First a few updates:
1. The Jets actually jumped up a spot to number 5 in ESPN’s Power Rankings despite their 14 point loss to the Saints. Their defense made a strong statement to the rest of the league that they are one of the elite groups in the NFL, regardless the offense has something to prove these next few weeks.2. The trash talking has begun this week, courtesy of Dolphins linebacker Akin Ayodele discussing the Rex Ryan/Channing Crowder feud in the off-season, “Their head coach really blew the fire even more this offseason with Channing and both of them going back and forth. How does a head coach, why would you even try and go with words, you know battle with a player. That to me doesn’t make any sense so yeah, the animosity is there, the hatred is there. You know there’s no love, It will feel great once we put that whooping on them”.
3. MLB Playoff Predictions? Twins over the Tigers tonight. Yankees over the Twins. Red Sox over the Angels. Dodgers over the Cardinals. Phillies over the Rockies.
NFL Week 4 Recap/Jets vs. Dolphins First Look
Wrapping Up Jets/SaintsDefensive Player of the Game: Darrelle Revis – Another lockdown effort by the Jets corner, who held Marques Colston without a reception when he covered him. On the day, Revis only allowed one reception for 14 yards to Devery Henderson and also collected three passes defensed along with doing a strong job in run support.
Offensive Player of the Game: Shonn Greene – Why Shonn Greene who only had 4 carries for 23 yards? The reason is because his production provided some extra motivation for Thomas Jones who started out with 6 carries for 12 yards, and then after Greene took a series from him, came back with 8 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully, Greene will be healthy for this week and provide another weapon for the Jets rushing attack and keep Jones on his toes.
Honorable Mentions: Jerricho Cotchery for having another strong game…Alan Faneca for some superb run blocking…Bryan Thomas for a productive, all-around game…Dwight Lowery for holding his own as the Jets starting corner the past two weeks…David Harris for racking up 12 tackles…Kerry Rhodes for piling up 8 tackles and a key pass defense.
AFC East ObservationsNew England Patriots – The Patriots scored a big victory over the undefeated Baltimore Ravens at home. They were aided by a few ridiculous roughing the passer penalties and a key drop by Mark Clayton on the Ravens final drive, but a win is a win. Also, Tom Brady appears to be looking like his normal self again. New England has another tough task this week, as they travel to Denver to face the undefeated Broncos.
Buffalo Bills – Yuck, what an embarrassing performance by the Bills in Miami who appear to be quitting on their coach. The Dolphins ran all over them and Trent Edwards and the rest of the Bills offense looked awful. The good news? They get to face Eric Mangini and the Browns this weekend.
Miami Dolphins – They got their first win of the season over Buffalo, who didn’t put up much of a fight. The Dolphins continued to run the ball successfully but let’s see what happens when a team stops the run and Chad Henne has to complete some passes for them to move the football.
TOJ Top Five
- New York Giants – They will roll over Oakland this weekend and head to New Orleans at 5-0.
- Indianapolis Colts – Their offense is scary good right now, even without Anthony Gonzalez.
- New Orleans Saints – Big play defense to match their big play offense.
- Minnesota Vikings – Let’s see how Favre holds up into November/December.
- Denver Broncos – Their defense is legit…chance to make statement against NE this weekend.
TOJ Bottom Five
- Oakland Raiders – JaMarcus Russell is terrible.
- Kansas City Chiefs – They showed some fight in the 2nd half against Giants but lack talent to compete.
- Tampa Bay Bucs – Josh Johnson at least let them be competitive on Sunday.
- Cleveland Browns – Good effort against the Bengals.
- St. Louis Rams – Wow…I think losing by less than 20 is a victory for them.
Jets vs. Dolphins First Look
The Opponent: Last year’s Cinderella story got a healthy dose of reality the first three weeks of the season with losses to the Falcons, Colts, and Chargers. They did respond with an impressive win over the hapless Bills last week, to move their record to 1-3. Chad Henne will be making his second career start against the Jets (Rex Ryan is salivating more than he does over a fresh pie of pizza). Miami relies on their rushing attack led by Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Regardless, their gimmick based offense didn’t work in playoffs against Ryan last year and the Jets defense is better than any unit they faced this season. Miami had plenty to say about Ryan and the Jets this off-season, so let’s see if they can back their words up or if they are in over their head against an opponent with more talent.
Miami Dolphins Starters/Key Reserves
- Quarerback: Chad Henne – 24/41, 207 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
- Running Back: Ronnie Brown – 72 carries, 369 yards, 4 TD’s
- Running Back: Ricky Williams – 50 carries, 248 yards, 2 TD’s
- Running Back: Patrick Cobbs – 5 carries, 37 yards
- Wide Receiver: Ted Ginn Jr – 14 receptions, 138 yards
- Wide Receiver: Devone Bess – 20 receptions, 157 yards
- Wide Receiver: Greg Camarillo – 11 receptions, 86 yards
- Wide Receiver; Brian Hartline – 6 receptions, 53 yards, 1 TD
- Tight End: Anthony Fasasno – 4 receptions, 18 yards
- Left Tackle: Jake Long
- Left Guard: Justin Smiley
- Center: Jake Grove
- Right Guard: Donald Thomas
- Right Tackle: Vernon Carey
- Defensive End: Kendall Langford – 10 tackles, 1 sack
- Defensive Tackle: Jason Ferguson – 6 tackles
- Defensive End: Randy Starks – 8 tackles, 1 sack
- Defensive End: Phillip Merling – 8 tackles, 1 sack
- Outside Linebacker: Joey Porter – 6 tackles, 2 sacks
- Inside Linebacker: Channing Crowder – 14 tackles
- Inside Linebacker: Akin Ayodele – 16 tackles
- Outside Linebacker: Jason Taylor – 8 tackles, 3 sacks
- Outside Linebacker: Cameron Wake – 6 tackles, 3 sacks
- Corner: Will Allen – 16 tackles, 2 INT’s – 6 tackles
- Corner: Sean Smith – 7 tackles
- Corner: Vontae Davis – 3 tackles, 1 INT
- Safety: Yeremiah Bell – 28 tackles
- Safety: Gibril Wilson – 17 tackles
- Kicker: Dan Carpenter
- Punter: Brandon Fields
- Kick Returner: Patrick Cobbs
- Punt Returner; Devone Bess
Key Players: Ronnie Brown is their most dangerous player on offense, especially out of the Wildcat formation. Devone Bess and Greg Camarillo are decent possession receivers. Tedd Ginn Jr has big play capability. On defense, they have a variety of pass rushers including Joey Porter, jason Taylor, and Cameron Wake.
Injuries: Joey Porter is recovering from an injury and missed last week. Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland have missed the past two weeks, but should be back. Damien Woody has a bad ankle but is expected to play.
Early Story Lines: Channing Crowder vs Rex Ryan…Mark Sanchez bouncing back from his first bad game…Jets/Dolphins rivalry…How the Jets respond to their first loss of the season…Calvin Pace returns from his suspension.