Initial Reaction – Needed Relief: New York Jets Finally Win

Initial reaction to the New York Jets 27-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams

It has been awhile hasn’t it? The New York Jets ended their three game losing streak with a dominant win over the St. Louis Rams, 27-13. After allowing an early touchdown drive, the Jets defense took over by forcing three turnovers and constantly staying in the face of Sam Bradford who was completely overwhelmed all afternoon. Shockingly, Brian Schottenheimer’s offense countered the Jets with confusing play calls and poorly timed short passes…or not shockingly to every Jets fan in the world.

Muhammad Wilkeson had another strip sack and is starting to look like the All-Pro the coaching staff was hyping him up to be this summer. In the back end Antonio Cromartie, LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell all played very good games. Landry had 8 tackles and forced a fumble, Bell had 2 tackles for a loss and a pass defensed and ‘Cro kept being ‘Cro. Since the second half of the Houston game, the Jets defense has generally been pretty good and it needs to keep improving with the Patriots on the way in four short days.

On offense, Mark Sanchez played an encouraging game finishing 15/20 for 178 yards with a touchdown but most importantly ZERO turnovers. The Jets finally moved Sanchez out of the pocket a few times, did a relatively good job protecting him and he responded with an accurate, savvy day. Most encouragingly, we saw him look off his main target and come back across the formation for his secondary target a few times. Chaz Schilens had a strong game with 4 catches for 48 yards with a touchdown. Schilens needs to be put in the starting line-up for Stephen Hill who looks overwhelmed right now…and that’s being kind.

The running game got a good push all day. Shonn Greene led the way with 18 carries for 64 yards. But in the second half, the Jets started leaning on Bilal Powell more often and he responded with two touchdown runs. He had a nice overall day with 11 carries for 42 yards and 2 receptions for 18 yards. This could be a sign of the Jets moving more towards more of a committee approach as Joe McKnight also chipped in 4 carries for 14 yards.

Overall, it was a badly needed victory against a mediocre team. The Jets are on the fringes of the AFC playoff race and could make some noise if they pull an upset at home on Thanksgiving against New England.

For a few days at least…all is good in Jets land.

Turn On The Jets Week 11 NFL Picks

The TOJ Staff gives their picks for week 11 of the NFL season

The Race for Steak continues. Note that last week’s record includes the most recent Thursday Night game –

CURRENT STANDINGS

1. Rob Celletti (79-63-5)

2. Chris Gross (75-68-4)

3. Mike Donnelly (74-70-3)

4. Chris Celletti (72-71-4)

5. Joe Caporoso (60-83-4)

Joe Caporoso

Last Week (3-11!) Good Lord!

  • Redskins (-3.5) vs. Eagles
  • Packers (-3.5) vs. Lions
  • Falcons (-9) vs. Cardinals
  • Panthers (+1.5) vs. Bucs
  • Cowboys (-8) vs. Browns
  • Jets (+3.5) vs. Rams
  • Colts (+9) vs. Patriots
  • Jaguars (+14.5) vs. Texans
  • Bengals (-3) vs. Chiefs
  • Saints (-4.5) vs. Raiders
  • Broncos (-7.5) vs. Chargers
  • Ravens (-3) vs. Steelers
  • 49ers (-4.5) vs. Bears

Mike Donnelly

Last Week (4-10) Good Lord! 

  • Eagles +3.5
  • Packers -3
  • Cards +9.5
  • Panthers +1.5
  • Browns +8
  • Jets +3.5
  • Patriots -9
  • Jaguars +14.5
  • Chiefs +3
  • Raiders +4.5
  • Chargers +7.5
  • Steelers +3
  • 49ers -4.5

Rob Celletti

Last Week (10-4)

  • Redskins (-3.5) over Eagles
  • Lions (+3.5) over Packers
  • Falcons (-9) over Cardinals
  • Panthers (+1.5) over Bucs
  • Cowboys (-8) over Browns
  • Rams (-3.5) over Jets
  • Colts (+9) over Patriots
  • Jaguars (+14.5) over Texans
  • Bengals (-3) over Chiefs
  • Saints (-4.5) over Raiders
  • Broncos (-7.5) over Chargers
  • Ravens (-3) over Steelers
  • 49ers (-4.5) over Bears

