. Eddie Royal is going to have a big day for Denver. The Jets don’t have a player who matches up well with him, unless Drew Coleman can really rise to the occasion in single coverage.

3. Kyle Orton will throw at least 40 passes and will have a big day statistically. However, considering how one-dimensional the Broncos offense will be. The Jets will force him into at least two turnovers.

4. Despite leading the NFL in receiving yards, Brandon Lloyd will have a quiet game thanks to Antonio Cromartie who will continue playing at a Pro-Bowl level.

5. It is being speculated that Champ Bailey will primarily be covering Braylon Edwards, which means Santonio Holmes is going to make at least one big play down the field. After shaking off the cobwebs last week, Holmes will finish with at least 85 receiving yards and a touchdown.

6. Dustin Keller will bounce back from a quiet game last week and get back in the end-zone.

7. The Jets will turn the ball over at least once this week. They are only human, people.

8. Brad Smith is taking a kick return back to the house on Sunday.

9. The Jets will get off to a slow start as they adjust to the conditions Denver but will pick it up late in the first half and pull themselves into a bit of a shootout with the Broncos.

10. The Jets are going to win 34 – 27. Denver is going to rack up their share of passing yards and take advantage of a Jets turnover at some point. Yet, the Jets will have too much on offense in the 4th quarter and come up with a big stop late.

11. Inactives – Darrelle Revis, Joe McKnight, Kellen Clemens, Marcus Dixon, Jeff Cumberland, Vladimir Ducasse, Matt Kroul, Kenwin Cummings.

12. Jets fans will still be pissed watching a game in Denver because of bad memories from 1998.

Week 6 Picks (Lines From BetUs)

  • Chargers (-8.5) vs. Rams
  • Chiefs (+4) vs. Texans
  • Patriots (-2.5) vs. Ravens
  • Saints (-4.5) vs. Bucs
  • Falcons (+2.5) vs. Eagles
  • Lions (+10.5) vs. Giants
  • Seahawks (+6) vs. Bears
  • Steelers (-14.5) vs. Browns
  • Jets (-4) vs. Broncos
  • Raiders (+6.5) vs. 49ers
  • Vikings (-1.5) vs. Cowboys
  • Colts (-4) vs. Redskins
  • Titans (-3) vs. Jaguars

TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 6

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We were due for a good old-fashioned power rankings article, heading into week 6 here is what TOJ is thinking, feel free to vehemently disagree:

AFC Power Houses

1. Baltimore Ravens (4-1) – They beat the Jets on the road and Pittsburgh on the road. For some reason Cincy has the their number, yet the Ravens are a well-balanced team who can beat you in a variety of ways now.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) – Pretty damn impressive to be 3-1 without Ben Rothlisberger. They could be the most complete football with him back in the line-up.

3. New York Jets (4-1) – Offense should keep improving with Santonio Holmes getting into rhythm with Mark Sanchez and the defense will be better with Calvin Pace back full time. Maybe that Revis guy will eventually contribute also…

The Best In The NFC

4. Atlanta Falcons (4-1) – You have to go with the Dirty Birds as the NFC’s best so far, right?

Contenders Still Plenty Of Questions

5.  New England Patriots (3-1) – It will be interesting to see how their offense adapts without Randy Moss. I can’t take them serious as a major threat to the Jets until their defense improves.

6. Indinappolis Colts (3-2) – They have a ton of holes and injuries but Peyton Manning will keep them in the thick of things.

7. New Orleans Saints (3-2) – They are a few plays away from being 0-5. You can’t be losing to rookie undrafted quarterbacks in their first start.

The Best Of The Mediocre

8. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1) – Yes, I am putting them here because they remind of a certain team in 2009 who could play defense and run the football but couldn’t throw at all. Fortunately, the Jets quarterback was a rookie last year. Matt Cassel just sucks.

9. Washington Redskins (3-2) – If they didn’t choke away a huge lead to the Houston Texans, they’d be 4-1. How the hell did they lose like that to the Rams?

10. Chicago Bears (4-1) – Are they the worst 4-1 team in recent memory?

11. Green Bay Packers (3-2) – An unbelievable avalanche of injuries and a complete lack of running game will make the NFC North race very interesting.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) – If Mike Vick can get back on the field and start producing the way he was, the Eagles will win the NFC East.

13. Tennessee Titans (3-2) – A physical (dirty) team that nobody is going to want to deal with down the stretch.

So Damn Confusing

14. New York Giants (3-2) – They went from looking like a 4-12 team and talk of Tom Coughlin being fired to arguably the best looking team in the NFC. Who knows what’s next? By the way, Hakeem Nicks is a beast.

15. Houston Texans (3-2) – They have been thoroughly average since beating down the Colts in week one.

16. San Diego Chargers (2-3) – The slow starts are getting tiresome. They can throw the ball to Antonio Gates, but not much else. Thank you for Antonio Cromartie and LaDainian Tomlinson by the way. Ryan Matthews is doing just a terrific job of filling in for him.

17. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-1) – I am not quite sure how this team is 3-1 but they are. It will be very interesting to see how they play New Orleans this week, in front of 129 somewhat excited fans.

18. Arizona Cardinals (3-2) – About as up and down as you can get.

19. Miami Dolphins (2-2) – You aren’t showing much as a contender in your division when you lose back to back primetime home games to your top two rivals.

20. Seattle Seahawks (2-2) – They should be 7-1 at home and 1-7 on the road.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) – This comment is blacked out.

22. Denver Broncos (2-3) – Who would have thought a Kyle Orton led team would be known only for their passing?

Laughably Disappointing

23. Dallas Cowboys (1-3) – Wade Phillips looks confused.

24. Minnesota Vikings (1-3) – Grab your elbow again, Brett.

25. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) – Carson Palmer kind of sucks these days.

Just Not Good

26. Oakland Raiders (2-3) – Kind of feisty this year, but overall they are still the Raiders.

27. St. Louis Rams (2-3) – At least they have hope for the future.

28. Detriot Lions (1-4) – They are one of the better 1-4 teams in recent memory…so they have that going for them.

29. Cleveland Browns (1-4) – Peyton Hillis has been pretty good. Good luck to Colt McCoy in Pittsburgh this week.

Just Terrible

30. San Francisco 49ers (0-5) – Everybody in San Francisco needs to shut up…you are what your record says you are.

31. Carolina Panthers (0-5) – They should abandon the forward pass.

32. Buffalo Bills (0-5) – So happy they are in the AFC East.

Jets vs. Broncos: Game Breakdown

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First a few updates:

 1. Darrelle Revis is going to make the trip with the team to Denver and Rex Ryan indicated he could be used in a limited role this weekend. How about this? Sit him down and make sure he is 100 percent for the final 8 games of the season. Everybody else is expected to play this weekend, including Calvin Pace.

2. ALCS/NLCS Predictions – Yankees in 5, Phillies in 6…Yes, I know I really went on a limb there.

Jets vs. Broncos: Game Breakdown

Offense: Denver is beyond banged up on defense and is currently ranked 25th in the NFL in rushing defense. I would say it is time for that Ground and Pound…How about 20 carries for Shonn Greene this week and 14-16 for LaDainian Tomlinson considering he is coming off 23 touches on a short week? Denver’s pass defense isn’t much better than their run defense and their secondary will be without Brian Dawkins, Andre Goodman, Darcel McBath, and Wesley Woodyard. Basically, what I am saying is that the Jets shouldn’t have trouble rolling up points on this defense. It will be interesting to see if this offense has matured enough to take advantage of a below average, banged up defense with the plethora of weapons they have.

Hopefully the chemistry between Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes will progress and the Jets can hit a big play to him down the field. I thought Sanchez did a good job of spreading his targets around last week, but it will be interesting to see what happens in a game the Jets don’t throw the ball as much, along with how the role of each receiver ends up developing throughout the season.

Defense: Denver has the NFL’s worst rushing offense by a substantial margin and the Jets have one of the best run defenses in the league. I am thinking Josh McDaniels won’t try to outsmart himself (which he very well may) and will rely heavily on his passing attack this week. Kyle Orton has done a great job of spreading the ball around and the Broncos have a surprisingly productive collection of receivers and tight ends. Even if talented rookie Demaryius Thomas misses this week, Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal have all been good in 2010.

I would expect Antonio Cromartie to spend most of the day on Lloyd, who actually leads the NFL in receiving yards (what?). Considering his build and speed, Drew Coleman makes the most sense for Eddie Royal while Kyle Wilson or Dwight Lowery could cover Gaffney or tight end Daniel Graham. Denver is going to get their yards on the Jets, but the key will be to hit Orton early and often and hope that since he is throwing so much there are a few turnovers.

Special Teams: Royal is dangerous in the return game and Matt Prater is a very good kicker. Doesn’t it feel like we are due for a fake punt?

Good Memories From A  Bad Day In Denver

Top Five Reasons The Jets Are 4-1

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Top Five Reasons The Jets Are 4-1

5. Corners Stepping UpDarrelle Revis has been a nonfactor the first five weeks of the 2010 season. Fortunately, Antonio Cromartie has looked the part of a legit number one corner for most of this year. Most importantly, he kept Randy Moss in check in the second half against New England in week two and against the Vikings in week five. Cromartie isn’t quite an island, but he is playing at a Pro-Bowl level. Beyond him, Drew Coleman has responded well to extra playing time and jumped the disappointing Kyle Wilson on the depth chart. Dwight Lowery and Marquice Cole have also handled their defensive reps well and are starting to make us all believers that the Jets could survive an extended period of time without Revis while he rests his hamstring.

