New York fans will have trouble finding anything to complain about after this weekend's NFL games.
The New York Jets gave the Indianapolis Colts an old-fashioned shellacking in a 35-9 rout. Meanwhile, the New York Giants were extremely impressive in a 26-3 win over the (supposedly best-in-the-NFL) San Francisco 49ers.
Now at 4-2 (conveniently keeping my preseason picks on track), the Giants have sole ownership of first place in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys both lost to give the Giants a one-game lead over the rest of the division.
49ers quarterback Alex Smith—known for consistency and conservative play—had gone 26 consecutive starts without a multiple-interception game prior to Sunday. The Giants picked him off three times and did a great job of preventing his receivers from getting open.
The Giants should feel good about their play on both sides of the ball. Eli Manning played a clean game at quarterback—193 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.
Meanwhile, the Giants defense—both the line and the secondary—forced Alex Smith into one of the worst games of his career. Smith put up a 43.1 rating as he threw for three interceptions and zero touchdowns.
While some analysts are waiting for the Jets apocalypse to begin, the team has been quietly playing some great football over the past two weeks.
A very close loss against the Houston Texans in Week 5 demonstrated improvement on both sides of the ball. On Sunday, the Jets creamed the Colts, 35-9, playing admirably on both offense and defense.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez played an efficient game—61 percent completions with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Backup quarterback Tim Tebow found a role as well, running for a first down and also completing a pass on a fake punt.
It would not be a stretch to say that Tebow's role in fake punts has already earned his salary this season.
To complete a great weekend for the Jets, the New England Patriots collapsed in the fourth quarter and lost to the Seattle Seahawks, 24-23. As a result, the Jets are again in first place in the AFC East at 3-3 (2-0 in division).
Could the Jets make a run at the division with as little as eight or nine wins? We will get more information on that front when the Jets travel to New England next Sunday.
For now, New Yorkers should rejoice after watching their teams dominate quality opponents and watching their division rivals falter.
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