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Green & White Defense Pays the Bills

Posted by Eric Allen on November 6, 2011 – 4:26 pm

The Jets defense paid the Bills and then some this afternoon. Faced with the duty of stopping an explosive Buffalo offense, they smothered Freddy, Fitzy and the gang at their house and helped the Jets earn a critical 27-11 divisional road victory in Orchard Park, N.Y.

These Green Monsters registered three takeaways in the Week 9 triumph and made a Bills outfit, a unit that had averaged 34.3 points a game in three games at Ralph Wilson Stadium, appear utterly helpless much of the day. In fact, at one point in the third quarter, the Jets had their three turnovers and the Bills had managed just three first downs.

It all started with a shutout in the first half, keeping the home faithful almost silent. Aaron Maybin, a first-round pick of the Bills in 2009, should have received two assists on a pair of picks. His pressures helped force Ryan Fitzpatrick into two critical second-quarter mistakes. The Harvard product stepped up and never saw OLB Calvin Pace over the middle near midfield. Pace registered his third career interception and the Jets were in business 87 seconds before intermission.

“We showed a certain look and then squeezed back to the inside, and we got the route,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “Great design by Mike Pettine and Bob Sutton on that one, and Calvin did a tremendous job.”

Set up in plus territory at the Bills 39, the visitors failed to capitalize as Nick Folk’s 50-yard field goal attempt sailed right. Undeterred, the Green & White intercepted another Fitzpatrick toss intended for Nelson as David “Hitman” Harris bobbled and then corralled it on the Bills’ side of midfield two plays later.

Mark Sanchez couldn’t handle the ensuing shotgun snap and the ball went right back to the home squad. But this fearsome unit, playing without DT Mike DeVito, held on downs and was the reason the Jets held a 3-0 lead after 30 minutes.

“We had a lot of self-inflicted wounds in the first half, especially on offense,” said S Jim Leonhard, a former Bill. “We moved the ball up and down the field. Defensively we had a good beat on them. They were struggling to get yards.”

In the first half, Fitzpatrick was just 4-of-12 for 24 yards in addition to the two picks. Coverage was stellar throughout and the Jets allowed just 73 yards in the first half while the Bills were on the field for 9:13.

Sione Pouha, playing without his pal DeVito, delivered a crushing blow to Bills Nation early in the third. His pop of Freddy Jackson resulted in a loose ball that Leonhard recovered at the 19. Three plays later, LaDainian Tomlinson scored the game’s first TD and the Jets went up, 13-0.

“It was nice getting that turnover and kind of jump-starting everything,” said Leonhard.

But the lead felt like 30-0 because the explosive Bills were bottled up by the Green Machine. Stevie Johnson’s first reception — a career-long 52-yarder — in the third came against, surprisingly, Darrelle Revis and set up a field goal. The NFL’s most dominant defender blanketed Johnson when the game was tight and Antonio Cromartie made Donald Jones invisible.

“We know how to play here,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “They spread us out to run the ball and they do different things. Our back end did a tremendous job.”

Sanchez and the offense got rolling late and it was blowout city for a second consecutive season in Western New York. Jackson never got on track and was held to 82 yards on his 18 carries while Fitzpatrick had another rough experience against the Rex Ryan/Pettine unit.

It seemed like nobody was ever open when the game was in doubt (Fitzpatrick had a passer rating of 2.8 in the first half) and he finished 15-of-31 for 193 yards. The Bills had the ball for just 22:08 and were 3-of-11 on third down.

With Buffalo down, 20-3, and crawling to get close, Bart Scott and Pace stopped Jackson on fourth-and-1 from the Jets’ 16. It was fitting the Madbacker was in on the stop because the Jets played mad as hell.

“It’s totally attitude,” said Pouha, who led the team with seven tackles and played alongside youngsters Muhammad Wilkerson, Marcus Dixon, Ropati Pitoitua and Martin Tevaseu up front. “It’s ‘Jets-itude,’ the way we look at it. Play like a Jet, going out there in attack mode. I think today kind of displayed what Jets football is all about.”

New York’s AFC representative is 5-3 at the season’s midway point and will get another crack at the Patriots next week at MetLife Stadium. The Jets have won three in a row and indeed look like a team ready for another run.

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85 Responses to “Green & White Defense Pays the Bills”

  1. By Scott T on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! GO JETS!!! BIG WIN!! GREAT GAME!! Offense took too long to start scoring but had no trouble moving the ball. One thing I will say is to keller. NO MORE JUMPING OVER GUYS!!!!!! I think we would have scored a TD in the first half if keller never left game. Sanchez’s interception really had me scratching my head but overall had a solid game. Lets enjoy this victory and take down New England to be in first place next week. CANT WAIT!!!

