Grading Out Jets/Chiefs

TOJ grades out the New York Jets 37-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs

A quick grade report for the New York Jets 37-10 drubbing of the Kansas City Chiefs

Quarterback (A) – Mark Sanchez did everything you could have asked for yesterday, producing four touchdowns (two on the ground and two through the air) and protecting the football. The running game was rolling so Sanchez was able to thrive off play action and work the short to intermediate passing game.

Running Backs (A) – Shonn Greene is getting better with each passing week, finishing with a career high in total yards produced from scrimmage (187). He has improved substantially as a receiving back and is running aggressively north and south. LaDainian Tomlinson looked ready to become a major impact player in the offense again with 2 receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.

Wide Receivers (C) – They didn’t play much of a role in this game. Santonio Holmes did grab his 7th touchdown of the year.

Tight Ends (A) – Dustin Keller was a big factor in the first half when the game was still in question. Josh Baker had a nice grab over the middle on a well designed play. Matthew Mulligan didn’t have any penalties so that is always a win.

Offensive Line (B) – Very good push in the running game, questionable protection in the passing game at times. They will need to be more consistent in this area moving forward with much better pass rushes on the horizon.

Defensive Line (A) – Dominant. Marcus Dixon did a very nice job filling in for Mike DeVito, finishing with 4 tackles and .5 sacks. Sione Pouha had a sack as well. Muhammad Wilkerson finished with 5 tackles.

Linebackers (A) – Bart Scott sack. David Harris sack. Calvin Pace half sack. They were all over the field yesterday. Scott and Pace have been much better as of late.

Secondary (A) – Jim Leonhard’s injury put a grey cloud over this win. It will be up to Brodney Pool and Eric Smith to pick up the slack.

Special Teams (A) – No turnovers was a nice thing to see. Jeremy Kerley will be the primary punt returner moving forward and showed his explosiveness yesterday. But, can he be trusted to catch the ball in a big spot?

Coaching (A-) – I can’t give them an “A” because of the time out before the first play of the game. Yet, Brian Schottenheimer (with Tom Moore’s assistance I’m sure) put together one of his best game plans of the year. Give Rex Ryan credit for having his team ready to go and bury an inferior opponent quickly out of the gates.

Jets vs. Chiefs: 12 Pack Of Predictions

12 predictions for the Jets do or die week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs

This is the week that could very well make or break the Jets playoff hopes. Will they hold up their end of the bargain? Let’s see what the 12 pack thinks…

1. Mark Sanchez is going to throw for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He will be sacked at least once and have one turnover.

2. Tyler Palko won’t throw for more than 150 yards against the Jets defense. They will also force him into at least two turnovers.

3. Thomas Jones will have a touchdown in his return to New York.

4. Shonn Greene will have his second 100 yard rushing game of the season.

5. Aaron Maybin will have another sack.

6. Antonio Cromartie will have one big kick return, replacing Joe McKnight.

7. Bilal Powell will be active but won’t see any offensive snaps. Brandon Moore will start. Mike DeVito won’t play. Joe McKnight won’t play.

8. Dwayne Bowe will have less than 40 yards receiving.

9. Plaxico Burress will score his 8th touchdown of the season and finish with over 65 yards receiving.

10. LaDainian Tomlinson will get back in the end-zone with a receiving touchdown.

11. This will be a one possession game into the fourth quarter.

12. Ultimately, the Jets will win another sloppy game, 20-10. This won’t require the last second heroics but it won’t be pretty either.

Ten Preliminary Thoughts On Jets vs. Chiefs

Ten preliminary thoughts on the New York Jets week 14 match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs

Ten preliminary thoughts on the New York Jets week 14 match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs, which is once again…a do or die game.

1. Kansas City’s offense is bad…bad enough to make you appreciate the New York Jets offense. They have averaged 7, yes 7, points over the last 5 games and that includes a touchdown on a Hail Mary. Tyler Palko is about as good as a poor man’s Brooks Bollinger. This is the type of game where Rex Ryan needs to send the house early and often to force some turnovers.

2. Kansas City does have an ability to run the football a little bit. Jackie Battle and Dexter McCluster are having okay years. Former New York Jet Thomas Jones is struggling, averaging only 3 yards per carry.

3. Dwayne Bowe is their top target in the passing game but Darrelle Revis should be able handle to him. If there is any type of receiver who gives Revis problems, it is quick ones who run very precise routes. Bowe is far from that.

4. The Chiefs do have a very respectable defense. They have a creative 3-4 scheme, led Tamba Hali who has already racked up 8 sacks this season. First round pick Justin Houston (remember his name from pre-draft speculation?) exploded with 3 sacks last week after a slow start. Brandon Flowers is a very good corner, who will probably be matched up with Santonio Holmes.

5. Besides the Chiefs coaching staff, who is full of ex-Jets. How about these names? Jon McGraw plays for them at safety and Anthony Becht is on the roster at tight end. Talk about long lost crappy ex-Jets.

6. If Joe McKnight doesn’t suit up, look for Antonio Cromartie on kick return and for Bilal Powell to be active. I wouldn’t expect Powell to get any work on offense though, unless LaDainian Tomlinson leaves early with an injury.

