Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday Night Madness

Tonight we have another matchup worthy of Mount Olympus. The New York Jets travel to Foxboro for a rematch with their co-division leaders, the New England Patriots. This game could not only determine home who takes the AFC East, but also who gets home field advantage and 1st seed throughout the playoffs. The Patriots have been here before; the Jets are on pretty unfamiliar ground.

Now I've said this before, but I fear the Jets have a big let-down coming. They've stood toe-to-toe with some of the lesser teams in the league, and have come away with wins. One could say the Jets have found ways to win and are consistently doing it, but if your young stallion is barely beating slow horses, do you really expect him to succeed against a thoroughbred race champion? (Not my best analogy but I'll stick with it...leave me alone).

That's what the Patriots, namely Brady and Belichick are, thoroughbred champions. The Jets? Sure they're flashy, exciting, and (I'll admit) pretty darn good too, but can they handle the stretch and win when it matters the most?

Call me a skeptic, but that remains to be seen. This is the true test for Gang-Green. They snagged the win early in the season against their division foes, but can they pull off the sweep? Yes, you say? Ok Jets fans, I'll play along. They can absolutely do it, especially this season where anything has and will continue to happen. But consider this, the Patriots have won the last bazilion consecutive games at home, AND have never been swept under the BeliBrady regime. Still feel confident? Yes. anything can happen...but if I'm going to gamble I prefer a much safer bet.

Patriots 34 - Jets 17

Are you ready for some football?


  1. Hey, at least Sanchez is the QB of the future

  2. I predicted a blowout...but I guess the Jets are worse than I thought.

  3. WOW! That was not expected from me. I thought the Jets would put up more of a fight especially in a division game! They could not get anything going to match the Pats and had no answers. Crazy. Jets are in the playoffs but I say not for long--I say not past Wildcard Weekend.

  4. The Jets will be fine, and I'm not just saying that as a fan. Ryan was thoroughly embarassed by that loss. Bottom line, they weren't prepared. They were ill-prepared in every aspect of the game, including defense AND special teams, where the Jets usually thrive. Ryan made some ATROCIOUS play calls to top it all off. The Jets are not as good as a 9-3 record indicates, but they are definitely not as bad as last nights loss indicates either. As I said, what you saw last night was a team that came to the field looking like they threw their game plan together on the bus ride over. Even look at the defensive matchups... A linebacker on Welker? A lineman on Woodhead?!?!? None of it even made sense. THey aren't going to win the super bowl, but I think that this game is going to wake them up a little bit. Maybe Ryan will realize that they can actually use the week off to study their opponent.

  5. Ryan said post-game that they were prepared...they just came out and played terribly. The Patriots had the Jets' number before the game even started. All the preparation in the world doesn't help you beat a team as good as the Patriots are right now...this one was weeks in the making. If the Jets were as good as everyone thought they were, this would have been a much closer game.

  6. Ryan saying they're prepared doesn't make it so. Obviously they weren't... If you're prepared, then you show up. They didn't. The calls were off, the coverage was off, the offense was off, the special teams were off, everything was off. The Jets have never played that way before. Now, don't get me wrong, the Pats are the superior team, and would have won anyway I agree... But if you think that the Jets were ready for that game and came to compete, then you're crazy. Rex can say they were until he is blue in the face, but every part of that team was epic fail. They couldn't get anything right. To me, that says you need to study the tape more.


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