  2. By Jimmer on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    I’m getting offended by the analysis of the first drive. If Keller looked and saw the ball, it was a TD and not an INT. The last game, I saw the same thing, Sanchez threw it inside, but Burress went outside. The Keller ball was right over his head. He didn’t need to jump, it was that close. THis is not a Sanchez booboo, both are on the Recievers.

  3. By scjoe on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    After the offense shot of six or seven of their toes in the first half I knew there would be no room for error in the second half. Hats off to the defense, in reality they won this game. The offense just has to find a way to compete in first half’s of games. That has not happened nearly enough in the past three years. That aside, a great win. Now, here comes one of those really few times I become a Giant fan. Go Giants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. By GaryC on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Before jet fan tom showers me with Burress accolades I did say in one of my previous posts that wasn’t it about time for Burress to put up a 6 to 7 catch game and about 70 to 80 yards in receptions,right jet fan tom,you always remember my posts.

  5. By Rich on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Sione was a BEAST. He’s a Warrior. Kyle Wilson is coming around. Defense on track. Running game on track. Let’s see where this season takes us.

  6. By Karan on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    I love the Jets defense.

  7. By wayne on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    GQ was his usual self in first half of the game. He owes the defense one….He needs to pay that bill next……..He cannot have an inept first half…..THEY NEED TO WIN THAT GAME……….Don’t need to know his overall numbers vs his peers. There is a problem with this QB and the first half…..not quarter…..of games………………………………………THE GIANTS WIN! THE GIANTS WIN! GIANTS WIN!……………………………….I was wrong I predicted 20 -17 Giants.

  8. By wayne on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Haven’t heard any crying about Woodhead recently.

  9. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Not always pretty but it’s a win. Sanchez did his best to blow the game in the 1st half, which shoulda ended with us up more like 13-0, by way of all his usual mistakes — a terrible INT to kill a long drive, a fumble at a key moment, passes behind his receivers at least half the time. It’s really something to watch our WRs learn to twist around to catch his wrong-side passes like on Holmes’ TD and any number of others. When I told one guy in a Revis jersey at the bar, “We almost blew it,” he said, “Nah, Sanchez just had to be Sanchez for the 1st half.” But the D kept us in the game long enough for MS to settle down in the 2nd half. Not the greatest way to be looking in November but the Giants did us a huge favor so now next week is HUGE.

  10. By wayne on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Glad to hear the GQ is calling the next game the “division championship”, CAUSE IT IS………………………….PLAY LIKE IT IS GQ. PLAY IT LIKE IT IS. You must start this one fast boy.

  11. By wayne on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Nice Randy you don’t post my only post you don’t show was the prediction of a 20 – 17 Giants victory……..was that because I wrote GO BIG BLUE?

  12. By Tom Spicer on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Wayne, He was 13 of 16 in the first half? If that is not starting off fast please tell me what the hell is.

  13. By ArtSoCal on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Do we have to hear the usual rant about another slow 1st half start. The Giants and Pats also got off to an incredibly slow 1st half start and they weren’t coming off of a bye week either. What was their excuse? It was evident from the beginning that the Jets were making a concerted effort to score. Despite some signs of early rust, they won a big game on the road. The Jets O-Line and the D are where they should be. MS is finally getting ANGRY and determined (in bettering his game) rather than nervous and unsure. Keep in mind that Fitzpatrick was INT twice. I suppose Fitzpatrick was only being Fitzpatrick. Manning and Brady were also INT. C’mon guys.

  14. By wayne on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Or was it that my prediction was correct?

  15. By Tom Spicer on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Wayne & Tom 64, Mark was 20 of 28, completing 71.4 % percent of his passes, for 230 yards, 1 TD, 1 pick & a 92.9 rating. He had what I think was his 2nd TD to Plax but they called it down at the 1 & 2 times Holmes beat his man deep for what would have been at least 1 mabye 2 long TDS. But the defnder knew he was beat so he interfered with him both times. I dont think he had a bad game or started off slowly he was 13 of 16 in the first half & 5 of 6 in the first quarter. How is that starting off slow?

  16. By harry-o on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    thanks Eli great job.
    just win next week Romo.
    Mark will take the Jets to the top of the AFC east next week.
    (only playing turn over free football that is )
    next week must be perfect, dumb penalties and turn overs will cost the game for the loser its that simple.

  17. By Clarke W. Griswald on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Tom 64, Sanchez did almost everything he possibly could, to hand that game back over to B-lo. I thought Shotty called a pretty good game and Sanchez was, well, inconsistent. He showed times where he looked good and capable, but then, there was the interception in the red zone, the fumbled snap, on first down, one play after the defense made a play. That stuff has to stop, he’s in his third year and I know he completed 76% or whatever, but when the defense turns it over, in field goal range and you hand it right back over, on the very next down, that is extremely frustrating. Plaxico looked really good.

