Posted on: September 23, 2008 8:51 am
When David Barrett caught his first interception of the year and saw the touchdown in front of him with no one there to stop him for the first time in his career, the Jets had high hopes. Directly after the touchdown by Barrett, the Chargers, led by Phillip Rivers, drove down the field seemingly with ease and tacked on a field goal. The Jets still had the lead but a little hope was lost as the fans watched Rivers and company sweep down field with not too much effort. A little more hope for the Jets was lost when Thomas Jones was tackled on top of a player and while trying to get down, was stripped of the ball. The Chargers took advantage of this and Rivers hooked up with FB Mike Tolbert for the touchdown. The next drive down the Jets couldn't help but loose all hope when Brett Favre threw a pass to Laveranues Coles but the pro-bowl corner back Antonio Cromartie tip the ball up to himself to get the pick off and take it to the endzone.
The score at this point was still close, 17-7, but the last 14 points came off of turnovers, so they hurt a little extra. The Jets needed some momentum and Leon Washington was there to answer, he took the kickoff 94 yards to be tackled at the 3 yard line. Brett Favre completed his first touchdown pass of the day to Laveranues Coles for a 3 yard score. The score was now 17-14 but the Jets still didn't feel the momentum so they went for a surprise onsides kick, but the ball when right past Wallace Wright's hands and the Chargers recovered. The Chargers took advantage of the short field and drove 44 yards ending in a River's pass to Chris Chambers for the touchdown. 24-14.
Shortly after the Chambers touchdown, Brett Favre and the Jets were driving up the field. On a miscommunication with his reciever Jerricho Cotchery, Brett Favre throws the ball into the hands of Safety Erik Weddle. After the third turnover of the game, Rivers connected to Antonio Gates for the touchdown. The Chargers went into half time with a 31-14 lead, a lead the Jets did not want to see happen.
The second half was more of the same, Chargers drove all the way up the field, seemingly untouched, for a LaDainian Tomlinson, two yard touchdown. Brett Favre and Chansi Stuckey connected for their third touchdown in three games. Dustin Keller also received his first touchdown in a professional jersey. But all of this was not enough to stop the powerhouse offense of the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers only needed to punt the ball on time the entire game. The Jets punted the ball only twice, but also gave up three interceptions and one fumble. (One interception came from Kellen Clemens into the hands of Antonio Cromartie, his second of night, in the endzone in the final ticks. Clemens entered the game in the final minutes after Favre rolled his ankle, said to be okay)
Thomas Jones ended the game with 37 rushing yards. Coles had 75 yards and a touchdown. Brett Favre ended 30/42 with 271 yards passing, with 3 touchdowns and two interceptions. Leon Washington had himself a ball game with a couple great kick returns, including a 94 yard return to the 3 yard line.
The Jets went into the game as underdogs, and that is exactly how they played. This game will drop them to 1-2, tied for last in the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins. The Jets get a chance to go to even before their bye week, they play at home vs the Arizona Cardinals at 1 PM on Sunday. The Jets will be looking for more of the same out of the offense, besides the turnovers of course, and a stronger defense against the powerful pass offense of the Cardinals. The positive way to look at the Jets is that Brett Favre is still learning the offense, so this Jets team can only get better.
Posted on: September 22, 2008 10:21 am
After a Sunday where the Bills move to three wins and no loses and the Dolphins pull an unbelievable upset over the AFC East favorite Patriots, the Jets get geared up for their big game tonight against the Chargers. The Jets can move to second place in the East, one game behind the powerful Bills team and tied with the Patriots with a win tonight.
The Jets will be looking to put up some big points on offense tonight, something they were not able to do the first two weeks (20 points-Week 1, 10 Points- Week 2). The Jets will look to the leadership of Brett Favre to score some touchdowns so they don't fall to the powerful offense of the Chargers. Laveranues Coles will be looking for a big game today, even though he may only see limited time. He has been doing limited practice reps all week but is expected to dress and be ready to play. Favre and Coles hooked up for a 54 yard pass play against the Patriots in week 2, so they will be looking to do some more of the same. Favre will also be looking to Jerricho Cotchery for some big plays as well. Cotchery will be facing old teammate at North Carolina State, Phillip Rivers.
The key for the Jets will be to accomplish a passing game early in the game so that Thomas Jones and the running game can shine later in the game. After the Chargers lost 2 games in the final ticks of the game, they will be shooting for a big victory over the Jets. The Jets need to get points early to keep up with the powerful Chargers offensively team or Phillip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Chambers and Antonio Gates. Darrell Revis, Bryan Thomas and the Jets Defense will be looking to stop this powerful offense early and often to avoid letting the game get away from them.
Should make for a good Monday Night Football game tonight. Kickoff at 8:30. Lets Go Jets.
Posted on: September 15, 2008 2:27 pm
The Jets for the first time in as many years as I can remember were the favorites against the Patriots going into Sunday’s game. This gave Jets fans across the nation (probably mostly in <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New York</st1:place></st1:state>) high hopes for their season. This all came crashing down when the Jets has first and goal on the 1 yard line and couldn't get a touchdown out of it. Brian Schottenheimer is a great offensive coordinator and he is now working with one of the best quarterbacks of all time, and he didn't call one play action pass plays in this game ending set of downs. The Jets offense, which was above par last week against the Dolphins Week 1, looked like they were not all there. Even the Jets players looked like they didn't expect the Patriot's Defense to be shutting them down so much. The players looked very surprised that they weren't winning. Not only were the players surprised, the Jets Fans were at a loss for words. Expectations were high, and all that may not happen again for a couple of week, until the Jets can prove that they are a more solid team than they looked on Sunday. No one expected Matt Cassel to have the decent game that he did, the Jets defense was excited to get some interceptions, but that never happened. The unlikely stars of the Jets offense were Laveranues Coles, Chansi Stuckey, and the few moments of glimmer from Brett Favre and Thomas Jones. The Jets defense looked to be a completely different team than they were week 1. Week 1, the Jets defense shut down Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. This game, the old Jets, LaMont Jordan looked like he couldn't be stopped in the second half (Jordan had 62 yards, all coming in the second half). The Jets defense did look pretty solid all game besides stopping the run in the second half, but it wasn't enough to win when the offense can not produce scores. The Jets did shut down Randy Moss, only allowing him 22 yards. In the end, it was a heartbreaking loss for the Jets. Next week the Jets play the Chargers and the Cardinals game follows that to finish off the first 4 games before the bye week. Jets need to bounce back in a big way to show that they are contenders in the AFC.