Here is Wayne Chrebet’s sixth blog of the season for newyorkjets.com:
Everybody has asked me what I thought about the game Monday night. I wasn’t sure what to say. It was a weird night to begin with. Torrential rain, thunder and lightning that lit up the sky. For me it started with sitting on the road behind the IZOD center with my truck in park for an hour trying to get to my parking section. Hungry as can be. Even though they weren’t with me, my boys came up big. They left a pack of Mentos in my glove compartment. I was ten seconds from walking in the rain to a random tailgate party to grab a sausage and peppers sandwich. And thanks to the delay, after two hours getting from one side of the parking lot to the other, we got in. I feel for anybody who was sitting in that mess, too. To the game.
The crowd was definitely into it. Vikings’ first series started with two false-start penalties. No doubt because of the noise and the Jets defensive players moving all around. I watched a lot of film over the course of my career and I like to think that I know defenses pretty well. But when I watch our defense, I have got to tell you, I have no clue sometimes who’s blitzing and who’s dropping into coverage. They’re really good at disguising it. Gives opposing QBs fits. Even a veteran like Favre. For most of the night they got some form of pressure on him. The problem late in the game was that there were holes that Peterson was getting through that he wasn’t in the first half. You could only hope to contain him all game. A very tall task for even a good defense like ours.
Little bit of information: Adrian averages a whole yard better in the fourth quarter than the first three. He gets stronger as the game goes on. And when he gets going, the passing game gets better. They have three good receivers and an above-average tight end. As good as the defense played in the first half, I think almost everyone in the stadium knew that their offense would get going at some point. All it took was one big play and, just like that, they were back in the game. From total domination to a 12-7 game.
You cannot win a game kicking field goals. When you beat a team up like the Jets did, you have to bury them. The offense made some very good plays but couldn’t get in the end zone in the first half. LT was the spark once again. Love the first play to Braylon. Great play action. Well-drawn-up play.
Braylon looks very comfortable out there. It was good to see Santonio out there. He made a heck of a catch on a slant for a first down in the first half and really stretched the defense on some plays. He and Braylon both did. It would be great if they completed one of them, but it served a purpose, showed they’ll go deep. That opens all the intermediate routes. Denver’s DBs are watching film right now knowing that our offense is not as predictable as it had been in some earlier games in the season.
One thing they can count on is a heavy dose of LT and Greene. I am very happy to see Shonn make such a big play in a crucial part of the game. It’s easy to look around in the huddle and see who wants to make the play. It’s another to raise your hand and say “I got it.” He has stepped into the backup role and hasn’t made a fuss. Not an easy thing to do. They have a great 1-2 punch.
How about the drive for the Vikings that sealed their fate? Rex has so much confidence in the defense that he brought everybody. They were in Cover-1, man-to-man across the board. That’s a ridiculous amount of pressure for the DBs . There is no second line of defense. So we blitzed, Favre felt the pressure and he did it — that pick that everybody was waiting for.
In his defense, Lowery made a heck of a play. It wasn’t the worst throw, just a little late. Lowery read the route and jumped it. He had faith that the blitzers would get there fast enough and that the receiver couldn’t do a double move. Thing of beauty. Team effort, but superb individual effort by Dwight. Again, late in the game, someone steps up. Great thing about it is that I believe anybody at any position on the team is capable of being the guy that makes that play. Go through the roster, who’s going to make it? Good problem to have.
Whatever answer I gave to people who asked me about the game, they all ended with “It doesn’t matter, they’re 4-1.” They could’ve really sent a message to the league if they put them away. So they didn’t. Big deal. They’re not all going to be easy wins like Buffalo. Teams aren’t going to lay down for us. But anybody who has seen every Jet game this year knows that this team is getting stronger every week. Very scary. On to Denver.
Denver is 2-3. You only need to know two things about them. Kyle Orton has thrown for 295, 307, 476, 341 and 314 yards in the first five games of the year. They are the first team to have three players with 29-plus catches and 300-plus yards through the first five games of a season. Receivers Gaffney, Lloyd and Royal are not household names but capable receivers. So they’re going to throw and throw some more.
Other thing is the running game. Last week in a game in which their head coach said that they were “out-toughed,” the Broncos ran for just 39 yards and the Ravens ran for 233 yards. Running the ball is our bread and butter and we’re certainly as tough as Baltimore if not tougher. Pounding the ball down the field should not only generate some points but also keep Orton off the field. Unlike last week, if the Jets can throw some early TDs in there with those field goals they have a great chance of coming home 5-1. They need to jump out of the gate again. But whether the ,Jets are up or not, Denver will be out there throwing the ball all over the place. You can count on that.
To end I just wanted to thank the fans that were at the game Monday night. For those of you who weren’t there, at halftime they honored the 2000 team for the Monday Night Miracle’s 10-year anniversary. Ten years went by fast. About 20 of us came back for it. Some local guys and some from across the country. Some of the players you know about and some you might not remember as well.
Even though it was coming down in sheets, lots of the fans stayed in their seats to applaud. And although a lot of people went for cover, we heard you as well. I think I speak for the group when I say you really made us feel special. For some of us, that’s the best memory that we have. There were guys there that only played a year or two and that’s something that they hold onto. They might not have had as decorated a career as some of us but they can always say that they played in the best Monday night game ever.
And we are truly thankful that you remember what we did that Monday night and we were really happy we could share that with you. J-E-T-S JETS, JETS, JETS.
Tags: Braylon Edwards, Brett Favre, Denver Broncos, Dwight Lowery, Kyle Orton, Minnesota Vikings, Monday Night Miracle, Santonio Holmes
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