  18. By cgb on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    you knew going into buffalo the jets would have to weather the storm of emotion. they did a good job of matching the bills intensity. should of had more points , but defensively they were dominant all day. great run offense sanchez was efficient . I dont need to post his numbers as others have already done so. great win, thank you ny giants. jets are just starting to hit their groove.

  19. By Hans on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t worry Spicer, Tom 64 will find a way to shoot those statistics right down and run down anything positive sanchez ever does…just like he always does.

  20. By Va Chris on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    It was a good game. I think Sanchez did a good job. I think Cromartie is starting to play good. The person i was most impressed with this game though was Schotty. He actually called a good game.

  21. By Karan on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t think wayne likes Sanchez at all, seems to be critical of him at all times, Sanchez was pretty solid, I mean yea besides that one interception and the fumble, he led the offense down the field pretty well for drives that resulted i touchdowns. Don’t be surprised if Sanchez has another solid outing in the next game or even better. Big props to Eli Manning and the Giants. It’s amazing how bad the overrated Patriots play against New York teams, great win by the Giants. Also, watching the Steelers-Ravens game right now, nice to Cotchery get into the offense.

  22. By Karan on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    wayne, i really don’t understand what game you were watching, but Sanchez wasn’t really slow. And like before dude, how about a little respect for the QB? his name isn’t GQ, it’s getting a little old.

  23. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    I didn’t go after you about Plax, GaryC, ’cause I had to go after the left-brainers who only look at MS’s stats. Like my man Spice, who I guess didn’t hear Simms talking about how huge a mistake the INT was. Spice, I shouldn’t have to walk you thru this but at the end of the 1st half we’d totally dominated time of possession, racked up all these yds, the D had held a good BUF team to 0, and we were up 3-0. You shouldn’t need to be told that playing that way is gonna cost you and MS has been playing that way FOR 2 YRS! Sure, he gets into a groove a lot in the 2nd half but if you give the 1st half away like that you end up…losing to a GREAT team like PIT in the championship ’cause 24-0 is too much to overcome! My job is just makin’ sure…

  24. By kw65fan on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Stupid interception Spicer….not concentrating on the snap and caused a fumble…thats how Spicer. Defense played superb…need it for next week. The TEAM won the game…thats how you play football…as a team. Great job to everyone…Thanks to the Giants…great win. Now let us do it next week….GO JETS>>!!!!!

  25. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    …that at the end of the yr we’re not all sadly singin’ Dylan’s “Memphis Blues Again”: “And me, I sit so patiently/Waiting to find out what price/You hafta pay to get out of/Going thru all these things twice.” Jimmer, I doubt Keller coulda caught a ball that Simms said was badly overthrown or a bad attempt to throw it out, and by now we should know how badly Sanchez often sees defenders in that situation, he throws that same goal-line INT every few games. It was nice of Holmes to say MS put the ball where only he could catch it but he might be watching his mouth ’cause there was another place in front of him, not behind him, where MS coulda more safely put the ball, SH showed awesome upper body control to even get his hands on that pass.

  26. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    And yes, wayne, your prediction was right but it didn’t cost us this time, to quote a recent post of Clarke’s. And you won’t hear much crying about Woodhead, who’s proving too small to be a factor at RB like we thought when we let him go, though I still don’t like the way we let him go. Great D without DeVito and Ellis, Wilson still stepping up, performs even when his man catches the ball. Nice to see all 4 RBs contributing and though Folk had to miss one soon 2 out of 3 from that distance in that wind ain’t bad. Kerley still fighting like a bull for YAC, McKnight still avg 40, best game from Leonhard, Pool, and Smith in awhile. And that other Smith, the Brad one, is still no factor on BUF (though you can see Westhoff is a HUGE factor).

  27. By Christopher on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Tom, I agree, they started fast, it was quite enjoyable actually, only fustrating part is not putting up points. The defense had their best game of the year. Mulligan is still killing the offense with penalties. It all starts with the run game and Greene and Conner really got it going today.

    We all know the turnovers are going kill us at some point, luckily today it cost us 0 points. Next week, it will most likely cost us the game.

    Go Jets!!!! we control our own fate, Win out and we win the AFC East with out a doubt.

  28. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hey wayne, I meant your prediction about Sanchez starting slow again was correct, not about the Giants. Last I looked, Spicer, it goes (1) Wins (2) Points Scored and Points Given Up (3) Stats, not the reverse, so I’m not too impressed with 16 of 16 if you dominate the game and still leave yourself so vulnerable to losing. Sometimes I wonder why some folks seem to take our D for granted. Some have even posted things like, “Don’t worry, our D will bail us out.” A classic example of the D NOT being able to bail us out in the face of ineptitude on O was last yr against PIT in the championship. If I coached any team that asked the D to carry the load as often as our O asks it to, I’d be real aggressive about getting that O more up to speed.

