Sunday Night Vent: Jets Offense Ends Winning Streak

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Leave it to the Jets for that type of buzzkill performance, right? The blame for the Jets ugly 9-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers falls on the offensive side of the football, where the play-calling and consistency from key players remain problematic. In no particular order:

1. Catch the damn football. Jerricho Cotchery and Santonio Holmes in particular. You can’t afford to leave that many plays on the field.

2. Where is Shonn Greene? Six carries?

3. I usually don’t pile on the Schottenheimer bashing bandwagon but the play-calling has been predictable and perplexing the past two games. The Jets simply aren’t getting the most out of their collection of playmakers and that falls on the offensive coordinator.

4. Mark Sanchez was erratic but received no help from his receivers. He played well enough for the Jets to win this game.

5. You aren’t going to win when you have three turnovers, especially when all three are inside the 50. Nick Folk’s missed field goal is also basically another turnover.

Overall, it is a shame the Jets wasted such a strong performance from their defense. The fake punt on 4th and 18 was obviously a poor decision. Rex Ryan’s clock management and challenge calls leave something to be desired. The Jets didn’t deserve to win today and quickly need to establish some type of identity on offense, which needs to be aided by receivers catching the football when it hits them in the hands.

Yet, let’s not act like the sky is falling. The Jets played sloppy, turnover filled bonehead football and were still in position to win the game late. Hopefully, the reaction to this loss will be similar to the reaction to the Baltimore loss, when the Jets played terrific the following three weeks especially on offense.

Take the next day or two before you turn your thoughts to Detroit and bash on Schotty, he deserves it

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.

Top Five Reasons The Jets Are 4-1

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Top Five Reasons The Jets Are 4-1

5. Corners Stepping UpDarrelle Revis has been a nonfactor the first five weeks of the 2010 season. Fortunately, Antonio Cromartie has looked the part of a legit number one corner for most of this year. Most importantly, he kept Randy Moss in check in the second half against New England in week two and against the Vikings in week five. Cromartie isn’t quite an island, but he is playing at a Pro-Bowl level. Beyond him, Drew Coleman has responded well to extra playing time and jumped the disappointing Kyle Wilson on the depth chart. Dwight Lowery and Marquice Cole have also handled their defensive reps well and are starting to make us all believers that the Jets could survive an extended period of time without Revis while he rests his hamstring.

4. Special Teams Excellence – There were a good amount of questions about the Jets special teams heading into the 2010 season. Would releasing Jay Feely to sign the inconsistent Nick Folk come back to haunt the Jets? Could Steve Weatherford hold the punting  job? How much would the Jets miss Wallace Wright? Could Tanner Purdum handle the long snapper job? Who would handle the return duties? Amazingly, all these potential problems have turned into strengths as the Jets are off to an excellent start on special teams. Nick Folk is 12/14 on field goals and was just named AFC special teams player of the week. Weatherford is consistently pinning teams deep. Purdum has been fine. Brad Smith has excelled at kick return and Jim Leonhard has been better on punt returns in year two than he was in year one. Wright hasn’t been missed on coverage units thanks to the play of guys like Eric Smith, Lance Laury, and Marquice Cole.

3. LT Glide – The Jets offense has been bolstered by LaDainian Tomlinson reaching back into the past and playing at his vintage Hall of Fame level. After two subpar seasons in 2008 and 2009, Tomlinson is currently leading the Jets with 435 rushing yards on an astounding 5.7 yards per carry. Beyond that, he already has 17 receptions and 3 touchdowns. Thomas who? After five weeks, the Jets have the NFL’s number one ranked rushing attack.

2. The Sanchize – Eight touchdowns but way more importantly ZERO turnovers. Mark Sanchez has learned how to protect football and is aggressively attacking down the field. The confidence he is playing with has opened up the running game and made the Jets far from one-dimensional on offense. The talk of the Jets not being to win a Super Bowl has quieted down awfully quick, with Sanchez posting 91.7 quarterback rating through five weeks.

1. The Turnover Margin – The Jets have one turnover in five games and have forced 12 turnovers…simply put that is winning football.

