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Gang Green Kicks Arse

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Shows you how much the preseason is worth.

After scoring only one-count'em-one touchdown in four pre-season games, the offense of the New York Jets woke up this morning, just in time for the season opener, and solidly stomped the Buffalo Bills, 48-28. And believe me, the game wasn't nearly as close as the score.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick helped a great deal, tossing three interceptions to the boys in the white and green. Fitzpatrick throws at Darrelle Revis more than any other QB in the league, and today Revis made him pay. He did not fare much better throwing at the other Jets defenders either.

And the Buffalo defense, supposedly much improved in the off-season, showed nothing at all. The Jets finally got rid of Wayne Hunter, the weak spot on their O line, replacing him with a guy off the practice squad... and practice squad guy, whose name I have already forgotten, shut down Mario Williams all day, never letting him get even a sniff of Mark Sanchez. So Super Mario was a bust, for this game at least, and Buffalo's star RB Fred Jackson went down with a leg injury early in the contest. His replacement, C.J. Spiller, was the lone bright spot for Buffalo, ripping through the Jets' D-line time after time for long runs. Good on him, bad on us: we better shut down that next week. In a closer game, letting the opponent run on you like that could be fatal.

Rex Ryan finally unveiled the "wildjet" formation that he's been hiding all preseason. Well, okay. Having both Sanchez and Tebow on the field together didn't seem to produce much. I am dubious about whether or not this shuttling them in and out will work for long, but we'll see. Today was all Sanchez. He looked very sharp, especially throwing to our rookie WR Stephen Hill and some tight end named Cumberland who we must have picked up when I wasn't looking. Hill was our 2nd round draft pick, and looks like a keeper. Our first round draft pick, DE Quinton Coples, was only heard from when drawing a roughing the passer penalty... but hey, it was his first game.

I wonder if Rex has a play in that playbook where Tebow as QB throws to Sanchez as WR. We saw the flip side of that today, for a couple yards, but Tebow-to-Sanchez would be the eye opener. A guy who can't throw throwing to a guy who can't catch. Opponents will never expect it. (Though, if the other teams keep smacking around Sanchez when he lines up as WR the way the Bills did today, he may think twice about staying in when Tebow is under center).

So... a convincing win, and a nice way to start the season. Let's see where it goes from here. As for my friends in Buffalo, I fear you may be in for another long season. But please do beat the Patriots for us, it would be much appreciated.

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torome86
Sep. 10th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Patriots
I LOVE them! Our second round pick got a pick in the redzone; our first first round pick got a strip sack in the opponent's endzone and our second first round pick recovered the fumble and scored a TD!!! Be afraid George, be very afraid!!!
Will Gardner
Sep. 10th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
"A guy who can't throw throwing to a guy who can't catch."
Yeah, that's how Denver fans felt all year last season.


insurrbution
Sep. 10th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
So George, what team(s) do you hate in the NFL? A common hatred for Canadian hockey fans in the NHL are the Toronto Maple Leafs.
grrm
Sep. 10th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
I hate the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots.

As a Jets fan, I used to hate the Miami Dolphins, our great rival for decades. The Pats were inoffensive in those days. But that all changed when Evil Little Bill became their coach. And the Fins have been too sad to hate in recent years.
Joe Santos
Sep. 10th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Pats
Just like the Sox. The second they got a taste of success, Pats fans became that worst thing in sports: Sore Winners.
livefromkevin
Sep. 10th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Surely I wasn't the only person who enjoyed the Niners running over the Packers today? Sure, there were some questionable calls, but seeing Rodgers get picked and have Frank Gore run one in immediately after was amazing.
smofbabe
Sep. 10th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I can't even argue with you about your assessment of the lowly Dolphins. We are also united in our hatred of the Patriots.
insurrbution
Sep. 10th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of those teams either...so should we meet at someplace more social than a signing, I'm sure it'll go over well.
cres34
Sep. 10th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad one of your teams won.

Saints got their butts handed to them by the Redskins & their new QB RGIII. I knew after the whole 'bounty-gate' scandals things were gonna be rough for the 'Who Dats', but I never imagined it would be this bad.

Not 'put-a-paper-bag-over-your-head-bad', mind you, but really damn close. And it doesn't get any easier, they head to N. Carolina to once more face Cam Newton and the Panthers. And, believe me, that's not going to be an easy win by any stretch of the imagination.
nycfalcon
Sep. 10th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
I'll have to reserve judgement on what this win means for the Jets. It the Bills. As to Tebow to Sanchez. Oh no. They'd be crazy to want Sanchez to get tackled as a receiver. Of course, that's making the huge assumption that Tebow could magically get him the ball.
Jim Myers
Sep. 10th, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
You win this round, Martin. You're far too quick to call Super Mario a bust though. I refuse to Billieve it, there's a better chance of Samwell Tarly ending up as the King of the Andals and the First Men than Mario playing so meekly all season
smofbabe
Sep. 10th, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
Meanwhile, our rookie QB threw three INTs and we lost to the freaking Texans, for heaven's sake *sigh*
etcet
Sep. 10th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
My boys in blue looked... like hammered dogshit. Wow.

You'd think an Ivy League kid would know enough to chuck the ball at the guys wearing the same shirt he is.

As for the Amazing Invisible Mario, he had some choice words for the scrub officials not calling Mister Practice Squad's smacking him in the face repeatedly. I understand that's the sort of thing that brings out the laundry.

At least we don't need to worry about the pressure of going undefeated. ;-)
xraytheenforcer
Sep. 10th, 2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
I was surprised that the Jets actually showed up to play, but I guess we are all allowed a few surprises here and there.

The Niners had a pretty good game, including that awesome 63-yard, off-the-crossbar field goal at the end of the first half. Hopefully they'll be able to keep it up over the course of the season.
torome86
Sep. 10th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Sore winners
I'll admit readily that the Pats fans are jerks- myself among them. What we learned is that winning is fleeting and needs to be cherished; part of cherishing it is to rub it in the face of your enemies because the fact is that eventually they will return the favor- or in the case of Pats/Dolphins we are returning the favor. It is the nature of sports and it is fun. The pain of being losers makes being winners that much better- you should thank us for being the way we are!
eisenmerc
Sep. 10th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Not to rain on your parade but the Revis concussion needs to be watched. If he misses any playing time I know a few high powered passing attacks that will cause trouble for Gang Green.
Alex Heyman
Sep. 11th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
No Apologies Pat Fans
We deserve to gloat about the terror that Dont'a Hightower stacked up behind Chandler Jones will unleash over the next few years.
Rose Marie Holt
Sep. 11th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Go jets
That is all
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