Merry Christmas Jets fans…and the rest of you
Your Christmas present? A 12 pack from TOJ on the Jets-Bears…
1. The Jets defense has struggled getting after the quarterback throughout the season. However, Sunday will be a day for Rex Ryan to show off his ability to design blitzes that constantly harass the quarterback. Jay Cutler will be sacked at least 3 times and one of those will be a strip sack.
2. On the topic Cutler…he won’t shy away from attacking Darrelle Revis, which is going to result in Revis pulling in his first interception of the season.
3. Greg Olsen and Devin Hester are going to have big days working against the Jets secondary. The Jets still haven’t shown an ability to stop the tight end and Hester’s quickness will be problematic if he gets matched up with any of the Jets nickel or dime backs.
4. LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene will combine for at least 35 carries. A Jets running back hasn’t scored a touchdown since they played Denver in week 6 but the streak will end on Sunday.
5. After his big game last week, the Bears will shift more attention to Braylon Edwards opening things up for Santonio Holmes to have a 100 yard performance.
6. Nick Folk is going to keep quietly building momentum heading towards the playoffs by hitting all of his field goal attempts.
7. After being shut out last week, Jerricho Cotchery will have a couple of receptions on Sunday. Dustin Keller will also have one of his better games in recent weeks, pulling in over 50 yards receiving.
8. Mark Sanchez will have another efficient game, completing at least 60 percent of his passes and throwing for just over 200 yards. However, I do think will turn the ball over at least once.
9. Devin Hester will find a way to have at least one big return.
10. Brad Smith will create a big play on offense for the first time since the Cincinnati game.
11. Matt Forte will rush for less than 60 yards against the Jets defense.
12. The Jets are going to relieve all of the unnecessary stress in week 17 by beating the Bears 20-13. I like the way they match-up with them and think it will be a big day for the defense, after a so so effort against the Steelers.
A few reminders on this Thursday for the Jets as they prepare for a trip to the Windy City…
Brian Schottenheimer…Remember that whole, “keep the defense off balance, instead of calling plays that always follow the same tendency thing” you did last week in Pittsburgh? Let’s keep that going this week. It isn’t time to have Mark Sanchez throw 44 passes and turn to the Wildcat on 4th and 2, again. Keep Chicago guessing with the well timed play action and a balanced offensive attack.
Steve Weatherford…Kick the ball away from Devin Hester. One more time, kick the ball away from Devin Hester. Let’s make sure New York’s other team is the only one with a punter stupid enough to lose a game for his team in December.
Mark Sanchez…Protect the football and keep playing with the confidence you showed last week. Remember you have won more playoff games in one season than Jay Cutler has played in during his five year career.
Jason Taylor…I loved the safety last week, which was an absolute big-time clutch play. However, we brought you here to sack the quarterback. How about improving that season total (4) to a respectable number heading into week 17?
Darrelle Revis…Remember Jay Cutler was stubborn enough to keep throwing at DeAngelo Hall, despite being intercepted four times by him and Hall can’t hold your jockstrap on the field. Get those hands ready this week.
Braylon Edwards…Nobody says you can’t have back to back 100 yard games. Keep making those tough catches over the middle.
C’mon now, you didn’t think I was going to avoid a foot related pun on national “just when you think anything else couldn’t happen for your team to grab headlines, it is found out your head coach and his wife make foot fetish videos and post them all over the Internet” day?
Honestly, I have nothing to comment on it, except for the following:
- This was the cover story on a major newspaper’s front page section, not sports section, in the biggest city in our country. What does that say about journalism in America?
- For everybody hating on Rex about this, save your hate for Bill Belichick who had affair and ruined two marriages in the process. So what if Rex is into his wife’s feet? A little weird? Yes…actually very weird, but whatever it is their personal life.
- Finally, you really put these videos on YouTube and all over the Internet, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan and expected nobody to eventually find out?
Now on to that 10-4 football team, we cover here at Turn On The Jets
- Despite being the 5th best known linebacker on the roster. Bryan Thomas leads the Jets with 5 sacks this season. He remains an under appreciated player in the Jets system, who does the little things that helps their defense succeed and has contributed his share of big plays in 2010.
- LaDainian Tomlinson is only 114 yards away from cracking 1,000 and has already racked up 50 receptions. Despite a slowed down second half, Tomlinson has produce enough for the Jets offense to merit his signing. For the record, he has 58 more rushing yards than Thomas Jones and is averaging 4.3 yards per carry compared to Jones’ 3.9. He also has 37 more receptions than him.
- It is hard not be disappointed with Shonn Greene’s 696 yards and 4.0 yards per carry. Some of the blame should go to the coaching staff for not using him enough or letting him get into a rhythm. Yet, some of the blame has to go on Greene’s shoulders as well. However keep in mind Greene didn’t make his mark until the postseason last year.
