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Gusting Winds Could Impact Jets-Patriots

Posted by Randy Lange on December 6, 2010 – 7:38 pm

The hype is almost over. In a little less than an hour it’ll be time for the Jets and Patriots to play.

Gillette Stadium is starting to fill up. Plenty of ESPN people, beat reporters and columnists for the two teams and a number of national media got here early after traversing the traffic-choked Route 1 more slowly than usual. And now the gates have opened and the 68,756 fans (at least that’s been the announced number of tickets sold for each of the last seven Jets-Pats games up here) have begun arriving and preparing to give the Jets an earful.

That’s the kind of frenzy a pair of 9-2 teams in the same division can whip up around the NFL.

There could be a meteorological frenzy at Gillette tonight as well. The weather forecast from the kickoff of around 8:38 p.m. EST on could play havoc with quarterbacks, receivers, kickers and returners. Temps will be heading toward the mid-20s and the winds will rise to around 18 mph with gusts of 34 mph, according to Accuweather. The winds are already rippling the orange wind strips and shaking the yellow uprights on the goalposts at both end zones.

Who will that hurt more? The Jets’ connections of Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards? Or accurate, pass-heavy Tom Brady throwing to Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead and rookie tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Will it do in Jets kickers Steve Weatherford and Nick Folk more, or Patriots footmen Zoltan Mesko and Shayne Graham?

It could be a night for some kick-blocking, especially when it comes to the Jets rushing Mesko, the Pats’ rookie punter. The Green & White almost rejected a Mesko kick in Game 2 at New Meadowlands Stadium, and their last two blocked-punt-return TDs have both come up here at Gillette: Brad Smith off of Eric Smith’s block of Chris Hanson last year, and David Bowens’ return of his own block, also of Hanson, in the sleet of ’07.

One Jets receiver who won’t be affected by the conditions is Laveranues Coles. Just signed Sunday to take the roster spot vacated with S Jim Leonhard’s move to IR, Coles will not start his third (or is it his fourth?) stint as a Jet. He has been deactivated for the game.

(Update, 8 p.m.: But Coles did make a contribution. Right before the Jets broke up into ranks and files for their pregame stretching, they gathered as a team as always in the end zone. And who should give them a pregame message but L.C. )

The rest of the Jets inactives: LB Jamaal Westerman, OL Vlad Ducasse, TEs Matt Mulligan and Jeff Cumberland, and D-linemen Marcus Dixon and Matt Kroul. Third QB again is Kellen Clemens.

The Jets also announced two starting lineup changes. One as expected is Eric Smith for Leonhard. The other is Holmes for Jerricho Cotchery, who’s active after sitting out two-plus games with the groin tear he suffered on that magnificent catch over the middle at Cleveland.

Also active for the first time in a few weeks are CB Dwight Lowery and CB-ST Marquice Cole.

Also at stake are a pair of streaks that both can’t coexist after tonight. The Jets have won their last eight regular-season road games – a franchise record – while the Patriots have won their last 25 RS home games with Tom Brady as their QB. The Pats’ last home loss with Brady at the controls came in that 17-14 verdict in Game 10 in 2006. That was played in the old muddy grass of Gillette. The next game the Patriots began their artificial-surface era at their home in the Massachusetts countryside.

Update, 7:46 p.m.: Here are the New England inactives: WR Taylor Price, RB Thomas Clayton, CB Jonathan Wilhite, OL Rich Ohrnberger, T Mark LeVoir, and D-linemen Myron Pryor, Eric Moore and Mike Wright. Clayton and Moore were just signed this week. The Pats have designated no third QB.


The Jets are wearing their white jerseys and white pants for tonight’s steel-cage match. They are 6-1 in double whites this year (only loss was the season opener to Baltimore) and, 12-3 in w/w under head coach Rex Ryan. But they’re 0-3 in their last three games here in white/white, losing last year, in ’07 and in ’03. Their last win here, in ’08, not only came against Matt Cassel at QB but also in white jerseys and green pants.


This will be Scott Green’s ninth Jets game as referee in the past eight years. The previous four years Green has had: the Jets’ 2006 home-opening loss to the Patriots; their biggest win of 2007, the 19-16 home victory over Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers; the Meadowlands rout of the Cardinals in ’08, and the Oh, Canada! verdict over the Bills in Toronto last year.

