Jets vs. Packers: First Look

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The Opponent: The Green Bay Packers were one of the most popular Super Bowl picks heading into the 2010 season. However, an unbelievable rash of injuries, along with inconsistent and undisciplined play has led to a somewhat disappointing 4-3 start. Green Bay is coming off a gutsy win over the Vikings on Sunday Night football, which could be to the Jets advantage. The Packers can rush the passer and throw the football but can’t stop the run or run the football. This game will be a good test to see if Revis Island has actually returned to the map alongside Alcrotraz and would be a good week to let Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson combine for 38 – 42 carries.

Green Bay Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers – 150/235, 1841 yards, 12 TDs, 9 INTs
  • Running Back: Brandon Jackson – 80 carries, 363 yards, 2 TDs
  • Running Back: John Kuhn – 41 carries, 154 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Greg Jennings – 26 receptions, 390 yards, 5 TDs
  • Wide Receiver: Donal Driver – 28 receptions, 307 yards, 3 TDs
  • Wide Receiver: James Jones – 19 receptions, 284 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Jordy Nelson – 17 receptions, 184 yards, 0 TD
  • Tight End: Andrew Quarless – 7 receptions, 90 yards, 1 TD
  • Left Tackle: Chad Clifton
  • Left Guard: Daryn Colledge
  • Center: Scott Wells
  • Right Guard: Josh Sitton
  • Right Tackle: Bryan Bulaga

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Ryan Pickett – 8 tackles
  • Nose Tackle: B.J. Raji – 22 tackles, 2.5 sacks
  • Defensive End: Cullen Jenkins – 12 tackles, 4 sacks
  • Defensive End – C.J. Wilson – 13 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Clay Matthews – 22 tackles, 8.5 sacks
  • Inside Linebacker: A.J. Hawk – 60 tackles, 2 INTs
  • Outside Linebacker: Brad Jones – 27 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Desmond Bishop – 35 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
  • Corner: Charles Woodson – 45 tackles, 1 INT
  • Corner: Tramon Williams – 28 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 sack
  • Corner: Perrish Cox – 17 tackles, 1 INT
  • Safety: Nick Collins – 31 tackles, 1 INT
  • Safety: Charlie Peprah – 22 tackles

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Mason Crosby – 9/12 on FGs
  • Punter: Tim Masthay – 43.2 yards per punt
  • Kick Return: Jordy Nelson – 23.4 per kick return
  • Punt Return: Tramon Williams – 9.1 per punt return

PhotobucketKey Players: Aaron Rodgers is one of the top quarterbacks in the league and is always capable of putting up some monster numbers. Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are a formidable duo at receiver and will be a big test for Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. Clay Matthews leads the NFL in sacks and Charles Woodson is a playmaker in the secondary.

Injuries: The Jets should finally be 100 percent for this one. Ryan Pickett and Cullen Jenkins could join the long list of Packers who will be sitting this one out.

Key Storylines: Is Darrelle Revis really 100 percent? How will the Jets look coming off their bye week? Can the Jets find a way to block Clay Matthews?

Scouting The Chargers From a Jets Perspective & Other Divisional Round Thoughts

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First a few updates:

1. First off, today is a very happy day over here at TurnOnTheJets.com. The site was lucky enough to be honored with the 2009 Fanball Sports Network Blog of the Year Award. I honestly have to say it does feel great to have the work I put in here recognized with such an award but a special thanks needs to be given to many other people: my roommate and good friend James Corbett who puts in a ton of time on TOJ TV, all of the fellow bloggers here at Fanball, Bryan Douglass who hired me, everybody who follows and comments on facebook or twitter, all of the readers and frequent commenters most notably: The Iron Marshall, BruceHarper, Simplysimon2, my oldest friend Dan Donohue who has been fighting about sports with me since we were three years old, my good friend Sean Santagato who spends an hour a day on the phone with me talking NFL, Tom Santagato, who despite hating the Jets finds time to come on the site and comment, and of course my Dad who pays for our season tickets despite being a Giants fan, checks the site daily and comments (under Jetbo) and is a constant reminder that hard work pays off. Finally, my Grandpa who is the reason I became a Jets fan, my Uncle Mike who took me to games when I was little, and my Uncle Frankie and cousins Chris and Rob, who are the only three other Jets fan I know crazy as I am…and yes thank you too Mom.

