Well, here we are and all of our worst nightmares are on the precipice of being realized as Murphy’s Law, (which should probably be renamed the Jets Postulate) feels as though it is in full force. Everything that could possibly go wrong is on the verge of doing so and this season is slipping away fast. Staring down the barrel of a potential 1-6 start, a midst what I like to describe as “tabloid controversies,” need to pick themselves up off the deck if they have any shot of making this a competitive or meaningful season. That said, here’s everything you need to know for Sunday
Story Lines of Note:Vick Admits to Being Unprepared Sports Illustrated
Quote of the Week:
“If Herm Edwards gets to coach another team again, he can do exactly what he wants.”
– Rex Ryan on Herm Edward’s comments about his coaching.
“Free Money” Lock
Eagles -2.5 over the Giants.
Dan’s “Two Cents”:
The Jets find themselves staring into that same abyss that Charlie Sheen’s boss described in the first “Wall Street” movie and that abyss looks pretty bleak. There’s a lot of places you can point the finger but the bottom line is that this team has beaten itself more than their opponents have this year and at the end of the day that falls on one guy and that’s Rex Ryan. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s hard enough to win games in this league as it is let alone when you’re constantly shooting yourself in the foot. If they could have figured out a way to limit the mental mistakes, this team could realistically be 4-1 or 3-2 instead of 1-4 but we can’t live on the past so on to the future.
The Jets are pretty banged up so it will be interesting to see who suits up this week as Geno Smith and this beleaguered offense could really use a healthy Eric Decker in the worst way. I don’t think Denver’s defense are world-beaters by any means but considering the way the Jets offense has been sputtering lately it doesn’t make much of a difference. Marty Morhniweg has to actually commit to establishing the run in order to take some pressure off of Geno and keep Peyton Manning on the sidelines. Ball control is absolutely essential to making this game competitive and you can’t do that by only running the ball on inside hand offs out of the shotgun set.
On defense, I don’t know that there really is a game plan that, given their personnel, the Jets could employ that will stop Peyton Manning. It’s probably going to be one of those “you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him sort of games” so that means the pass rush has to be on him early and often. I don’t know if Rex is going to roll out what I like to call the “No Doubles” defense again this week but he’s going to need to get very creative to try and confuse the Quarterbacking Machine that is Peyton Manning.
Despite all of the odds being stacked against the Jets something tells me, they are going to give the Broncos all they can handle and should cover the 9.5 point spread but a win against the best team in the AFC is asking a lot. Maybe we should pray to Tim Tebow because at this point we have nothing to lose.