New York Jets: Revis Island Back In Business Against Calvin Johnson

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New York Jets: Revis Island Back In Business Against Calvin Johnson
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To the misfortune of Calvin Johnson, a timely return to All-Pro form by Darrelle Revis meant just 13 yards for Detroit's premier receiver. The Lions pass attack didn't fail entirely as Matt Stafford managed a mistake free game in which he passed for 240 yards and a pair of scores.

Stafford had no choice but to turn to Nate Burleson (113 yards, one touchdown, eight targets) and Jahvid Best (40 yards, nine targets) as Revis neutralized Johnson from start to finish.

Just as I was starting to get used to Antonio Cromartie sharing the top spot with Revis, the league's best cornerback pulled an '09 on us, making the job of sticking to the opponent's best target all game look easy.

Revis was reportedly healthy last week, but it sure didn't look like it as he got burned more than once. On top of that, he wasn't guarding the same man all game. Wouldn't Rex Ryan trust a Darrelle Revis that is at 100 percent to get the job done against Greg Jennings? 

We're talking about someone who averaged giving up 2.9 receptions a game for just 30.2 yards with a score just once every five games. The most damage done by any one player was Randy Moss who had a 49 yard, one touchdown performance in Week 9 of last year. He held "The Better" Steve Smith to five yards!

Calvin Johnson is now just another name on an already impressive list of Revis' victims. Of the four times he was targeted by Stafford today, only one pass was converted for a short reception of 13 yards. CJ was coming off his two best performances of the season, totaling 247 yards and four touchdowns against the Redskins and Giants.

This encouraging performance leads me to believe that the hamstring injury, which has bothered Revis since a Week 2 game against the Patriots, is no longer an issue. A lack of conditioning in training camp due to the holdout probably made him much more susceptible to pull a muscle. 

In a game that seemed to be a guaranteed upset victory for the Detroit Lions, the Jets rallied late to pull off an exciting overtime victory. The Lions seemed to be trying their hardest to give the Jets a much-needed victory towards the end, and they succeeded.

A third down screen pass that was incomplete by Detroit backup quarterback Drew Stanton let the clock stop and gave Gang Green at least an extra 30 seconds. New York capitalized and drove for a touchdown to cut the lead to three, making it a 20-17 game with just 2:46 left.

A quick three-and-out gave the Jets one more shot to drive down the field, which they did, with Nick Folk kicking a field goal as time expired to push the game to overtime.

Detroit never saw the ball again as a pass over the middle to Santonio Holmes combined with a few slick moves and some nice blocking moved the ball into field goal range.

Darrelle Revis may not have had an interception. He didn't have any mind-blowing athletic masterpieces on a defended pass. Just as the nickname implies, he simply sat back and let his prey get lost of Revis Island.

Who's up next? Mohamed Massaquoi? Josh Cribbs? Brian Robiskie? It only gets easier next week.

That's right everyone. Revis Island is back in business and here to stay.

 

Zach Harris is a writer for Bleacher Report. He is the writer for MTR Media Networks' Jets Jive, a blog dedicated to providing up-to-date information, news, and analysis on Gang Green. Check out Jets Jive if you are a fan or navigate to the website and find our page for your favorite team.

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