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28 Responses to “Gusting Winds Could Impact Jets-Patriots”

  1. By the real t.o. on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply


  2. By mike on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    typical jets why do we bother getting excited and up for this game

  3. By Tom Spicer on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    we should have not kicked the field goal we should have punted

  4. By russ on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    with out a clear first down offense we are helpless and will prove our demise

  5. By Tom Spicer on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    how do you not challenge that he was out

  6. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    we deserve to lose this game period 3 man rush and they cream Sanchez we rush 4-5-6 and can’t get to Brady what does that say about our O-Line this loss will be on Rex and Mike -T for so many idiotic moves on DB’s and washed up d linemen and letting go one of the best FG kickers in the league for Revis shoe money and give one greedy player a kings ransom , instead of addressing our pass rush deficiency and why we can not and will not win a SB with these guys sorry we were exposed tonight win or lose…I am so spitting mad right now I could throw my TV out the flippin window

  7. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    CONT. well Rex was right about one thing he will get out coached… anyone still think ground and pound will work against teams like Parties Ravens and Steelers I think not like I said over and over I am embarressed disgusted ashamed in the most important game in many years coff coff way to go Jets wondering how any player or coach can shave tomorrow unless they shave without a mirror ..I would say does anyone miss J-L but he wouldn’t have made a difference in this total abomination of a football game

  8. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Next CONT> I owe an apology to all my Loyal Jet fans for saying this team won’t fold like in 2008 well I have no more confidence in this team to Beat Bears or Steelers this game drops us to 5th seed and now puts us in jeopardy of even getting a wildcard forget any tiebreakers as usual god forbid we ever have a leg up in that category..

  9. By tommyohio on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    had to change channels Martha Stewarts underwater basketweaving show was coming on!were do we start. Is this the first time we have played the pats?Did anybody know the game was tonight?Why does Edwards get paid?Did mark eat to many hotdogs?Why does Shawn green run side to side?Why does Brady look like Justin Beiber?Why did #80 have to retier?

  10. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    Third CONTInuation . I have to remind all the fans touting your high profile high priced players we bought they’re getting hammered by a bunch of 25 year old no names Woodhead looks like Jerry Rice out there and our SB MVP looks like Ryan leaf .. Can’t wait till next season so we can pay some more hold outs and lose quality players in doing so way to go Rex Mike -T even the announcers are saying same old Jets and now I have to agreed even its only one game they were less then a joke .. THis game is what we were suppost to be built for December Right Rex darn Shame

  11. By charliejet on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    “Shoulda coulda woulda”

    We lost plain and simple – you fall down – GET UP!

    FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! There is a lot of football left.

  12. By Fish Hunters on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    And why should I be a fan of this team? Thanks a bunch guys for embarrasing me in front of my co-workers. At this moment I happen to be the joke of the office. Thanks. Talk to me after you win a superbowl, oh right, that won’t be in my lifetime.

  13. By scjoe on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    What a disgrace! what an embarrassment! Eleven days to prepare for your biggest game to date and the team comes out like a bad high school team playing against the state champion. How could that be remotely possible? So much at stake. The game was out of hand within the first 10 minutes of the first quarter. How can that be possible? No use even going into the clock mismanagement issue once again because that was at the very bottom of the list of bloopers that we all had to sit through tonight. I don’t have enough fingers on my two hands to point with, but at the very top of the list you have to name the HC and the QB!

  14. By scjoe on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, I am not even going to sit here and say “I told you so” because by this time I think you know! Sure, you can’t put the entire debacle on Sanchez, but at least 75% of it. Forget the three INTs just take a really good look at the rest of his play.

  15. By scjoe on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    All the people that I have criticized almost the entire season, Sanchez, Folk, Weatherford, and ALL of the Safety’s, all contributed BIG TIME in this debacle, and it don’t feel any better knowing I was right. Sure, you can say the D gave up 45, but it was the turnovers and the bonehead calls and execution, or lack there of on offense, that put the D in that position, then of course midway through the 2nd half you can see the quit in the unit very clearly. Remember the 10-1 start in 86? Remember what happened? Well hold on to your hats.

  16. By Christopher on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe next year…its 1986 all over again. We were blinded with false hope due to an easy schedule. We’ll be lucky to finish the season 11-5 and back into the playoffs. No home playoff games for the Jets this year. Once again the extra time off hurt the Jets. No one had a good game. No phase played well enough to win. We outcoached ourselves. It was quite obvious on National TV, the Jets are pretenders. If it had been competitve then maybe there would be some hope left, but that was the worst performance I’ve seen in some time. Now we are the laughing stock of the NFL, all talk. “This is going to be the best defense of all time” was the talk going into the season.

  17. By Ray on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    tommyohio, thanks for the levity, I needed a laugh after this waste of 4 hours…

  18. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    It’s no secret we have no pass rush, weak S’s, a QB who’s still learning, an OC and/or HC (and some fans) who think the answer is weird Brad Smith plays — it’s not where do you start, tommyohio, it’s where do you stop! I’ll stick up for myself and remind a few guys what I said about a team that can’t score early against bad teams won’t score early against a good one, and as bad as NE’s D is we were never in the game so we couldn’t exploit it. At 24-3 Rex and Schotty were playing it like it was 7-3. The only silver lining is that this’ll wake us up to what it takes to win big in the NFL and playing not to lose ain’t it. I’d rather see MS throw INTs when we’re at least trying to score points than throw them when the game’s already over.