  29. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Hans, read Clarke’s post, watch the tape on last yr’s loss to PIT in the championship, and try thinking ahead instead of making excuses for what’s in the past, you’ll go much farther in life, on the gridiron and off. Christopher, not to come down too hard on ya but your first line is like saying, “I have this great girlfriend, she’s really enjoyable, only frustrating part is she cheats on me with other guys.” But I agree about the D and Mulligan, if Cumberland wasn’t on IR I think Mulligan would be cut t’mow. And thanks for looking ahead re turnovers and same to you, kw65. Clarke, it seems like it’s not PC with some to mention how many times MS turns the ball over after a momentum-changing play in our favor, so thanks for mentioning it.

  30. By Gabriel on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    I like how the same old geezers complain about a slow first half starrt and Don’t give Sanchez and Schotty for the great play calling and decision making. Defense was very dominant GO JETS!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. By Charliejet on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Interesting to see that when Brandon Moore and other players where getting on
    Mulligans face about the holding penalty and Green’s 23 yard run was called back,
    the announcer said “that’s not a good thing” Phil Simms interjected and said “No its a good thing let them get on his case” these guys need to light the fire under each other like that…..Look Sanchez did kill that drive and believe me he feels it more than anyone – but please lets enjoy this one at least a couple of days – heck the coaches give the players a day off during the week… anyway one game at a time.
    Go jets baby!

  32. By kw65fan on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Boy, they sure jumped down Mulligans throat on that penalty…and very deservingly so… Erasing Greens 42 yard run. Making too many penalties. I thought Moore was going to rip his head off…and you see Schotty go off like that. They should try that on Sanchise when he threw that interception…or was not concentrating on that fumbles snap…and the snap was perfect. After a long hard fought drive that was…and to throw that stupid interception…Mangold or someone should have gotten on him. But wait…don’t want to hurt his feelings…make him sulk or anything….

  33. By IRA on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Thought this game would be a lot closer. This was the most dominant defensive game the Jets have played under Rex since he took over aginst a good team. I thought the Jets D matchup very well vs the Bills because they were able to play single man on their WR’s and focus on Jackson. Even though the Jets kept killing themselves in the first half with mistakes they finally got it fixed. Biggest play of the game to me was when Brick recoverd a Greene fumble after Leonhard’s FR. Then LT scores and its 13-0. Even thouugh Plax caught 3 TD’s vs SD this was by far his best game. Also Pool, Wilson and Strickland all played very well.
    GO JETS!!!!

  34. By Tom Spicer on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Karan, You are just going to have to understand like I do no matter what the QB does it will never be enough for some people. For example vs Oakland Mark had 96 rating, 27 of 43 for 62.8% completion percentage, 369 yards passing & 3 TDS. But all that was brought up all week was the 1 pick that he had. He will never be good enough for some people on this site EVER!

  35. By Tom Spicer on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Best game of the year by our D holding the Bills who are averaging 30 points per game to only 11 points & on the road. Harris, Pace, Scott, Pouha, Wilkerson, Revis, Cro, Wilson, Smith all had big games.

  36. By Tom Spicer on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    On O good job by the O line. Greene is starting to run well the numbers dont show it but he had a 50 yard run called back by a Mulligan hold. Great game by Plax catching everything & running hard after the catch. Holmes amazing catch on the TD this guy beats double teams every game. Mcknight & LT both had good plays as well this McKnight kid is a player & we have to get him the ball more.

  37. By Tom Spicer on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    I said before the game we have to stop Jackson & Revis will have to shut down Johnson & we did. On O I said we have to runt he ball well & Plax is going to have to beat single coverage cause they are giving whoever covers Holmes saftey help over the top to take him out of the game. Plax stepped up & is a big part of the reason we won.

  38. By Tom Spicer on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Now the bad Wayne Hunter again with penaltys & a Olay block on the first pass play of the game to give up a sack. Mulligan with penaltys & holding this guy is a walking penalty. Oh yea I forgot good game by Folk with 2 50 yard field goals.

  39. By kw65fan on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    And boy….Sanchize gonna get ripped at film session. If you didn’t see it, they were in ‘wildcat’ with Sanchize as a W/R. The Buffalo defender flinched to makeit look like he was goona attack Sanchize…and Mark jumped back like a scarred cat of like 3 feet with his hamds up “Don’t Hit me”….THEN play goes on and he is called for a holding penalty negating a 12 yard run. Real courageous I must say. Just like all those other So. Cal air-head QB’s…all stats but at the end…bunch of chickens. Must be that Calif air….no offense Tom64.

  40. By GaryC on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Okay,now that were done kissing eli and the giants ring it won’t mean a thing if jets lose next week,why is it the giants can pull guys out of a hat like cruz and ballard and the jets can’t.Still need to look at the college scouting with this team.funny that ducasse and cruz played on same team,UMASS, but jets saw the talent in ducasse but not cruz.