4. Special Teams Excellence – There were a good amount of questions about the Jets special teams heading into the 2010 season. Would releasing Jay Feely to sign the inconsistent Nick Folk come back to haunt the Jets? Could Steve Weatherford hold the punting  job? How much would the Jets miss Wallace Wright? Could Tanner Purdum handle the long snapper job? Who would handle the return duties? Amazingly, all these potential problems have turned into strengths as the Jets are off to an excellent start on special teams. Nick Folk is 12/14 on field goals and was just named AFC special teams player of the week. Weatherford is consistently pinning teams deep. Purdum has been fine. Brad Smith has excelled at kick return and Jim Leonhard has been better on punt returns in year two than he was in year one. Wright hasn’t been missed on coverage units thanks to the play of guys like Eric Smith, Lance Laury, and Marquice Cole.

3. LT Glide – The Jets offense has been bolstered by LaDainian Tomlinson reaching back into the past and playing at his vintage Hall of Fame level. After two subpar seasons in 2008 and 2009, Tomlinson is currently leading the Jets with 435 rushing yards on an astounding 5.7 yards per carry. Beyond that, he already has 17 receptions and 3 touchdowns. Thomas who? After five weeks, the Jets have the NFL’s number one ranked rushing attack.

2. The Sanchize – Eight touchdowns but way more importantly ZERO turnovers. Mark Sanchez has learned how to protect football and is aggressively attacking down the field. The confidence he is playing with has opened up the running game and made the Jets far from one-dimensional on offense. The talk of the Jets not being to win a Super Bowl has quieted down awfully quick, with Sanchez posting 91.7 quarterback rating through five weeks.

1. The Turnover Margin – The Jets have one turnover in five games and have forced 12 turnovers…simply put that is winning football.

Ranting On Revis

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First a few updates:

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2. Darrelle Revis did practice today but only in individual drills. It is being reported that he met with coach Rex Ryan this morning, who will ultimately make the decision whether he plays or not. The soundbites we have heard from Revis make it sound like he’d prefer to rest the hamstring heading into the bye week, which probably makes the most sense.

Ranting On Revis

It is hard to remember the last time a Jets player has had such a sudden drop in popularity as the one Darrelle Revis has seen in the past 9 months. At the end of the 2009 season, he was clearly the Jets best player, coming off one of the best individual defensive years in recent NFL history, and couldn’t have been liked anymore by the fan base. Revis arrived as a front line star in the league, complete with entertaining commercials:

Then talk of a holdout came…then a “headache” caused Revis to miss a few plays at mini-camp…then of course, the holdout actually took place. Some fans lost a good amount of respect for Revis considering he had three years left on his deal and the amount of money he was asking for. Regardless, when Rex Ryan finally helped push both sides towards an agreement, everybody was happy to have him back. There was talk during the holdout about his ability to play at a high level or even staying healthy after missing training camp, but most of that was washed away in the excitement of the season starting and Revis’ solid performance against Baltimore in week one.

Things began to turn in week two, when Randy Moss posterized Revis with a one handed touchdown reception and he subsequently left the game with the all too predictable hamstring injury. It is logical enough that if you aren’t properly trained to chase around one of the fastest players in the NFL, you are going to get hurt.

The bottom line is that Darrelle Revis got another 4 years and 46 million dollars added on to his contract from the Jets and he has repaid them by being out of shape, continually running his mouth when he shouldn’t, and contributing nothing to their impressive 4-1 start.

It is odd because Revis genuinely seems like a good guy off the field. He has never been in trouble and prior to this year always represented the organization extremely well. Yet, why open your mouth just days after signing a new contract to talk about potentially holding out again in 2012?

“That’s a great question. If I continue to play ball like I usually do, we’ll probably be back at that same position we were this year.”

Guess we won’t have to worry about that, because the Revis of the 2009 is MIA.

Then you have Revis talking down to Randy Moss prior the Jets playing the Vikings this past week.

In the second half, you could tell he was putting his foot on the brake,” said the Jets’ star cornerback, looking forward to facing the Minnesota Vikings Monday night. “I mean, everybody knows that’s Randy. Sometimes he plays 100 percent, sometimes he doesn’t.”

I am sorry but prior to week 5 in the 2010 season, 2009 is ancient history which means Revis shouldn’t be saying anything about Moss since he missed the past two games with an injury, and oh by the way Moss did this to him in week 2 of the 2010 season:

Revis suited up and came back for the Vikings game but was a shell of his former self. Shame on him for coming back too early from the injury and not taking himself out when he was clearly ineffective and shame on the coaches for putting him out there and then not pulling him. After the game Revis had this to say about Percy Harvin beating him for a touchdown:

“(Safety) help was supposed to be there, but it came late,” Revis said. “But it was man coverage. That’s still my guy…. He made a great catch and scored a touchdown… If I was 100 percent, I think I’d be there with him.”

