Wayne Chrebet’s 17th blog of the season for newyorkjets.com:
Who knew that it would be a shootout? It’s one of those games where whoever has the ball last wins the game. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for the Jets.
It started off bad. It was 10-0 before you knew it. I can’t lie. I was nervous. But the offense methodically went right down the field for a touchdown to bring it to 10-7. Mark Sanchez had a heck of a day. He really had some zip on the ball. I know they said that his throwing shoulder was injured but he didn’t show it. I was really impressed. I though it was one of his best throwing games. He had a 65% completion percentage vs. a very good defense. He showed great presence out there. Had great control of the game. Getting the running game going really got the offense going.
I would have to say that the reason why the offense played so well is because they put themselves in good situations. When you’re getting 6-8 yards on first down, that opens up the playbook a little more.
If you looked at the stats the next day, you might have thought that the Jets won. While the Bears didn’t run a lot of plays, they made the big ones count. To have TD passes of 40, 25, and 26 yards all in one quarter really hurts. You can’t have that. One of those a game is too much. It’s going to happen, there are some good offenses out there, but in one quarter, you can’t win that way.
The way the Jets offense is playing these last two weeks, they can score against anybody. Those were two really good defenses that they faced in Pitt. And Chicago. And in their house. If they can get the defense back to how they were playing in some of the earlier games, then they can make some noise in the playoffs. If not, it’ll be tough.
It’s strange, they’re just not getting to the quarterback. Not like they did last year. Tough when the teams you play watch hours of film on your tendencies and plays in certain situations. I don’t know, I’m not a defensive guy like Rex, he’s the guru. He’ll have them ready come that first playoff game.
As of right now, it’s up in the air about who we’re playing. We do know that it will be on the road. No worries. The Jets are road warriors. They’ve shown that this year. Tough to play on the road in January but real easy to get fired up for it. I have to admit, sometimes playing on the road would get me more fired up. There’s something about going into someone else’s house and putting a whooping on them.
Either way, it’s exciting. They’ve reached their first goal. Just make the playoffs. Homefield advantage and byes are nice but you’re in the playoffs and that’s all that matters. Nothing has ever been easy playing or rooting for the Jets. Why would this be any different?
Buffalo this week. Simple plan. Get the win and keep everybody healthy. No, this is not like a preseason game. You want to go into the playoffs off a win. I think that they have a really good chance of doing that.
Happy New Year.
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