New York Jets Playoffs Scenario Week 14

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The Jets clinch a playoff spot this week with the following

1) A Jets Win + SD loss or tie + JAK loss or tie

2) A Jets Win + SD loss or tie + IND loss or tie

3) A Jets Tie + OAK loss or tie + SD loss + IND loss

Schedule

  • Indianapolis At Tennessee – Thursday, 8:20 PM
  • Oakland At Jacksonville – Sunday, 1 PM
  • Kansas City At San Diego – Sunday, 4:15 PM

Instant Reaction: Same Old Jets

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When you have 10 days to prepare for your biggest game of the year. It doesn’t say much for your organization when you are completely out coached, out schemed, out played, and out everything you can think of.

The New York Jets were exposed as frauds tonight. They were embarrassed on national television and unequivocally proven to be second class citizens in the AFC East and the AFC. Don’t talk about the Jets with the Patriots, Ravens, or Steelers anymore. They aren’t on that level or even close for that matter. They are now in the mix with the Chiefs, Jaguars, Colts, Chargers, and the rest of the mediocrity throughout the conference.

There won’t be any home playoff games this year and don’t write the Jets in as a playoff team yet. You think the team you watched tonight is going to Pittsburgh or Chicago and getting a victory?

The Jets defense was awful tonight. Not just awful, but they quit and let Tom Brady completely dice them apart. They ushered Danny Woodhead down the field so he could make us cringe, as Joe McKnight looked good in his winter jacket on the sideline. Antonio Cromartie lacked effort and forgot how to tackle. Drew Coleman…looked like, well Drew Coleman.

I can’t write enough about how pathetic the effort level was on defense. It starts with Rex Ryan, who didn’t have his team prepared tonight and did a terrible job with game management and game planning. Sorry Rex, it doesn’t make sense to challenge a quarterback sneak on your offense’s first drive, just like it doesn’t make sense to blitz the house and leave Drew Coleman one on one with Wes Welker. Where was Darrelle Revis by the way?

Offense? Mark Sanchez isn’t ready yet. He was shaken from the first possession of this game. Braylon Edwards is back to dropping passes in big spots. Dustin Keller? Where was he? At least Santonio Holmes and Shonn Greene showed up, but that was about it.

It was one thing to lose the game. It is another thing to be embarrassed. It is another thing to quit and be completely humiliated. Hell, I am embarrassed I spent 10 days writing articles previewing the game and the Jets couldn’t put up an effort.

Say it with me now…

Same. Old. Jets.

I need a day off.

Jets Season At A Crossroads

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A little dramatic in the title?

I don’t think so.

The reality of the situation is this, the Jets season is going to head in to two very different directions depending on the result of Monday night’s game.

A win equals a 2 game lead on the Patriots with 4 games left to play. Unless the Jets meltdown in the last quarter of the season, they are looking at a #1 or #2 seed, a first round bye and a home playoff game in the divisional round of the playoffs. You can’t ask for a better road to the Super Bowl and the organization is way overdue on hosting a playoff game.

A loss? The Jets fall to the all too familiar position of chasing New England. They could have 1 or 2 games to make up depending on how the rest of the division schedule plays out, but realistically it would be very unlikely for the Jets to catch the Patriots, which means a trip back into the wild card.

The road to the Super Bowl then likely involves a first round trip to either Indianapolis or San Diego. Do you want to deal with Peyton Manning  in the first round? I don’t. Beyond that, a victory will result in a trip to either New England, Pittsburgh, or Baltimore.

Yes, it is a little dangerous to put all your eggs in the basket of a week 13 game and yes it would absolutely to be an exaggeration to say the Jets 2010 season was in major trouble with a loss. However, the opportunity is there to jump in the driver’s seat of not just the AFC East but of the entire conference and great teams take advantage of those opportunities.

So for once, can the Jets avoid doing it the hard way?

TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

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Ranking teams in the NFL is becoming a more difficult process with each passing week, especially since my top two teams (Patriots and Colts) lost last week. Regardless, here is what TOJ is thinking heading into week 10…feel free to express your feelings about my stupidity:

1. Baltimore Ravens (6-2) – An impressive win over the Miami Dolphins can’t be enjoyed long as they travel to Atlanta on Thursday night to face arguably the NFC’s best team.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) – They have a nice chance to flex their muscle as an elite team by taking down the New England Patriots at home this Sunday night.

3. New York Giants (6-2) – They are rolling right now but before we crown them, keep in mind some of the quarterbacks they have beaten this year (Matt Moore, Charlie Whitehurst, Shaun Hill).

4. Green Bay Packers (6-3) – Despite all of the injuries, they are heading into the bye week right around where we expected them to be.

5. New York Jets (6-2) – This team (and their quarterback) knows how to win close games…something you can’t frequently say about the Jets. However, they still haven’t played a complete game since week 4.

6. New Orleans Saints (6-3) – They could hit their stride out of the bye week, especially when Reggie Bush gets back in action.

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-2) – If Atlanta wants to show they are an elite team in the NFL, they can start by beating the Ravens at home in two days…who else is pumped about Thursday Night Football?

8. New England Patriots (6-2) – Well we can pump the brakes on the Patriots love fest for now.

9. Tennessee Titans (5-3) – Welcome to town Randy Moss…the Titans can bury another wild-card contender by beating the Dolphins on the road this week.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) – The Eagles still have two games against the Giants to grab control of the NFC East and with Mike Vick straight balling right now, it is certainly possible.

11. Indianapolis Peyton Mannings (5-3) – They just might be a little too beat up this year. Fortunately for them, they get to play Cincinnati this week.

12. Oakland Raiders (5-4) – The atmosphere for the Raiders overtime win ovet the Chiefs was simply awesome. They get a bye week to prep for a huge test against the Steelers.

13. Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) – Tough way to lose in Oakland but their second half schedule still makes them the favorite in win the AFC West.

14. Tampa Bay Buccanners (5-3) – The Bucs are going to be around the rest of the season as a legitimate playoff contender.

15. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – Phillip Rivers has been the MVP so far in 2010.

16. Cleveland Browns (3-5) – I can’t remember the last time I have been more worried about the Jets playing a team with a record 3 games worse than them.

17. Washington Redskins (4-4) – They need a victory at home against the Eagles this week to show they will remain a contender in the NFC.

18. Houston Texans (4-4) – 8-8 here we come…yet again.

19. Miami Dolphins (4-4) – 7-9 here we come. Sorry, I will still take Mark Sanchez over Chad Henne any day of the week for the next 10 years. Henne comes up small in every big spot he has been given.

20. Chicago Bears (5-3) – I’d be stunned if they finish .500 or better.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) – See directly above.

22. St. Louis Rams (4-4) – Ladies and gentleman, your first place team in the NFC West. They can put a nail in the 49ers coffin this week.

23. Minnesota Vikings (3-5) – If they beat Chicago this week, which they should, they are very much alive in the second half of the season.

24. Detroit Lions (2-6) – Thanks for throwing that pass on third down with the immortal Drew Stanton.

25. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) – Just about as terrible as a .500 team can get.

26. Arizona Cardinals (3-5) – A brutal loss to the Vikings but they are still one game out of first place.

27. Cincinnati Bengals (2-6) – Well at least, Terrell Owens is happy.

28. San Francisco 49ers (2-6) – Somehow they can pull within a game of first place with a win this week.

29. Denver Broncos (2-6) – Renaldo Hill’s pass interference will be remembered as what started them towards a 4-12 season.