Don’t even mention the safety help. Nobody is interested in the excuses and you should have taken yourself out if you were less than 100 percent.

The good news is that the Jets have still managed a 4-1 start without any contribution from Revis. Right now he needs to rehab the next few weeks and worry about getting himself 100 percent for the second half of the season. Until then he shouldn’t be running his mouth and he shouldn’t be on the field.

Jets vs. Broncos: First Look

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Final Thoughts On Week 5

Offensive MVP – The Offensive Line – It isn’t easy to run for 155 yards on the Minnesota Vikings and the big fellas up front deserve some credit. Matt Slauson is beginning to come along at left guard and after five weeks the Jets have the NFL’s #1 ranked rushing attack…so much for not being able to survive without Alan Faneca and Thomas Jones.

PhotobucketDefensive MVP – Antonio Cromartie – I know he allowed the one touchdown to Randy Moss, but I am not sure he could have defended that play any better. Beyond that, Cromartie was in Darrelle Revis circa 2009 form. There were plenty of valid questions about bringing him over from San Diego, yet since a tough week one, Cromartie has been an excellent addition to the Jets defense.

They Deserve Some Love Too – Drew Coleman & Dwight Lowery…TOJ never hesitates to rip on these two, but they both deserve credit for their play last night and thus far in 2010…Shonn Greene…There is the late touchdown run after the defense is worn down, that we’ve been waiting for…David Harris…Very strong all around game….Calvin Pace…Looked great back out on the field with 1.5 sacks….Nick Folk…Money in the bank, who would have thought?…Steve Weatherford…Having a great season so far in 2010.

Jets vs. Broncos: First Look

The Opponent: The inconsistent Denver Broncos have done one thing very well so far in 2010 and that is throw the football. Surprisingly, Kyle Orton has developed into a big time quarterback (at least statistically) and is getting the job done without any big name receivers. Denver is ranked 2nd in the NFL in passing yards but 32nd in rushing yards. Honestly, they have been completely putrid attempting to the run ball as the stats demonstrate. On defense, they are ranked 25th at stopping the run (Ground and Pound, anyone?) and 16th at stopping the pass.

Denver Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Kyle Orton – 141/213, 1733 yards, 8 TDs, 3 INTs
  • Running Back: Knowshon Moreno – 39 carries, 111 yards, 2 TDs
  • Running Back: Correll Buckhalter – 32 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD
  • Running Back: Laurence Maroney – 29 carries, 56 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Brandon Lloyd – 30 receptions, 589 yards, 3 TDs
  • Wide Receiver: Eddie Royal – 29 receptions, 330 yards, 2 TDs
  • Wide Receiver: Jabab Gaffney – 31 receptions, 327 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Demaryius Thomas – 13 receptions, 161 yards, 1 TD
  • Tight End: Daniel Graham – 11 receptions, 84 yards, 0 TDs
  • Left Tackle: Ryan Clady
  • Left Guard: Stanley Daniels
  • Center: J.D. Walton
  • Right Guard: Chris Kuper
  • Right Tackle: Ryan Harris

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Ryan McBean – 5 tackles
  • Nose Tackle: Jamal Williams – 10 tackles
  • Defensive End: Justin Bannan – 12 tackles
  • Defensive End: Kevin Vickerson – 15 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Mario Haggan – 29 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: D.J. Williams – 45 tackles, 1.5 sacks
  • Outside Linebacker: Robert Ayers – 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks
  • Inside Linebacker: Jason Hunter – 22 tackles
  • Corner: Champ Bailey – 10 tackles, 1 INT
  • Corner: Andre Goodman – 2 tackles
  • Corner: Perrish Cox – 17 tackles, 1 INT
  • Safety: Nate Jones – 23 tackles
  • Safety: Brian Dawkins – 27 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
  • Safety: Renaldo Hill – 21 tackles

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Matt Prater – 9/9 on FGs
  • Punter: Britton Colquitt – 43.9 yards per punt
  • Kick Return: Demaryius Thomas – 33.0 per kick return
  • Punt Return: Eddie Royal – 10.2 per punt return

PhotobucketKey Players: Kyle Orton does a great job spreading the ball around. Brandon Lloyd is turning in a terrific season so far off the scrap heap at wide receiver. Champ Bailey is one of the top corners in football and D.J Williams is a very good all around linebacker.

Injuries: Brian Dawkins will be out. Rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and corner Andre Goodman will likely be out. Robert Ayers will be out with a broken foot. Knowshon Moreno is expected back in the line-up.

Key Storylines: Cross-country trip for the Jets on a short week…Darrelle Revis likely missing another game…Can the Jets running game take advantage of Denver’s defense?

Highlights from Denver’s Loss Last Week