Wayne Chrebet’s 12th blog of the season for newyorkjets.com:
“Do you like apples? The Jets are 8-2. How do ya like them apples?” This is how the conversation with some naysayers has gone since the comeback win against the Texans this past Sunday. How is it possible that people still don’t believe that the Jets are one of the teams to beat? The knock is that they’re barely pulling these past few games out. That the comebacks are against subpar teams. They say that the team’s luck will end. I believe that luck is when preparation meets opportunity. And the Jets are always prepared for whatever has been thrown their way.
To be completely honest with you, I have had doubts at the end of some of these close games. It’s tough to get a good feel for the game when I’m not at the game. Fortunately I was at the game last week. Completely different story. As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I went to the game with my father because it was Military Appreciation Day. I decided to bring my two sons, Luke and Cade, too. I wanted them to experience a live game this year. For many reasons, it was a perfect day to take them.
It started by taking them on the field pregame to see what it was like for me when I played. They’re spoiled so our tickets were in an indoor/outdoor suite. Like I said last week, my favorite part of the day is the National Anthem followed by the F-16 flyover. Three jets side by side. It was deafening. Except for what I missed by getting up to get my youngest cookies (fun fun) the Jets were looking good. Good until Greene’s fumble. Up 13 with the ball and the clock running. All momentum was lost. In a blink of an eye they have the ball and first play they score a long touchdown. In that situation, there’s no excuse for that to happen.
It’s true. I’m not being hard on the guy. At that point in the game, you take the air out of the ball. Pound it down their throat, throw some high-percentage passes and keep the clock running. I wasn’t surprised at the first play the Texans called. We called it “sudden change.” Right after a turnover you take a shot for a big play. They called the right play against the right defense. The stadium got quiet real quick. Then they scored again with little time left. My son looked at me and asked me if they were going to lose. Why lie? I said that they might. Shame on me for having any doubt but realistically and statistically it wasn’t likely that they would recover from the change of events.
That’s why they’re a big contender to represent the AFC for the Super Bowl. They did it. For the people who left early, they missed one hell of a drive. Best word to describe Sanchez on that last drive — poised. No one panicked. Methodically they went down the field. The play that did it was the deep sideline pass to Braylon. Perfect throw, right in the dead zone between the cornerback and the safety. Great catch. Man, the place got loud in a hurry.
You know the rest. Santonio made a great catch, keeping his feet in bounds for the touchdown. Not sure if you saw the routes of the receivers. Schottenheimer made a great call to run that play. Jets win.
Santonio Holmes. He has made a huge impact for the team since after his four-game suspension was over. The fact that they traded for him knowing that he had to sit out the first four games will let you know how highly they regarded him. He was worth the wait.
Woody Johnson, Tannenbaum, Rex and the rest of the staff have made all the right moves in the past two offseasons to make this team what it is right now. Woody spent the money to bring in the right kind of players to the team. Trades up for Sanchez. Brings in Pace, Scott, Jenkins, Cromartie, Leonhard, Woody, Richardson, Braylon and a couple more. That and they kept the core together from the previous season. I know the fans give Woody a hard time, but I think it’s time to realize what a huge role he has had in making this team a serious contender this year and going forward.
Short week this week. Only five days between games. Tough, especially this time of year. This week, time was spent more in the classroom than on the field. What can I say about the Bengals? They’re 2-8, having lost seven in a row. They have as many reality stars as wins. Scary thought. I haven’t seen them play this year. It really looks like they are struggling on both sides of the ball. Really good chance of getting to 9-2 heading to New England to play for first place next week.
Happy Thanksgiving to everybody.
Tags: Braylon Edwards, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Mark Sanchez, Military Appreciation Day, Santonio Holmes, Shonn Greene
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