Crazy day so let’s get right into it:
2010 Schedule – Oh, how far we have come. After being one of the most irrelevant teams in the league in 2007, our Jets will be spending a minimum of five nights in prime time during the 2010 season. Let’s go through the games one at a time with some quick on thoughts on each match-up:
- Week 1 Vs Baltimore (MNF)– Juicy subplots all over the place as Rex Ryan takes on his former team. Even though he always expresses admiration for his old organization, Ryan is still clearly irked by being passed up for the head coaching job with the Ravens. If you don’t think Ryan relishes having all summer to come up with a defensive attack to send at Joe Flacco and co. on opening night in the new stadium than you are out of your mind. I could already see the Jets sending 8 guys at the quarterback on the first 10 plays. Beyond that, this will be a great test for the Jets right out of the gate against one of the AFC’s best teams. Honestly right now, I’d say Baltimore and the Jets are battling for the #2 team in the AFC behind the Colts.
- Week 2 Vs New England – I am glad we get to stay at home for the first two weeks against two difficult opponents. The stadium will be rocking as usual against New England, as the Jets look to beat the Patsies in week 2 for the second season in a row. No Wes Welker in this match-up, which obviously helps the Jets because he usually kills them.
- Week 3 At Miami (SNF) – Hopefully a little prime-time revenge for the Jets down in Miami, as this is the second of three straight divisional games for the Jets. Jason Taylor returns to his former team looking to prove he can still get after the quarterback.
- Week 4 At Buffalo – The Jets have to take care of business against the Bills, who always put up a fight regardless of how crappy they are.
Week 5 – Vs Minnesota (MNF) – Oh baby, Favre (he is absolutely coming back) vs. the Jets defense and a pissed off New York crowd on Monday night football. Obviously a tough game against a very good team but I am glad we have them at home. Welcome back Santonio.
Week 6 – At Denver – A tough trip across the country but the Broncos didn’t do much to improve on their 8-8 team from last season. A game the Jets should win.
Week 7 – ByeWeek 8 – Vs Green Bay – Another tough home game. It should be fun to watch Green Bay’s high powered offense go against the Jets top flight defense.
Week 9 – At Detroit – No excuses, the Jets can’t afford a let down on the road against a team of this caliber. Calvin Johnson vs. Darrelle Revis? Get your popcorn ready.
I don’t see any reason the Jets can’t pull out a 3-1 record in their second quarter of games.
Week 10 – At Cleveland – I’d to thank the NFL for giving the Jets the Lions and Browns on back to back weeks. Rex Ryan against his brother. Eric Mangini against his old team. Jake Delhomme against the Jets defense again? Darrelle Revisis already excited. Braylon returns to Cleveland…probably not hanging with LeBron and his posse.Week 11 – Vs Houston – Matt Schaub is already crapping his pants thinking about Bart Scott blitzing up the middle after what happened to him last year.
Week 12 – Vs Cincinnati (Thanksgiving) – What better way to end your holiday than to watch Chad OchocincoJohnson and Revis go at one more time. We saw last year the Jets match-up well with the Bengals.
Week 13 – At New England (MNF) – The Jets get a long time to prepare for this game on the road, which is a nice benefit. This should be a huge late season battle for the division lead.
I really believe the Jets can go 4-0 in this stretch. They match up well with the Bengals and Texans and get them both at home. Delhomme should be a disaster again against the Jets defense. Obviously, the game against the Pats is key.
Week 14 – Vs Miami – Back to back huge divisional games late in the year. Hopefully the Jets use these two weeks to close out the AFC East title.
Week 15 – At Pittsburgh – Tough late season road trip…should have playoff implications for both teams. Welcome back Santonio.
Week 16 – At Chicago – The Bears should be better this season and it is a difficult place to play.
Week 17 – Vs Buffalo – We could only hope Erik Ainge is starting this game because the Jets are resting their starters.
The last quarter of the season features two home divisional games and two tough road trips. 3-1 might not be out of the question.
I know at first glance it looks like I am saying the Jets will go 13-3 but I am sure they will slip up and lose a game to Buffalo or another team they should beat once or twice. As of today, I feel comfortable saying this could be a 11-5 or 12-4 team.
Jason Taylor – We all figured this was eventually coming. It was clear Miami didn’t want Taylor back and that Rex Ryan was hellbent on adding him as a pass rusher. I do think he will be used a situational player and Ryan will find a way to get 8-11 sacks out of him. I am not crazy about such a hated player coming to the team and don’t like hearing the talk that his heart is still in Miami but he is an upgrade at the pass rusher position and if he is productive, who cares about what he said in the past? Obviously, this lessens the possibility of the Jets taking somebody like Jerry Hughes or Brandon Graham in round one. However, I still wouldn’t be shocked to see them spend a mid-round pick on an outside linebacker.
Faneca, Ellis, Thomas On The Way Out – Mike Lombardi of the National Football Post created a huge buzz today by saying the Jets are actively shopping Shaun Ellis, Bryan Thomas, and Alan Faneca and will waive them after the draft if they can’t find a trade partner. Rex Ryan shot down the idea in his conference call with reporters today but you never know with Mike Tannenbaum. Honestly, Ryan made it sound that Thomas is the least likely of the three to be moved because he discussed Taylor being used in a situational role at length today with Thomas and Calvin Pace remaining starters. The Jets are already painfully thin at defensive end so I’d be absolutely shocked if they parted ways with Ellis, who is the longest tenured player on the team and a locker room leader. Faneca makes the most sense because he is a due a big chunk of money this year and his play has begun to fall off. However, the Jets don’t currently have an adequate replacement for him unless they draft Mike Iupati on Thursday, than you could say good-bye to Faneca.
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