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Jetting In the Rain

Life is meaningless and full of pain.

The NFL is back.  And with it, the weekly torment that is the lot of all New York Jets fans.

Gang Green has played two games now.  They are 1-1.  And they hung in with the Patriots until the last minute of tonight's game.  Doesn't sound too bad.

Except it is.  That record is deceptive.  The Jets had lost that Tampa Bay game.  The clock was running out, and the Bucs had the W safely in hand when a Tampa Bay linebacker gave the Jets an inexplicable gift, committing an egregious and entirely unnecessary out of bounds hit that moved Nick Folk into range for the winning field goal.  Tampa had actually tried to give away the game half a dozen times before that, committing one blunder after another in the first quarter, but the Jets never cashed in... until the last second, and that was enough.  "We'll take it," Rex said.  Okay, I'll take it too.  But I won't crow about it.

And tonight?  Oh, god.  What a wretched game.   The Patriots looked as bad as I have ever seen them.  Tom Brady has no wideouts but Edelman.  His receivers were dropping balls all over the field.  We should have been able to beat him tonight.  We didn't.  For every ball the Pats dropped, the Jets dropped two, and added a fumble and an interception.

The Jets have a new GM, a new offensive coordinator, and a new quarterback... but they're still the same team we saw last year.  Staunch defense, one of the best in the league.  Pathetic offense.  Our RBs looked good... but the passing game isn't any better than it was when Mark Sanchez was under center and Tony Sparano was calling the plays.  Geno Smith was 15 for 35 with 3 INTs.  Those are grim numbers.  Last year, Mark Sanchez led the NFL in turnovers.  If Geno keeps throwing to the other team at the present rate, he may earn that same dubious honor.  He was sacked three times as well.  In at least two of those cases, it was because he held the ball way too long.  The only bright spot was that Geno did not lose the ball when sacked, which is more than you can say about Mark.

I wish I could be more optimistic.  But I fear this is going to be a long, painful season.

And the Giants?

No, please, don't ask me about the Giants.



Jon Edwards
Sep. 13th, 2013 06:48 am (UTC)
Good luck with David Wilson.

I drafted him on my fantasy team, and ended up trading him away immediately after last week.

Maybe you should play fantasy football. At least you'll have something football related to enjoy besides watching your teams struggle every week.

Sep. 13th, 2013 07:07 am (UTC)
Game tonight and nfl
Has Pats fan glad they won, but that's about it. You can see the frustration in Brady throughout the telecast. Ya, I know there are a lot of Pat haters and Brady is usually fired ( sure others call it whining) bt in tonight's ame you could sense the frustration with the drops. Nevermind he restructured a team friendly deal and they dont sign welker. As a fan all I can hope for is these rookies step it up or start spraying their gloves with stickum, and players come back from injury and stay on field Gronk &Amendola. They should have impact on offense. It was hard to judge defense they did what a good D should do with rookie QB.
On another note about JETS I almost feel bad for the situation Rex is in working under new GM who wants to develope the rookies when he has to win to keep job. Glad Woody didn't get rid Rex with Tannenbaum because he good for TV . Curious what JETS fan thinks.
Is Manning bowl this week?
Julio Cesar Magnani
Sep. 13th, 2013 11:26 am (UTC)
Even Edelman is not that much of a receiver. You could almost touch Brady's frustration.

Powell and Ivory seem to be ok. Maybe the Jets should limit themselves to, like, 25 throws a game, and run the ball like there's no tomorrow. I could see them winning a couple of games 10-7 like this. When you have no QB and barely one WR in this pass oriented league, life is gonna be dark and full of terrors.

Sep. 13th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
might not be all bad
Yeah, it was a lousy game, and the Jets really aren't playing all that well. However....it's not all horrible. The defense is looking pretty good so far, although we'll see how long that lasts when they're put up against a tough offense On the other side of the ball, I see a lot of new guys showing flashes of potential. The offense looks like a team that's out of sync with each other, run by a QB who's having a hard time wrapping his head around the speed of the game. These are things that can improve over time, especially as they get more game time experience together.

