Jets vs. Lions: Game Breakdown

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Offense: Hey Brian Schottenheimer, you see those two guys…#21 and #23? They are your running backs. This football team is built around their running game and defense. You have a terrific offensive line, so how about you run the game plan through them? By the way, Detroit is 27th in the NFL at stopping the run. LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene need to combine for 35-45 carries this Sunday, as the Jets get back to their formula for success since the beginning of the Rex Ryan era.

When they do throw the football, Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller need to get involved early, especially Edwards. He has been their best receiver so far this year so throw him a quick screen or hitch in the first series to make sure he is in the flow of the game. Keller wasn’t utilized enough last week and is always a threat off play action.

If the Jets are going to only run two plays out of the Tiger formation, they need to can it. It is time to expand the package of plays and come up with a few new wrinkles in it.

I don’t doubt that Jerricho Cotchery will bounce back with a strong performance this week, same with Santonio Holmes. It would be nice to see the Jets throw Holmes something besides a quick slant or an under route though.

Defense: Darrelle Revis vs. Calvin Johnson is just going to be fun to watch. I would expect Revis on him the overwhelming majority of the time, or at least he should be if he is actually 100 percent healthy. Antonio Cromartie should be able to handle Nate Burleson. However, the Lions tight ends should be a cause for concern. The Jets have struggled to defend the tight this season at times and Detroit has two good ones in Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler. Brodney Pool, Jim Leonhard, Dwight Lowery, and Eric Smith are going to need to step up their coverage to protect the middle of the field.

The Lions don’t have much of a running game (ranked 30th in the NFL) yet Jahvid Best is dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield with 36 receptions. There isn’t much speed for the Jets at linebacker so it will be interesting to see if the Jets shadow him with either Eric Smith, James Ihedigbo, or maybe Dwight Lowery.

I would like to see the Jets pass rush from their outside linebackers wake up a little bit this week. It has been a very quiet couple of weeks from Calvin Pace, Jason Taylor, and Bryan Thomas. The Jets only have 15 sacks in 7 games, which isn’t enough for a team as aggressive as they are.

Special Teams: You think Steve Weatherford will think twice about taking off for a fake punt this week? The Jets should be wary of Stefan Logan in the return game. The Redskins ran a kick back for a touchdown on the Lions last week and Brad Smith has been very good as a returner this year, so the Jets might be able to pop one.

Jets vs. Packers: Game Breakdown

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Offense: The Jets should be able to take advantage of Green Bay’s struggling run defense with both LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. This would be the time of the year to start getting Greene more involved in the offense to insure that Tomlinson is fresh for the stretch run in December and January. I do hope the Jets don’t become too conservative after Mark Sanchez’s erratic performance against the Denver Broncos a few weeks ago, which is no reason to go into the week one shell.

When the Jets are throwing the ball, expect to see more reps and targets for Santonio Holmes. Green Bay’s pass defense has been in the middle of the pack and there should be chances down the field for Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Dustin Keller, and Jerricho Cotchery. The Jets offensive line will have their hands full with the Green Bay pass rush, led by Clay Matthews. It would make sense for the Packers to predominantly send Matthews at Damien Woody instead of D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

I am still waiting to see a little more out of the Jets Tiger formation, perhaps another pass from Brad Smith or an option pass from Tomlinson.

Defense: It will be interesting to see if the Jets are even more aggressive than usual with their blitz package, considering the supposed improved health of Darrelle Revis. Aaron Rodgers certainly has the ability and weapons to make the Jets pay against the blitz so Rex Ryan is going to have to mix and match his approach and occasionally be slightly less aggressive.

The Packers haven’t really been able to run the football this season, making them one-dimensional. However, Denver also came into the Jets game unable to run the ball and had a good degree of success. The Jets are thin on the defensive line moving forward and clearly think Shaun Ellis, Mike DeVito, Sione Pouha, and Trevor Pryce can handle major reps.

It would be nice to see the Jets pass rush be a little more active this week. Calvin Pace has had two weeks to rest his foot and should be more explosive off the edge. Jason Taylor has been pretty good so far, but considering how much the Packers will likely throw this week he should be in Rodgers face all day. I would expect the Jets to rotate Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie on Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Hopefully Revis can live up this word and begin to resemble his 2009 self.

Special Teams: How about it Kyle Wilson? I am waiting to see something…anything from you on punt return. Brad Smith has quietly been excellent on kick returns and always is a threat to break one. Jordy Nelson and Tramon Williams are somewhat dangerous on returns but the Jets coverage has been solid this year. Nick Folk and Mason Crosby have been two of the top kickers in the NFL this year.

Ten Post Bye Thoughts On The Jets

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1. Darrelle Revis is claiming to be 100 percent coming out of the bye week…we’ll see on Sunday. I would expect to see the Jets mix and match Revis and Antonio Cromartie on the opposing team’s best receiver in the following weeks. Obviously a truly healthy Revis would provide a major boost to the Jets defense, which hasn’t been it dominant self yet in 2010. There will be plenty of chances to for Revis to show the Island is back, with Greg Jennings, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens all upcoming.

2. I think coming out of the bye week, you will see Santonio Holmes and Shonn Greene both become bigger parts of the Jets offense. Holmes is too talented to only be playing 25 – 30 reps a game and Brian Schottenheimer has to find a way to get the ball in his hands more. Greene needs to help insure LaDainian Tomlinson is fresh for the stretch run in December and January.

3. The Jets need to keep rolling in their next five games and by that I mean anything less than 4-1 is unacceptable. Their final six games include tough road trips to New England, Pittsburgh, and Chicago along with a home match-up against Miami. It doesn’t look like the Patriots are going to let the Jets run away with this division title, which means they want to be at 9-2 or 10-1 (it is very possible if you look at the upcoming schedule) heading into December.

4. We are overdue for some trickery. I don’t know if it is going to be fake punt or field goal. A LaDainian Tomlinson option pass. Another Brad Smith pass…but something should be on the way after the bye week.

5. I am sure Rex Ryan has been beating into the heads of his defensive players how average their rankings are so far. He knows it would make a nice little statement to shut down a powerhouse offense like Green Bay this week. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jets be even more aggressive than usual, especially if Revis is genuinely 100 percent.

6. It will be interesting to see how Mark Sanchez responds to his first turnovers of the year this week. If he can finish the regular season with single digits in interceptions, it would be a tremendous accomplishment considering the amount he threw last season. I have loved Sanchez’s aggressiveness down the field and hopefully he can connect on a few more over the next few weeks.

7. Post-Bye Offensive Predictions – Both LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene will finish with over 1,000 yards…Both Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller will have at least 8 touchdowns…Mark Sanchez will crack 20 touchdown passes…Santonio Holmes will finish with 50 receptions.

8. Jason Taylor is going to end up leading the Jets in sacks. There should be a boost to his production as Calvin Pace gets closer and closer to 100 percent and Taylor’s reps become a little more limited.

9. I wonder if we will see Kyle Wilson play a significant role on the defense at any point the rest of the 2010 season. It doesn’t seem like it right now. Yet, you never know with Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery.

10. This nonsense with Cablevision and FOX better be settled by Sunday.

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

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

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?

Bad Jets/Bills Memory

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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Jets Have Chance To Make Major Statement Sunday Night

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First a few updates:

1. Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace have been declared out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. This was a smart call in both situations. There is no reason to rush them back so they have lingering injury issues all season long. Jason Taylor and Nick Mangold should be good to go, along with Brad Smith.

2. I would expect Braylon Edwards to sit out the first series and that is about it. I am not saying I agree with the decision, but it is what it is. The guy made an incredibly stupid decision and he won’t be on the team next year. The Jets were handcuffed by the CBA in terms of suspending him but it still feels like they didn’t take strong enough action. However, I can’t sit here lying and say I won’t be cheering if Edwards did to Miami what he did last season.

3. The Jets are planning to activate wide receiver Patrick Turner Sunday night.

Jets Have Chance To Make Major Statement Sunday Night

Lost in the midst of the entire world ripping the Jets to pieces for losing to the Ravens by one point, Ines Sainz, and Braylon Edwards’ stupidity is just how impressive their win against the New England Patriots really was.

Consider this, no Darrelle Revis, no Calvin Pace, no Kris Jenkins, and a banged up Jason Taylor against that vaunted Patriots passing attack…and the Jets defense allowed zero points in the second half after allowing 14 in the first. The Jets beat their supposed biggest competition in the division by 14 points nowhere near full strength.

Now here come the Dolphins, the other serious contender for the AFC East title. If the Jets can go on the road and beat them this week amidst all the Braylon Edwards nonsense, they are demonstrating they are the team to beat in the AFC East and a legit contender throughout the entire conference. Just think about about this team when they get Revis back at full strength, get their top pass rusher back in Calvin Pace and then get their top wide receiver Santonio Holmes back. They are only going to get better and if they can grab back to back wins against their competition for an AFC East title early in the season, it is going to demonstrate just how resilient this team really is.

Just as many people the Jets shut up last week by beating New England by two touchdowns, they will shut up this week if they knock off the 2-0 Dolphins on the road without their best player on defense, their best pass rusher, and while dealing with another headline grabbing controversy.

Beyond that, it is time for Rex Ryan to get his first win against the Dolphins.