Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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Darrelle Revis showed Monday Night why he is hands down the best cornerback on the planet. In a week when Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall predicted he would win a shoving match with #24 and his secondary mate Antonio Cromartie; Revis’ 100 yard interception return for a touchdown lifted the Jets to a decisive win. Despite Marshall’s gaudy stat line: six receptions for 109 yards; the troubled wide out dropped his fair share of catchable passes including a mental error when he stepped out of bounds with a clear path to the end zone during his third quarter 39 yard grab; flinging the ball into the stands in frustration. Revis, not Marshall would be the one to find paydirt as Gang Green held the Dolphins anemic offense to just six points.
Another sluggish start for New York as it took until the 4:00 minute mark of the second quarter for Gang Green to produce a first down. Opposing Miami’s 31st ranked overall defense, the Jets struggled to move the ball both on the ground and through the air. In each of the past three games (Baltimore, New England, Miami) New York has failed to produce a first down on the team’s first four offensive possessions, a mind-numbing statistic for a Super Bowl hopeful squad. The Jets offense has looked handcuffed by self inflicted miscues and shoddy play calling. Speaking of cuffs, Plaxico Burress was a non-factor showing dismay on the sidelines. New York needs to uncover some answers to its offensive shortcomings as they play host to the San Diego Chargers and their second ranked pass defense this Sunday.
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Jets Right tackle Wayne Hunter has been a lightning rod of negativity with the struggles of Gang Green’s offensive line this year. Hunter was superb on Monday Night as he stymied Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, who owns three of Miami’s twelve sacks on the season. Wake was held without a sack or quarterback hit as Hunter bounced back from criticism and elevated his play in front of a national television audience.
New York’s three game skid is history as the Jets earned an ugly win on Monday Night. No brownie points for this game, as the Jets offensive woes continued, begging the question how can the Jets overcome their first half offensive futility?