30. Buffalo Bills (0-8) – They are still a tough team to play every week.

31. Carolina Panthers (1-7) – It is hard to see them winning another game in 2010.

32. Dallas Cowboys (1-7) – Their whole team deserves to be fired along with Wade Phillips.

Forget Same Old Jets, Time To Show Who The Best Team In NFL Is

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There is no reason the New York Jets shouldn’t beat the Green Pay Packers this Sunday, while covering the 6 point spread they deserve. Forget the same old Jets bullshit for a second and consider the Packers have 10 players on IR, including their starting running back and All-Pro caliber tight end. Their defense is average at best and is banged up at all levels. This is an undisciplined team that is at 4-3 in the NFC, where the best team wouldn’t even be playoff caliber in the superior AFC. I am sorry but if the Packers can’t beat the Redskins or Bears on the road, or win at home against Miami why should I believe they are capable of getting victory in the Meadowlands.

Yes, Aaron Rodgers is one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL. He has plenty of targets too. Yet, this is a one-dimensional offense that is going against a Jets defense that is 100 percent healthy for the first time this season.

Coming off a bye week, against a team who is flying half way across the country after an emotional Sunday night game, in front of your home fans for the first time in 3 weeks, the Jets need to take care of business. The Jets believe they are the best team in the NFL, talk like they are the best team in the NFL, and honestly probably are the best team in the NFL. This is a week to go out and stomp on the Packers throat, one of the supposed top contenders in the NFC, and demonstrate what kind of team they are going to be the rest of the season.

There is no reason the Jets shouldn’t be able to run the ball down the throat of the Packers, especially considering how banged up their defensive line is. There should be no hesitation to be aggressive if the Packers begin to stack the box. They don’t have the personnel to cover Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes and Dustin Keller and Jerricho Cotchery, all while worrying about LaDainian Tomlinson out of the backfield and Brad Smith popping in for an option.

This is a week to jump out to a quick 14-0 lead and never look back. Get the Packers down early, man up with your secondary and blitz them when they are forced to throw every play. This is the kind of game that can springboard the Jets through the upcoming soft part of their schedule and get them to the 9-2 or 10-1 they need to be heading into New England on December 6th for a Monday Night showdown.

Stop thinking about the Jets, as the Jets of the past and start thinking about them like the Colts or Saints from a year ago, a team who found a way to win just about every week. The Jets have the talent and coaching to do it and five very, very winnable games coming up on the schedule.

It starts with a win on Sunday.

Trying To Make Sense Out Of A Senseless NFL

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Parity is a beautiful thing in the NFL. It helps makes the slate of games every week unpredictable and always throw you an “are you ‘effing kid me” game or two each weekend. It is a large part of why a Jaguars/Titans turd fest on Monday Night Football, featuring Trent Edwards at quarterback could easily get higher rating than the Yankees and Rangers in the ALCS. I do know that through seven weeks, it is nearly impossible to see where this season is headed, particularly in the NFC.

You get a team like the Giants who look ready for 6-10 and a coaching change after back to back early losses and now they are the consensus top team in the NFC. Dallas, Green Bay, and New Orleans were easily the top three picks to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl heading into season, yet could anybody pick any of those three teams with any type of confidence now? Dallas could end up with the first pick in the draft the way they are headed. The Saints can’t even keep it close against the Cleveland Browns in their own building.

The Colts have more holes than ever around Peyton Manning and keep dropping like flies. The Broncos go toe to toe with the Jets and then make the Raiders look like a a juggernaut by allowing a 59 spot to them. The Bengals and Chargers have been major disappointments.

Here is what I am thinking moving forward –

Despite the Chiefs and Seahawks looking capable of pulling away with their division, every team is alive in the AFC and NFC West with the exception of the teams in the London Bowl this week. The 49ers are completely incapable of winning a close game and are delusional with their perception of their team’s talent level and I don’t think Denver can recover from the whooping they took last week.

As much as it feels like time to bury Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings (and trust me I’d love to), they are far from out of it. The Bears are probably the worst 4-3 team I have ever seen in my life. They aren’t going to be in the mix for a playoff spot when it comes down to it. Green Bay isn’t healthy or consistent enough to pull away. In the NFC South, I do think Atlanta has the ability to pull away from the Saints if they don’t get their heads on straight now. Tampa Bay is a tough, young team who will stay around .500 and will probably amazingly stay in the wild-card race.

