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Rush Offense Cedes No. 1 Spot to Tennessee

Posted by Randy Lange on November 24, 2009 – 2:09 pm

The Jets’ reign at the top of the NFL’s rushing department is over. The Jets held the No. 1 spot for four consecutive weeks, and even occupied the catbird’s seat heading into Monday night’s Tennessee-Houston game after rushing for 104 yards (Thomas Jones had 103 of them) at New England.

But the rejuvenated Titans, with Chris Johnson and Vince Young leading the way, rushed for 228 yards in the win over the Texans and now lead the Jets by 49 yards.

Here are the NFL’s top five rushing teams and their immediate prospects of improving or declining in Week 12 (RO–Run Offense, RD–Run Defense):

 Team RO Rank Y/G Opp RD Rank Y/G
 Tennessee 1st 168.4 vs. ARZ 8th 103.2
 JETS 2nd 163.5 vs. CAR 26th 130.7
 Carolina 3rd 159.1 @ NYJ 16th 111.5
 Miami 4th 156.0 @ BUF 31st 165.9
 New Orleans 5th 154.3 vs. NE 14th 109.4


Another Green & White ranking note: In yielding 31 points to the Patriots, the Jets have now given up 18.9 points per game. That’s ninth-best in the NFL, true, still in the top 10 but also the Jets’ lowest points-allowed ranking this season. This includes all points, including touchdowns not allowed by the defense.

Record Book Entries (Jets)

We reported Sunday on Shaun Ellis’ move up the Jets’ sack list, past Super Bowl III DE Gerry Philbin and into third place with 66.0 sacks. This list is unofficial since it includes all Jets sacks back into the Sixties even though individual defensive sacks became an official NFL statistic only in 1982.

But what is official is that Ellis moved into a tie for most sacks of Patriots quarterbacks since 2000, the Big Katt’s rookie season. Ellis now has 12.0 NE sacks, equaling the dozen takedowns by Buffalo DE Aaron Schobel. And 8.0 of Ellis’ 12.0 sacks have been of Tom Brady, including Sunday’s two drops.

One more historical note on the Smith Bros. blocked punt on Sunday. The Jets/Titans have scored touchdowns off of blocked punts 13 times in their history, and this was the fourth one to come on the road against the Boston/New England Patriots.

In the 1963 season opener, Larry Grantham took a block 20 yards at Fenway Park. In ’68 Mark Smolinski had a 3-yard BPR vs. the home-team Patriots at, of all places, Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Then came the Gillette era: David Bowens’ snuff-and-scoop against Hanson in 2007 and Eric Smith’s block and Brad Smith’s return Sunday.

Record Book Entries (Patriots)

Just to make it official, Wes Welker’s 15 catches were the most by an opponent in Jets franchise history. He eclipsed Ozzie Newsome’s 14-catch game at Cleveland in 1984 and 13-catch games by the Oilers’ Haywood Jeffires, the Bills’ Thurman Thomas and the Colts’ Lydell Mitchell.

Welker, with his 192 receiving yards and 11 more on an end-around, had 203 offensive yards to become the first opponent to gain 200 yards from scrimmage against the Jets since Ronnie Brown gained 211 in 2007. And he was the first opponent to gain 200 yards with more receiving than rushing yards since Dolphins WR Mark Duper had 217 yards, all receiving, at Miami in 1985.

Finally, Leigh Bodden was the eighth Jets opponent since 1970 to come up with three interceptions in a game, but the first to do it since Dolphins CB William Judson in 1983. Most prominent on that list is Dolphins LB A.J. Duhe in the 1982 AFC Championship Game. Not on the list is Broncos DB Willie Brown, who had an NFL-record-tying four INTs of Dick Wood in Denver in 1964.

