Thanksgiving Antipasto: Assorted Thoughts On Jets

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Yes, it is a cheesy name for the article but c’mon now, who doesn’t love a good antipasto? You can bet I do and I will be shoveling it down my gullet tomorrow as I root for the Lions to upset the Patriots. Anyway, here are some assorted Jets thoughts for you before our usual 12 pack of predictions on Thanksgiving day tomorrow:

– You have to just laugh at Terrell Owens, who finds a way to insult other players around the league on a weekly basis. This week it was calling Darrelle Revis an “average” corner and saying Ben Roethlisberger was “soft” on his and Ochocinco’s weekly TV show. It is truly comical to watch a player on arguably the worst team in football (okay, fine that is Carolina but the Bengals are close) still run his mouth. In terms of Revis, we all saw how he embarrassed Owens last year and basically forced him to quit in both games. I expect nothing less tomorrow night.

– Are the Jets ever going to get an interception again? They are going on five games strong now without one. Considering they are playing Carson Palmer this week, I think this would be a good week to end the slump.

– We were all excited about the Santonio Holmes addition but I don’t think anybody could have anticipated just how good he has been. I love the way Braylon Edwards has played this year but if it comes down to choosing one in the off-season, it has to be Holmes who brings a dynamic to the Jets offense that has rarely existed in their franchise history. Hopefully, something can be worked out for both players but unless Edwards is willing to take a little less to stay in New York, it probably won’t.

– Why has the Jets defense been disappointing in 2010? Some ideas…

  • New additions Jason Taylor and Brodney Pool have been average and made a minimal amount of impact plays.
  • The already questionable defensive line depth took a major hit with season ending injuries to Kris Jenkins and Ropati Pitoitua.
  • Calvin Pace missed 4 games due to a foot injury and hasn’t looked himself since returning.
  • Eric Smith and Jim Leonhard have consistently been exposed as liabilities in pass coverage.
  • Rookie Kyle Wilson hasn’t been anywhere near the contributor to this point that everybody around the team expected.
  • Teams have poured over the film from last year and are no longer surprised by the Jets exotic blitz packages and that is on Rex Ryan to find a counter.

– It is awfully hard not to look ahead to the Monday night showdown in New England for first place, isn’t it?

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TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 12

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Another week in the books, another set of Power Rankings for you to disagree with…an interesting note, the #1 and #2 team play each other this week, and the #3 and #4 team play each other next week.

1. Atlanta Falcons (8-2) – The Dirty Birds have been handling their business, especially at home. They get a major test this week when the red hot Green Bay Packers come to town.

2. Green Bay Packers (7-3) – Maybe I just really enjoyed the way they throttled Brett Favre and the Vikings this past week but the Packers have been rolling in their past four games.

3. New York Jets (8-2) – They are so lucky…yada, yada, yada…how about some talk about how Mark Sanchez is becoming one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL?

4. New England Patriots (8-2) – Heading on a crash course with the Jets in week 13, on Monday Night Football.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (7-3) – The Mike Vick show could run away with the NFC East as the battered Giants are fading fast.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) – Very impressive win over Oakland at home. Now they have to avoid looking past the feisty Bills with a huge game against Baltimore the following week.

7. Baltimore Ravens (7-3) – They handled business against Carolina and now get a dangerous Bucs team in their building.

8. New Orleans Saints (7-3) – A nice chance for the defending champs to get revenge on the Cowboys for ruining their perfect season last year.

9. Tampa Bay Bucs (7-3) – Let’s see how this young team handles a trip into Baltimore.

10. Indianapolis Peyton Mannings (6-4) – A tough loss but don’t be fooled into thinking they aren’t still in a great position to win the AFC South.

11. San Diego Chargers (5-5) – Is there even any doubt at this point about San Diego winning the AFC West?

12. New York Giants (6-4) – All of that talk about the Giants being the best in the NFL has quieted down real quick the past two weeks. They are in big trouble if they can’t handle the Jaguars at home this Sunday.

13. Chicago Bears (7-3) – They will get respect if they find a way to beat the Eagles at home this week.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4) – Somehow they find themselves on top of the AFC South through 10 games.

15. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) – It doesn’t feel like they are good enough to hold the Chargers off.

16. Oakland Raiders (5-5) – A harsh trip back to reality by getting beat down in Pittsburgh. How will they respond at home against Miami?

