Darrelle Revis may be No. 24 on the field, but he may just be No. 1 when it comes to cornerbacks in the NFL.
In just his third year in the NFL, Revis routinely and willingly accepts the challenge to cover the top receiver on the opposing team week after week. For two years, Revis has performed admirably, but his performance in the Jets' first two games of 2009 has been off the charts.
In week one, Revis drew Andre Johnson, the ultra-talented wide-out for the Houston Texans and covered him one-on-one most the game. Benefiting greatly from pressure up front, but running stride for stride and cut for cut with Johnson, Revis held Johnson to just four catches and a paltry 35 yards, an average of under 9 yards a reception.
Johnson and his teammates failed to score an offensive touchdown.
These are incredible numbers, considering Johnson has caught a total of 175 balls and averaged about 14 yards a catch the past two seasons.
For comparison's sake, Johnson and the Houston Texans played the Titans today in Tennessee. Johnson, feeling free of the Revis stranglehold, caught 10 passes for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns.
To back up his previous performance, Revis covered Randy Moss today. In a game that featured the hoopla and pregame smack talk of a playoff matchup, Revis certainly played his part.
Revis held Moss to four catches and just 24 receiving yards. Revis also soared over Moss to snatch a ball out of the air for a sensational interception! And for the second straight week, Revis kept his man out of the end zone.
The Jets' defense, in the first two games of the season, has surrendered only three field goals and it partially has its number one corner to thank for that impressive stat.