Since I figure I will never win an Oscar, I might as well get that speech out while I can. Anyway, on to more important things like the Jets playing in the divisional round of the playoffs and Darrelle Revis being robbed of Defensive Player of the Year…

2. What the hell, NFL? Charles Woodson? I don’t care about the stats, did you watch the first round of the playoffs? This requires a whole article, which I have been meaning to write for awhile, well it is going up later in the day…forget about looking for jobs to start my career, this is a much more important issue. Rex Ryan took the time today to congratulate the people who voted for Darrelle Revis, and pointed out the Jets gave up 8 passing touchdowns all year, while Green Bay nearly gave up 8 last week against Arizona!

3. Was I the only person who turned off the TV when Mark McGwire started crying about his steroid use?

4. Braylon Edwards didn’t practice today because of a court appearance related to an incident in Cleveland when he allegedly punched one of  the friends of LeBron James and Lito Sheppard missed because his wife gave birth. Shaun Ellis (knee), Howard Green (knee), Bart Scott (ankle), and David Harris (ankle) were all limited today. Donald Strickland, Dwight Lowery, and Drew Coleman all practiced full today which is great news. Steve Weatherford is expected to punt this weekend, which is also good news.

Scouting The Chargers From a Jets Perspective & Other Divisional Round Thoughts

SAN DIEGO OFFENSIVE STARTERS/KEY RESERVES

  • Quarterback: Philip Rivers – 317/486, 4254 yards, 28 TDs, 9 INTs, 104.4 QB Rating
  • Running Back: LaDanian Tomlinson – 223 carries, 730 yards, 3.3 yards per carry, 12 touchdowns, 154 receiving yards
  • Fullback: Jacob Hester – 21 carries, 74 yards, 24 receiving yards
  • Fullback: Mike Tolbert – 25 carries, 148 yards, 1 touchdown, 192 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns
  • Third Down Back: Darren Sproles – 93 carries, 343 yards, 3.7 yards per carry, 3 touchdowns, 497 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns
  • #1 Wide Receiver: Vincent Jackson – 68 receptions, 1167 yards, 9 touchdowns
  • #2 Wide Receiver: Malcom Floyd – 45 receptions, 776 yards, 1 touchdown
  • #3 Wide Receiver: Legedu Naanee – 24 receptions, 242 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • #4 Wide Receiver: Craig Davis – 6 receptions, 52 yards
  • Tight End: Antonio Gates – 79 receptions, 1157 yards, 8 touchdowns
  • Left Tackle: Marcus McNeill
  • Left Guard: Kris Dielman
  • Center: Nick Hardwick
  • Right Guard: Louis Vasquez
  • Right Tackle: Brandyn Dombrowski

SAN DIEGO DEFENSIVE STARTERS/KEY RESERVES

  • Defensive End: Jacques Cesaire – 26 tackles, 1 sack
  • Defensive Tackle: Ogemdi Nwagbuo – 19 tackles, 1 sack
  • Defensive End: Luis Castillo – 25 tackles, 2 sacks
  • Outside Linebacker: Shaun Phillips – 59 tackles, 7 sacks
  • Inside Linebacker: Stephen Cooper – 102 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Kevin Burnett – 66 tackles, 2.5 sacks
  • Outside Linebacker: Shawne Merriman – 36 tackles, 4 sacks
  • Linebacker: Brandon Siler – 67 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT
  • Linebacker: Tim Dobbins – 55 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
  • Linebacker: Larry English – 36 tackles, 2 sacks
  • Corner: Quentin Jammer – 58 tackles, 3 INTs
  • Corner: Antonio Cromartie – 33 tackles, 3 INTs
  • Corner: Antoine Cason – 41 tackles, 2 INTs
  • Safety: Steve Gregory – 71 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT
  • Safety: Eric Weddle – 82 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 INTs
  • Safety: Kevin Ellison – 52 tackles, 1 sack
  • Safety: Paul Oliver – 49 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Nate Kaeding – 32/35 FGs, 2 missed 40-49 yards, 1 missed 50+ yards
  • Punter: Mike Scifers – 45 yards per punt
  • Return: Darren Sproles – 24.1 yards per kickoff return, 7.0 yards per punt return, 1 touchdown