There are three teams across the entire NFC, I would feel confident saying are playoff teams right now: Atlanta, the Giants, and the Eagles. Yes, I saw Philadelphia lose to Tennessee last week but I think when Vick gets back and gets rolling again, they will be right there with the Giants for the NFC East title. Everything else is a crap shoot, in a conference filled with mediocrity.

Back in the AFC where things are a little clearer, the Patriots and Jets are going down to the wire for the division title and are both playoff teams. Miami is nothing more than a 8-8 team. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are going down to the wire for their division title and are both playoff teams. Cincinnati is a 6-10 team. I don’t trust the Texans and think the South will come down to the Titans and Colts, with the other team battling it out for the Ravens for that last wild card spot.

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Jets vs. Packers: First Look

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The Opponent: The Green Bay Packers were one of the most popular Super Bowl picks heading into the 2010 season. However, an unbelievable rash of injuries, along with inconsistent and undisciplined play has led to a somewhat disappointing 4-3 start. Green Bay is coming off a gutsy win over the Vikings on Sunday Night football, which could be to the Jets advantage. The Packers can rush the passer and throw the football but can’t stop the run or run the football. This game will be a good test to see if Revis Island has actually returned to the map alongside Alcrotraz and would be a good week to let Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson combine for 38 – 42 carries.

Green Bay Starters/Key Reserves

OFFENSE

  • Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers – 150/235, 1841 yards, 12 TDs, 9 INTs
  • Running Back: Brandon Jackson – 80 carries, 363 yards, 2 TDs
  • Running Back: John Kuhn – 41 carries, 154 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Greg Jennings – 26 receptions, 390 yards, 5 TDs
  • Wide Receiver: Donal Driver – 28 receptions, 307 yards, 3 TDs
  • Wide Receiver: James Jones – 19 receptions, 284 yards, 1 TD
  • Wide Receiver: Jordy Nelson – 17 receptions, 184 yards, 0 TD
  • Tight End: Andrew Quarless – 7 receptions, 90 yards, 1 TD
  • Left Tackle: Chad Clifton
  • Left Guard: Daryn Colledge
  • Center: Scott Wells
  • Right Guard: Josh Sitton
  • Right Tackle: Bryan Bulaga

DEFENSE

  • Defensive End: Ryan Pickett – 8 tackles
  • Nose Tackle: B.J. Raji – 22 tackles, 2.5 sacks
  • Defensive End: Cullen Jenkins – 12 tackles, 4 sacks
  • Defensive End – C.J. Wilson – 13 tackles
  • Outside Linebacker: Clay Matthews – 22 tackles, 8.5 sacks
  • Inside Linebacker: A.J. Hawk – 60 tackles, 2 INTs
  • Outside Linebacker: Brad Jones – 27 tackles
  • Inside Linebacker: Desmond Bishop – 35 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
  • Corner: Charles Woodson – 45 tackles, 1 INT
  • Corner: Tramon Williams – 28 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 sack
  • Corner: Perrish Cox – 17 tackles, 1 INT
  • Safety: Nick Collins – 31 tackles, 1 INT
  • Safety: Charlie Peprah – 22 tackles

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Kicker: Mason Crosby – 9/12 on FGs
  • Punter: Tim Masthay – 43.2 yards per punt
  • Kick Return: Jordy Nelson – 23.4 per kick return
  • Punt Return: Tramon Williams – 9.1 per punt return

PhotobucketKey Players: Aaron Rodgers is one of the top quarterbacks in the league and is always capable of putting up some monster numbers. Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are a formidable duo at receiver and will be a big test for Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis. Clay Matthews leads the NFL in sacks and Charles Woodson is a playmaker in the secondary.

Injuries: The Jets should finally be 100 percent for this one. Ryan Pickett and Cullen Jenkins could join the long list of Packers who will be sitting this one out.

Key Storylines: Is Darrelle Revis really 100 percent? How will the Jets look coming off their bye week? Can the Jets find a way to block Clay Matthews?