17. Tennessee Titans (5-5) – I wonder how much of Rusty Smith era Randy Moss will stay calm for?

18. Miami Dolphins (5-5) – Another season heading nowhere for the Dolphins…and yes, I enjoy that very much.

19. Washington Redskins (5-5) – It sure doesn’t seem like they are still in the mix as a playoff contender.

20. Houston Texans (4-6) – Thank you so much for signing Jason Allen just before the Jets game. He is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

21. Cleveland Browns (3-7) – A disappointing loss to Jacksonville and even worse is that Colt McCoy may now miss time with an ankle injury.

22. Seattle Seahawks (5-5) – And finally we reach a NFC West team. It is sad that one of their teams has to make the playoffs this year.

23. St. Louis Rams (4-6) – They haven’t won a road game yet. Bad news…next three are on the road.

24. Dallas Cowboys (3-7) – Too bad for them they don’t play in the NFC West or they’d be very much alive.

25. Buffalo Bills (2-8) – A dangerous team for playoff contenders to face down the stretch.

26. Denver Broncos (3-7) – Didn’t even put up a fight on Monday Night with a chance to keep their season interesting into December.

27. Cincinnati Bengals (2-8) – Things are just getting uglier by the week.

28. Minnesota Vikings (3-7) – Too little, too late with the Childress firing. Their season is long over.

29. Detroit Lions (2-8) – How about an upset over the Patriots on Thanksgiving?

30. San Francisco 49ers (3-7) – Can we black out their upcoming Monday night game against the Cardinals?

31. Arizona Cardinals (3-7) – See above.

32. Carolina Panthers (1-9) – How could they not go 1-15?

If They Playoffs Started Today…

AFC

  1. New York Jets (8-2)
  2. Baltimore Ravens (7-3)
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)
  5. New England Patriots (8-2)
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3)

NFC

  1. Atlanta Falcons (8-2)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (7-3)
  3. Chicago Bears (7-3)
  4. Seattle Seahawks (5-5)
  5. Green Bay Packers (7-3)
  6. New Orleans Saints (7-3)

TOJ At SB Nation – Best Quarterback In New York? In 2010, That Would Be Mark Sanchez

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TOJ argues the best quarterback currently in NY is wearing green and white…

http://newyork.sbnation.com/2010/11/22/1830679/best-quarterback-in-new-york-in-2010-that-would-be-mark-sanchez

What The Hell Is Going On Here? 2010 Jets Season Is Turning Into Something Special

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It is hard to fathom what is happening with the New York Jets on a weekly basis the past month . A franchise that is notorious for losing football games in the most painful ways possible at the most painful times has entered a bizarro world during November. We saw hints of it with how they pulled out late victories over Miami, Minnesota, and Denver earlier in the year but these past three games have been something else.

If you haven’t noticed yet, the “same old Jets” culture is long dead. Rex Ryan buried it when he came to town with his brash confidence and unwavering belief this football team would be the best in the league. Mike Tannenbaum and Woody Johnson supported it by making the bold move to trade up for the right franchise quarterback and surround him with the weapons to let him flourish.

The most encouraging trait about this Jets team is their confidence that regardless of the situation, they are going to ultimately find a way to win. It isn’t a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” somebody is going to step up to boost the Jets to yet another victory.

PhotobucketIt is time to stop being surprised when Mark Sanchez throws for 300 yards and saves his two best throws for the final minute of a game. I wrote it two weeks ago and I will write it again, the Jets have their franchise quarterback, whatever the “it” factor is that makes certain quarterbacks winners in the NFL, Sanchez has “it”.

Sanchez has no shortage of options when he drops back to pass but Santonio Holmes has taken his game to another level over the past month. There isn’t a more clutch receiver in the NFL right now and his ability to run after the catch has added a dimension to the Jets offense which hasn’t existed in my lifetime.

It isn’t just Holmes though. It is the notoriously unreliable and inconsistent Braylon Edwards, becoming reliable and consistent. It is LaDainian Tomlinson always finding a way to have big reception after big reception in the Jets two minute drill. It is an offense as a whole that scores points in every single situation they need to so far this month.

The defense? That is a story for another day (or just later today) but similar to how the offense slumped last year before rediscovering their identity for a late season playoff push, the defense is capable of doing the same thing.

November 2010 isn’t a month Jets fans will forget anytime soon. When people talk about the Jets being “lucky” it is a weak attempt to hide their disgust that Sanchez is turning into a quarterback capable of keeping this team great for a long time and that Ryan can run his mouth, while his team backs it up.

I do know this, as we head into the final stretch of the regular season: the New York Jets are the number one show in town and en route to being the number one show in the NFL.