  41. By Tom Spicer on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Also as part of my bads I forgot to add Leonhard he cant stop the run or defend the pass even thou he gives 100% every play he does not have the size or the speed to get it done. I really think they should make the move to start Pool.

  42. By GaryC on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    I almost had to do a doubletake and saw the highlight of Bart Scott actually plugging a hole to stop Jackson on the fourth and one.

  43. By GaryC on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    I have an idea, why dont the jets don giant blue next week,seems like everytime patriots see that uniform they upchuck in the last minute.

  44. By THUNDER LIPS on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Randy has there been any news on Kenrick Ellis’s case and possible deportation. i heard some grumblings this weekend which scared me.

    good game. we havbe to treat every game from here on out like it is the superbowl. we contrl our destiny. it will be an easier road to win our division then to get in with the wildcard.

  45. By GaryC on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, I am going to make a analogy here,Brad Smith does not have the stats seeing that he does not have Westhoff and is on a much younger developing team,not that he has lost anything,the same reason I kept bringing up Jordy Nelson as a better receiver over Burress and people said because Nelson had Rodgers throwing to him and Buress would be just as good if Rodgers was his QB,so that being said the link of westhoff to special teams as the link of Rodgers to making a receiver top flight is the same.

  46. By Tom Spicer on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Keller has to stop trying to jump over guys. You cant jump over a 6 foot something guy it will always end bad.

  47. By Frank on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Other than Sanchez this was the best and most complete game of the season. Defense was awesome everything they did worked Pouha was a beast in the middle. The O-line played great although I really don’t think Greene is a #1 back…64 your words were exactly mine Sanchise-not did everything possible to give the game away in the first half thank god our D held up. Sanchez continuosly makes bonehead red zone drive killing mistakes and then 2 take aways at the end of the half and no points Sanchez was awful during that stretch against one of the worst D’s in the league.
    If the D and our O-line plays like this the rest of the way it won’t matter what Sanchez does as long as he doesn’t repeat the Ravens game.

  48. By Frank on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Oh yea….Giants did us a huge favor. Hopefully we won’t need Sanchez to bail us out next week…aka Eli who was was awesome down the stretch. It’s amazing how they the Giants keep coming up with talent. I really thought letting Boss go was a huge mistake but Ballard has stepped in big time two great catches on the last drive.

  49. By kk on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Christopher you are correct Mulligan is going to do one more stupid thing whether it’s false start or holding that will kill us. This guy should not be in there, every week he costs us a big play, hopefully our new TE will replace him, plus he can catch. You throw it at Mulligan and all it does is bounce off his face!!! Go Jets huge week coming up.

  50. By Karan on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    kw65fan, why don’t you try lining up against a defensive player? i would love to see your reaction, I’m sure you would run off the field or probably spoil your pants, i think you’re taking it too far, it was actually really funny what happened, your sense of humor is missing, and yes i agree with u Spicer, Sanchez will never be good enough for some people

  51. By kw65fan on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Thunder….trial or whatever is postponed till February….

    Patriot secondary horrendous and we have to attack it. Not so sure running it will help like we did last time. Pats did good job on stopping giant runs with their big front…but pass defense last in league. Some deep throw to SH will help a lot…probably get a call of pass interference right away with their hapless CB’s.
    So true Tom…Mulligan would be bye-bye if we weren’t short on TE’s. Don’t know what he is thinking half the time….or maybe just not thinking with IP penalties too. Have to admit though…the holding was pretty lame call…

  52. By IRA on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe i am still reading people complain about Sanchez. Give me a break please. I thought he played outstanding yesterday. Did he make a mistake? Yes but guess what things happen in all sports good and bad and its how the player reacts to it. he is a winner end of story. All you need to do is read Mike Vaccaro’s artcile about Sanchez today that tells it the way it is.
    Sanchez has played well vs the Pats at home and i expect him to this week also. As most games it will take COMPLETE team effort to beat the Pats. No reason why we shouldn’t as long as they stay as focused and physical as they did yesterday.
    GO JETS!!!!

  53. By GaryC on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    It is okay to berate a player like mulligan, but let’s see who else gets berated like that.Guys who allow sacks, players who drop passes,missed assignments,cannot individualize when it comes to a team.

  54. By Jet fan from 80` on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Just 1 win fellas…Im with Rex Ryan, in order to win the division, gotta get by the Pats. I know we all have been fortunate to be in the last 2 AFC Championships but to win all the those playoff wins on the road was something special. I want a HOME PLAYOFF game..Beat the PATS and win the division!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. By jetsfan80 on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    27 to 11 over a team that everyone said the Jets should be afraid of. The score really didn’t show how much we dominated that game. That’s the stat I’m counting. One more W closer to winning the division. Next week’s game is absolutely crucial if we want to even get a sniff of homefield in the playoffs. Could the Pats be in line for 3 L’s in a row. With Revis, Cromartie and Wilson playing as well as they are, I think so. Keep bringin’ the pressure, Maybin. Just take care of the ball MS and let that O-line and Greene go to work baby! Just stick with ground and pound and burn ‘em all day long with play action! J – E – T – S….