Jets vs. Broncos: First Look

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Final Thoughts On Week 5

Offensive MVP – The Offensive Line – It isn’t easy to run for 155 yards on the Minnesota Vikings and the big fellas up front deserve some credit. Matt Slauson is beginning to come along at left guard and after five weeks the Jets have the NFL’s #1 ranked rushing attack…so much for not being able to survive without Alan Faneca and Thomas Jones.

PhotobucketDefensive MVP – Antonio Cromartie – I know he allowed the one touchdown to Randy Moss, but I am not sure he could have defended that play any better. Beyond that, Cromartie was in Darrelle Revis circa 2009 form. There were plenty of valid questions about bringing him over from San Diego, yet since a tough week one, Cromartie has been an excellent addition to the Jets defense.

They Deserve Some Love Too – Drew Coleman & Dwight Lowery…TOJ never hesitates to rip on these two, but they both deserve credit for their play last night and thus far in 2010…Shonn Greene…There is the late touchdown run after the defense is worn down, that we’ve been waiting for…David Harris…Very strong all around game….Calvin Pace…Looked great back out on the field with 1.5 sacks….Nick Folk…Money in the bank, who would have thought?…Steve Weatherford…Having a great season so far in 2010.

Jets vs. Broncos: First Look

The Opponent: The inconsistent Denver Broncos have done one thing very well so far in 2010 and that is throw the football. Surprisingly, Kyle Orton has developed into a big time quarterback (at least statistically) and is getting the job done without any big name receivers. Denver is ranked 2nd in the NFL in passing yards but 32nd in rushing yards. Honestly, they have been completely putrid attempting to the run ball as the stats demonstrate. On defense, they are ranked 25th at stopping the run (Ground and Pound, anyone?) and 16th at stopping the pass.

Denver Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Kyle Orton – 141/213, 1733 yards, 8 TDs, 3 INTs
  • Running Back: Knowshon Moreno – 39 carries, 111 yards, 2 TDs
  • Running Back: Correll Buckhalter – 32 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD
  • Running Back: Laurence Maroney – 29 carries, 56 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Brandon Lloyd – 30 receptions, 589 yards, 3 TDs
  • Wide Receiver: Eddie Royal – 29 receptions, 330 yards, 2 TDs
  • Wide Receiver: Jabab Gaffney – 31 receptions, 327 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Demaryius Thomas – 13 receptions, 161 yards, 1 TD
  • Tight End: Daniel Graham – 11 receptions, 84 yards, 0 TDs
  • Left Tackle: Ryan Clady
  • Left Guard: Stanley Daniels
  • Center: J.D. Walton
  • Right Guard: Chris Kuper
  • Right Tackle: Ryan Harris

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Ryan McBean – 5 tackles
  • Nose Tackle: Jamal Williams – 10 tackles
  • Defensive End: Justin Bannan – 12 tackles
  • Defensive End: Kevin Vickerson – 15 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Mario Haggan – 29 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: D.J. Williams – 45 tackles, 1.5 sacks
  • Outside Linebacker: Robert Ayers – 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks
  • Inside Linebacker: Jason Hunter – 22 tackles
  • Corner: Champ Bailey – 10 tackles, 1 INT
  • Corner: Andre Goodman – 2 tackles
  • Corner: Perrish Cox – 17 tackles, 1 INT
  • Safety: Nate Jones – 23 tackles
  • Safety: Brian Dawkins – 27 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
  • Safety: Renaldo Hill – 21 tackles

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Matt Prater – 9/9 on FGs
  • Punter: Britton Colquitt – 43.9 yards per punt
  • Kick Return: Demaryius Thomas – 33.0 per kick return
  • Punt Return: Eddie Royal – 10.2 per punt return

PhotobucketKey Players: Kyle Orton does a great job spreading the ball around. Brandon Lloyd is turning in a terrific season so far off the scrap heap at wide receiver. Champ Bailey is one of the top corners in football and D.J Williams is a very good all around linebacker.

Injuries: Brian Dawkins will be out. Rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and corner Andre Goodman will likely be out. Robert Ayers will be out with a broken foot. Knowshon Moreno is expected back in the line-up.