Chris Celletti

Last Week (11-3)

  • Eagles
  • Packers
  • Falcons
  • Panthers
  • Browns
  • Jets
  • Pats
  • Texans
  • Bengals
  • Saints
  • Broncos
  • Ravens
  • 49ers

Chris Gross

Last Week (9-5)

  • Eagles (+3.5)
  • Packers (-3)
  • Cardinals (+9.5)
  • Panthers (+1.5)
  • Cowboys (-8)
  • Jets (+3.5)
  • Colts (+9)
  • Texans (-14.5)
  • Kansas City (+3)
  • Saints (-4.5)
  • Broncos (-7.5)
  • Ravens (-3)
  • Bears (+4.5)

Turn On The Jets 12 Pack, Week 11 – Jets vs. Rams

12 predictions for the New York Jets week 11 game against the St. Louis Rams

The Turn On The Jets 12 pack is back with 12 refreshing predictions for your 3-6 New York Jets who this week travel to St. Louis to face Robert Turner, Brian Schottenheimer, Matthew Mulligan, Kellen Clemens, Wayne Hunter and the rest of the 3-5-1 Rams. You may laugh at those names but the Jets are appropriately 3.5 point underdogs because in the game of football you need to score points and the Jets cannot do that. 

1. Shonn Greene, Joe McKnight and Khalil Bell will combine for 35 touches on offense. The Jets are going to run early and often on offense and I expect plenty of Mark Sanchez checkdowns, some completed and some knocked down at the line.

2. Danny Amedonla will take advantage of the plays Antonio Cromartie isn’t near him and lead the Rams in receptions and receiving yards, with 7 for 85.

3. St. Louis will struggle to run the ball on the Jets front seven. Steven Jackson will finish with less than 55 yards rushing and Daryl Richardson with finish with less than 35 yards.

4. Dustin Keller will lead the Jets in receptions and receiving yards, having a nice bounce-back game after his disastrous performance last week.

5. Mark Sanchez will have another fairly ugly stat-line, barley completing 50% of his passes, throwing for under 200 yards and having another turnover. He will also be sacked at least twice.

6. Sam Bradford will throw for 200 yards and a touchdown but will also have at least one turnover. The Jets will sack him at least twice.

7. Stephen Hill will have less than 25 yards receiving. Jeremy Kerley will again be the only Jets receiver who makes any type of impact on the game.

8. Tim Tebow will finish with 30 total offensive yards. Yawn.

9. Joe McKnight won’t get the chance to return any kicks because of Legatron.

10. There will be 3 or less total touchdowns in this game.

11. #63 will in fact be eligible…for at least 10 plays this week.

12. The entire week I picked the Jets to lose this game, including in my Q&A with the Rams Herd, yet something about it almost seeming too obvious to pick them to lose and the fact that St. Louis is coming of a full five quarter emotional tie in San Francisco…what the hell? I am taking the Jets 17-16.

Predicted Game Outcome Record (8-1)

 

New York Jets Playoff Pipe Dream – Week 11 Hail Mary Edition

You still think the New York Jets have a chance at the playoffs, don’t you…you crazy SOB?

You are a sick person aren’t you? Sure, you have appropriately ripped your New York Jets all week to anybody who would listen. Sure, you swear you won’t waste time watching another game. But we all know that you will. You will be glued to your TV at 1 PM this Sunday, wondering in an anxious horror if your football team can truly get any worse…or if maybe, just maybe they could have some professional pride and show signs of life.

You are even thinking way in the back of your head…hey, the Colts and Patriots are playing this week, one of them has to lose right? The Steelers are playing with Byron Leftwich at quarterback the next 4-5 games, what if they start losing because Leftwich…well is, Leftwich. Look at how easy our schedule is!

Let me be the first to tell you that you need help buddy. But let me also be the first to guide your crazy aspirations in a well-structured article.

There are three main teams you should focus on in your crazy hopes: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and New England. The Jets are currently three games behind all of them and only hold a tie-breaker as of right now with the Colts. Yes, there are other teams between them in the standings but for the time being let’s hold on to the thought that San Diego, Cincinnati, Oakland, Miami, Tennessee and Buffalo will all finish 8-8 or worse.

