It is time for revenge at 1:00pm on Sunday; revenge for the New York Jets on the New England Patriots, revenge for Geno Smith, and revenge for the New York Jets fans! We all remember the last time Tom Brady and the Patriots strolled into MetLife Stadium (cough, cough, Mark Sanchez, cough, cough, butt fumble). Sunday, the Jets better be singing a different tune.
Head coach Rex Ryan has already spoken to the media, his team and whomever else wants to listen about Brady and the Pats, and, as per usual, challenged his fans to step up come game time.
This Jets team is actually different from the team that lost a close battle in Foxboro in Week 2. Players such as Kellen Winslow (suspension), Clyde Gates and Mike Goodson (IR) won’t be available at Smith’s disposable. The team did, however, sign Josh Cribbs, and have established a more consistent running game, with Bilal Powell in the backfield. This Jets team is also coming off a sloppy loss at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers and a sloppy win against the Tamp Bay Buccaneers. The loss from last week especially stings, proving some sort of worth Week 5 in Atlanta. So, you would hope that this team has a fire in their stomach to get back in the win column after a very winnable home game last week.
The key after all of this is quarterback Smith. We have seen his ups and we have seen his downs. Even with the Patriots losing Jerod Mayo to a season ending injury, the Patriots are, well, still the Patriots. Like it or not, there a deep organization with the true “next guy up” mentality. Smith needs to play like he did in Atlanta — mistake free, smart, fundamental football. Along with that, Marty Mornhinweg needs to establish a solid game plan for the young QB to progress throughout the game. The defensive line for the Jets has been solid all year; they need to keep getting after Brady, and of course no stupid penalties.
If you watch the film of the Week 2 loss, you can see plenty of events throughout the 60 minutes that the Jets could have, and should have, made certain plays, and the same can go for last week’s loss. At 3-3, those two games were both winnable ones for the Jets, and they let them slip through their fingers. Now, this New York team sits at 3-3 and 1-1 in the division. A smart 3-phase win on Sunday can turn things around, it makes the following week’s game in Cincinnati a more winnable game; it gives this team some breathing room in the division and the ability to stick out their chest for the first time against the Patriots since the 2011 playoffs. This game is an opportunity to not only redeem themselves from a home loss last week, but also Week 2 against the Pats, and of course, the last time the Patriots came into town (Thank you Sports Center for killing the butt fumble).
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