Key Storylines: Cross-country trip for the Jets on a short week…Darrelle Revis likely missing another game…Can the Jets running game take advantage of Denver’s defense?

Highlights from Denver’s Loss Last Week

Grading Out Jets/Vikings

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1. Darrelle Revis admitted after the game what everybody could plainly see, he still isn’t 100 percent back from his hamstring injury and it now sounds like he might not play against the Broncos. It was foolish for Revis to attempt a comeback, unless he was truly 100 percent. You get the feeling this is going to be a nagging injury all year and we won’t be seeing any of the 2009 version of Revis this year.

2. The stats section is now updated.

Grading Out Jets/Vikings

Quarterback (B-) The stats (21/44, 191 yards) don’t show a very productive game for Mark Sanchez. However, there were at least 4 dropped passes by his receivers and he was dealing with poor weather conditions. Most importantly, Sanchez has now gone five full games without a single turnover.

Running Back (A) Another strong night for LaDainian Tomlinson with 94 yards on 20 carries, along with 5 receptions. I am a little concerned with him getting worn down, 25 touches is a bit too much. Shonn Greene only had 10 carries, which isn’t enough. He got rolling in the second half and finally popped through for a touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

Wide Receiver (C) Too many drops from this unit, particularly Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. Edwards did have another productive night with 70 yards on 5 receptions, but it could have much more. Jerricho Cotchery had a good night with 5 catches for 46 yards.

Tight End (C) Dustin Keller was due for a quiet night (2 receptions, 14 yards).

Offensive Line (A) They did a terrific job run blocking against a physical Minnesota front seven. The pass protection was very good for most of the night. They are getting better with the penalties and starting to more closely resemble the unit they were in 2009.

Defensive Line (A-) They did a solid job against Adrian Peterson, holding him to under 100 yards. Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito both had 5 tackles and were active all night. Shaun Ellis added a half sack and didn’t appear limited by his leg injury last week.

Linebackers (A) Very active night for David Harris with 9 tackles, including a few big shots on Adrian Peterson. Calvin Pace made his presence felt with 1.5 sacks. Jason Taylor had another sack. A quiet night for Bryan Thomas. Bart Scott had a fumble recovery.

Secondary (B) There still seems to be miscommunication at times and Darrelle Revis is far from being his old self, however Antonio Cromartie played a great game despite allowing the one touchdown to Randy Moss, Drew Coleman is playing the best football of his life, and even Dwight Lowery made a huge play in a big spot.

Special Teams (A+) Nick Folk is playing like the All-Pro he used to be, by going 5/5 including a 53 yarder. Steve Weatherford also continued his strong 2010 campaign, continually pinning the Vikings deep and having great hang time on his kicks. Brad Smith ripped off a huge kick return that set up a field goal.

Coaching (C) I am downgrading them all the way to a C for the horrific time management in the final few minutes. The Jets gave the Vikings an extra minute to drive down for the go ahead field goal. There was no reason to throw ball on that second down before the two minute warning. Yes, Sanchez did a bad job not running the play clock all the way down but a pass never should have been called.

Highlights From The Win

Jets vs. Vikings: Game Breakdown

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First a few updates:

1. Calvin Pace practiced full today and should be back in the starting line-up Monday night. Darrelle Revis was limited and his status remains somewhat in the air. The Jets should also be getting backup tackle Wayne Hunter back from a shin injury.

2. Brett Favre is taking his talents to South Beach all over Deadspin today…proceed with caution.

Jets vs. Vikings: Game Breakdown

Offense: Is do what you been doing the past three games too easy? Seriously, the Jets seem to have found a nice balance between their rushing and passing attack, along with a good division of touches between their various playmakers. Minnesota is a tough defense to run the ball on but that doesn’t mean they should shy away from having LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene combine for 35-40 touches. The Jets offense is most effective when the running game gets going, opening up the play action attack for Mark Sanchez.

