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Jets Joined at the 5-1 Peak by Steelers, Patriots

Posted by Eric Allen on October 24, 2010 – 7:51 pm

After a weekend bye, the Jets resume work Monday with some company at the top of the AFC East and the top of the conference.

Both the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 5-1 with road wins over the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins respectively. The Jets, who will be back on the practice field tomorrow, also are 5-1 but their longtime nemesis — the Pats — have plans on sticking around a while in what could prove to be a fascinating division race.

While the Green & White already held serve at home against Bill Belichick’s crew, a 28-14 Week 2 triumph, we’ll have to wait until Monday night, Dec. 6, for the rematch up in Foxboro. Games aren’t played on paper, but the Jets will in all likelihood be favored in each of their five contests — vs. Green Bay, at Detroit, at Cleveland, vs. Houston and vs. Cincinnati on Thanksgiving night — until they meet up with the friends to the northeast.

It might be difficult for the Patriots to keep the pace. Their next five looks treacherous: vs. Minnesota (the Randy Moss reunion), at Cleveland, at Pittsburgh, vs. Indianapolis and at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. But we know how resourceful the Men of Belichick are, so the Jets have to take care of their own business before December.

The Dolphins really needed that game today. Yes, it was just the sixth game of the season, but that club is just 1-2 in the division, 0-3 at home and 1-3 in the conference. And look at their next three — at Cincinnati, at Baltimore and vs. Tennessee — and there could be more problems on the horizon. It’s a tough outfit, but you have to wonder if the ‘Fins will dig themselves too deep a hole.

On the other end of the South Florida spectrum, good road “W” for Pittsburgh but the road’s not getting any easier. They have the good fortune to visit the Saints on Halloween and the Superdome is going to be a madhouse filled with ghouls and goblins looking for blood after the champs got spanked by the Browns today in an improbable outcome. Then the Steelers visit the Bengals for a Monday night affair before getting a “breather” — hosting the Pats — on Nov. 14. The Jets visit Pittsburgh in Week 15 and that has playoff preview written all over it.

The Titans (how can you not like the way they play under Buddy Ryan protégé Jeff Fisher?) are 5-2 and the Colts (TE Dallas Clark is out for the season, WR Austin Collie and RB Joseph Addai are out indefinitely and S Bob Sanders is back on the shelf) are lurking at 4-2, but I say it’s time to believe, Jets Nation. The Jets are the team to beat in the division and the team to beat in the conference.

Are you worried that the Jets headed into the bye hot after five consecutive wins? You shouldn’t be because it gave both CB Darrelle Revis, who worked with trainers on his strained hamstring last week at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, and OLB Calvin Pace, who played two games after breaking his right foot in the preseason, valuable time to rehab and rest.

The Browns’ aforementioned upset of the Saints and the Bills’ near-miss in Baltimore are just reminders that you have to bring it every week and nothing is guaranteed. But the eye-opener to me was the Raiders’ 59-14 trashing of the Broncos in Denver. That close loss last week to the Jets must have taken a lot out of the Broncos physically, mentally and emotionally, because they had nothing left to give — against a division rival nonetheless.

So bring on the Packers. Ten games left in the regular season and then its playoff time. Dream big.

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33 Responses to “Jets Joined at the 5-1 Peak by Steelers, Patriots”

  1. By Ray on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    I enjoyed watching alot of football today without having an ulcer watching the Jets! The Fish got hosed, but the rules are the rules. The Pasties got another gift wrapped win from the Bolts. This is good timing for the Pack, they will be high as a kite from the big game against Favre and the Vikes.

  2. By Arte Old School Section 327 on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    The magical carpet ride is ON.. Jets THE team to beat.. See you in DALLAS:-)

  3. By IRA on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Congrats to D. Bowens for his record setting day yesterday. He is another player they should’ve never let go. Its funny watching the games yesterday you root for certain teams to win or lose. Reality is like EA wrote just take care of your own business and we will end up in Dallas.
    GO JETS!!!!

  4. By IRA on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    And after watching harvin slice through the Vikes D i expect Mizzou to have his # called a few times in the WC or even in a regular set.

  5. By Pranit on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    I was so praying for NE to lose yesterday…they just won’t go away,,,pesky NE,..

  6. By jetta on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    i love to dream big when it comes to my jets but as soon as you let your guard down something goes array so while i will always keep the faith i will be cautious of getting too hyped until playoff time. i think we are doing great so far and hope to keep the momentum going strait through to the playoffs..GO JETS!!!

  7. By GaryC on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, is their a rule in the NFL that says a official cannot referee a game in a town in which he lives in.

  8. By Randy Lange on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    GaryC, I am not aware of any such rule.

  9. By Troy on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    If we can get the Defense back to playing on the Level from Last season ,we should be very hard to beat,its gotta start this week or Rodgers will throw all over us..

  10. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been wrong before but I sense the Jets may not have that much trouble with the Pack, maybe even a blowout in the making. Not that we don’t have some issues to solve, but the Pack really aren’t that hot this year and the Vikes team they beat — or rather, just barely beat — isn’t a ghost of the team that almost went to the SB last year, especially at QB.

  11. By wayne on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Some old guy with the initials SF once said, “Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result is insanity”. I lived and died too many Sundays for far too long with this team.Said it before and I’ll say it again….The Pats aren’t going away. They’ll get better as the year progress. Peyton will eat up a D without a passrush and the Steelers are not chopped liver.Each of these team has a QB that’s been to the Moutaintop before..IN THE MEANTIME, I’LL ENJOY WHATEVER THEY GIVE ME.

  12. By IRA on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    The Packers can score and if Rodgers has time to set up and throw this will turn into a shootout. The Jets should be able to run the ball and use the clock. I do think they can get to Rodgers. Their o-line is weak and i think Rex is going to dial up the blitzes and they will get to Rodgers.
    Tom 2nd thought the last 2 trips the Pac made to the Jets were blowouts. Hey as long as we have 1 more point than they thats all i care about.

  13. By FLORIDA JET REP/J FRANKLIN on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply


  14. By fred rosenberg on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Root like hell, pray aloit, keep the faith … its a long season, and for once
    – snd rightfully so – we’re the target on the bulletin boards of every team in the league.. I honestly believe that this year, the coaching staff and the players have the talent, the heart and the desire to make this a VERY special season. the best in m;y 45 years as a Jets’ fan.. So let’s not get complaicent and, most important, don’t believe the press clippings. GO JETS !!!!

  15. By Ellis44 on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Motivational post EA!

  16. By Gmany3k on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Rex may use the same type game plan as they did for Denver. Revis should be 100% in this game.yeah the vikes ran for 196 yds.lets see what our offensive line can do in this game we should dominate in the trenches but we will need a better red zone play.can’t wait to play Pittsburgh because Ben is Dead.

  17. By Troy on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Dont forget we smoked them in Lambeau in 06 ,38 or 42 to 10 i think…

  18. By scjoe on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    I was really happy to see the fish get beat in that fashion, that was the kind of game that usually went their way in the past. As for NE, although I hate to admit it, they are a very good team and they are also very lucky, a dangerous combination!! The Jets can not afford to let up with NE closing in, they have to take care of business because there don’t seem to be a lot of other teams out there who can play with NE and Pitt.

  19. By Performing on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Where are all those football experts that said the Pats were going 8-8.

    Ex-Jets yesterday:
    Bownes-2 int’s for TDs.
    Jones-125 yards rushing
    Woodhead-24 yds. Rushing, 28 yds. Receiving

    Jets weakness is Green Bay’s strength when QB runs for yardage. Jets have been horrible containing QBs.

    It’s time Jets show guts and activate Jeff Cumberland this week.

    Jets pass defense has been slacking off this year. Teams recognize the blitz schemes and lack of pass rush is hurting them and will catch up on them soon.

    Drew Coleman is the perfect guy to play Wes Welker in Foxboro in December the way he has been playing this year.

    Jets best pass rusher besides Pace may be James Ihedigbo who has been invisible the last two games.

  20. By Performing on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Time to flip flop touches between LT and Greene.

    Amazing how teams with better personnel than Pats constantly self destruct during the game.