7. Very quietly the Jets are 5-1 at home this year. Could there finally be some kind of advantage developing at MetLife Stadium?

8. You would hope for once, the Jets don’t have to play an ugly, down to the wire game that will require last minute heroics. This is their “easiest” game left by far. Sunday is a time to get a lopsided win and build some confidence heading into more challenging opponents.

9. This is supposed to be Shonn Greene’s time of the year and it is hard to see him not getting at least 20 carries this week. He has only had one 100 yard game this season. There couldn’t be a better time for number two.

10. I would love to see what this team could do in a game that they didn’t muff a punt or kickoff.

Post-Draft AFC Power Poll

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First a few updates:

1. What a let down from the Heat only taking one game from the Celtics…all the more reason for D-Wade to throw on the blue and orange in New York next year. Even the Knicks have more help for him than the Heat did this past year, did you see who Wade was trying to win with last night? Their starter with the second most points was Carlos Arroyo with a whopping 8…Carlos Arroyo. Well at least we get to watch LeBron steamroll the Celtics out of the playoffs now. How about those Milwaukee Bucks by the way? How the hell did the Knicks pass on Brandon Jennings?

2. Follow Turn On The Jets on Facebook and Twitter (TurnOnTheJets).

3. Kerry Rhodes…Jay Feely…Alan Faneca…The Cardinals are turning into the NFC Jets, which is better than being the Minor League Jets aka the 2009 Cleveland Browns.

Post-Draft AFC Power Poll

It was feeling like that time to put together another power poll, especially with the draft over and most major transactions taken care of. Most teams are ready to head into the 2010 season with their roster constructed the way it is today. Hopefully, I won’t be looking back in January and see the 12-16 teams in this poll still playing.

Tier 1 – The Favorites – The division favorites who should be jockeying for a first round bye. All these teams should have a double digit win total and potentially be in the 11-5 to 13-3 range.

1. Indianapolis Colts – They were basically undefeated last year during the regular season and reached the Super Bowl where they lost a tight game to the Saints. They are number one until somebody knocks them off and as long as Peyton Manning continues to be an absolute beast behind center. I don’t care about the rest of their roster, Manning makes them the team to beat.

Photobucket2. New York Jets – Yes, the AFC’s runner up last year stays in the number two spot. They were already going to be better this year because of Mark Sanchez’s continued development and the defense getting more comfortable in Rex Ryan’s scheme and that was before they added Antonio Cromartie, LaDainian Tomlinson, Brodney Pool, Jason Taylor, Santonio Holmes, and Kyle Wilson.

3. Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens had a good run last year despite having a weak receiving core and Joe Flacco struggling down the stretch. Now they have added Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth at receiver and Flacco should be improved. Beyond that, they just stole Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody in the second round of the draft to add to their defense.

4. San Diego Chargers – They are still loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and play in a crappy division. If they can’t go 5-1 in the AFC West than shame on them.

Tier 2 – The Contenders – The teams who should battle for a division title and be anywhere from around .500 to 10-6/11-5.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Most people seem to think the Bengals are going to struggle this season but I am not sure why. They added a legit number two receiver in Antonio Bryant, drafted a quality pass catching tight end in Jermaine Gresham, and still should be solid on defense and running the football.

6. New England Patriots – They didn’t do much in free agency but had a pretty good overall draft. Brady and Belicheat will keep them competitive, and of course the referees will always be there to help them with roughing the passer penalties.

7. Houston Texans – Everybody loves them every year and every year they go 8-8 (okay, they went 9-7 last year but you get the point). They are a talented team but when will they win a big game?

8. Miami Dolphins – Brandon Marshall was a much needed addition to their offense, while Karlos Dansby and Jared Odrick will improve their defense. Even though I have the Patriots ranked higher, I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Dolphins be the primary challenge to the Jets for a division title.

Tier 3 – The Question Marks – Teams with major questions surrounding them who could go anywhere from 6-10 to 10-6.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers – Outside of their starting quarterback being suspended six games and trading away their best receiver for nothing, they had a pretty good off-season.

10. Tennessee Titans – Vince Young is always a question mark and now they have to deal with Chris Johnson holding out. However, they could be dangerous next year if Young gets rolling, especially if Kenny Britt continues to develop into a legit number one receiver.

11. Denver Broncos – I am not sure if they have improved at all this off-season. Yet, they are in a crappy division so they could hover around .500 again.

12. Jacksonville Jaguars – They added some pieces on defense but I am not sure how far David Garrard can carry them. Beyond that, they are in a tough division.

13. Oakland Raiders – Yes, the Raiders. Keep in mind they were 5-11 last year with a defensive tackle playing quarterback the majority of the time. With Jason Campbell under center, they  might actually get somewhat near .500.

Tier 4 – The Basement Dwellers – Teams who shouldn’t be planning on playing meaningful games in December next year.

14. Cleveland Browns – They had a good off-season so far and improved on both sides of the ball but how is that offense going to score points? Nobody is worried about Jake Delhomme throwing to Chansi Stuckey.

15. Kansas City Chiefs – Anytime you give Matt Cassel that much money, you are probably going to struggle for a few seasons.

16. Buffalo Bills – Trent Edwards vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Brian Brohm…with no offensive line…sorry Buffalo.

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