PhotobucketThoughts On the Match-Up – I have confidence in Darrelle Revis on Vincent Jackson. However, I am worried about Lito Sheppard on Malcom Floyd, who has been a big play receiver this season. This is a big game for Sheppard to prove his value to the Jets and earn a chance to get a new contract from them next season. Antonio Gates is obviously going to be an issue, Kerry Rhodes has the physical talent and size to match-up with Gates but he needs to bring his A game. It is alot of pressure on two guys, Sheppard and Rhodes, who have had up and down seasons but have been playing as of late. I am not scared of Tomlinson or Sproles running the football but I am worried about Sproles in the passing game. You know the Chargers have watched the tape of Ricky Williams shredding the Jets on screen passes and they will be dialing them up to counter the Jets pass rush. Beyond that, the Jets don’t have a linebacker who could cover Sproles. I would expect to see alot of Eric Smith or Donald Strickland attempting to cover him in the flats.

On offense, I feel surprisingly good. I think this unit is finally hitting their stride and will put together another 20+ point effort. I think the Jets will be able to run the ball, chew up some clock, and consistently move the football. The success the Jets will have running the ball should open up some opportunities down the field. However, will they take another shot with Braylon Edwards or will they give the deep ball or Jerricho Cotchery or maybe even David Clowney? Edwards will likely get another shot, but my god…catch the damn ball, #17! The Chargers are likely going to over-scheme for Keller, which should open things up for Cotchery, Edwards, and maybe Brad Smith who was quiet last week.

I am worried about Sproles on returns, but I am confident we are going to see a big play from the Jets special teams this week. I don’t know if it is going to be a kick or punt return, or a fake punt at a surprising time or something…but it is on the way.

Other Quick Thoughts On Divisional Round…As of today, I am liking the Cardinals in the upset against Saints. New Orleans is coming in ice cold, and the Cardinals can go point for point with them. I am feeling a 45-42 game. If the Ravens somehow beat the Colts Saturday night, I am going to get 20 percent more confident in the Jets pulling off the upset because that would mean another thing broke their way in this odd 2009 season. I am really looking forward to Brett Favre being knocked out at home and watching him and the Vikings head into a tail spin, culminating with a 33-10 loss in week 7 at new stadium in the Meadowlands, as the Jets rack up 7 sacks and send the Minnesota to a 2-5 start in 2010 leading Favre to retire in half way through the season.

LaDanian Tomlinson Slid His Way To 3.3 Yards Pery Carry

Awesome Defense By Woodson and the Packers

Your 2009 Defensive Player of the Year

Wild-Card Weekend Reaction/First Thoughts On Jets/Chargers

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First a few updates:

1. Great weekend…I am officially exhausted from consuming unnecessary amounts of food and alcohol and screaming happy expletives at all the people around me cheering against the Jets as Shonn Greene, Mark Sanchez, and Dustin Keller shredded the Bengals defense and Darrelle Revis put Chad Johnson on the inactive list. My favorite moment was with the entire room screaming in my face after Benson’s touchdown run cut the lead to 21-14 and the Jets faced a 2nd and 8 and the Jets responded with a 45 yard completion to Dustin Keller, which did a beautiful job of silencing the room as a bunch of Giants fans went back to figuring out how to fix their god-awful defense. Hey, at least they had those Justin Tuck and Michael Strahan Subway commercials to enjoy.

