New York Jets: 1 Player on Each Team Fans Hate to See
In sports, there are some players fans just don't want to see.
Whether it's bad behavior, consistently good performances against their team or just being part of the opposing team, there are players that get football fans more antsy than usual.
For New York Jets fans, here's one player from each of the other 31 teams they would rather have on the injury report than on the field.
Some are on on offense, others on defense, but all of them are players the Jets faithful do no want to see them play against.
Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald
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Most football fans know how talented Larry Fitzgerald is.
He's an elite wide receiver, capable of making huge plays every time the ball is thrown to him.
Though the Jets haven't played against the Arizona Cardinals since Week 4 of the 2008 season (the Jets won 56-35), Fitzgerald showed just how good he is, recording 13 receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown.
They'll meet sometime in 2012, and it can only be expected (unless an injury occurs) that Fitzgerald will make an impact in that game.
Atlanta Falcons: Brent Grimes
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Brent Grimes knows how to get interceptions. Just ask Mark Sanchez.
In their lone game, in Week 14 of the 2009 season, Sanchez threw two of his three interceptions to Grimes.
He wasn't as effective last season compared to his 2009 and 2010 seasons, but he still does a decent job at the cornerback position.
Provided the Atlanta Falcons keep him in 2013, Sanchez better watch where he throws.
Baltmore Ravens: Ray Lewis
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There's no doubt in my mind that Ray Lewis is one of the greatest defensive players of all time.
For 15 years, he and the Baltimore Ravens defense have made it tough against opposing offenses.
The Jets are no exception to this.
In four games against the Jets (all wins), Lewis has a combined eight tackles, a sack and an interception.
He may turn in 37 in May, but Ray Lewis is still a beast of a linebacker when on the field.
Buffalo Bills: Steve Johnson
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Say what you want about his excessive celebrations, but the Buffalo Bills' Steve Johnson is a great wide receiver.
Last season against the Jets, though the Bills lost both games, he gave Darrelle Revis problems.
In the first matchup (Week 9), he had just three receptions but had 84 receiving yards.
Three weeks later, he had eight receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown (now known for him mocking Plaxico Burress by pretending he shot his leg, flying like a jet and falling to the ground).
He become an unrestricted free agent this year. It will be interesting to see if the Bills re-sign him.
Jets fans will hope that he goes somewhere else, preferably a team in the NFC, where they'd have to face him only once every four years.
Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton
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The Jets have yet to play against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (they won't until the 2013 season), but would you want to face a quarterback capable of both throwing and running the football so effectively?
In just his rookie season, he threw for more than 4,000 yards and 21 touchdowns, but he also ran for 706 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Though so young, he's already such a dynamic superstar.
In two years' time, and with some added depth at wide receiver, Newton's dual-threat abilities will make him difficult to play against.
Chicago Bears: Matt Forte
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A sprained MCL prevented him from playing the full season in 2011, but he was just three yards short of recording his second consecutive 1,000-yard season, and earned his first Pro Bowl berth.
He also does a good job as a receiver, recording 50-plus receptions in each of his four seasons.
In his lone game against the Jets in 2010 (the Bears won 38-34), he ran for 113 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries He also had four receptions for 56 yards.
According to ESPN Chicago, the Bears are looking to extend Forte's stay, and it is believed they are looking at a five-year deal. If that is the case, then the next time he faces the Jets will be in 2014.
Cincinnati Bengals: Nate Clements
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Over the course of Nate Clements' 10-year career so far, the cornerback has been known to grab interceptions and force fumbles.
One of his more highly noted games was against the Jets when he played for the Buffalo Bills in Week 14 of the 2006 season.
In the second quarter, he intercepted a pass by Chad Pennington and returned it 58 yards for the score to put his team up 21-10 (the Bills would go on to win 31-13).
This was the last time Clements has faced the Jets.
Now playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, he's still able to make plays. Though the Jets don't face Clements and the Bengals in 2012, they might see him again soon.
