NFL Pre-Season Review: Last Of The Week 2 Memories

It is becoming a blur after watching week 2 of preseason football. One half of good football, strange final scores that have little to no relation to how the game went. How is one to judge a preseason football game? Do we just make the most of the first half and try and hash together some sort of highlight reel for rookies? I have found myself up at 6am watching Reggie Bush look like he did in fact deserve that Heisman trophy. I watch Cam Newton grin and smile after almost having his head torn off. I watch the Redskins look…good? No sleep can do strange things to the human mind. People can start to believe things like the Redskins winning the NFC East. Shanahan got a haircut. Anything is possible in Washington.

Game 1: Jaguars vs. Falcons

The Falcons have a serious receiving core. Matt Ryan will probably go over 4,000 yards this year. Julio Jones will run block, catch deep balls, and go over the middle without issue. The Falcons are going to need to outscore teams if they want to win in that division. They score fast. The issue with fast scoring is that if the opposing team has a good run game and can eat up clock, then that Falcons offense is going to be stuck on the sideline.

Defense is not the focal point of the Falcons, which is why they used their 1st,5th and 7th round pick on offense. The biggest star on the Falcons defense is John Abraham. Abraham is 33 years old and may not have enough left in the tank to be the dominant pass rusher of years past. Sean Weatherspoon is a solid linebacker but might not have enough of an impact to pick up the rest of the defense.

For the Jaguars, things looked better in week 2 for Blaine Gabbert, who has a serious gun and seems to look more comfortable in the pocket with every snap. This preseason will be good for Gabbert, who is going to need to feel out the offense against defenses that are trying to make him uncomfortable and rush his throws. He will learn to find his tight end, namely Mercedes Lewis when the play breaks down. 6’6 275. Just throw it to him.

Game 2:  Colts vs. Redskins

Are the Colts on the edge of missing the playoffs? Yes. Peyton Manning might miss the season opener. He did not have his usual receiver camp or practice in full pads yet, not a good thing when it is already week 2 of preseason. There will be interceptions and missed throws, possibly more than last year. It will not be pretty until week 6. That said, the Colts have enough defensive lineman to stop the run, though that linebacking core leaves much to be desired. Drake Nevis will fit right in with guys like Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis showing him the ropes.

The Colts knew last year that they needed some help at offensive line, because if Peyton goes down, the season goes down. They grabbed Anthony Castonzo in the 1st round and Ben Ijana in the 2nd round. Manning sleeps well.

The Redskins. Let me tell you a little about my relationship with the Redskins. I’m 23, so the Redskins have never been good in my lifetime. My dad is a Redskins fan. A sad, bitter, almost guilty Redskins fan. I like to occasionally call him and let him know the latest Redskins news, like when they signed Haynesworth last year and gave him a $20,000,000 check.

For some reason, he did not think this was going to end well. It did not end well, and he could only watch as his team was manhandled by Michael Vick. He actually told me that after the first touchdown, he had to turn on The Biggest Loser to stop the vein in his neck from throbbing. So recently I gave him a call, notifying him that Donovan Mcnabb had been traded to the Vikings, and that John Beck was the new starting quarterback. Not former 1st round pick Rex Grossman, but John Beck. The John Beck 99% of NFL fans have never heard of.

I thought it would be a beating. A sad event much like watching Holyfield still boxing, Jorge Posada swinging for the fences, or AJ Burnett trying not to have a nervous breakdown with bases loaded in the first inning. And then the game started.
The Redskins had holes to run through. If the Redskins get production out of Maurice Hurt, they will be able to use Roy Helu like they did at Nebraska. They have enough of a mix of veteran (Stallworth, Moss) and rookie (Paul, Robinson, Hankerson) wide receiver talent to spread the field. And the defense…a Redskins defense?

Mike Shanahan may actually crack a smile watching his defense play. They’ve got a serious linebacking core. London Fletcher is on his last legs, but Brian Orakpo is like having a corner and a D lineman on the field, while Ryan Kerrigan will get moved between defensive end and outside linebacker. If a team decides to throw the ball, they get to sort between Laron Landry, Philip Buchanon and Deangelo Hall. Big hits will be made.

As per the yearly lack of trying, the Colts scored 3 points. Curtis Painter grew his hair to surfer bro lengths, and the Colts look like they will ned another QB to replace Painter if Manning’s neck surgery takes longer than expected to heal.