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TOJ’s initial reaction at SB Nation http://newyork.sbnation.com/2010/11/21/1828878/at-a-loss-for-words-jets-do-it-again

Jets vs. Texans: 12 Pack Of Predictions

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It’s about that time…

1. Mark Sanchez is going to throw for 300 yards for the second time in three weeks as he continues to flourish in the Jets offense during his second year. The Texans have a brutal secondary and unlike last year, the Jets are now equipped to advantage of it.

2. Shonn Greene will get more carries than LaDainian Tomlinson for the second week in a row and start building momentum for a big time December. Don’t worry about LT though, he will still get 13-15 carries along with 3-5 receptions.

3. The inactive list – Jerricho Cotchery, Marquice Cole, Dwight Lowery, Kellen Clemens, Marcus Dixon, Vladimir Ducasse, Josh Mauga, Matt Kroul

4. Andre Johnson will have less than 50 yards receiving, as Darrelle Revis does what he did to him last year and what he did to Calvin Johnson a few weeks back.

5. Arian Foster isn’t going to be the first running back to get 100 yards on the Jets this season.

6. Braylon Edwards is going to have his first 100 yard game of the season, as Houston keys on Santonio Holmes who is coming off back to back big games.

7. The Texans two leading receivers are going to be Jacoby Jones and Joel Dressen as they attack the Jets safeties and #3 and #4 corners.

8. Kyle Wilson is going to break big punt return this week for 30 yards or more.

9. The Jets are going to finally get an interception this week. I am guessing it will be Antonio Cromartie who pulls in his third of the season.

10. Nick Folk is going to miss another field goal, giving us all indigestion heading into December.

11. Patrick Turner will take the bulk of the reps for Jerricho Cotchery and record his first reception of the season.

12. If you haven’t been able to tell already I am supremely confident in the Jets this week. Houston does not match-up well with them and is in the midst of a 3 game losing streak. The Jets have the ability to take away the two best things Houston does on offense: throw to Andre Johnson and handoff to Arian Foster, and the Texans defense is brutal. There is no way they are coming into the New Meadowlands in late November and winning this game. I am picking the Jets 27-10.

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Week 11 Picks (Lines Courtesy of BetUs)

  • Raiders (+7) vs. Pittsburgh
  • Ravens (-11.5) vs. Panthers
  • Redskins (+7) vs. Titans
  • Cowboys (-7) vs. Lions
  • Packers (-3.5) vs. Vikings
  • Bills (+5.5) vs. Bengals
  • Browns (-1.5) vs. Jaguars
  • Cardinals (+8) vs. Chiefs
  • Saints (-11) vs. Seahawks
  • Falcons (-3.5) vs. Rams
  • Bucs (+3.5) vs. 49ers
  • Peyton Manning (+4) vs. Patriots
  • Mike Vick Show (-3.5) vs. Giants
  • Chargers (-9) vs. Broncos

New York Jets: Can Somebody Cover The Damn Tight End?

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A big reason the Jets pass defense has struggled so much this season (they are currently ranked 20thin the NFL) has been their inability to stop opposing team’s tight ends. The overwhelming bulk of this blame falls on safeties Jim Leonhard, Eric Smith, and Brodney Pool, who are all having disappointing seasons on the defensive side of the football.

First off, here is a quick run through of what opposing team’s tight ends have done to the Jets this year –

  • Week 1 – Todd Heap – 6 receptions, 72 yards
  • Week 2 – Aaron Hernandez – 6 receptions, 101 yards
  • Week 3– Anthony Fasano – 2 receptions, 14 yards, 1 TD
  • Week 4 – David Nelson – 4 receptions, 75 yards/David Martin – 1 reception, 4 yards, 1 TD
  • Week 9– Brandon Pettigrew – 3 receptions, 18 yards, 1 TD/Tony Scheffler – 2 receptions, 22 yards
  • Week 10 – Benjamin Watson – 5 receptions, 74 yards

So while it appeared the Jets had solved this problem with a three game streak of shutting down the tight end against Minnesota, Denver, and Green Bay, the problem has now reappeared. Teams aren’t hesitating to throw on the Jets safeties and with good reason.

Jim Leonhard has been scrappy as usual and good in run support. Yet he only has 2 passes defensed and 0 interceptions. It is difficult for him to match-up on most tight ends because of his height. Eric Smith has 1 pass defensed and 0 interceptions. Both have been called on numerous pass interference and illegal contact penalties this season. Brodney Pool does have 5 passes defensed and an interception (back in week 2) but doesn’t seem to be around the football enough, with only 22 tackles.

One the pieces that is still missing in Rex Ryan’s defense is a big time, playmaking safety.

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