The Rest of the Week

We’ll have our usual full Wednesday of coverage on newyorkjets.com tomorrow as the Jets open their practice week for the Panthers on Sunday. There is no media availability on Thanksgiving Day, but Kyle Richardson will have a story on how the Jets are recognizing the holiday, topped by Mike DeVito and Robert Turner’s visit today to the Interfaith Food Pantry’s turkey distribution in Morristown. And on Friday we’ll have a visit with Darrelle Revis ahead of his matchup with the Panthers’ Steve Smith and a shortened Coordinators Corner.

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51 Responses to “Rush Offense Cedes No. 1 Spot to Tennessee”

  1. By Kyle on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Randy- Why isnt there an option to vote “no one” on the player of the game each week?

  2. By Ira on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Randy, Your chart shows the top 5 rushing teams and the top 3 are all 4-6. Usually a top running team has success and gets into the playoffs. Why do you think the top 3 go against it?

  3. By Tom Spicer on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    I know you guys are going to say I am crazy but we are not out of this & I know we have done nothing to say we are able to make a comeback. But we play the Panthers at home a very beatable team. Then we play the Bills at a nuetral site also another very winnable game. Then we go to Tampa one of the worst teams in the NFL. Then we host a reeling Falcons team who has Ryan throwing just as many picks

  4. By Tom Spicer on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    as Sanchez. If we could win these 4 game swe would be 8 & 6 going into the final 2 games. At the Colts who could have home field locked up & be sitting it starters. Then we host the Bengals who also could be locked into there spot. I will not give up until we have 8 losses!

  5. By Mike jet vet on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Jets 4 life.. your logic is honorable & true is most cases doesn’t apply for the jets sorry man.. I have felt that way for many years now I.m done here’s my logic when it comes to the Jets slide of hand illusion with mirrors a fool & his money or dignity are soon parted..What we need is some1 to develop young draft picks with proven talent plus some1 to spot that talent then build a team

  6. By Randy Lange on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    I have no profound answer, Ira. Too many other parts of those several teams didn’t offer enough help in the first 10 games.

  7. By Tom Spicer on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    If the Giants beat the Broncos, 49ers at home beat the Jags & Ravens at home beat Pitt. We are 1 game out of the wildcard spot if we beat the Panthers this is not over.

  8. By Frank on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    We have breaking news this just in….T Rex was seen shopping for and buying a George Foreman grill. As part of his new strategy of getting re-acquainted with his QB….Rumor has it he will be grilling hotdogs for Sanchez in between offensive series. His rational is since the Raider’s game and “hotdog-gate” was their best game of the season he plans on recapturing the moment….stay tuned!

  9. By Damone on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Thats because Vince Young has starting running like crazy again.We are the True best rushing team in the NFL!

  10. By Frank on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Randy, my Rex and George Foreman grill joke was meant to be light hearted and funny and was not derogatory to either Rex or Sanchez I am certain you saw the humor in it why not post it? I actually think its quite pithy.

  11. By Frankie on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    There is nothing i want more than for the Jets to make the playoffs. i know we are still in this and we can do it if we win out. but i don’t think we will get in at 9-7. the way we have been playing won’t cut it. but there is always hope and i will always stand by the jets win or lose. at first i said lets bench Mark Sanchez after this last game but u know what, he got is in this mess at 4-6

  12. By Frankie on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    now its time to see what he is made off and see if he can get us out of this hole were in. i don’t care if he threw 40 picks threw the first 10 games, its now time for him to prove to the team and us as fans that he can step it up and make plays and bring us to a 10-6 record and a spot in the playoffs. LETS GO MARK!!! STILL HOPE… BUT BARELY

  13. By jet80 on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Spicer, I really had thought of that same scenerio all the way down each game but really?8-8 would be fine with either stayin with Mark & seeing him end the season on a high note or switchin to Ainge and let him try & compete for next year.Clemens will be let go any time now & maybe Ainge could be our guy.He could be ruined already for startin him to soon.MS needs to be on timeout & study the game

  14. By Jeremy on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Rushing stats don’t mean anything when the rest of the team doesn’t perform-just look at the records of the best rushing teams! This team could be #1 in everything, but when you’re nearly dead last in passing it doesn’t matter. If Schotty & Sanchez can’t figure out how to throw to our guys who cares! This team is headed nowhere fast-season is entirely over when you start hoping other teams lose!