In terms of catching the Colts, the Jets would have to finish 6-1 (!) and have the Colts finish 3-4. Indy finishes with the following schedule –

  • At New England
  • Vs Buffalo
  • At Detroit
  • Vs Tennessee
  • At Houston
  • At Kansas City
  • Vs Houston

Not that easy. Yet, keep in mind Houston could be resting starters in those two games, particularly in the week 17 game. The hope here is that Indy is a young team who hasn’t played particularly well on the road.

The Jets currently don’t have the tie-breaker with Pittsburgh but it isn’t inconceivable that they could get it. They are currently 3-4 in the AFC and Pittsburgh is 3-3. If the Jets win 6 of their last 7 (!) and Pittsburgh finishes 3-4, they’d likely have the tie-breaker. Here are the Steelers final 7 games –

  • Vs Baltimore
  • At Cleveland
  • At Baltimore
  • Vs San Diego
  • At Dallas
  • Vs Cincinnati
  • Vs Cleveland

This schedule really isn’t that bad on paper but with Leftwich under center who knows?

Finally, the mighty Patriots who are ready to roll to another AFC East crown. Obviously the Jets need to beat them head to head and beat Buffalo at the end of the season, along with hope New England loses another division game and then a few more conference games…basically this ain’t happening unless something screwy goes on in Foxboro. Here are their final 7 –

  • Vs Indy
  • At Jets
  • At Miami
  • Vs Houston
  • Vs San Francisco
  • At Jacksonville
  • Vs Miami

In the real world, you are probably looking at a 5-2 type finish for the Patriots that gets them to 11-5. It actually isn’t that crazy to think either the Steelers or Colts will finish 9-7, what is crazy is to think the Jets could win 6 of their last 7 with the way they are playing right now.

Turn On The Jets Week 11 Roundtable – Jets vs. Rams Match-Ups

The TOJ staff debates what match-up they are most looking forward to in the Jets/Rams week 11 game

Joe Caporoso – I hate to reiterate what most of our writers are saying but how could you not look forward to Rex Ryan’s defense versus Brian Schottenheimer’s offense? Without question a low point in a year full of them would be to watch Schottenheimer hang a 35 spot on Ryan. Considering how much crap Schotty took while he was here and how much pride Rex takes in his defense, it would be an ultimate gut punch to this organization. You can bet on Rex throwing the kitchen sink out there this week and likely playing more aggressive than usual. Are the Jets up to representing their now beleaguered head coach against a very average offense? Or will they let the humiliation continue?

Chris Gross – Match Up: Rex Ryan’s Defense vs. Brian Schottenheimer’s offense – Everyone has been talking about the eagerness to see Mark Sanchez face the Rams defense, for the world seems convinced that Sanchez’s former tutor, now Rams Offensive Coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer will have the exact script necessary for St. Louis’s defensive staff to magnify the surplus of Sanchez’s weaknesses. However, after 3 years of having Schotty on his staff, Rex Ryan is likely licking his chops at the opportunity to go head to head with his first and former offensive coordinator with the Jets. New York’s offense became highly predictable under the Schottenheimer regime, and Rex likely has an abundance of plays up his sleeve that he began scripting the moment he found out he’d be coaching against Schotty. Look for a dominant defensive effort led by one of Rex’s best, most prepared, coaching efforts this season.

Mike Donnelly –  The only matchup I’m really looking forward to seeing is Rex Ryan’s defense against Brian Schottenheimer and the Rams offense. The Jets did a very good job against Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle run game for most of the game last week, and I expect that to carry over against a lesser offense in St. Louis. But the big thing is how Rex is going to match wits with the Jets former offensive coordinator that was absolutely trashed here. If Rex lets the Rams come out and drop over 20 points on them and make the defense look silly, then things are much worse in Jets land than we even thought, and it will be the first time I will start to waver on whether or not Rex Ryan’s job security should be in question.

Rob Celletti – This season has gotten so strange that it feels absurd to discuss what’s happening on the field when it comes to the Jets, but let’s put aside the sideshow for a moment.  There are still seven games to play after all, and believe it or not, the Jets are going to try and win them (I think).

