Same old Jets, I don’t think so! The Jets won a very exciting contest with the Indianapolis Colts last night. This is a typical big game that a usual Jets team would lose, but not this one. The Jets of 2009 have a different feeling to them then the teams in years past, they have the never die attitude. All good teams must have the confidence that no matter what the circumstance they can fight back and win. Last week they lost yet another heartbreaker to the Atlanta Falcons. This lose to the Falcons seemed to eliminate the Jets from playoff contention, and a lot of teams would have just given up on the season. The Rex Ryan Jets are not one of those teams to throw in the towel because of one lose, and they played one of their best games of the year against the Colts. The Jets now control their own destiny, beat the Bengals next week and you’re in the playoffs. Since the Dolphins, Jaguars, and Ravens all lost their games yesterday it gave the Jets the opportunity to have the second wild card slot in the AFC playoffs. As I said before all they have to do is win this week’s games against the Bengals and there in.
The last article I wrote I gave my prediction for this Jets and Colts game, my prediction was Jets 28 and Colts 24. I was pretty close to the correct score, but hey at least I got the game right. I said the Jets would have to put pressure on Peyton Manning, even though they didn’t get to him to much they hit him enough to at least keep the offense off rhythm. While Peyton Manning was in the game the Jets actually had the lead 10 to 9; after Brad Smith returned a kickoff for a touchdown to start off the second half. The Colts put Curtis Painter, a rookie out of the University of Purdue, in the game towards the end of the third quarter. Calvin Pace forced Painter to fumble and Jets defensive end Marques Douglas returned it for a Jets touchdown. This forced fumbled, which was a result of pressure on the quarterback, changed the feel of the rest of the game; it was like a statement by the dominating Jets defense that they would not let this game slip through their fingertips.
I also said in my last article that Mark Sanchez needed to have a big game in order for the Jets to win. His stat line, 12/19 for 106 yards and 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, does not look like a big game but in essence it was. The 0 interceptions are bolded because the most important thing he had to avoid was a big turnover and he did just that as he did not throw an interception and did not commit a fumble. He was efficient completing over 50 percent of his passes and converting on a couple of big 3rd down passes and two extra point conversions. Sanchez and the Jets offense were smart by giving the ball to Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene a combined thirty-nine times; this dynamic duo showed they deserved those carries by rushing for 200 yards and touchdown. The stats I used in this paragraph were from espn.com.
These are not the “same old Jets”; they have extra fight in them and will never give up. All us Jets fan out there have something to be excited for next week and for years to come. Check back on Sunday for my prediction and keys to the game for the Jets vs. Bengals.