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Radio Review: Jets at Broncos

Join Rick Laughland and Daniel Feuerstein as they discuss the Jets 17-13 defeat at the hands of the Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos

Jets at Broncos Radio Review Show

Keys to Victory: Jets at Broncos

Sunday’s Storyline:

Less than four days removed from New York’s disappointing 37-16 home loss to New England, the Jets trek to Denver aiming to put Sunday Night’s loss in their rearview mirror. The Jets squandered a golden opportunity to surge ahead of the Patriots in the standings along with a chance to host a home playoff game for the first time since 2002. Now with division title hopes fading, Gang Green sets its sights on Tim Tebow and Denver’s unconventional offensive attack. The Broncos are 2-0 with Tebow under center and the fans at Invesco Stadium will be in full throat as they support their unorthodox and spirited new quarterback. The Jets look to avoid a Sunday Night hangover as they fight for their playoff lives in a Thursday night showdown.


1. Do it for Dad

Deep rooted in football lore, Buddy Ryan’s 46 defense revolutionized the NFL. A staple of the Chicago Bears 1985 championship team, the “46” as it was called, gave opposing offenses fits. Since that time offensive coordinators have implemented spread formations to find matchups on the outside and force linebackers to play coverage instead of stacking the box for the run and pressuring the quarterback. In 2011, the Denver Broncos run a read option offense, frequently used at the college level to take advantage of a quarterback’s rushing ability. With Rex Ryan’s father inventing the kryptonite to a read option offense, it behooves the Jets to harken back to the days of the ’85 bears and use six linebackers to bottle up Tim Tebow and the Broncos bruising rushing attack.

2. Get offensive

Given the Broncos run heavy offense, the Jets will be left with fewer offensive possessions to produce points. New York can ill-afford to start slow as Denver’s ball control offense will make it doubly difficult for the Jets to mount a comeback. Gang Green’s red zone efficiency is critical as finishing drives with touchdowns will force the Broncos to move the ball through the air to get back in contention. Opposing a 20th rank pass defense, Mark Sanchez can exploit a secondary that has allowed four quarterbacks to pass for at least 300 yards. If the Jets can establish the run early they’ll have opportunities for big yardage with their play-action passes.

3. Let the Special Teams be Special

In Week 10 against New England, Jets punter Mike Conley did an exceptional job of pinning the Patriots deep in their own territory. Conley average 48.4 yards per punt while downing the ball inside the 20 yard-line twice. New York will need a repeat performance from Conley to force Tebow and the Broncos to drive the length of the field to score against Rex Ryan’s defense. Kick returner Joe McKnight muffed a punt last Sunday Night and in doing so handed New England three points. McKnight has been brilliant for New York this season averaging over 40 yards per kick return. The Jets will need McKnight to bounce back from his hiccup in Week 10 and revert to his game breaking ability in the return game. Placekicker Nick Folk will have to rebound also as he hooked a 24 yard field goal on Gang Green’s opening drive against the Patriots. If the Jets gain the extra boost from the special teams unit they will be in tremendous position to get back on the winning track.

Cheers and Jeers: Jets vs Patriots


Jets linebacker Jamaal Westerman sent the Metlife Stadium crowed into a frenzy-forcing an intentional grounding penalty on Tom Brady in the end zone-giving the Jets their first safety since the 2010 AFC Championship game. The Jets carried the momentum into the ensuing possession as Mark Sanchez directed a 7 play 64 yard drive, culminating in a two yard quarterback draw for a touchdown. New York was riding high off their scoring drive, their only downfall-giving Brady and the Patriots offense a chance to answer back with 1:28 remaining in the half.


Rex Ryan referred to it as “the stupidest play in NFL history” and it may very well have been. Sanchez signaled for a timeout before the Jets third down-and-goal play as 20 seconds remained on the play clock and 1:30 left in the first half. The Jets would find the end zone the following play, but left #12 ample time to return the favor. Brady marched the Patriots 58 yards in 1:11, capping the scoring drive with an 18 yard touchdown fling to tight end Rob Gronkowski. Any impetus the Jets scoring drive produced evaporated into thin air as New England seized a 13-9 halftime lead, a lead they would not relinquish.


Following a muffed punt by returner Joe McKnight, the Patriots took over at the Jets 13 yard-line. On a 2nd-and-11 play Brady dropped back and slung a touchdown pass to Gronkowski to extend the Patriots lead to 14 points at 23-9. The scoring play was reviewed and it was determined that Gronkowski stepped out of bounds and was the first player to touch the ball-drawing an illegal touching penalty. The touchdown was nullified-and for the moment-the Jets defense played damage control, holding the Patriots to a field goal and a ten point lead.


"It just wasn't our night," Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said. "We earned what we got tonight."


For the first time since 2007-the same year the Patriots clinched an 18-1 record-the New York Jets dropped both regular season contests against the New England Patriots.


In a statement game, a contest that was deemed a must-win by Rex Ryan –the Jets underperformed in every facet of the game. Collectively the team unraveled and was unable to overcome a foolish timeout by quarterback Mark Sanchez who opened the door for Tom Brady and the Patriots to capture a halftime lead. The Jets clinched a 9-6 lead with 1:28 left in the first half and were outscored 31-7 from that moment on. Sunday night’s loss crippled New York’s chances of capturing its first division crown under Rex Ryan and a possible home playoff game. Now, with the Jets playoff lives in the jeopardy, they will have to ready themselves for a short turnaround as they travel to Invesco Stadium at Mile High to face Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos Thursday Night.

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SHOWTIME: Thursday November 11th at 4:00PM

DURATION: 30 mins


Is Eli Now Elite?

Is Eli Manning an elite quarterback?

This has been the prevailing question posed by NFL pundits, analysts and the media. In September, on ESPN New York’s the Michael Kay Show, Manning proclaimed he should be mentioned in the same breath as world class signal caller Tom Brady. Manning, a Super Bowl XXXXII MVP has the hardware to support his claim, but his inconsistent play and soft spoken nature are traits critics point towards to dismiss this notion.

This past Sunday, Manning led Big Blue on not one, but two- fourth quarter touchdown drives in the final five minutes to lift the Giants past the Patriots 24-20. Manning atoned for a costly red zone interception early in the fourth quarter which allowed New England to tie the game 10-10. Manning’s late game heroics beg the question yet again does #10 belong amongst the NFL’s elite?

While Manning’s critics are mum this week, the million dollar question still seems to be up for debate. With the Giants facing a murderous second half schedule, and injuries plaguing the team, Manning will have to play at an elite level to keep New York in first place in the NFC East.

It’s never easy living in the shadow of an star older brother and in Eli’s case, eldest sibling Peyton has embraced the limelight while being anointed the league’s best quarterback on a regular basis.

With Eli looking to solidify his football legacy, can he rise above the cynicism and sibling rivalry to prove that he is deserving of elite status?

The story is still being written and the book is not closed on this debate, but Big Blue’s second half successes or failures will in all likelihood reveal whether Eli Manning belongs with amongst NFL’s best quarterbacks.

Report Card: Jets at Bills


Mark Sanchez connected with six different receiving targets for 230 yards completing 71 percent of his pass attempts. The Jets were off to yet another sluggish start producing only three points through the first half of play. Sanchez’s two hiccups, an opening drive end zone interception and a second quarter fumbled snap were deflating moments for New York’s offense early on. Gang Green pulled through in the latter half; capitalizing on great starting field position to hand the Bills their first home loss of the season.
Grade: B


The Jets fed the Bills a steady diet of run, compiling 39 rushing attempts for 112 yards. LaDanian Tomlinson and fullback John Conner both found the end zone on one yard touchdown rumbles. New York’s ground game was anything but explosive, with Shonn Greene’s ten yard scamper marking the team’s longest run, but the Jets brought a bruising and physical fight to the Bills keeping them on their heels all afternoon.
Grade: B


The Jets secondary blanketed Buffalo’s receiving corps victimizing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the process. David Harris and Calvin Pace tallied an interception apiece as Fitzpatrick struggled to find an open receiver producing a measly quarterback rating of 51.9. Oddly enough, Gang Green did not record a sack on Sunday, but their staunch man-to-man coverage disrupted Buffalo’s timing culminating in the Bills worst offensive output of the season.
Grade: A


Fred Jackson was held under 100 yards rushing for just the third time this season. The Jets keyed on Jackson fully aware that the fifth year tailback has been a one-man wrecking crew for Buffalo this season. New York’s front seven played stout against the run bottling up the Bills and their No. 3 ranked rushing attack.
Grade: B+


Joe McKnight nearly broke a kick return for a score to start the second half and Nick Folk connected on two field goals (49,50) while barely missing a 50 yard attempt in the third quarter. The Jets special teams set the offense up with prime field position fueling the Jets second half offensive eruption.
Grade: A


Rex Ryan has his team peeking at the right time as they look towards their colossal matchup with the Patriots Sunday night. The Jets played sound fundamental defense forcing Buffalo into a one-dimensional offensive attack. New York has a lofty task in handing New England its third straight loss, but with the Jets on the upswing and Patriots on the downturn that feat seems more and more attainable. Kudos to Gang Green’s coaching staff for lifting the Jets to their most complete win on the season.
Grade: A

Cheers and Jeers: Jets Bounce Bills 27-11


New York’s defensive performance was masterful confounding Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills prolific passing attack to the tune of a 27-11 road victory. Gang Green neutralized a Buffalo offense that came into Sunday’s game averaging 30.7 points per contest. Jets linebackers David Harris and Calvin Pace each intercepted Fitzpatrick who completed a season low 45 percent of his passes. Rex Ryan’s defensive unit has played at an elite level during the team’s current three-game winning streak, allowing only three offensive touchdowns over that span.


Quarterback Mark Sanchez relinquished the Jets first quarter momentum as his errant red zone interception halted the Jets 14 play 87 yard opening drive. New York chewed up over 10 minutes of game clock, showcasing an effective mix of run and pass with Buffalo’s defense backpedaling into the shadow of its own goal line. Sanchez hurled a pass intended for Dustin Keller but Bills safety Jarius Byrd hauled in the pick, shutting the door on New York’s methodical drive. New York’s signal caller regained his swagger in the second half, leading the Jets on three-touchdown scoring drives.


"I think our team is where we want to be right now,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “Obviously we knew this was going to be a tough game. Buffalo was undefeated here {at home}, playing really well. We also knew our team was going to come out guns blazing…I like the way our team played overall.”


The three first-half points were the fewest in a Jets first half since these two teams played a scoreless first 30 minutes in 2007 en route to Buffalo's 17-14 victory.


Joe McKnight, special teamer extraordinaire, took the second half kickoff 59 yards with kicker Ryan Lindell making a touchdown-saving shoestring tackle. McKnight’s return paved the way for New York’s 24 point second half surge.


Three short weeks ago the New York Jets were mired in a three-game skid with the proverbial dirt shoveled on its division title hopes. Now riding a three-game winning streak; New York has ascended into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC East at a mark of 5-3. Next Sunday night 11/6, The Jets welcome the New England Patriots to Met-Life Stadium, aiming to hand their arch rivals a third straight loss as the Patriots did to New York in Week 5. The stage is set for an AFC East clash in which no love is lost between players, fans or coaches. Kickoff is slated for 8:30PM, so get your popcorn ready!

Keys to Victory: Jets vs Bills


With its bye week in the rearview, New York sets its sights on a pivotal road contest against the AFC East’s first place team. That team, the Buffalo Bills, shares a 5-2 record with the New England Patriots, but by virtue of a head-to-head tie breaker they sit atop the division. The Jets know a thing or two about toppling division leaders notching four road playoff wins against Cincinnati, San Diego, Indianapolis and New England the past two years. Gang Green has been anything but a road warrior this season dropping all three road contests while allowing 30 or more points in each of those games. With Buffalo out to prove they are a legitimate contender in the AFC and the Jets determined to back up their Super Bowl proclamations, this game will certainly separate the contender from the pretender.


1. In Order to Stay Ahead- The Jets must Stop Fred

Buffalo’s tailback has totaled 1,074 all-purpose yards and has been the spark plug for the Bill’s dynamic offensive attack. Fred Jackson has put the NFL on-notice wreaking havoc on opposing defenses. The Jets have been prone to big running plays this season, while Jackson has gathered three runs of over forty yards through seven games. New York will need all hands on deck if they hope to contain Buffalo’s multi-faceted weapon on Sunday.

2. Lay the Hits on Fitz

Ryan Fitzpatrick is coming off his best performance of the season in a 23-0 drubbing of the Washington Redskins in Week 8. In that game Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 262 yards, two touchdowns and a sterling quarterback rating of 116.4. If New York can take Fred Jackson out of the equation and make Buffalo’s offense one dimensional they can pin their ears back and come after the Bill’s signal caller.

3. On the Mark

New York’s offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has been reluctant to grant Mark Sanchez free reign of the offense. Buffalo’s defense ranks in the bottom third in both pass and run defense in the NFL. With that being said the Bills have been an opportunistic defense ranking amongst the league’s elite in forcing turnovers. Sanchez will have ample opportunities for scoring plays, but will need to make smart decisions against an aggressive ball hawking secondary.

Prediction: Jets 31 Buffalo 17

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