  56. By Chicago Bob on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    When you get down to it, the only real “special” players we have on D is Revis and Harris. We do have some solid players however none that really jump out at you unlike the old Raven or Steeler teams. Hopefully Wilson and Wilkerson can be those kind of players. Got to get Kendrick Ellis healthy as he needs to play. That being said, hopefully in next years draft, we continue to strengthen the front 7 (as well as add some OL depth). If we can come up with a couple more “special guys” – players who can get to the QB, there is enough young talent to seriously compete for the Super Bowl for a while. Steelers overall D is getting old, Ray Lewis (36) and Ed Reed (33) cant maintain this level forever and N.E.’s D is a shell of what it used to be.

  57. By steven on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Finally we see a game that is managed properly. We ate up the clock running it on the ground, moving the chains and getting first downs. By running successfully we were able to do play action passes and move the chains. Instead of throwing passes in the red zone for interceptions they ran it in for touchdowns. If they are able to run the ball like this at New England and keep Brady off the field the defense will be rested and strong when they come out like they did in Buffalo. I don’t see any reason why they can’t play the same way in New England. If they get Shawn Nelson some work it will be icing on the cake. He’s a big dude, 6’5″ and 275 lb man who runs a 4.6 forty, hard to slow down. He might be a secret weapon the Jets have never had.

  58. By Christopher on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    ’64 Tom, yeah, it does kind of read that way. I’m just saying it was nice to see some efficency with the offense. Phil Simms said, last week (or 2 weeks ago) I believe, that not every drive has to result in points (although it is always nice). The point was controlling the clock and giving the defense a rest can sometimes be just as valuable as points and come the 2nd half the opponents D is worn out, which is what we did this week.

    Gary C, Only problem is with Mulligan is this is not something new. It has been going on all season, how long do you keep punching yourself in the face before you realize that if you stop it will stop hurting. And I too couldn’t believe Scott actually made a play, CAN’T WAIT for the next one.

  59. By no one listens to Blinka on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Great win. The D-line which #54 has criticized many times here in this space has been playing well, so I apologize.

    But never to disappoint, here is my bitterness:
    Don’t think our QB will ever become a top 5 QB. There are exceptions, but to win it all, and that’s what we all want isn’t it, you need to have one. Right now he is an average QB I hope he will become a top 10 guy.

    Eh, who cares what I think, no one sells my jersey,

  60. By scjoe on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    To the Sanchez die hards..It is so easy to sit here “after a blow out win” A win in which the Bills could not make a dent in the Jets defensive armour, and downplay what “could have been” had the Bills been able to move the ball as they have all season. Those mistakes by MS which were not critical because of the final score may have been game changing. You simply can not deny that had it not been for the Jets defensive effort in this game those mistakes could have led to a loss. As for the slow starts? Some of you say stop dwelling on them, don’t you believe that after two and a half seasons of the same misery they should be dwelled on even more then they are? C’mon man!

  61. By Christopher on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, and I don’t think it is a coincidence that Greene, and our running game as a whole has gotten better once we started using more 2 back formations and got Conner in there more. Conner had a great game in my opinion.

    Game balls to Pouha, Conner, and Holmes.

  62. By scjoe on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Getting back to the “slow start” issue. Some make mention of the Pats and the Giants getting off to a slow start yesterday, you would be right. Every team at one time or another gets off to slow starts. But the question is how many get off to slow starts more then 90% of the time? And we are talking almost three full seasons here. Why deny reality? The stats during these past two plus seasons are not misleading are they? They are what they are. Check your box scores. Is it play calling? Is it execution? You decide.

  63. By Tom Spicer on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    The QB has one pick & he had a bad game it is ridiculous. Picks happen its part of the game one pick does not make a guy have a bad game. As long as the QB averages less than 1 pick per game he is fine. If you guys think he is going to have games were he does not have a pick you are not being realistic. Rivers, Brees, Brady, Cassel, Freeman, Fitzpatrick, Newton, Big Ben, Rayn Kolb & Vick all have more picks than him. He averages lees than 1 per game. He completed 71% percent of his passes & we won. What else do you want?

  64. By Another Tom on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Great win coming off the bye.Solid execution in all 3 phases. Tackling was much improved , and the receivers made great catches. It was good to see us stretching the field a little with Tone..I thought M S had a nice game…He seemed decisive and found some rythym with those quick slants. I was thinking run on both plays He turned the ball over..

  65. By Jimmer on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    If anyone is breathing easier today, I got a stat that might wake you up.
    If the season ended today, we are not in the playoffs. We do not play any afc contender outside our division. Everyone knows the next 3 games, but there are 3 games against the nfc east as well who might be fighting tooth and nail for the playoffs. Sorry for the bummer.