  19. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    MJV, if you think in your wildest dreams we lost this game because of Danny Woodhead, who ran for 11 yards and got lucky on a SHOVEL PASS, you musta been watching a different game than the one I saw. You were a lot more on target when you said Leonhard wouldn’t have made any difference and I agree, against the Pats’ TE’s if anything Leonhard woulda been worse. Why not just take a deep breath and accept that no matter how many gusty winds blow forth from Rex, we’re a good number of players away from a really elite team? That way you won’t be as surprised when we unload a lot of guys soon, the first of which might be Folk tomorrow.

  20. By Frank on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    markypoo still not ready for primetime. very alarming. clearly were gonna have to run the ball into the playoffs. rex better get of his hi horse, stop being buddies with everybody and smell the coffee. weve been playin like crap for a while now. u dont run ur mouth and think u can just show up and beat anybody. it takes hard work not hollow trash talk. we got what we deserved. as a fan im just tired of takin butwhippings from the pats. u let woodhead go an then u let him prance thru u? unreal!!!!

  21. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    Nope Tom64 I don’t think I know I watched him run all over us among the rest of the Pats and What game were you watching your really getting delusional Tom he ran one for fifty against the great Revis Island and Cro the next coming of the underachievers hows your boy McKnight doing ? Danny Woodhead is batting a 1000 Joe Mcknight Zero .. Again I will repeat I HAVE NO FAVORITE players but as players go I’d take D-W over most of the prima donnas on this team at a 10th of the price with twice the effort and production I might add I’m sick of hearing about all your high profile guys with titles and yet no names guys you think aren’t worth having take us to the woodshed ,talk is cheap ask Rex ..But I’m sure you’ll blame schotty tomorrow

  22. By Mike Jet Vet on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    scjoe. not enough fingers in the nation to point out the mistakes like you I had my doubts this team in not yet ready for a SB T-Brady and Little Bill have thrown and Coached their team to much bigger wins then this.as for us this was a SB AFC championship and respect all rolled into one a billion in salarys all the talk the hype built for December Great defence running game best O-lines SB this is the result. tidbit for Rex and company YOU FAILED MISERBLY 3 MOST IMPORTANT GAMES RAVENS PACKERS AND PATS..Rex now shut your pie hole kick some butt and go get our respect and moneys worth out of these overpaid Kids win out or you become the joke got it end of story

  23. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    MJV, should we cut to the chase? The team gets blown out for dozens of reasons and you want to make it all about Woodhead and McKnight. The nicest way I can put it is that such blind obsession is beneath you and obviously has something to do with something other than the game. Like maybe YOUR “delusional” idea that “high-priced guys” are never any good — yeah, I don’t think Brady’s salary is too shabby. Or maybe sentimental nonsense about “underdogs.” Well, our entire team is one huge underdog, so try rooting for it instead of indulging in this childish nonsense. And by the way, don’t post to me if you’re gonna call guys “my boy” just because I don’t want to cut someone who hasn’t played yet, I got no use for that grade-school stuff.

  24. By scjoe on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    Mike, one point I strongly agree with, and maybe this humbling experience will put to rest all of the talk from our HC before the game even begins. I like the guy as a HC, that hasn’t changed, but you just can not blurt out some of the things he does then go out and look like a damn fool after the biggest game you have played to date. Less talking Rex, more preparation, PLEASE!!!

  25. By DJP GO JETS on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    I have been reading on this site for sometime and it amazes me how many of the supposed JET fans respond to the teams performance win or lose. my suggestion is go become a fan of another team where the fans want to hear your whinning. Suck it up be a real fan and BACK your team. For all the supposed life time fans, quit your whinning. A true fan will back their team win or lose. If you feel that strongly about how bad the JETS are, leave this site we don’t need you or your depressing thoughts.

    This is from a true JETS fan which by the way has been one from the beginning.

  26. By matt on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hey vet,

    You done kicking the dog and now it’s our turn? Go find yourself a nice padded room and knock yourself out.

    Thank God it’s a short week.

  27. By charliejet on Dec 7, 2010 | Reply

    Thick or thin I will always love the JETS…No Matter what. I will never give up NEVER.


  28. By tommy/j.co on Dec 10, 2010 | Reply

    the truth lies in this weeks game w/ miami they respond STRONG and i mean strong o.k. if not i m going to have aword with mikey T lol i strongly believe in my TEAM I WILL NOT WAIVER!!!!!!!!!! 40 YEARS AND WAITING GOJETS

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