  15. By mike Jet Vet on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Cont.They haven’t figured it out in 40 years .Here’s why instead of going after A third rookie head coach no matter how good or rookie QB with only hype to go on .Our genius would have served us fans a fair shake by going after Shanahan or wooing Cowher out of retirement god knows we spend enough $$ 2 do so.Then going after QB like or equal to J-Cutler to give a team build 2 win now a Chance IRA

  16. By Mike Jet Vet on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Tom -S If this if that how bout if Sanchez learned to stop making just 1 of his same mistakes after 10 weeks .How we can lose 5 0f 6 games & lead the league in rushing all these weeks have any ifs for that 1? I do if any team had any respect for our QB or coaching we wouldn’t have had that distinction ..U willing 2 put your reputation on how Sanchez will fair this & next season not me

  17. By Randy Lange on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Frank, it was posted as soon as I got it.

  18. By scjoe on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, Sound logic, and you can’t deny that IF all of it comes to pass we still have a shot. Problem for me is, the Jets have this problem when it comes to beating teams that they are “supposed to beat” it goes back many years and certainly has not subsided this year. It has to, if your theory is to be applied.

  19. By Lot15Tom on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    You can take all the rankings and twist them anyway you want, we’re 4-6 at the end of the day and our defense has lost more games than our offense! Same Old Jets!

  20. By dannyt on Nov 24, 2009 | Reply

    i think that we are in a rebuilding mode so we need to take it slow with sanchez and not put alot on his shoulders. run the ball like heck and we should be ok.

  21. By uncle joe on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Spicer,you’re absolutely right,my good man.And hey,we will be great one day,because we have a great rookie coach.Only Ryan would have the “you know whats” to bench Rhodes,which is 100% the right thing to do.Rhodes is killing this Defense.Six Game Winning Streak Is Coming,

  22. By Ira on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Good for Rex trying to shake things up by starting E.Smith this week. Go back to mini-camp Eric came up with at least 4-5 tipped balls and got quite a few INT’s. This is a good way to send a message to his players. I am looking forward to see how they all react to this. Everybody have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. By Coat on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Hey scjoe the beauty of spicers comments is it is possible, doubtful but possible–at this point the jets aren’t supposed to beat anybody so maybe we’ve got a shot–maybe with some pressure being relieved they can play loose enough to get a string of w’s and with some help hey you never know worst case we mess up our draft position—lets go jets

  24. By Ira on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Last time the Jets hosted the panthers was on 11/29/98 same as this year 11/29. Jets won 48-21 and Curtis had 2 TD’s and i think one of them was a 60 yd TD run. Maybe we can all enjoy a similar type game this week from our team. They are long overdue. GO JETS!!!!

  25. By Ira on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Sanchez’s #’s are so interesting. In the 1st and 3rd QTs he has combined for 8 TD’s -5 INT’s. In the 2nd and 4th QTs he has combined for 2 TD’s and 10 INT’s. To me that shows that he does get it at times. early on when plays are scriptedand after halftime adjustments. He runs into trouble after teams see what he is doing after the 1st QT and when the game is on the line at times in the 4th.

  26. By Tom Spicer on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    I just heard Kerry Rhodes has been benched for Eric Smith good I hope that teaches him & all the other players a lesson that if you dont play up to standards you will be benched. Kerry has all the ability in the world but if you dont have focus, heart & desire all that stuff doesnt matter. These guys need to worry about football & not twitter, modeling & acting.

  27. By Tom Spicer on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    A message to Rex I see you benched Kerry Rhodes while you are at it bench Bryan Thomas & cut Vernon Gholston start Westerman a undrafted free agent local kid from Rugters he has HEART! Bench Douglas to play DeVito he is hungry.