So what matchup can the Jets exploit against the Rams on Sunday?  How about this: commit to the running game against an average defensive front.  The Jets are arguably the most disorganized offense in the league for a variety of reasons that don’t all involve the play of Mark Sanchez.  If you look at when Sanchez has success, it usually happens when the running game is productive.  But whether it’s due to poor blocking, plodder extraordinaire Shonn Greene, or simply Tony Sparano’s gameplanning, the Jets have not stuck with their guns on the ground, especially when falling behind – even if only by one score. The Jets should be able to get something done in the run game on Sunday, and I’m excited to see Khalil Bell get some burn. He can’t be worse than Greene, can he?

TJ Rosenthal – We look forward to watching Schotty vs Rex. What would be more humiliating Rex, canning his OC only to get torched by him the following season, while the new offense and OC are worse? We honestly at this point, don’t know which of the two we are rooting for in this matchup. We are carrying decades of anger into this game. Whatever needs to be exposed for the true real nature of who the Jets are as an organization, and an offense this Sunday, let’s see it. The Rex and Schotty matchup will be a window into alot of it.

Chris Celletti – What I’m most looking forward to is a pretty simple, general matchup: the Jets’ offense vs. the Rams’ defense. The Jets’ offense has reached new levels of ineptitude over the past two games. The Rams have an okay but unspectacular defense, but at this point it doesn’t even matter who New York is going up against. Will they show any fight? Will Tony Sparano actually call a competent game? Can Mark Sanchez go an entire game without making a mistake that would make a high school QB cringe? Before we write the Jets off as automatically getting blown out, let’s all remember that the Rams aren’t very good. If, and its a gargantuan if, the Jets can actually get in the end zone a few times, they can win.

New York Jets Week 11 – Early Thoughts On Jets/Rams

Early thoughts on the New York Jets week 11 match-up against the St. Louis Rams

A collection of early thoughts on the New York Jets week 11 match-up against the St. Louis Rams – 

1. The New York Jets face another physical NFC West opponent on the road and are rightly again underdogs. Personally, I’d be comfortable with this line at 4 points for the Rams considering how both teams looked last week. As a Jets fan looking for silver lining, you can only hope the Rams suffer an emotional let down after playing five full quarters against the San Francisco 49ers and ending in a tie last week.

2. St. Louis is physical on defense but middle of the pack in the major categories (15th in total defense, 13th against the pass and 18th against the run). However they are tied for 6th in the NFL in sacks with 26. Robert Quinn leads the way with 8.5 and Chris Long has 5. They will be handful for the Jets mediocre offensive line and passing game. At this point the Jets will have a tough time moving the football on anybody but I think you will see a run heavy approach on offense. If Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight don’t play that leaves recently signed Kahlil Bell to shoulder the load with the ever plodding Shonn Greene.

3. When the Jets do throw the ball, it will again be on Jeremy Kerley to do damage in the slot and on Dustin Keller to get his act together after a brutal showing last week. If Kerley plays less than 80% of the snaps again, Tony Sparano needs to be physically removed from the sideline. He is the only receiver on the roster currently capable of getting open.

4. Defensively the Jets have played much better in recent weeks. They should be able to slow down a less than potent St. Louis Rams offense. Danny Amendola is their biggest weapon in the passing game. It will be interesting to see if Rex Ryan shadows him with Antonio Cromartie, who he usually saves for bigger receivers who play on the outside. If he matches him up with Chris Givens (the Rams second best option in the passing game), he will need to bracket Amendola in the slot. Kyle Wilson and Ellis Lankster are hot garbage in man coverage and can’t be trusted on an island with a playmaker like Amendola.

5. The Rams running game lacks explosiveness when Steven Jackson is running the ball, as he is putting up very Shonn Greene-esque numbers so far. However, Daryl Richardson packs a punch off the bench and could give the Jets problems.

6. Rex Ryan would be wise to blitz Sam Bradford behind the Rams suspect line early and often. Bradford has been playing better as of late but Ryan’s defenses have a way of rattling younger quarterbacks and forcing turnovers. The Jets have no chance in this game unless they create or directly set up points with turnovers. Don’t play passive against this offensive line, go get Bradford.

7. As a Jets fan I fully expect this game to end with Kellen Clemens completing a game winning tackle eligible pass to Wayne Hunter while Brian Schottenheimer and Matthew Mulligan whoop it up on the sideline.