His contract ends after the 2012 season, so it will be interesting to see what happens.
Cleveland Browns: Peyton Hillis
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Though Peyton Hillis had a horrible 2011 season, it should be noted that this big running back has put up decent numbers in his two games against the Jets.
The first time he faced them was when he was a fullback for the Denver Broncos.
Despite his position, he managed to rush for 129 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries (the Broncos would win 34-17).
Two years later, as the running back for the Cleveland Browns, he rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown in a 26-20 loss.
His future with the Cleveland Browns is up in the air, but if Hillis can return to 2010 form, he's definitely someone both fans and the team would not want to see again.
Dallas Cowboys: Jason Witten
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Jason Witten is one of the best tight ends in the league.
Who would want to have to defend against him?
The good news is that if he continues to play for the Dallas Cowboys for the rest of his career, at least the Jets won't have to see him again until 2015.
Witten played against the Jets in Week 1 last season. Though he didn't score a touchdown, he did have 110 receiving yards on just six catches.
Four seasons before that, he had 85 yards and a touchdown on just four catches.
Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow
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Yes, Tim Tebow may have only thrown nine completions in 20 attempts when he and the Denver Broncos squared off against the Jets in Week 14.
Yes, he finished the season with less than a 50-percent completion rate.
However, Tebow can certainly run with the football, and that 20-yard touchdown run at the end of that game that gave his team the win will burn in fans' minds for a long time.
Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh
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This Detroit Liions player is bad, he's aggressive and he'll stomp against opposing offenses (figuratively and literally).
Suh has only played against the New York Jets once, in 2010.
He had three tackles in that game.
In addition, due to an injury to kicker Jason Hanson, he attempted an extra point kick (but missed, hitting the upright).
Provided he can keep himself from getting fined and suspended by the NFL, Suh is one defensive tackle you wouldn't want to see.
Green Bay Packers: Charles Woodson
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Charles Woodson gave problems for the Jets when he was part of the Oakland Raiders.
Then again, what do you expect from one of the best cornerbacks in the league?
Now part of the Green Bay Packers (since 2006), he remains as effective, if not more so, than he ever was.
His last game against the Jets was in 2010, where he had three tackles and an interception in the fourth quarter, and the Packers shut them out, 9-0.
Houston Texans: Arian Foster
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Arian Foster has risen from an undrafted free agent to one of the most explosive running backs in the league.
Though he missed three games in 2011, he still was able to rush for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He's only faced the Jets once, in 2010, but he ran 22 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he had six catches for 59 yards.
Foster is still young—he's only 25—but his explosiveness is one to fear in the NFL.
Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning
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Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, so it's no surprise as to why he's on this list.
In the early parts of his career, he did have some difficulty against the Jets.
In fact, in his first game, he threw for 198 yards, less than a 50-percent completion rate, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
However, as his time in the NFL has increased, so has his performance.
His best game was in 2003, when he had 27 completions out of 36 attempts, 401 passing yards and a touchdown.
If that happens, that would mean the Jets would have to play against him twice in the regular season each year. As if having to defend against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots twice a year wasn't bad enough.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew
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Maurice Jones-Drew is another fantastic running back, who unfortunately (or not, depending on who you are) has had to play for the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
Despite his team finishing 5-11 last year, he had his best season yet.
He recorded more rushing yards than any other player in the league, with 1,606 yards (a Jaguars franchise record), and had eight touchdowns.
In his first game against the Jets, in 2006, he rushed for just 59 yards on 13 carries but had two touchdowns.
Last year, despite his team being crushed 32-3, he recorded 88 rushing yards on 18 carries.
However, his best game came in 2009, when he rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
Kansas City Chiefs: Tamba Hali
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Tamba Hali re-signed with the Kansas City Chiefs to a five-year, $60 million contract this past August.
In return, Hali returned the favor with an All-Pro season, finishing with a career-high 83 tackles, 12 sacks (second-most in the AFC) and four forced fumbles (third-most in the AFC).
In three games against the Jets, he's had a sack in each game and a combined 10 tackles (plus two assists).
Hali is a talented individual, one Jets fans will have to continue watching out for over the next several years.
Miami Dolphins: Randy Starks
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Despite what their record might indicate, the 2011 Miami Dolphins had one of the better defenses in the league.
One of the reasons for that was Randy Starks, who had 4.5 sacks, 29 tackles and two interceptions.
A former member of the Tennessee Titans from 2004 to 2007 (though as a member, he never played against the Jets), this defensive end (formerly a defensive tackle) has been pulverizing quarterbacks and offensive lines since he began his NFL career.
In five games against the Jets, Starks has a combined 17 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.
2012 is the final year of his five-year, $21 million deal, so hopefully for Jets fans, he won't be sticking around afterwards.
Minnesota Vikings: Jared Allen
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You don't want to mess with Jared Allen.
Since being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004, he's recorded 104 sacks, more than anyone else in the league, and at just age 29, he still has plenty of damage to dish out against opposing quarterbacks.
Last season, as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, he had his best season yet, recording 22 sacks, a franchise record, and just half a sack short of the single-season record set by Michael Strahan in 2001.
In three games against the Jets (two with the Chiefs, one with the Vikings), he's given their offense problems, as well. He has a combined three sacks, with four tackles and two assists.
The Jets won't have to face him and the Vikings until 2014, but even then, he'll still be hungry for quarterbacks.
New England Patriots: Tom Brady
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Do I even need to say why Tom Brady is on this list?
He's an MVP, a multi-time Super Bowl champion and the main reason why the Jets can't seem to get around the New England Patriots in the AFC East division standings.
He is the bane of every Jets fan's existence.
When people say his name, fans immediately groan in disgust.
The ironic thing is that it's because of the Jets that Brady and the Patriots have achieved such success over the last decade.
You see, back in Week 2 of the 2001 season, then-linebacker Mo Lewis, a former three-time Pro Bowler and member of the New York Jets All-Time Four Decade team, sacked then-quarterback Drew Bledsoe. As a result of the hit, Bledsoe suffered internal bleeding, and Brady was used to fill in.
And the rest is history.
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees
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Though Drew Brees doesn't have the best record or statistics against the New York Jets, you also have to consider the fact that he hasn't played against them since 2009, and he's been a much more effective quarterback since joining the New Orleans Saints in 2006.
We're talking about a quarterback who last season set the single-season record for most passing yards with 5,476.
He also has another 5,000-yard season on his resume that he achieved back in 2008.
His best game against the Jets was in 2005, when he was with the San Diego Changers. He completed 20 of his 27 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown.
New York Giants: Jason Pierre-Paul
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Though he's only played in the NFL for two seasons, he's already turned into a defensive superstar.
Last year, he led the Giants in sacks with 16.5 and earned his first Pro Bowl berth.
In Week 15 against the Jets, he was a key contributor in beating the Jets 29-14 and hurting their chances to reach the postseason with two sacks.
Pierre-Paul is quite the phenomenal talent.
It's a good thing the Jets face the Giants in the regular season only once every four years (not counting the annual preseason matchup).
Oakland Raiders: Richard Seymour
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For a decade, Richard Seymour has been a nuisance for the Jets.
From 2001 to 2008, he was a constant thorn in the Jets' side as a 4-3 defensive end for the New England Patriots.
He then switched over to defensive tackle and the 3-4 defensive alignment when he signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2009, but he's continued to play at an All-Pro level.
In nine games against the Jets, he's recorded 7.5 sacks, 11 tackles and eight assists.
Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean MccCoy
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The Philadelphia Eagles' LeSean McCoy has played just one game against the New York Jets—Week 15 last season—but he made a huge impact in that game.
He rushed 18 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 45-19 victory.
McCoy is only 23 years old but has already put up huge numbers for the Eagles.
Last season, he recorded 1,309 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, breaking the single-season franchise record for rushing touchdowns (set by Steve Van Buren in 1945).
Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall
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You could list a number of defensive players on the Pittsburgh Steelers and they'd be good fits on this list.
However, in recent matchups, it's been running back Rashard Mendenhall who's made the Jets work, defensively speaking.
The Steelers and the Jets squared off twice during the 2010 season.
The first game was in Week 15. Though his team lost 22-17, Mendenhall managed to record 99 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
The second game was in the AFC Championship. In that game, Mendenhall recorded 121 yards on 27 carries and scored the first touchdown of the game en route to a 24-19 win.
Though he suffered setbacks last season, Mendenhall is still a good running back who can cause problems against the Jets defense.
San Diego Chargers: Eric Weddle
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The San Diego Chargers' Eric Weddle is an interesting safety to watch.
Though average in size (for his position), the man does a good job covering opposing receivers, deflecting passes and getting the occasional sack or two.
In two games against the Jets, he's had 10 tackles, three assists and two interceptions.
San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Willis
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Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers is one of the most imposing linebackers today.
He's a tackling machine, recording 100-plus tackles each season so far in his career (except for last year, as he missed three games).
However, he's also a team player, assisting his fellow teammates in taking opposing offenses down.
In his lone game against the Jets in 2008, he did a little of both, recording three tackles and three assists.
The Jets will be playing against him in 2012, and Willis will be one defender Mark Sanchez and the offense will need to keep an eye on.
Seattle Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch
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A former member of the Buffalo Bills, Marshawn Lynch has been an effective running back recently.
Most football fans should know about the epic run that he had with the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints in 2010, but he's done more than that for this franchise.
Last season, he recorded his first 1,000-plus rushing yard season and set a franchise record for consecutive games with a rushing and/or receiving touchdown, with 10.
His best game against the Jets came in Week 15 of the 2008 season. Despite not recording a touchdown, he did rush 21 times for 127 yards.
Although he hasn't faced the Jets as a member of the Seahawks, the Skittles-loving running back will let loose against them this upcoming season.
St. Louis Rams: Chris Long
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The son of NFL Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, Chris Long has developed into a heck of a defensive end in his own right.
Last year, he had 13 sacks and a forced fumble.
He's only played one game against the Jets, his rookie season in 2008. He had two tackles and one assist in that game.
Expect Long to have more of an impact in their next matchup in 2012.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronde Barber
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Ronde Barber has been in the NFL since 1997 and has played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers his entire career.
He's been both an effective and durable cornerback throughout his career, and even at age 36, he is still a noted defender to watch out for.
Because he's played in the NFC South his whole career, he's only played the Jets three times (all losses).
However, that doesn't mean he hasn't been effective against them. He has a combined five tackles, along with two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
It's unclear whether or not Barber will be with the Bucs in 2012, seeing as his contract is up, or even if he'll still be in the league.
However, if he still plays for another year or two, hopefully Jets fans won't have to see him in action.
Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson
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Chris Johnson may have suffered a setback in 2011, but he still managed to record his fourth consecutive 1,000-plus rushing yard season and is one of the more explosive running backs in the league.
In his lone game against the Jets in 2009 (the same year in which Johnson recorded more than 2,000 rushing yards), he faced an overall tough Jets defense but still managed to pick up 97 yards on 22 carries.
He and the Tennessee Titans will square off sometime in 2012.
If he can return to previous form, watch out.
Washington Redskins: Brian Orakpo
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Brian Orakpo is more than just a spokesman for Geico—he's a tough two-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Washington Redskins.
He has recorded 28.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in his career, and at just age 25, he'll be a driving force for the Redskins defense for years to come.
Unfortunately, in his lone game against the Jets, he didn't manage much, recording just one tackle and three assists.
All things considered, the Redskins defense couldn't do much against the Jets, allowing them to score 34 points in that game.
However, Orakpo is a big beast, who is capable of delivering punishing hits to his opponents. And at 6'4" and weighing 260 pounds, he's not someone you want to anger, that's for sure.