2. The early reports are that Steve Weatherford is expected to play this Sunday. The amount of confidence the Jets have in him will be shown by the amount of punters they bring in this week for workouts.

3. Rex Ryan revealed that Thomas Jones played with a knee brace on and that the cold weather hasn’t been helping his knee bruise. He said the warm weather should help Jones out and he should be near his normal 20 carries again…well not if Shonn Greene is still ripping off 6 yards a carry.

4. Bart Scott will probably be limited in practice this week with an ankle injury.

Wild-Card Weekend Reaction

Photobucket 1. Anybody else feeling that a change of guard in the AFC East is on the way? The Patriots look like a team with a coach and quarterback who have lost more than a few steps, no running backs, a washed up/uninterested Randy Moss, no Wes Welker until October, a fading offensive line, and a crappy defense highlighted by one of the worst secondaries in football.

2. Give the Ravens credit for sticking with the run, which the Patriots were helpless to stop. Ray Rice is one hell of a football player and Willis McGahee provides power off the bench. However, Joe Flacco must play much, much better if they want any chance at beating the Colts. They will be a confident team heading to Indy, but they will need more than 34 passing yards.

3. Can we stop debating about who the Defensive Player of the Year is now? Outside of a forced fumble, Charles Woodson played awful yesterday as a key part of a defense that allowed 51 points. 51! Larry Fitzgerald had 82 yards and 2 touchdowns on him, and Woodson missed a bunch of tackles. It will be nothing short of robbery if Darrelle Revis doesn’t win this award.

4. The Cowboys are playing better than anyone in the NFL right now, which means our old buddy Brett and the Vikings could be in trouble. I wouldn’t be shocked if both road teams in the NFC won this weekend. The Saints are ice cold and the Cardinals can go point for point with them.

First Thoughts On Jets/Chargers

I said on Saturday night that I wanted the Chargers, why?

1. The best way to attack the Jets defense is to run the football. San Diego can’t run the football. They have the league’s 32nd ranked rushing attack and don’t have a back who came near 1,000 yards. LaDanian Tomlinson averaged 3.3 yards per carry this year and Darren Sproles only averaged 3.7.

2. San Diego is not a very good defensive team, finishing 16th in the NFL in total defense. They are ranked 20th in the NFL in rush defense. You can bet on a combined 40 carries from Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene, which will work to keep Philip Rivers off the field and allow Mark Sanchez to be more comfortable.

3. Mark Sanchez should be comfortable, playing in his home state without weather being a factor.

4. The Chargers throw the ball better than anyone in the NFL, fortunately the Jets stop the pass better than anyone in the NFL.

5. Norv Turner is not a big game coach.

However…

1. Philip Rivers is a terrific quarterback who will shred the Jets up if their pass rush can’t get to him. Rex Ryan needs to scheme like crazy this week because Rivers won’t miss all the throws that Carson Palmer did last week.

2. David Harris and Bart Scott are both dealing with ankle injuries. The Jets don’t have a linebacker who could cover Darren Sproles out of the backfield. They will likely need to keep an extra safety or corner out there to help with covering him.

3. Kerry Rhodes is going to have his hands full with Antonio Gates.

4. The Chargers have won 11 games in a row.

Overall, San Diego went 13-3 for a reason, just like the Jets went 9-7 for a reason. They are a better team than the Jets. Yet, that doesn’t mean the Jets don’t match-up well with them and don’t have a reasonable chance at pulling off the upset. If the Jets can withstand the early blows from San Diego, like they did against the Bengals and get into halftime within one possession. They just might be able to steal the game in the second half. The Chargers are going to get their yards but the key is making them settle for field goals instead of allowing them to score touchdowns. The offense is going to have to run the ball to keep San Diego’s offense on the sidelines as much as possible but also hit a big play or two.

Crazier things have happened this season for the Jets…who knows? This just might be our season after all.

The Last Season the Jets Were In the Divisional Round

Jets vs. Ravens: Five Players to Watch

First a few updates:

1.  The Jets had their first annual “King Ugly” contest which names the three ugliest players/coaches in the organization. According to the beat writers and David Clowney’s twitter (also an interesting follow), first place was James Ihedigbo, second place was defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, and third place was Leon Washington. Hey, it’s not a big deal guys…you play a sport with helmets on and I am pretty sure Pettine will be tucked safely away in the booth.

2. I was cleaning out my closet today and went through all my NFL Jerseys, which was obviously overloaded with Jets no longer on the team and WR’s and CB’s from other teams. For some reason when I was in high school I  wasted hundreds of dollars on jerseys of receivers and corners cause I played both positions. Anyway, look at this depth chart of jerseys and please if you are interested in buying any of them except for the guys currently on the Jets, feel free to let me know:

Jets Jerseys:

Still On The Team – Dustin Keller, Jerricho Cotchery, Kerry Rhodes

Legends – Curtis Martin

Out of Date – Santana Moss, Laveranues Coles, Curtis Conway (Yes, Curtis Conway), Jonathan Vilma, Chad Pennington, #9 Caporoso Jersey (a horrible gift from an ex-girlfriend)

Other NFL Jerseys:

Recievers: Anquan Boldin, David Boston, Issac Bruce

Corners: Terrence Newman, Phillip Buchannon, Charles Woodson, Quentin Jammer

Jets vs. Ravens: Five Players to Watch

I am going to do a full preview of the game before Monday Night but for now here is five players in particular to watch out for when the Jets play the Ravens:

Mark Sanchez – Obviously…the rookie is making his first start and it is on the road against one of the NFL’s best defenses. What will be the most interesting to see is how he handles the intense amounts of pressure the Ravens will throw at him. Can he avoid sacks and move the pocket? Can he make the proper check at the line to a quick pass? Can he find the back or tight end to dump the ball off too? Even better, will he make the Ravens pay for crowding the box? Leading a scoring drive against the Rams is one thing but if Sanchez can put up some points against Baltimore’s first defense, that would be pretty impressive and leave us all feeling better heading into the season.

David Clowney – Can the speedy receiver keep up his pre-season dominance and more importantly, can he stay healthy? I would like to see Clowney catch a few balls that aren’t deep bombs (obviously in addition to catching a deep bomb or two) to show that he could work in traffic and be a complete receiver. Teams are going to start respecting his deep speed, which will open up the deep curl and comeback for him. Clowney has had some issues catching the football, so he needs to prove he can pull in a few difficult passes. Also, we’d all like to see him catch another touchdown and do that bizarre dance.

Vernon Gholston – Paging Mr. Gholston…paging Mr. Gholston….will you ever record a sack? Even in a pre-season game? Why can Kenwin Cummings get a sack last week but you can’t? I am tired about hearing how strong he is at the point of attack and how he has all the tools. It is time for Gholston to make a pass rush move and use his speed to put the quarterback on the ground.  We are all sick of seeing the #6 pick in the draft end of the game stats be 2 assisted tackles and 0 impact plays.

Dwight Lowery – The second year corner is coming off a rough outing against the Rams and should start again in place of Darrelle Revis and also see extended reps because Donald Strickland is sitting out with a sore toe. Lowery apparently struggled last game because he was dealing with some personal issues involving a friend nearly being deported. Hopefully, he can put that behind him, go out and have a strong bounce-back performance. You can never have enough depth in the secondary and Lowery is a talented guy who has a chance to be a big part of the Jets nickle and dime packages on defense this season.

Wayne Hunter – The backup tackle will start again for Damien Woody. Hunter struggled last week, giving up a 3rd down sack to Leonard Little of the Rams. It would be nice to see Hunter have a solid performance against a top tier defense, showing the Jets have somewhat decent depth on the offensive line. Also, keep an eye out to see if he gets any reps at tight end with the second offense.

Another Funny Jets Commercial, this time starting Fireman Ed: