“First of all, we played our worst game of the season Sunday as a team.” -Colts President Bill Polian said after the Jets 29-15 victory. The loss marked the first time the Colts have lost in the regular season since Oct. 27, 2008 (NFL record 23 straight wins).
‘‘There’s very little credit that our football team’s given and that’s unfortunate. It bothers me a little bit. You have to earn everything you get in this league. Whether you’re playing against a starter or backup, whatever." - Jets Head coach Rex Ryan
Mike Francesa , on his radio show, was downplaying the Jets' big victory and upset with the Ryan quote. Francesa said:
“No way the Jets sniff victory if the Colts leave their starters in.”
“Peyton Manning would’ve put up 30 points on that Jets defense in the second half.”
“Your defense is pretty good, but your offense is the worst in the league.”
While all of these points are valid he is forgetting that the Jets were projected to win 5-7 games this year by most experts. Most people expected the Jets to start the season 0-3 but they won the first three games of the season against the Texans, Patriots, and Titans.
If the Jets can make the playoffs with a rookie quarterback (Mark Sanchez) and a rookie head coach (Rex Ryan) the season would be a huge success. Also they have been playing without two of their most important players (NT Kris Jenkins injured since Week Six and RB-KR Leon Washington injured since Week Seven).
The team dominated the teams they were supposed to beat: 38-0 over Raiders, 17-6 vs Panthers and 26-3 vs. the Bucs. It is also worth noting they got help from Broncos fizzling off and the Steelers underachieving.
The Jets took advantage of the Colts resting key offensive players in the third quarter and with a win this Sunday vs. the Bengals they make the playoffs. For Francesa to bully excited Jets callers is in his routine.
While I acknowledge the Jets are not an elite team they should not be thrown under the bus. Someone should call up and ask Francesa if he knows the last team to lead the league in defense and miss the playoffs (1998 Chargers).
These stats can be interpreted as informative or meaningless: As we know Francesa would choose the latter.
1. In average yards allowed to top receivers, the Jets lead the league by a wide margin at 30.5 yards per game—and that’s almost always been Darrelle Revis ’ man (Revis was picked by SI’s Peter King to win Defensive Player of the Year).
2. Jets lead the league in total defense with 264.3 yards allowed per game and passing yards allowed with 163.9.
3. The Jets lead the NFL with 166.6 rushing yards per game. Thomas Jones is the third leading rusher in the AFC (1,324 rushing yards, 4.4 yards per carry) and tied for third in the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns.