TOJ Let’s Get Weird: Week 1 – Jets vs. Lions

Dan Essien get’s weird with the New York Jets week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions…

Football is back and I come bearing gifts! Let’s Get Weird will be a weekly collection of non-conventional statistics, predictions, and general random observation about the Jets and their upcoming matchups. It will be VERY serious (READ: sometimes serious). We start off with week 1 as the New York Jets kick off the regular season with a Monday night showdown in Detroit, against the Lions.


Know Your Foe – Week 1: New York Jets vs Detroit Lions

In this week 1 edition of “Know Your Foe,” host Michael Nania talks to the top writer on the Lions beat, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, to break down the Jets’ first game of the season against the Detroit Lions!

“Play Like A Jet” presents the regular season debut “Know Your Foe” podcast with Michael Nania!  Check out the audio below.  

In this week 1 edition of “Know Your Foe,” host Michael Nania talks to the top writer on the Lions beat, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, to break down the Jets’ first game of the season against the Detroit Lions!

Topics include the continued progression of Matthew Stafford, struggles in the running game, the emergence of Detroit’s secondary,  what Matt Patricia and his system bring to the Lions from New England, and much more!

Plus, Michael takes a deep dive into the individual statistics and key matchups like only he can, including some fascinating information about how the Jets may try to defend the Lions’ passing game! 

Play Like A Jet and Know Your Foe are both part of the Turn On The Jets Digital Podcast network……


Jets Know Your Foe Podcast Preview – Scouting the Detroit Lions’ Offseason

Michael Nania continues his “Know Your Foe” podcast with a look at the Detroit Lions offseason..

Coming this regular season, I will be hosting a weekly podcast centered around the dissection of the New York Jets’ opponent each week; featuring guests from the opposing perspective, in-depth looks into opposing teams’ strengths and weaknesses on film, compelling statistical nuggets, matchups to watch out for, and plenty more! To preview the show, each week leading up to the season I’ll recap the offseason of one of the Jets’ opponents; this week, we look at the Houston Texans.


Author: Michael Nania

You can follow me on Twitter @Michael_Nania. I'll be hosting the weekly Jets opponent preview podcast, Know Your Foe, starting with the 2018 regular season. I've been writing for Turn On The Jets since January 2018, and you can also check out more of my work on the Jets over at Gang Green Nation.

NFL Week 3 Review: Not Buying Early Hype

1. Three games into the NFL season and the tickets are being punched for a Detroit Lions/Buffalo Bills Super Bowl match-up. Don’t get me wrong, Detroit is a talented team and their comeback over the Minnesota Vikings was a gutsy win to hang their hat on. Buffalo’s win over New England was even more impressive considering the way New England has handled them as of late and how they dug themselves out of a three possession hole for the second week in a row.

Yet, I have to laugh at the comments received about the New York Jets now being the third best team in the AFC East and when I hear talk of the Lions currently being a top five team in the NFL. The Bills have been down by 18 points in two straight weeks, there are plenty of flaws in their feel good story. They have found ways to win two tight games late, an admirable and important quality. Let’s see them handle being a favorite for a few weeks now. Let’s see them go on the road and take out some contenders. Let’s see them win a game when they aren’t capable of laying a 34 spot on the board. I am not buying it yet, not after 3 games.

The Lions have a beautiful thing on offense with Matthew Stafford throwing to Calvin Johnson. The comeback against Minnesota was a hell of a win, but if you haven’t noticed it, everybody is doing that this year. Again, let’s see them play as a favorite now and let’s see them stay ahead of Chicago in the standings into the second half of the year and how they handle the Packers and Saints down the stretch of their schedule. Are they a playoff contender? Sure, everybody is at this point. Are they one of the best teams in the league? I haven’t seen that yet, not after tight wins over Tampa Bay and Minnesota and beating the ACC caliber Kansas City Chiefs.

2. Nobody takes more cheap shots at the New York Giants than yours truly. I have been surrounded by a group of annoying Giants fans my whole life…otherwise known as all of my best friends. Yet, that doesn’t mean I won’t credit them for an impressive win over the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. I am aware Mike Vick didn’t play the fourth quarter but with the amount of injuries the Giants are dealing with, I am not taking anything away from them. How about North Jersey’s own Victor Cruz by the way? What a game. I am not sure who deserves their new contract less at this point Nnamdi Asomugha or Antonio Cromartie.

I do have to take time to mention what a dirtbag Antrel Rolle is on the field though. I am looking forward to Plaxico Burress giving him one of these shots on December 24th.

3. Week 5 Games to look forward:

  • Pittsburgh at Houston – Very interested to see how these two AFC contenders come out in this game.
  • New England at Oakland – Hoping Oakland can do to New England what they did to the Jets last weekend.
  • NY Jets at Baltimore – Game of the week and I’m not even being biased.