Game 3: Dolphins vs. Panthers

This was the game I turned on after a night of good old fashioned debauchery, so it was more to see Sporano scream and Reggie Bush run. I wanted to see Cam sling it a bit and see how he handles blitzes, but conclusions are not always what you expect them to be. The Dolphins will rely on four players on offense. Chad Henne. Davone Bess. Reggie Bush. Brandon Marshall. That will be the magic formula. Run with Bush, pass it over the middle to Marshall, and catch Devon Bess on the sidelines.

Cam Newton will run. He will have to if he wants to demoralize safeties and cornerbacks that attempt to tackle him. He is a new breed of quarterback, whose physical attributes would put him as anything between linebacker, defensive end, and the world’s largest safety. Yet he is a quarterback, and that should make anyone under 6 feet tall nervous when he takes off to run. People will look weak and small.

Towards week 3, where the strange will get stranger, and upsets will be glorious.

Another Look At New York Jets 2011 Schedule

The New York Jets are supposed to be opening their season on Sunday, September 11th at 8:20 PM in their own building against the Dallas Cowboys…let’s all keep our fingers crossed that it actually happens. Week one should provide a good test for the Jets against the talented but inconsistent Cowboys, who will be welcoming Tony Romo back under center as he returns from a season ending injury in 2010. Regardless, you would hope the Jets can set the tone for a better season at home by beating a team who was 6-10 last year.

Dallas kicks off a difficult first half of the season for the Jets, who have their bye after week 7, nearly splitting their season perfectly in half. Despite only two of their first seven opponents making the playoffs in 2010, it contains a killer three game road trip after their week two home game against Jacksonville (probably their easiest match-up in weeks 1-7): at Oakland, at Baltimore, and at New England, followed by home games against Miami and San Diego. The Dolphins have beat the Jets the past two years in the Meadowlands and San Diego’s offense will be a handful.

After the bye, things lighten up for the Jets who enter what I think is a very managable six game stretch

  • at Buffalo
  • vs New England
  • at Denver
  • vs Buffalo
  • at Washington
  • vs Kansas City

I am aware Denver is on a short week (it is a Thursday night) but the Jets should be able to get rolling here, by taking advantage of getting Buffalo twice in four weeks and improving their 2-0 record against New England at home under Rex Ryan. Denver, Washington, and Kansas City all have shaky quarterback situations. Okay, maybe Kansas City technically doesn’t but did you see Matt Cassel in the playoffs last year against Baltimore’s defense? The Chiefs are feeling like a major let down team this year.

The Jets last three games are on the road in Philadelphia, at home against the Giants, and then the season finale on the road against the Dolphins. All three are tough games, no matter how far out of the contention the Giants and Dolphins will be at that point.

Obviously it is nearly impossible to project how difficult a schedule truly is, especially since free agency hasn’t taken place yet but despite coming off a 11-5 season, the Jets schedule does seem manageable and is full of intriguing games. Don’t forget they have five prime-time games:

  • Week 1 vs Dallas (Sunday Night)
  • Week 4 at Baltimore (Sunday Night)
  • Week 6 vs Miami (Monday Night)
  • Week 10 vs New England (Sunday Night)
  • Week 11 at Denver (Thursday Night)

What game are you most looking forward to? Leave a comment below and drop one off on the Turn On The Jets Facebook Page or Twitter Account. Personally, I don’t think you can top either of the Jets/Patriots match-ups or the Jets/Giants Christmas Eve game.

16 Games, 16 Predictions For 2011 Jets Schedule

Considering we don’t even know if these games will happen, let’s take a run through the schedule anyway…

Week 1 vs Dallas – I believe Rex Ryan when he says he will tone down the trash talk with his brother Rob. The focus of this game will on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It will be an emotional night in the stadium and around the city. The short off-season will affect Tony Romo getting back in sync and their defense learning a new system, the Jets will roll in this one.

Week 2 vs Jacksonville – Jets need revenge for a tough loss in 2009. David Garrard kills the defense with his scrambling but then remembers he is David Garrard and throws a late interception to Darrelle Revis, which clinches the Jets win and ends the Island’s streak of games without an INT.

Week 3 at Oakland – The Jets know they have a killer two games coming up but avoid the let-down against an average Oakland team. Mark Sanchez throws for three touchdowns and shows his maturity by sitting down to a plate of chicken instead of scarfing a hot dog down on the sideline.