    Out of Cromatrie, Edwards and Holmes, Jets will keep only two and I thought Edwards would be the odd man out. Now I’m not so sure.

    Brett took his Jet passing skills to Green Bay on Sunday night.

  21. By ben on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    T he Patriots have and will continue to own you and the end. the jets don’t have what it takes to be a super bowl team, like the team of the decade.

  22. By spenk on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    big up all jet fans

  23. By frank on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    y r d jets coaches not seeing what everyone else is seeing. the jets defense is weak. they cannot get to the QB. and they give up big plays. their 3rd down defense is horrible and work need to b done b4 they meet pats, steelers,houston,bengals. or i see these jets going down. Also y is mcknight not returning pints, that kid need to get game time confidence even adrian peterson fumbles. make mcknight a threat in the likes of knowshon moreno, reggie bush, percy havin. cmon jet jet more explosive on offence and b a big threat on defence if u wanna go deep in the playoffs.

  24. By Christopher on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Not to beat a dead horse, because I absolutely love LT, but how ironic that Kansas City, with TJ, is the #1 rushing team in the league.

    I hope that Revis is healthy now, it’s time to play for the money you got. Pace should be fine and this Defense should start improving. My biggest concerns going forward are the safety play (it really needs to improve) and Sanchez, he has been great so far, and I am concerned how he would respond to a bad game. Last year, he threw a couple of picks against NO and came back with a 5 INT game against Buffalo, hopefully (and it appears he has so far) Sanchez has learned to move forward and stay positive on every play.

  25. By Vish From-CT on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    We should be more focused starting this week. It’s a 10 week game until the next bye (first round bye in the playoffs). If offense continues doing what it’s doing now and the defense gets back to its 2009 form, I think we should be able to run the table. We control our own destiny and don’t have to look back who’s with us and who’s not. If we do that we lose our focus and we don’t want that to happen. The games are won during the practice days. Good focused practice the week before leads to wins on Game days. Go J-E-T-S. The time is NOW.

  26. By THUNDER LIPS on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply


    What was the reasoning behind waiving Cummings. I thought he had a great camp and was looking good as a solid backup at linebacker. I’m surprised Bellichek hasn’t picked him up yet.

    Although we can’t say much after that Broncos game, I must say that the PATS are the luckiest team ever. That has certainly helped them in being the “team of the decade”.

  27. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Good points, Ira, but this Jet team bears no relation to any of the last ten years with the possible exception of last year’s. Nice job omitting that Woodhead got his 24 on 8 carries, performing, or that TJ’s game was classic TJ, a long run to offset a mediocre performance otherwise. LT has the highest average of his career with no such runs, same for SG. But all that’s academic considering the Chiefs haven’t really played, much less beaten, anybody yet while we’ve come through one of the hardest first 6 games in the league.

  28. By Christopher on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Please let’s not use the words “good” and “Pittsburgh” in the same sentence again. The Steelers, just like the Pats get all the lucky calls (and non-calls). Miami should have closed that game out early, but couldn’t score TDs wich allowed the zebras to decide the game.

    Randy, or Eric, Any word from the NFL on those horrible calls against the Jets in Denver, like the Cromartie pass int? Curious how they defended the refs on that one.

  29. By Randy Lange on Oct 25, 2010 | Reply

    Christopher, communications go on all the time between the teams and the league, and generally they remain private. I don’t expect any public announcements on this subject from the Jets or the NFL.

  30. By Ray on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Not to burst your bubble Christopher, but if the Jets played the weak sisters of the poor every week like KC has, we would have about 4,000 yards rushing already this year.

  31. By Christopher on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Ray, I definitely agree, I wish we had the schedule KC has, but leading the league in rushing is still leading the league in rushing. I would much rather have LT than TJ, so it all worked out well. KC’s weak schedule could work in our favor because the Jets will crush them and it sure looks like they may make the playoffs, hopefully we draw them in our stadium. Go Jets!!!

  32. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Good comment on KC, Ray, as I’ve said they’ve yet to play much less beat anyone that good (Chargers definitely don’t count as good).

  33. By Anthony on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    It makes me mad the Giants are getting all of this pub…The NFC is Horrible.

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