  66. By GaryC on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    christopher, concerning Mulligan, it is called keeping it behind closed doors,I can only imagine if other jets on this offense were being embarrassed like he was yesterday you would have heard a big fallout, but being a second string tightend,I guess you can be subjected to that.I will wait for Rex to embarrass shotty on the sideline when he throws one of those two yard passes that is run the other way like shotty felt he needed to do with Mulligan.

  67. By GaryC on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    WILL YOU LOVE ME AS MUCH TOMORROW AS YOU DO TODAY,can’t wait to hear the love of Eli and the Giants if they knock jets out of the playoffs later in the year.

  68. By Chicago Bob on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    I think we can all agree that Sanchez is not going to be a top 5 quarterback however that does not mean he cannot be effective and win a Super Bowl. As long as he has a solid defense and a good supporting cast (particularly a solid running game), he does not have to be Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. Look at guys like Jim Plunkett (twice), Jim McMahon, Doug Williams, Jeff Hostetler, Mark Rypien, Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson – all quarterbacks that played on a Super Bowl winner – none of those players would be classified as top tier QB’s when they played. As long as the Jets are able to run the ball and get to the QB, they can compete with anybody – continue and build both the OL and DL.

  69. By tampajet on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Great Win! We are slowly growing into a championship team.I felt strongly that the youth movement was correct and it was only a matter of time.In a passing league we can cover and the pressure is getting better.We got lucky with Curley and Maybin.By the last quarter of the season we will be dominant ! GO JETS.

  70. By kw65fan on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    thats okay Karan…did my fare share of hitting in playing organized football in High school and college for 8 years and loved every minute of it…not that you don’t know what your talking about and have a crush on Sanchize. Hey, i want to see the dude do good too…but 3 years of confusion and stupid throws along with Schottys lousey play calling can upset anyone. Enuf of the coddling of Sanchize….and if anyone spoiled his pants it was him…LOL

  71. By Gregg from CA on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    Re: Mulligan, I’m gonna throw this one out there – Did you ever think that maybe he was getting all down on himself and Schotty was trying to tell him to get over it, suck it up, and get his head back in the game? Unless you have a transcript of the conversation, don’t assume that the coaches don’t know how to motivate the players that they damn near LIVE with for 9 months out of the year!

  72. By Gregg from CA on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it one more time: I LIKE Mark Sanchez as a person AND as a player, but he is still inconsistent to the point of being untrustworthy. It’s not about making a mistake here or there, it’s not about comparing specific granular stats to other QBs, it’s about a consistent level of TRUST in his ability in ANY given situation, and he has not yet earned that.

    Chad Pennington had tons of potential and terriffic stats, but he broke a lot of hearts at the end of the day. Mark is closer to him than to Brady, and there’s one metric that I’ll ask everyone to consider – Audibles. (cont)

  73. By Gregg from CA on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    (cont) Every time I hear Mark yell “Kill kill kill”, I cringe. By my estimate, far more times than not, the result of Mark’s audibles are a loss or extremely short gain. By comparison, when playing again Manning or Brady, I cringe when I hear it, because they’re about to torch the D for a HUGE gain, and you could bet the odds on it and make a living.

    Anybody have any stats based on the effectiveness of a QB’s audibles? If Mark is averaging BELOW the team yards-per-play, then he should be told to knock it off and run what was called… PERIOD.

  74. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, I’m with you on Sanchez, Ira and Spicer, I’m not with you. I think it was around ’66 or so, Namath’s second yr, when I developed the ability to root for the team and also analyze it, rooting only was strictly for the wives and aunts. Thinking instead of only cheering is also better for my mental health, because then I don’t feel like a lab rat forced to suffer the same humiliations over and over again. Starting slow on pts while outplaying the other team, which then beats us in the 2nd half, is one of the oldest Jet weaknesses but let’s just go back to, say, the Denver playoff for a good example. If you guys wanna sit there and play hometown fanboys while Sanchez sets us up for more of that jive, go ahead, I wanna see him get better.

  75. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, no doubt Smith misses Westhoff but that’s precisely why we don’t miss him, no need to carry a KR who can’t play a position. Also agree with you on our scouting. Karan and Spicer, theorizing that Sanchez will never be good enough for some on this site is an attempted analysis, if without the slightest real-world basis, of fans, not of the team and guess what, Woody, Mr. T., Rex, and the coaches only have use for the latter. Spicer, 1 INT is plenty if it loses the game for you like Manning’s in the SB. And Ira, just saying “things happen in all sports good and bad” says zero and will fix zero. kw65 , no offense taken about the California air, I’m from District 26 in Queens so “I’m a stranger here myself,” as Nicholas Ray famously said.

