It’s time to kick off the third quarter. In other words, today’s the day we deliver you a blog and tweets on the third quarter of the Jets’ 2013 season, Games 9-12, which of course include a Game 11, Week 12 match with the Super Bowl champion Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
This blog comes two weeks after we bullet-pointed the tough Second Quarter of the season and four weeks since we began our preview of the season with Games 1-4. We’ll wrap up our schedule blogs with the Fourth Quarter, Games 13-16, two weeks from today. (Asterisked games below are subject to the NFL’s flex-scheduling policy.)
Game 9 — vs. NEW ORLEANS, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m.
■ Jets trail series 6-5. Their last win over Saints: 2001 @ NO by 16-9. Their last home win over Saints: 1986 by 28-23.
■ Last meeting: Game 4 of 2009, when Mark Sanchez, off 3-0 start to career, had FUM, INT returned for TDs in 24-10 loss in Superdome.
■ Jets 3-2 vs QB Drew Brees (3-1 vs SD, 0-1 vs NO). Brees career passing vs NYJ: 101-155 (65.2%), 1117 yds, 5 TDs, 6 INTs, 81.0 rating.
■ Green & White will run into former S Jim Leonhard, former TE nemesis in Benjamin Watson, and Rex Ryan’s twin bro Rob, now Saints’ DC.
Game 10 — @ BUFFALO, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m.*
■ Jets trail all-time series at BUF 29-23. They lost last road game to Bills 28-9 in 2012 finale but have won 4 of last 5 at “the Ralph.”
■ Jets coming off their bye week for this game. They’ve won their last 2 after bye when playing BUF, in ’03 by 30-3, in ’11 @ BUF by 27-11.
■ DE Mario Williams has 2 career sacks in 5 games vs Jets, both with HOU. Williams had no sacks in both NYJ-BUF games in ’12.
■ This will be Jets’ first game @ BUF vs new Bills HC Doug Marrone, their O-line coach from 2002-05.
Game 11 — @ BALTIMORE, M&T Bank Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m.*
■ Jets trail series overall 7-1, have never beaten Ravens in BAL (0-4). Last meeting: 34-17 Sunday night loss in 2011.
■ In that ’11 loss, Joe McKnight dazzled with 107-yd kickoff-return TD, longest play of any kind in Jets franchise history.
■ Jets HC Rex Ryan was Ravens asst coach 1999-08, DC 2005-08. Rex’s record vs BAL: 0-2 in regular season, 0-1 in preseason.
■ Joe Flacco, last year’s Super Bowl MVP, in his 2 starts vs Jets: 30-for-69 passing (43.5%), 411 yds, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 51.1 rating … 2-0 record.
Game 12 — vs. MIAMI, MetLife Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.*
■ Jets lead overall series 49-44-1 and series at home 27-20. But they lost last game at MetLife last year 30-9 and six of the last nine.
■ First of 2 games with Dolphins in December. Last time that happened: 1999, when Jets, Ray Lucas, beat ‘Fins, Dan Marino twice.
■ WR Santonio Holmes’ last game vs MIA: 9 catches, 147 yds, including 38-yd catch in OT to set up Nick Folk game-winning FG last Sept.
■ This could be Jets’ first meeting vs TE Dustin Keller. DK was Jets 1st-round pick in 2008 who left for Dolphins as UFA this March.
Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone, Dustin Keller, Jim Leonhard, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Santonio Holmes
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