- It is pretty amazing that Santonio Holmes is only 3 receptions behind Tomlinson for the team lead, despite missing the first four games because of a suspension.
- Braylon Edwards has been impressive this year with 46 receptions, 774 yards, and 6 TDs. He is averaging a whopping 16.8 yards per catch, making a strong argument for the Jets to find a way to bring him back in 2011.
- David Harris has been very good as usual in 2010 but it is hard to say he has been great or complain if he doesn’t receive any post-season accolades. He currently has 93 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 TFLs, and 1 FF. You can’t say he is leading tackler on the best defense in the NFL anymore either, since the Jets defense simply isn’t the league’s best this year unlike in 2009.
- You want to talk about filling up a stat sheet? Look at Brad Smith’s 2010 line – 221 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 4 receptions, 44 yards, 1 completion, 1 TD, 12 tackles, 29.1 yards per kick return, 2 return TDs.
- He is still inconsistent in coverage but hard to ignore Drew Coleman’s 39 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 TFL, 4 PDs, 1 INT, and 4…yes 4 FF’s.
Anybody still trying to talk themselves into New England losing their last two and the Jets winning out to steal the AFC East? Let’s go Bills, this Sunday and then tank it for us in week 17.
One early preview for the 12 pack this week – Darrelle Revis is getting his first interception this week. Jay Cutler isn’t the kind of quarterback who is smart enough to avoid throwing at him and Revis will make him pay.
It is hard to remember a year when so much of the seeding could be shakenup in the final two weeks, and I know there has never been a year when one division has been so putrid…
1. New England Patriots (12-2) – Bill Belichick won’t let them take the foot off the gas in the final two weeks, as they face the basement dwellers of the AFC East.
2. Atlanta Falcons (12-2) – A quiet 12-2. Let’s see how they handle New Orleans this Monday Night, but either way they have all but locked up home field advantage.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) – Players like Mike Vick and Desean Jackson mean the Eagles are never out of a game.
4. Baltimore Ravens (10-4) – Impressive win over the defending champs kept their NFC North title hopes alive.
5. Chicago Bears (10-4) – How many people picked them to win the NFC North?
6. New York Jets (10-4) – The best way to shoot up in the power rankings is by beating a quality opponent in their building. Can they do it two weeks in a row?
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4) – Their offense has been inconsistent and their defense isn’t anywhere near the same without Troy Polamalu in the line-up.
8. New Orleans Saints (10-4) – They can be happy with likely playing the NFC West winner in the first round of the playoffs.
9. New York Giants (9-5) – Went from a potential number two seed to playing for their playoff lives in Lambeau this Sunday.
10. San Diego Chargers (8-6) – They’ll win out, but will they get the help needed to win the AFC West?
11. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) – The Chiefs should be able to handle business to become the surprise winners of the AFC West.
12. Green Bay Packers (8-6) – Do or die against the Giants at home this week.
13. Indianapolis Colts (8-6) – One of the weaker Colts teams in recent memory but they will still be hosting a home playoff game, unless something strange happens.
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-6) – It was only a matter of time until the Colts caught them. Who wanted to watch Jacksonville host a playoff game anyway?
15. Tampa Bay Bucs (8-6) – Nothing for this young team to hang their head about, if they fall short of the playoffs this year.
16. Oakland Raiders (7-7) – The Colts will have their hands full with the Raiders in Oakland this Sunday.
17. Dallas Cowboys (5-9) – They have played very good football since Jason Garrett has taken over.
18. Miami Dolphins (7-7) – Another mediocre season for the Dolphins, who have some major questions to answer this off-season.
19. Tennessee Titans (6-8) – Took a few weeks too long to wake up out of their mid-season funk.
20. Houston Texans (5-9) – Are you really surprised the Texans were a “disappointment” this year?
21. St. Louis Rams (6-8) – The only team in the NFC West that I have a small amount of respect for.
22. Buffalo Bills (4-10) – Way too high? I don’t think so. They play with heart and remain competitive every single week.
I have to be honest…I can’t even rank beyond this point. It is just a pile of crap, that doesn’t deserve to be sorted through. It feels like the Seahawks lose by 30 every week and yet they could still host a playoff game. The 49ers are four games under .500 and could still host a playoff game. The Vikings have clearly quit. The Browns appear to have quit. The Bengals are a disaster. The Lions…well hey, they won a road game. The Cardinals and Panthers are unwatchably awful, and of course are both playing prime-time games this week.
TOJ’s Favorite Moments Of Week 15…
Transcript of an interview I had with Jets right tackle Damien Woody a few days before the Pittsburgh game…