  76. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    kw65, that is the COMEBACK OF THE YR! Good for you and hey, Karan, watch those assumptions! Gregg, I also like all of your posts but I thought you were going to add that great, hilarious analogy you had about the WRs getting used to Sanchez’s inaccurate throws, I won’t spoil it here but I’m eager to hear you tell it. Spicer, I do agree with you about Leonhard and I’ll give you props for speaking honestly about him instead of sentimentally. I’d consider starting Pool and if he was the only S we kept next yr, it wouldn’t upset me a bit, that’s our weakest position. Chicago Bob, I appreciate your historical perspective on QBs but I think the game has changed more than a bit since the Dilfer days, I don’t see anyone like that winning a SB now.

  77. By Karan on Nov 7, 2011 | Reply

    It’s funny people still continue to doubt Sanchez’s ability to win. Sigh…. just wait till the playoffs, remember the way he’s played in the playoffs the previous 2 years? Pretty darn good. Thrown for like 9 TDs and only 3 Ints in like 6 playoff games. Some fans expect to much, be happy with what you have.

  78. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 8, 2011 | Reply

    Karan, I think what’s funny is people who think Sanchez wins games that the team often wins in spite of him. Or at least wins only when he wakes up after making losing a distinct possibility for the entire 1st half. And what’s funnier is that you don’t seem to remember that we played this way all last yr, getting to the pt where we thought we could come back in the last minute against almost anybody. But when we got to the AFC championship, a consistently tough, disciplined team revealed that to be a complete fantasy, blowing us out so badly in the 1st half that the suspense in the 2nd was merely over our getting back in it. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” — unless they learn to play 4 qtrs of good football.

  79. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 8, 2011 | Reply

    O mighty Blinka, we’re not worthy of your bitterness, it’s true! But I’d beg to differ with you on Sanchez’s Top 5 potential and the need for him to attain that rank. If he’s never better than okay overall it’s gonna be a loser investment and a politically tough situation to get out of. In his better moments he definitely shows Top 5 potential. Think back to that first win vs. HOU in his rookie yr, remember how low and accurate all his throws were (except, of course, for the obligatory careless INT, much more understandable at that stage of his career). I don’t buy into all this fretting about firing Schotty and “asking Sanchez to learn a new system” because Schotty and his system might well be the problem. Or maybe the problem is…Rex.

  80. By jetsfan80 on Nov 8, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Karan…”be happy with what you have”. Jet Fan Since ’64 said one pick is plenty if it loses the SB like Manning. That’s a perfect example of one of the greatest QBs in history making a mistake. Are u saying u woudn’t be happy with him at QB either? We can’t expect MS to be perfect. I am not arguing that his mistakes could not have been costly this week, because they could have been. Fumbling snaps at midfield and INTs in the RZ can kill u. But mistakes are part of the game. And anyone who knows sports realizes that. How u respond is what makes u a champion. MS bounces back and wins playoff games on the road! He makes mistakes but that doesn’t mean he’s not a winner. We can win a SB with MS@QB if the team plays well as a unit!

  81. By Jimmer on Nov 8, 2011 | Reply

    Since this is a near must win, and the defense is playing the way Rex likes it,,,, will this be the week we can cover a TE?

  82. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 8, 2011 | Reply

    But…but…but…but…that’s you, jetsfan80, consciously making excuses for Sanchez and unconsciously giving away how iffy you actually know his play is at times. Certainly I’d be more than happy if MS ever approached P Manning status, but my point was that mistakes kill and all the excuses you make around them mean squat. Talk of how “MS bounces back and wins playoff games on the road” before you’ve made the playoffs again is of a piece with relying on the D to bails us out even before we’ve won the toss. This kind of thinking just isn’t consistent with success in any arena I’ve ever seen or been involved in, including pro football. And after 42 years in the wilderness, I’m ready for a new level of success!

  83. By Rick Rosselli on Nov 9, 2011 | Reply

    Guys, are you all forgettting that this is our team that we write about every week. How could all of you put down a team that is playing much better, Yes, there were mistakes, but it turned around for the better. COM ON MAN, give them credit and support the Green and White we love. And write some good things and stop with all the Bull, you all know you love this team. if you didn’t you wouldn’t be writing.

    And the Home of the JETS

  84. By jetsfan80 on Nov 9, 2011 | Reply

    Well said Rick.

  85. By jetsfan80 on Nov 9, 2011 | Reply

    ’64 Tom. 42 years is a lot of misery. I’ve only been a fan since a teenager in ’93…and those years were Hell!!! I commend you for being a fan through the good years and the bad. I defend MS because he’s the closest thing to a clutch QB for the green and white I’ve gotten to see as a Jets fan. I’m not unconsciously giving anything away when I make direct statements pointing out his mistakes last week! I simply stated that the man is not perfect….and neither was Manning (ie Super Bowl INT). I really feel like MS is a SB caliber QB and he will prove it to us all soon. Go JETS!

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