Week 4 at Baltimore – Rex fires up the rhetoric about being passed over for the head coaching job, unfortunately the Jets are due for loss, again in ugly, low-scoring fashion to the Ravens.

Week 5 at New England – The Patriots are all types of riled up for revenge on the Jets in their building. Too bad for them, they will be seeing more airplanes around their stadium as the Jets are confident against Tom Brady and take another victory to move to 4-1.

Week 6 vs Miami – The good times roll the Jets win another close one in prime-time against the Dolphins. Super Bowl talk is dominating the headlines as the Jets build up an early lead in the AFC east.

Week 7 vs. San Diego – The LT revenge game. #21 electric glides to two touchdowns en route to a Jets victory and a gaudy 6-1 record heading into the bye week.

Week 8 Bye – No news here…which is a pleasant surprise.

Week 9 at Buffalo – 7-1 for the New York Jets? Yes, the re-building Bills lose their 4th straight to New York. Could this team keep the pace up for a ridiculous 14-2 record? I don’t think so.

Week 10 vs. New England – The Jets are feeling a little too good about themselves heading into this late season showdown and suffer an ugly loss in front of their home fans. Talk begins about another late season meltdown on the way…

Week 11 at Denver – The Jets lose their second straight game as they struggle on the short week with the cross country trip to Denver. Back to back bad games by Mark Sanchez lead to calls for…well nobody, because the Jets don’t have a competent backup. Mike Francesa guzzles a Pepsi over a 2o minute monologue about how the Jets are going nowhere this season.

Week 12 vs. Buffalo – The Bills prove to be the perfect cure for the Jets losing streak, but it doesn’t come easy. Every fan in the stadium is ready to jump off the edge as the Jets are trailing late but Sanchez delivers a late touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery (the only receiver I am certain will be on the team next year) for the game winner.

Week 13 at Washington – Don’t know who will be playing quarterback for the ‘Skins and it doesn’t matter as the Jets defense beats up on Mike Shanahan’s offense en route to a 9-3 record.

Week 14 vs. Kansas City – The Chiefs stink it up behind Matt Cassell all season as they struggle under higher expectations, the Jets add to their misery by improving to 10-3.

Week 15 at Philadelphia – Mike Vick runs wild on the Jets slower linebackers, ending the Jets winning streak and make the following week’s game against the Giants that much more important.

Week 16 vs. Giants – The 10-4 Jets take on the 7-7 Giants who are shockingly in the middle of another December collapse. Gang Green ends the Coughlin era with bang, clinching the victory with another vicious sack of Eli Manning.

Week 17 at Miami – The Jets need a victory to clinch the AFC East title and squeak one out over the Dolphins who are playing out the string…12-4 and AFC East champs.

Damn, I miss football.

2011 New York Jets Schedule: Everybody Loves Rex

  • Week 1 – vs. Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
  • Week 2 – vs. Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
  • Week 3 – at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 4 – at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
  • Week 5 – at New England, 4:15 p.m.
  • Week 6 – vs. Miami, 8:30 PM, (Monday night)
  • Week 7 – vs. San Diego, 1 p.m.
  • Week 8 – Bye
  • Week 9 – at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
  • Week 10 – vs. New England, 8:20 p.m. (Sunday night)
  • Week 11 – at Denver, 8:20 p.m., (Thursday night)
  • Week 12 – vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.
  • Week 13 – at Washington, 1 p.m.
  • Week 14 – vs. Kansas City, 1 p.m.
  • Week 15 – at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m.
  • Week 16 – vs. Giants, 1 p.m.
  • Week 17 – at Miami, 1 p.m.

What Jumps Off The Page To TOJ

  1. Getting New England at home for the second meeting of the season, in primetime.
  2. The weird decision to put the Jets and Giants on Christmas Eve at 1 PM.
  3. Looking forward to seeing the Jets defense get after Tony Romo on national television to start the season.
  4. Opening the year with three straight teams who missed the playoffs.
  5. Having three straight road games in weeks 3-5.
  6. Ending the season with four of the six games against teams who missed the playoffs.
  7. The second half of the season seeming easier than the first half overall.
  8. Honestly, the schedule seeming much more manageable than I initially expected. Outside of the division games, which are always a toss up, the only two games that really stick out as extremely tough are the road games at Baltimore and Philadelphia.
  9. Rex vs. Rob in week one.
  10. Buffalo twice after week 8 is nice.