Pre-Game Discussion: Jets at Patriots
posted at 11/17/2009 8:56 PM EST
I think it's a good time for this thread, a thought that I know others have echoed on other boards.
The Jets, they of the September Super Bowl and much trash-talking heading into their week 2 matchup in the Meadowlands, are visiting the apparently-somewhat-louder-during-the-Miami-game confines of Gillette Country Club.
Storylines heading into this week:
-Will there be a hangover after the Indianapolis loss? Belichick-Brady led teams have been renowned for not allowing losing streaks by bouncing back in a big way the following game, but the Indy loss seemed especially devastating.
-Two teams trying to stop the bleeding. The Jets have lost 5 of their last 6, while the Patriots lost a big one to Indianapolis. The winner of this game will be one step closer to a division championship.
-Bart Scott and Kerry Rhodes, two players who were very vocal earlier.
-The defense, which got winded after 25 minutes against Indianapolis. With all due respect, I expect more from a professional football team. Thankfully, Mark Sanchez will not be able to run a hurry-up all game against the Patriots like Manning can.
-Vollmer vs. Calvin Pace. After shutting down 2008 sack leader Joey Porter and 9-game-streak-with-sacks-before-the-game Dwight Freeney, can Vollmer follow it up with yet another solid argument for the permanent starting job?
-Health. Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, Ty Warren, and Jarvis Green all missed the game against the Colts. Team sack leader Tully Banta-Cain left the game injured. Who, if anybody, will return this week? Will we see someone placed on Injured Reserve?
-Randy Moss vs. Darrell Revis. Revis got the better of Moss (with occasional safety help over the top). Will the Patriots find ways to either get Moss away from Revis or otherwise find ways to make plays? Or will Moss' disappearance trickle down across the whole offense again?
-Welker. Didn't play in their first matchup.
-Belichick. Generally immune to public and media criticism, but it should be interesting to see how he responds nonetheless.
-Jets' rushing attack. Tops in the league, they lost scat back Leon Washington, but still have productive rookie Shonne Green to complement Thomas Jones. The big loss: Washington's pass-catching ability.