The big news on this side of the ball is obviously that Santonio Holmes is returning to the line-up. It will be very interesting to see how many snaps he plays and his integration into the offense. I would imagine the smoke screens and quick receiver screens the Jets usually like throwing to Jerricho Cotchery, will now be going to Holmes. Yet, the Jets don’t want to just use Holmes run after the catch ability. He is the most complete receiver on the roster and I expect Brian Schottenheimer to be excited about his new toy, and hence take an early shot down the field to him.

I would say Minnesota will likely focus their coverage on Dustin Keller, but really how could they? If they want to consistently leave Braylon Edwards and Holmes in single coverage with their corners, then good luck. Don’t forget Lito Sheppard plays major reps for them at corner and even if he gets matched up with Jerricho Cotchery in the slot, the Jets could do some damage.

Beyond that, there is also that Brad Smith guy running around on reverses, options, and quarterback draws.

Defense: The Jets need to put this game in Brett Favre’s hands. Adrian Peterson has been a monster this season (as usual) and even though the run defense has been stout so far, he has the ability to change that quickly. Worry about stopping AP first and then let the old gunslinger (aka dongslinger as Jason Whitlock is now calling him on Twitter) take his shots on our secondary.

If Darrelle Revis does play, he shouldn’t be tracking Randy Moss all over the field. Antonio Cromartie already showed he can shut him down. Let Revis get a few shots at him to keep him off balance but for the most part let Cromartie man him up. Revis can work on Percy Harvin, while Kyle Wilson will probably primarily be matched up on Vishante Shiancoe, which he better have safety help on. Shiancoe has been banged up though and could be less than 100 percent.

Favre can take his chances on our secondary and I wouldn’t be shocked if he hit one big play to Moss. As we saw in week two, the Jets can survive one big play by Mr. Play When He Wants To. I’d be shocked if Favre didn’t throw at least one interception into the hands of Cromartie this Monday and maybe a few more to our other DBs to boot.

Special Teams: Be wary of Harvin on returns and keep Jim Leonhard going on the punt returns, he looks much better than Kyle Wilson. Nick Folk, forget that 30 yard miss from last week.

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 vs. Dolphins Round 1: First Look

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First a few updates:

1. On Braylon Edwards’ stupidity…There is never any excuse to drive drunk and regardless of what the league sanctions, the Jets need to take some type of action to tone down some of the behavior on this team. Obviously, it would be nice if the Jets could “collect the facts” this week and then bench him against the Bills (because they are the Bills) and the Vikings (because Santonio Holmes will return). Yet, it is more likely he won’t play against Miami which is the appropriate action. I have confidence in Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller’s ability to step up, although Brad Smith and David Clowney are also going to have to produce. How about it The Clown?

Final Thoughts on Week 2:

Offensive MVP – Mark Sanchez – A no brainer here. It was the best game of our young QB’s short career. Sanchez played well in both games against Miami last year, so hopefully he can now start stringing together a few strong performances.

Defensive MVP – Antonio Cromartie –Played the part of “Revis Island” in the second half and rallied the secondary around him with a half time speech to his unit.

They Deserve Some Love Too – Nick Folk…How about 5/5 in two games? Steve Weatherford…who is kicking the crap out of the ball. Dustin Keller…for shredding the New England cover two in pieces…Sione Pouha/Mike DeVito…unsung heroes on the Jets defense. LaDainian Tomlinson…Bringing a ton of energy and explosiveness to the Jets offense. Matt Slauson…He has struggled at times but overall is holding his own well enough.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: First Look

The Opponent: You aren’t much of a Jets fan if you can’t already feel the hate flowing through your veins when thinking about the upcoming match-up with Miami. The Dolphins swept the Jets despite going 7-9 last season, thanks mostly to Ted Ginn Jr, who is fortunately no longer on the team. In 2010, Miami is off to a 2-0 start thanks to an impressive win in Minnesota and a not so impressive win in Buffalo. Their defense has been terrific so far this year but their offense has been struggling to produce points.