  28. By JETS 4 LIFE on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Mike Jet Vet, I understand and feel the same hurt as every Jets Fan, but it is what it is, but the facts are Sanchez is the QB so to pull him out now is senseless,HE IS THE FUTURE, now if he was to get these next games all winnable under his belt it will give him the confidence he needs. but Shotty has to be there with the play calls we need to run the ball.the game will slow down for him in time.

  29. By Damone on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    We’re gonna need a nother cornerback BAD!Lito Sheppard really doesn’t play for us.With Lowery and Strick hurt,we’re not going anywhere!

  30. By scjoe on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    I think the benching of Rhodes is a step in the right direction, I have said all along he has had little or no impact at all on this defense. But it shouldn’t stop there, this team is not winning, there are more then one or two position players who should be held accountable from what I see. Cut through the politics and play to win Rex.

  31. By Beenwaiting41years on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    You can’t win in the NFL if you play not to lose. That is Rex and the teams major mindset mistake right now. Don’t make mistakes play carefull. Everyone is playing like they don’t want to be responsible for the next loss, you cant win games that way! We must play fast, loose and agressive like in the first 3 games. It takes leadership to recognize and correct this poisonous fear of failure!

  32. By Beenwaiting41years on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Are you guys stuck in the 50’s? This is the modern day NFL. You see the stats, having a leading rushing game does not win games it just means you run more than others because you don’t have a passing game! You don’t pass succsessfully you don’t win. You do both well, you win a lot , i.e. the Saints. 100% of our focus needs to be on successful passing and the run game will improve by default.

  33. By Vaughn on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Schottenheimer needs to go. I’ve never seen so many 3 and outs in my life. This is like watching the Oakland Raiders. Three different QB’s and nothing but bad results. Let’s get to the root of the problem. Can I see some better play action? Maybe some variety? Schottenheimer MAKES ME SICK.

  34. By Jeremy on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    It’s great that Rhodes is getting benched-all he does is fix his socks and uniform so he looks good on camera-he’s completely afraid to act like a football player and hit somebody. How bout benching Sanchez after throwing pics? It doesn’t mean he’s not the starter-he just needs to learn! B. Thomas needs to be replaced too-haven’t heard his name all year. Play Westerman-guy has heart!

  35. By Frank on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Ok so let me see….we have a safety that isn’t getting it done and he gets benched. We have a QB WHO REALLY ISN’T GETTING IT DONE and he gets a pass. That is really going to sit well with the rest of the team good job Rex. BTW I firmly agree with the decision to bench Rhodes but showing favoritism to a coddled rookie is a great way to lose your team.

  36. By BeenWaiting41Years on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Need to get this off my chest. Any student of this game, knows that the way to stop Welker is to mug him at the line of scrimage. His success is about finding spots and seams along with timing / rhythm with Brady. Interrupt that rhythm, frustrate Welker and his performance suffers, it’s proven! Now, I watched the film and Coleman only hit him once at the line and it was a love pat at that.. Why!!

  37. By Frank on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Spicer I couldn’t agree more I would add benching Sanchez who is more interested in modeling for GQ and doing commercials than winning football games. Its Eric Ainge time lets see what the kid has got he certainly looked more polished in pre-season than either Sanchez or Clemens. Unlike Sanchez he looks like an NFL QB standing in the pocket and making NFL throws down the field.

  38. By Frank on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Spicer can you please give me some more of your insightful analysis of why we should continue to start the worst rated starting QB in the entire 32 team NFL especially when that QB plays for a veteran playoff caliber team and not for a team like say…the Lions who are in rebuilding mode? That team also has the 2nd best rushing attack and top 5 defense minus pick 6’s, fumble and ST’s returns?

  39. By Frank on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    You see Spicer championships are won with ball control, a running game is vital in that area and defense. It seems to me that we have both going for us so what’s the problem? Well we have a coddled QB that management is obsessed with that is not getting it done and worst yet they are sacrificing the success of the team for some ridiculous agenda. There is no guarantee this kid will ever succeed.

