Wayne Chrebet’s 13th blog of the season for newyorkjets.com:
What a great way to end Thanksgiving. Some pumpkin pie and a Jets win. At halftime of the Lions and Patriots game I thought that there was a chance that Detroit could pull it out. Obviously they didn’t. The Pats were scary good in the second half. That’s how you put a team away.
As the Pats showed in this game, when they’re on, they can score in bunches. They lead the league with 334 points. It’s amazing how year in and year out they have a great offense. Different offensive coordinator, different receivers, different running backs. But one thing stays the same. Tom Brady. He turns good players into very good players. Look what’s he’s done with Welker since he got there.
And now with Danny Woodhead. It’s a shame he didn’t get an opportunity with the Jets. Sometimes it’s a numbers game. I know the Jets would have loved to keep him but I’m glad that he has gotten a chance to play in New England. And he has made the most of it. One thing I do know is that when players play against the team that they were cut from or left, they get a couple more plays where they are the main target. If I was the coach, I would get the ball in his hands often. Not just to put it in the Jets face, but because he is a playmaker.
Deion Branch is back on the Pats. He replaced Randy Moss. Branch is very dangerous when he gets his hands on the ball in the open field. He reminds me of Santonio. Both can score on any given play. Definitely someone that they need to pay close attention to.
This Monday night at New England has to be one of the most important games in recent history for the Jets. This is the game of the year so far in the NFL and it is in front of a national crowd. Yes, there are four more games after this one, but the winner of this game has the inside track for the No. 1 seed, a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. That first-round bye is huge. In 1998 we had it. Win two and you’re in the big dance. That extra week off really helps, too.
Like I’ve said before, the Jets need to throw the first punch. And it can’t be a jab. It has to be the real thing. One thing about a team like the Pats, they’re going to hit back. This isn’t the kind of team that you can easily break their spirit. But you hit someone in the mouth early and often, you have a chance to.
That stadium is going to be rockin’. Very loud and very hostile. I remember playing up there in Parcells’ first year with us. As we drove through the parking lot with our police escort, there was like half a dozen guys hanging on the fence with their pants down mooning us. Sick puppies. They love their football up there.
I know I didn’t really touch on the Bengals game because it was a win. The Jets were expected to win and they did. They won the way that they are supposed to when you play a team that is struggling the way they are.
One thing that I wanted to point out was the performance by Brad Smith. He broke the game open. He catches a 23-yard pass up the seam, takes a reverse 53 yards for a score and returns a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown with one shoe on. One of the best performances that I have seen in a while. He is a true team player and a great asset to the team. I met Brad at an event at the stadium during his first year. We talked for a minute and he is as nice a person as you’ll find. Very respectful. A guy that I would have loved to play with.
The Patriots are the team that people love to see lose in recent years. People always get that way about a team that consistently wins, has a coach like they do, the whole Spygate thing, and are cocky. Even though they deserve to feel that way. I somehow feel that the Jets are looked at as that team now. That is just more incentive to prove people wrong.
Rex made a prediction in training camp they were the team to beat. Forget the first 11 games. This is going to feel like a playoff game. The Jets win this one they’re on their way to the promised land. It all starts now.
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