Re: Reality check - the Jets COULD ruin Sunday
posted at 1/15/2011 9:46 AM EST
In Response to Reality check - the Jets COULD ruin Sunday
[QUOTE]A lot of people seem to be writing off the Jets, figuring the ONLY way they can win is if the Patriots do something very, very wrong. I just want to remind people that the Jets, like the Pats, are a team of professional athletes and coaches who get paid just like all 31 other teams. That being said, here are some keys that could lead to the Jets shocking a lot of people. They CAN run the ball well I dislike LT as much as the next guy. I'll never forget him sitting on the sideline moping all game in Foxboro, or getting mad the Pats celebrated on his field using Roidiman's dance. Even still, he showed this season that he does have something left, I don't know how much, but his hatred of the Pats could fuel him for a single game. Or perhaps just a half, which could make things miserable for all of us. Don't discount Greene either. He's a young, tough back who has been trending upward lately, and to me, is a similar back to Ray Rice, and that should scare all of us. If they do start running the ball, or even decently, it keeps Brady off the field, and it lessens the amount Sanchez has to do while also wearing out a thin defensive line. I'm very happy to be getting Spikes back. Sanchez needs to play better than 'within himself" On the surface, this seems very unlikely. He hasn't consistenly shown the ability to be a solid QB in the NFL. However, there is one alarming stat to consider with him; he has led 6 last possession, game deciding drives. Even though, right now, I don't think he's a good QB (don't think he's awful either) he has shown that he is at least unnaffected by the pressure. The bigger the situation, the sharper he has shown to be. Don't expect him to "Manning or Favre it" and thrown a late pick with the game on the line. He may make mistakes, but they tend to come early. I don't think he will have a great game but if the Jets run decently, and he has a completion percentage north of 60 and no INTs, that could spell disaster for the Pats. Brady's INT clock is ticking It seems unfathomable, but yes, Brady WILL throw another INT at SOME point. He currently is extending the longest streak in the history of the NFL. He's truly in uncharted waters. Yes, I'm well aware that this is the same guy who ALSO holds the record for pass attempts to start a career without an INT, but it's bound to happen. history is against him, the law of averages is wholly against him, even LUCK has to turn at some point! I hope it NEVER happens, but that's unrealistic, it will, I just hope not tomorrow...in fact, I'd be good if he just didn't throw one until AT LEAST the flowers come back...that'd be just fine. If I were a betting man, I'd lay the points and go with my heart. My head, however, isn't so sure. Division rivals are ALWAYS tough. Enjoy the game, I hope we're all here on Monday talking about how Rex put his foot in his mouth...or Cromartie got torched worse than child support...or how LT was..., LT (invisible).
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
I think that you are way, way off in your analysis! Right off the bat you have to look at the Jets as a team that struggles to score (period). Therefore the only way that they can realistically have a chance at winning is to keep this a low scoring game, which will be easier said than done considering how good the Pats are on offense.
Furthermore, Sanchez is a mediocre QB, who for the 2nd consecutive week will be playing on the road, in what will be perhapse the most hostile enviornement imaginable considering all the hype and trash talk leading up to this game.
The Jets on defense are built to play man coverage and eliminate deep passing attacks. However, Brady has too many weapons. Even if they try and target Branch and Welker, then Gronk, Hernandez, or Woodhead will be open (we can play this what if game all day if you want, the fact is that like in boxing when they say style makes fights, well... the Pats are tailored made to beat the NYJ).
I guess technically the Jets do have a chance at winning this game on Sunday, just like I may hit the lottery any day now... but between me and you, I won't hold my breath.