  40. By OriginalJetFan on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    pre-draft comments said Sanchez “came out to soon, in good QB yr a 2nd Rd pick.” he was overhyped to sell tickets by an organization that boxed it self in without a starting QB. Then 3-0 reinforced and increased the hype. A rookie Coach who after 10 games decides to PAY ATTENTION TO THE OFFENSE, just as the Defense starts to collapse? REx, your apple fell far from the tree

  41. By BeenWaiting41Years on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    I’d like answers to my post on our blatent oversight and lack of physical play off the line, against Welker. Why can’t we simplify our passes, change things up and attempt more quick , short, efficient slot passes that Brady and Peyton execute with seemingly unstoppable ease.. Sanchez needs a go to guy, so isn’t it time we give Woodhead a shot at the slot? One first down call, please this Sunday

  42. By Frank on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    BTW Ira I agree with you Shotty is not the problem and we should keep him. The point I made was that he tailored the offense around Favre last year with great success it wasn’t until Favre tore his bicep that things went south and we still had one of our best offensive production ever. Ira every game Sanchez is missing wide open receivers he doesn’t see the field well and that is hard to teach.

  43. By Mike jet vet on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Finally I’ve been lobbying for E-Smith all last & this season even if he doesn’t make a big splash at least I’LL know hes giving his very best & will live with that .I agree totally how do you bench K-R & leave M-S in ? I will say it again management will have to admit the big mistake they made on Sanchez & Rex pulling Sanchez will be going against the very people paid him That’s why

  44. By Row on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    I’m tired of the Sanchez is the future comments. This kid has done nothing but make mistake after mistake. If I were on this team, I’d want to revolt. TJ should say something just like he did when #4 wasn’t getting it done. If Rex can’t even get in #6’s face after 5 turnovers, something is wrong. Coleman could run circles around Welker and played horrible. Rhodes will play better. Go Jets

  45. By Row on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Cont’d.. You cannot forget this organization fired Mangini after a 9-7 record. Rex can only lose one game or he regressed from Mangini. Tailor to “Sanchize” but be prepared to lose your job! People also need to remember we don’t have B. Edwards next year. Gave up a pick for that guy too. Schotty has revamped the O, deserves a shot at HC. I will guarantee you he’d bench #6 after less picks! Go Jets

  46. By TMac on Nov 25, 2009 | Reply

    Thank you Frank, Thank you Row! You are the kind of fans that demand excellence. Perhaps some decade we’ll get it, or they’ll give Ainge his due.
    Rex, you are but a small piece of the Sanchez franchise…your loyalty will be rewarded with the door.

  47. By Ray on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply

    Sanchez starts every game the same way. Shaky in the pocket, jittery, happy feet, passes way off target, throwing off his back foot alot. Then for whatever reason later in the game he seems to calm down for a while and play better after that. It would be nice if he could start a game “hot” for once and maybe get some confidence built up and see what happens after that.

  48. By Tom Spicer on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply

    Frank, Championships are won with ball control, a running game is vital in that area and defense. I couldnt agree more but the problem is our O has left the field with the lead in 3 games & the D let the other team drive down the field with less then 5 mins. left to lose the game. Special teams also gave up 2 100 yard kickoff returns in the same game which is unheard of.

  49. By Tom Spicer on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply

    Frank, Sanchez did the GQ shoot before he was even drafted. Also Culter has 18 picks should he be benched? Ryan has 14 picks should he be benched? Also I am waiting for you to show me numbers of rookie QB’S who have done so much better than Sanchez.

  50. By Row on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

    Spicer, would you leave your QB in after 2 straight turnovers (4 total) with a 10 point deficit? Kinda off subject, but here goes… So I go to the mall to find a new Jets jersey on black Friday. I could find nothing but Sanchez jerseys, and they were all marked below the rest. Not one other Jets player. Went to 5 stores. Champs, Finishline, MC Sports, Fanspot, and Foot locker. Comments?

  51. By Ray on Nov 29, 2009 | Reply

    Try ebay, you can even get a Favre jersey if you want one.

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