The Jets have regained their status amongst the NFL elite after convincingly defeating Buffalo on the road 38-14. With cautious optimism, Jet fans feared a potential trap game against the third consecutive interdivision opponent. But any doubts were quickly erased once LaDainian Tomlinson propelled the offense to an early lead with a goal line rushing touchdown on the opening drive. New York never surrendered command of the game as they demonstrated superiority on both sides of the ball. But the Jets most impressive achievement this game was their renewed focus and unflinching determination. The self-inflicted wounds they suffered against Baltimore in week one, costly penalties, third-down inefficiency, clock mismanagement, and a general lack of concentration, appear to be nursed back to health.
Contributions to Victory
Passing Game: The sophomore campaign of Mark Sanchez has been shaped on week-to-week consistency. His passer rating is an essential component of the Jets success, and it is no coincidence that he boasts a 117.1 rating in the course of the past three wins. As he continues to develop chemistry with Dustin Keller (2010 statistics: 19 receptions [13 for first downs], 254 yards, 5 touchdowns) his confidence should intensify.
Rushing Game: Poor production from Shonn Greene early in the season encouraged Coach Ryan to promote Tomlinson as the feature back. Instead of complaining to the media, Greene has professionally made the most of his responsibilities on offense, and his efforts were rewarded on Sunday as he accumulated 117 yards on 22 carries. Greene should continue to complement Tomlinson by sharing carries. Ultimately, Jets victories outweigh the frustration of his fantasy football owners.
Defense: Third downs had been the Achilles heel for the Jets defense this season. They had allowed a substandard 51% (23/45) conversion rate prior to the contest in Buffalo. The Bills were denied a single third down conversion in 10 attempts. Additionally, the Jets recovered two fumbles, and the defensive backs capably limited the production of Buffalo’s receivers. The linebackers and defensive ends were well prepared for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was deprived of facilitating an aerial assault reminiscent of his performance versus New England.
The Week Ahead
The Jets reunite with Brett Favre in their second Monday Night Football appearance this season when they confront Minnesota at the New Meadowlands stadium October 11. CB Darrelle Revis and LB Calvin Pace are due to return from injuries, and WR Santonio Holmes is expected to take the field in his initial regular season game sporting green and white following his suspension. The Jets are 7-1 all-time against the Vikings, and 17-24 on MNF.
About the Author
Written by Evan Rosenberg
Evan is a graduate student at New York University and a competitive chess player. His local roots generated the unwavering support for the Jets he exhibits to this day.