You can’t expect to win games when you fall behind 24-0, nor when you can’t execute a hurry up offense because there is no communication between the sideline and quarterback, nor when you decide to keep LaDainian Tomlinson in the game when Shonn Greene is averaging nearly 6 yards a carry.
In the end, are you shocked our season ended on a slot receiver catching a pass? Too big of a hole…and the Jets were a miracle short in 2010. Unfortunately, we are turning into the Philadelphia Eagles of the AFC.
Two straight years of losing in the AFC Championship Game is tough to stomach right now. We know we have a coach and we know we have a quarterback (20/33, 233 yards, 2 TDs) but there will still be plenty of changes to the roster next year.
It could be a long wait until next season, so there is plenty of time to rehash this game, right now I have to realize this streak without a Super Bowl is going to continue.
It is cold, it is refreshing and it is wrong more times than not…it is the 12 pack, with a very special AFC Championship Game edition –
1. Mark Sanchez is going to throw for about 200 yards and hit a key big play down the field to Santonio Holmes, who is due for a long touchdown. He also won’t turn the football over.
2. Braylon Edwards will lead the Jets in receptions and yards, continuing his terrific season as the Jets most reliable receiver.
3. Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson will combine for less than 90 yards rushing, it is going to be tough sledding against a pissed off Pittsburgh front seven that didn’t play well in the previous Jets match-up.
4. Ben Roethlisberger is going to create a long touchdown after breaking the pocket by hitting one of his receivers that isn’t being covered by Darrelle Revis. Overall, Antonio Cromartie is going to have a tough time in this game and will be picked on by Roethlisberger.
5. Rashard Mendenhall won’t crack 100 yards but will still have a solid outing against the Jets defense, especially taking advantage when they don’t stack the box.
6. The Jets are going to have one big kick return that will directly set up points.
7. The Jets will be very hesitant to attempt a field goal over 40 yards, Nick Folk is going to miss a kick somewhere between 30 and 40 yards as well.
8. Emmanuel Sanders and Heath Miller are both going to have productive days working the middle of the field against the Jets secondary.
9. Jason Taylor is going to record a sack in a big spot. I know he has looked out of it the past week, but I just got a feeling.
10. Shaun Ellis is going to play another very strong game and keep pressure on Roethlibserger throughout the game.
11. The Jets are going to score points in the first quarter…finally.
12. Yes, Yes, Yes…the Jets are going to the Super Bowl. Put it down as my most confident pick of the season, with the Jets winning 21-17 in a tight, hard-fought game. This is our year and it has been since the off-season, through Hard Knocks, through all the miracle last second victories, through all the controversies, and punctuated by the major upset of the Patriots last week, that even I couldn’t see coming…shame on me. Pittsburgh has won enough damn Super Bowls, this is our time.
The dust has fully settled on the Jets oh so sweet victory over the New England Patriots, the long weekend is over and it is time for a few key realizations —
Yes, it was a very, very important win in Jets franchise history to end New England’s season in their building as heavy underdogs. Honestly, outside of Super Bowl III, it is probably the greatest win in franchise history. Maybe I am too young and I’m not placing enough importance on another game in their past but to my knowledge and understanding, this should rank as #2.
However, there is no awards or trophies for beating your arch-rival in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Before the season started, Rex Ryan talked Super Bowl, the players talked Super Bowl, and most of us felt this team was good enough to win a Super Bowl, now is the time to seize the opportunity.
The Jets are exercising demons on a weekly basis. Rex Ryan can’t beat Peyton Manning? Those days are over. The Jets can’t beat the Patriots when it counts, Tom Brady is an infallible quarterback who never mistakes? Sorry, Phil Simms, Jim Nantz and every other mainstream media member, those are days are also over. Yet, the biggest demon still needs to be exercised. The demon of the Jets not winning a Super Bowl since 1969.
The novelty of getting to the AFC Championship Game has worn off. We did that last year. It was a pleasant surprise as a 9-7 team with a first year head coach and rookie quarterback and the Jets were rightly heavy underdogs to a team that was capable of going 16-0. This time around is different. The Jets expected to be here. They already beat Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, this year and honestly they should be expected to win this game.
There are no excuses. I don’t want to hear about a hangover from the New England win when a Super Bowl birth is on the line. This team has Super Bowl talent throughout the entire organization, from the owner, to the GM, to the coaching staff, to every player on this roster.
The Jets have already taken over this town. There hasn’t been a bigger, more consistent story since the day Rex Ryan took over. However, the only way for this organization to truly become a part of history and permanently shed their labels as little brothers in this sports town is to win a championship.
Rex Ryan said it in all those Hard Knocks promos we loved so much, “it is time to win a Super Bowl”…nothing else is acceptable.