Or maybe I'm just an over optimistic fan ;)

Edited at 2013-09-13 11:29 am (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2013 11:28 am (UTC)
I could only manage the first quarter of that game or so. Just not compelling football.
Sep. 13th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
But did you see that Eagles game? That no-huddle offense is going to be exciting as hell to watch.
Sep. 13th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but Vick looks fragile as hell. Also, tentative and generally unsure of WTF is going on, which means that defenses will eat him for lunch by mid-season. For the Eagles' sake, I hope that Kelly starts looking around for another QB to eventually replace Vick.

All that said, the Eagles *were* fun as hell to watch.

Edited at 2013-09-13 05:37 pm (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2013 02:18 pm (UTC)
Those Darn Patriots
So I guess the reason that the Pats have had two close games is more of the fact that they've declined rather than the Bills and Jets improving that much. Damn. I have been rooting for the rest of the AFC East to get their acts together for some years now. We've have a decade of Patriots, they've had their time in the sun.

Starting a rookie quarterback is usually never a good situation (unless you're RG3 or Andrew Luck it seems). And since Sanchez is having surgery, one must wonder what the hell Rex was thinking putting him in late to a pre-season game that means absolutely nothing. Especially since Sanchez is saying that he won the starting job.

I had no idea you were a football fan as I've only been following your journal for a few months at most. That's pretty cool. I won't ask about the Giants. They are playing my beloved Broncos this week. Hopefully we'll be in for a good game.
Sep. 13th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
I spent that entire game groaning, I swear to god. I said out loud "No matter who wins this, George and I will both be disappointed."

Both teams played terribly. It was a painful game to watch.
Sep. 13th, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC)
As a Lions fan I know all about football pain, but I wouldn't discount the Giants so soon. So long as they have Eli to hold things together they still have a shot. David Wilson has the makings of a great RB. Correcting his ball control issues should not be too hard for him.
Sep. 13th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
Never thought the Jets would end up downgrading from Sanchez, but it seems they have. Kudos to the Jets management.
Sep. 13th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
Too much Defense
We old time fans often lament the passing of defensive football and the coming of Armball. The ghosts of the Fearsome Foursome are often invoked (who even uses 4 down line men any more?).

But last nights game demonstrates our views are mostly fond but false memories (I once sat through a 9-7 Ram win over Chicago in Wrigly Field - the original running QB Bobby Douglas lead the Bears.) Give me the new fangled Philly offense any day.

Still it will be fun watch the new Ram Fearsome Foursome against Matt Ryan and Atlanta this weekend.

Plus the Manning Bowl.

So take heart foot ball fans the weekend will be much more fun.

Sep. 13th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
geno smith
is not mark sanchez. it was his second game in the NFL, against one of the smartest teams in the league. the 3 picks at the end of the game sucked, but one hopes he can only go up from here. and he's not mark sanchez (who has suddenly become a sympathetic figure. hopefully he enjoys his time off from his labrum surgery).
Sep. 13th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: geno smith
Geno Smith is not Mark Sanchez?

You're probably right. I do not expect that Geno will lead the Jets to the AFC Championship game, as Mark did his rookie season.

Sep. 13th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: geno smith
Lets be fair the Jets defense led them to two straight AFC Conference Championships. A QB should not take all the blame just as he shouldn't take on all the praise.

You put Sanchez on another team in 2009 with his 63 QB Rating and 20 Interceptions thrown when he only had 12TDs he's not taking many teams past the regular season.
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: geno smith
The Jets still have a terrific defense.

It's the offense that's fallen to pieces. The teams that went to AFC championship had a great running game, some talented wideouts, a great tight end in Dustin Keller. They could move the ball.

All of that is gone. Only the D remains.
Brian Crawford
Sep. 13th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
At least you are not a Chargers fan.

Monday night football last year we lead 24-0 against Peyton and end up losing.

Monday night football this year we lead 28-7 against Houston and end up losing.

