Darrelle Revis: Will Teams Continue Visiting Revis Island?

Thomas HolmesCorrespondent IIIOctober 19, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets runs the ball to score a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Jets 24-6 win over the Dolphins was far from a thing of beauty as Gang Green didn't show us too much to get excited about.  

Chris Burke at Sports Illustrated perhaps put it best, "Against a better and more motivated opponent, the Jets’ effort might not fly. If not for a 100-yard Darrelle Revis interception return in the first half, who knows what would have happened."

For now the Jets are fortunate to not know.  Following three-straight road losses, weeks of locker room infighting and Derrick Mason's trade, a win of any kind was essential for the season to continue. 

If the Jets do manage to live up to their own expectations, Revis' return will serve as the turning point. 

On a night in which the Jets organization enshrined four players into the Ring of Honor, someone who in a few short years could be considered the greatest Jet of all time stole the show with a play that turned a potential 10-0 Dolphins lead into a 7-3 advantage from which the Jets never looked back.

Already this season, Revis proven his value to the team with two clutch game changing interceptions.  

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His pick opening night of Tony Romo that helped set up the game-winning field goal to beat Dallas initially seemed like a fluke that was more the result of Tony Romo being Tony Romo.  

If anything, it seemed that pick would serve as a reminder to the rest of the league to avoid Revis Island entirely; however in the weeks that have followed, teams have decided to at least test the waters.   

Following his two pick performance against Matt Moore, will teams get the message and stop challenging Revis? 

Or will teams like New England and San Diego, who the Jets play in the coming weeks, assume that the likes of Moore and Romo are simply a notch or two below Tom Brady and Philip Rivers in the food chain; therefore openly challenging Revis?

It may only be one small facet of the game, but how teams approach Revis could make the difference as the Jets try to reestablish themselves against some of the AFC's best.  If teams like the Chargers, Bills and Patriots want to drive a nail in the coffin, they should probably best stay away. 


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