Miami Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Chad Henne -30/49, 296 yards, 1 TD
  • Running Back: Ronnie Brown – 26 carries, 145 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble
  • Running Back: Ricky Williams – 28 carries, 92 yards, 1 fumble
  • Fullback: Lousaka Polite – 6 carries, 16 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall – 12 receptions, 124 yards
  • Wide Receiver: Brian Hartline – 3 receptions, 28 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Davone Bess – 7 receptions, 63 yards
  • Tight End: Anthony Fasano – 3 receptions, 46 yards
  • Left Tackle: Jake Long
  • Left Guard: Richie Incognito
  • Center: Joe Berger
  • Right Guard: John Jerry
  • Right Tackle: Vernon Carey

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Kendall Langford – 7 tackles, 1 sack
  • Nose Tackle: Randy Starks – 3 tackles, .5 sack
  • Defensive End: Jared Odrick -1 tackle
  • Outside Linebacker: Koa Misi – 6 tackles, 1 sack
  • Inside Linebacker: Bobby Carpenter – 4 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Karlos Dansby – 17 tackles, 1 sack
  • Outside Linebacker: Cameron Wake – 5 tackles, 2.5 sacks
  • Corner: Vontae Davis – 8 tackles, 1 INT
  • Corner – Jason Allen – 17 tackles, 2 INTs
  • Corner: Sean Smith – 3 tackles
  • Safety: Chris Clemons – 9 tackles
  • Safety: Yeremiah Bell – 20 tackles

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Dan Carpenter – 2/3 FGs
  • Punter: Brandon Fields – 40.8 yards per kick
  • Kick Return: Clifton Smith – 17.3 yards per return
  • Punt Return: Clifton Smith – 4.5 yards per return

PhotobucketKey PlayersBrandon Marshall and Ronnie Brown are the Dolphins two biggest weapons on offense. Chad Henne has the ability to push the ball down the field and Ricky Williams has killed the Jets in the past. Davone Bess is a dangerous slot receiver. On defense, Cameron Wake leads Miami’s pass rush, while their young secondary has played well so far. Karlos Dansby is a very good inside linebacker.

Injuries – For the Jets, don’t expect Darrelle Revis or Calvin Pace to suit up. On Miami, Jared Odrick should be out.

Key Storylines – The rivalry…Can Rex Ryan beat the Dolphins? How will the Jets slow down Brandon Marshall without Darrelle Revis? Mark Sanchez’s follow up performance. Braylon Edwards suspension and how it affects the Jets offense. Jason Taylor’s homecoming.

Highlights of Dolphins Week Two Win

Final Thoughts On Jets/Ravens

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Quick Week 1 Thoughts –

  • You have to give New England credit, they completely smacked around an over-matched Bengals team today. I am still not sold on their running game or defense but when it comes to throwing the ball, they will be as good as anybody in the NFL.
  • Ugly, ugly game between Miami and Buffalo. Trent Edwards attempt at a two minute drive at the end of the fourth quarter was one of the ugliest things I have ever seen. The Bills are as devoid as talent as any team in the NFL. Miami certainly didn’t look like a serious contender today but a win is a win.
  • Matt Moore and Carolina’s offense isn’t a pretty sight to watch.
  • What happened to San Francisco? The NFC West is completely up for grabs. Those four teams are closer together in their mediocrity than most people thing.
  • Why couldn’t the Colts play like that last January?
  • And here comes the quarterback controversy in Philadelphia…

Final Thoughts on the game that just won’t get here

Offense – I am interested to see how much playing time Danny Woodhead or Jeff Cumberland get at the wide receiver position, considering the Jets are only carrying three actual receivers. This is a game where it makes sense to liberally use more spread formations, which means Brad Smith is going to have step up and make some plays as a receiver and not just in the Wildcat…Braylon Edwards, let’s see it. Now is the time to put those physical skills to use and show you can handle being a number one receiver…Everybody is panicked about Mark Sanchez heading into this game, yet I have hard picturing him falling flat on his face. I think he will make a concerted effort to protect the ball, yet I hope that doesn’t prevent him from taking the necessary shots down the field…I am hopeful I will be bumping this on my ride to work Tuesday morning:

Defense – I am just excited to see this unit in action. I want to see Joe Flacco on the ground early and often. The Jets sack totals were somewhat disappointing last year so I’d like to see them get a strong start tomorrow night…Regardless of his reputation, I have a hard time believing the Ravens won’t take an early shot on Darrelle Revis…Can we see some signs of life from Jason Taylor, and if not get Jamaal Westerman in the game…I am worried about Ray Rice matched up on our linebackers tomorrow night.

Special Teams – I am very anxious to see Kyle Wilson get his first punt return under his belt…I can’t relax about Nick Folk until I see him hit a 40+ yarder tomorrow night.

Let’s Get It

Jets vs. Ravens: Game Breakdown

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Offense: We all know the Jets want to run the football, yet if they want to move the ball against the Baltimore Ravens it is going to make sense to throw more than usual. The Ravens are beat up in the secondary in a big way. They won’t have Ed Reed taking people’s heads off and intercepting everything in sight and will be without Dominique Foxworth and Ladarius Webb at cornerback. The bottom line is they will have a very average collection of players in their secondary and the Jets must take advantage. I’m not saying to completely ignore the ground and pound, yet the best formation for the Jets offense this week might be Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards, Brad Smith and Dustin Keller split out with LaDainian Tomlinson in the single back or motioning out to the slot.

There isn’t a corner on Baltimore who could physically match up with Edwards, who is coming off a great off-season and will have the chance to show these first four weeks he is capable of being the Jets number one receiver. Cotchery should be able to be very effective in the slot and Keller will be a tough match-up for the Baltimore safeties, although Dawan Landry is a talented player who is athletic enough to battle with Keller.

PhotobucketObviously, left guard remains an area of concern. The Ravens will be attacking Matt Slauson and I wouldn’t be shocked if the Jets left the running back in to pass protect more frequently than usual. I am interested to see the division of reps between the halfbacks and fullbacks in week one. This will be Shonn Greene’s first career start, yet I wonder if he will get the chance to get around 20 carries. Tomlinson could get more reps than usual because of a more pass centric than usual game-plan and his pass protection abilities. I am sure we will see John Conner in short yardage packages but there should be plenty of Tony Richardson out there, again because of his experience in pass protection.

Defense: Ray Rice. Ray Rice. Ray Rice. Regardless of all their additions at the wide receiver position, Rice is the most dangerous player on the Ravens offense. He can kill you as a pass catcher out of the backfield and obviously has the ability to rip off huge runs at any moment. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a ton of Kyle Wilson shadowing him, if he motions out to the slot and when he is in the backfield, it will be on the linebackers and safety to contain him. Eric Smith will get the nod at safety in place of an injured Brodney Pool and will have his hands full right out of the gate. The Jets don’t have the fastest collection of linebackers, which could prove to be a problem when attempting to slow down Rice.

In the secondary, we should be seeing Revis Island matched up Anquan Boldin primarily, which leaves Antonio Cromartie to deal with Derrick Mason and Kyle Wilson to focus on Rice out of the backfield and TJ Houshmandzadeh. Todd Heap is also one of the better pass catching tight ends in the league. It will be interesting to see who the Jets match up on him. I would imagine the responsibility would fall mostly to Eric Smith, Jim Leonhard, and maybe Dwight Lowery. All in all, this will be a good test for the Jets secondary because the Ravens have a very legit five pass catching options in Boldin, Rice, Housh, Heap, and Rice.

As we saw in the playoffs last year, Joe Flacco can be pressured into making poor decisions. He does have a big arm and put together a pretty productive season in 2009, yet the Jets defense should be able to force him into a couple of turnovers. Jason Taylor has been invisible in the pre-seaosn but he will have the chance to show he can still get after the quarterback while filling in for Calvin Pace. Also don’t be surprised to see some Jamaal Westerman on certain pass rushing downs.

Special Teams: You can bet both team’s fanbases and coaching staffs will be cringing each time their kickers line up. Nick Folk and Billy Cundiff both still have to win over everybody’s confidence. Brad Smith will be the primary kick returner for the Jets, while punt return could be a combination of Jim Leonhard, Jerricho Cotchery, and Kyle Wilson. Chris Carr is a fairly explosive return man for the Ravens, but I don’t expect the Jets to do anything out of the ordinary to avoid kicking him the ball.

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