I should not feel nervous when my team leads by three scores.
Colty Harrison
Sep. 13th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
As a Cowboys fan I will hold my tongue because you are my favorite author :)
Sep. 13th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
If the game the Ravens played against the Broncos is any indication, watch out for that team this season....
Matthew Howell
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
Room on the Falcons bandwagon!
You can come down south October 7 (when the Falcons play the Jets here in Atlanta) and we can show you the benefits of being a dirty bird (in addition to our southern hospitality)!
Loren Schmidt
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
QBs Running on the Sidelines
While Lavonte David's hit on GS in Game 1 was in this case "unnecessary" due to the time situation and cost his team the game, it highlights a new issue rising with the influx of QBs who played the spread in college: the QB who slows at the sideline and feigns going out of bounds and then lunges down the sideline for a few yards towards the first down marker. We college FB fans have been seeing more of this every year, and now we see it imported into the pro game. GS had already done so several times earlier in the game, so David (the Bucs' best defender--take a look at his stat line for the game--made the mental error. He actually hit GS before GS had actually touched a foot out of bounds, but since THIS time GS was in the air over the line rather than lunging forward, he rightly got the flag. But if those spread guys don't stop acting like RBs and trying to sneak the extra yards, we are going to be seeing more and more potentially dangerous sideline hits.
Patrick Wagner
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
NFC East
At this point in the season, who do you think will win the NFC East? I think it will be the most entertaining division in the NFL because there is no clear frontrunner. I mean the Giants gifted Dallas the game but both teams can be dangerous, Washington should be good if RG3 gets confident in his running, and who knows what Philly will do other than it will be fast. Unfortunately I see the Jets/Bills fighting it out to not be last in the AFC East, sorry about that George.
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
I feel that the Giants have a chance against the Broncos. It would be Eli's first win against Payton. The Broncos are good but I haven't really seen anything there that the Giants can't defend against. As to the offense, it is the Giants to win or lose/
Ray Feighery
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
Spent the first 25 years of my life in NE and that is one of the worst games I've seen in a wile. Dobson was horrible and should probably be cut. What's worse is he drops 7 or 8 straight passes and when he FINALLY catches one has an over the top 1st Down signal!

If the Patiroits had at least one other capable wide out it would have been more lopsided...I'll take the Win but it was UGGGG-LY!
Mary Ellen Wofford
Sep. 13th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
Know what I missed?
The mud.
It's the first rain game I've seen this season and there was no mud.

I missed the slipping and the sliding and having numbers obscured.

They were so much fun to watch, at least to me.

Bring back the mud.

Sep. 14th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
As a Giants fan myself, last weekend was definitely not worth talking about.

But Football Season Proper is BACK. And that is enough to keep me cheerful.
Sep. 14th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
<3 Jets,
My dad has been a jets fan as far back as I can remember.. (and he has a weird sense of humor.. he would always pick a different player every year and would say "Thats your brother".. looking back its kinda sad.. i guess he really wanted a boy)

Win, Lose, Tie Fans Til We Die!
*I'm also a Yankees fan.. which.. that's usually a win.. but not much lately*
Sep. 14th, 2013 05:32 am (UTC)
Oh man, I'm a Pats fan and that game was horrible to watch. Both teams were playing so badly. Glad we won, but man if that game is any indication of how the rest of the year is going to go, it's going to be a long snd frustrating season.
Ryan Little
Sep. 14th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
As a Pats Fan...
As a Pats fan to a Pats hater, all I can say is that you're not alone in expecting a long, painful season. Best of luck.
Chris Muir
Sep. 15th, 2013 10:06 am (UTC)
Great to see your a football fan!
Sep. 15th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
We need to pry Fitzgerald out of AZ... it's our only hope. If we ditch Harris's and Sanchez's cap numbers and send a couple of fat picks it's possible... though highly unlikely...

Edited at 2013-09-15 07:38 pm (UTC)
Sep. 16th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
Jets are trying not to be the Clown Car this year, in the media at least.

More surprising perhaps are Giants at 0-2 - along with 6 other teams.

20-year stats tell us that 6 of those 7 will probably not make the playoffs.

Bucs, Browns, Jags, & Panthers are toast and need to be planing for 2017 already.

Redskins, Vikings, & NYG - I won't take money of which of them will scrabble in to the post season.....




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