NY JETS (11-7)@ SAN DIEGO (13-4)
Fan’s take: Nate
from Dribble Drive
: " The Jets
beat the Chargers
yesterday 17-14 after virtually nobody at ESPN or other media outlets gave them a chance. The thrilling victory, combined with the domination of the Bengals
the week before is all the more gratifying because the Jets have had a long history of letting down their fans.
As recently as the Atlanta Falcons
game, that I was at on December 20th
, Mark Sanchez
threw an interception, Jay Feely missed two field goals and there were a few critical penalties on the Jets. However, not including that demoralizing loss Gang Green has won seven out of its last eight games.
This includes two thrilling playoff victories for Jets fans. ESPN will probably count the Jets out for the matchup against Peyton Manning and the Colts, but hopefully there last two victories turns somebody into a believer. The Chargers came into the game on an 11 game winning streak so that should count for something.
The Jets have such a good story behind this team, coming into the game with the favored Colts with a rookie QB (Sanchez), a rookie coach (Rex Ryan
), and a rookie running back (Shonn Greene from New Jersey) who has really stepped up the last two games. Rex’s confidence and swagger have really helped this team and he has pushed all the right buttons to this point. In order to upset the Colts, the Jets need Greene and Sanchez to continue their impressive play and they need Kerry Rhodes and DarrelleRevis (as always) to continue to wreak havoc in the secondary.
It definitely helped that Nate Keading missed 3 field goals for the Chargers but the Jets defense stepped up to the challenge again by picking off two Phillip Rivers passes. One interception was by Jim Leonhard and the other by Pro Bowler Revis Island. The Jets seem to be a team of destiny and hopefully they can continue their winning streak by knocking off the Colts. "
Song: 50 Cent - Back Down
My Take: Should we have taken Rex Ryan a bit more seriously when he dropped this line to the media: “we should be favored to win the rest of the way….”. You have to hand it to Ryan, the man has been doing some tough talk ever since the season started; and here he is just one victory away from reaching the Super Bowl. Ryan epitomizes 50 Cent’s Back Down song quite perfectly:
“You’za a pop tart sweetheart,
You soft in the middle,
I eat you for breakfast,
The chain was exchanged
For your necklace.”
The Jets never mince words and don’t take prisoners . Regardless of the opponent, they believe that they are tougher and more spirited. Although they have never said it publicly, they probably look at themselves as the bully on the block and all the other teams are just a bunch of p*ssies standing in the way. That's why the Jets never Back Down.
Fan’s take: With all the Chargers fans I know, you’d think one of them would have wanted to give me their take on the loss to the Jets; but it’s actually quite the contrary. The loss was just such a crushing and agonizing blow that no one really wants to give me any insight.
Song: Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
Chargers fans watched this game with great confidence; they all figured that a match up with Indy in the AFC title game was but a foregone conclusion. But then, Rex Ryan happened. Doing his best impersonation of Vince McMahon (seriously between the swagger and the outlandish comments , these guys compare favorably in my estimation), Ryan talked the talk and then had his troops walk the walk.They ran the hell out of the football and played excellent defense on their way to containing the Chargers high powered offense to 14 points. Granted; Nate Kaeding’s gambling problem (just jokes peoples; J-O-K-E-S, do not call his phone on my account) might have had something to do with that, but you get my point nonetheless. San Diego must now go back and think hard about how they let this game get away from them at home. I will point out one thing though: didn’t the Chargers organization fire Marty Schottenheimer specifically because he could not win these games (you know, the divisional games)? And now Norv Turner
is exactly in the same seat as Marty was a few years ago. You might think I’m exaggerating, but Chargers fans are already calling for Bill Cowher to come rescue them. I guess it really is tough to Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart