Archive for September 19th, 2010

Revis Out For Remainder of the Game

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe just reported via Twitter that the Jets have announced that cornerback Darrelle Revis is “out” for the rest of the game with a hamstring injury.

Revis came up lame following Randy Moss’ 34-yard touchdown reception at the end of the first half, and is now apparently done for the afternoon.

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Patriots at Jets: First Half Thoughts

So far through one half of play, it’s been penalties and mistakes that have been the reason why this one remains close, as the Patriots lead is only 14-10.

Some things worth pointing out through two quarters of play:

  • The Patriots committed 4-penalties for 40-yards, with one of the critical ones being a delay of game penalty on a field goal attempt, which nullified a 32-yard field goal and Gostkowski went on to miss the second attempt.  Zoltan Mesko is officially the one who gets called for the penalty on that one.
     
  • They had a scary moment after Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker got drilled by Jets safety Eric Smith on a 3rd-and-9 play where he was coming accross and Smith leveled him, striking him in the head with his helmet and forearm and forced him out of the game.  Welker would later return to catch New England’s first touchdown, and so far he has since stayed in the game and appears to be O.K.
     
  • Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez had a solid first half, catching four passes for 80-yards including a 46-yard reception to help set up a 34-yard one handed grab by Randy Moss for a touchdown to put them up 14-7.  Moss beat Revis on the play, with the Jets defensive back immediately grabbing his hamstring after he realized that Moss made the reception.
     
  • Moss vs. Revis: Edge goes to Moss thanks to the touchdown, but overall Moss has been held in check – with 2-catches for 38 yards, 34 of which came on his touchdown catch.  He could have been much better, after having a couple of routes where he didn’t extend and make the catch, and didn’t appear to go all out once he knew Revis was still close to him.  Hopefully the touchdown catch will give him more confidence in the second half, provided Revis returns after leaving with what appears to be a hamstring injury.
     
  • Rob Ninkovich unoficially leads the team in tackles through two quarters, finishing with four during the first half and has done a decent job so far.  He could have had a couple more after not wrapping up a couple of guys, but he’s been respectable and has been solid.
      
  • The pressure on Mark Sanchez has been good by New England’s defense, as the Patriots have sacked him twice.  Unfortunately he’s still 12-of-16 for 121 yards and a touchdown, with a QB rating of 116.9.

The third quarter is set to start soon, so we’ll have more shortly.

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Patriots at Jets: Sunday Mid Afternoon Notes

Here are some notes to point out after some of the mid-morning reports from earlier today.

  • Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com points out that Ed Hochuli’s crew is calling today’s game between the Pats & Jets.  He was the referee for last week’s Colts-Texans game, and his group called a total of 12 accepted penalties.  That’s not good news for a Jets team that was flagged 14-times Monday night against the Ravens and has already promised to be physical against the Patriots today.
     
  • One player to watch this afternoon is Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who has had some solid games against the Patriots.  In 13 games against New England Cotchery has 46 catches for 745 yards along with five touchdowns. 
     
  • Defensively, a guy who has given Tom Brady problems duing his days with the Dolphins will also be lining up against him today.  Linebacker Jason Taylor has 12 sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles over his career against the Patriots.
     
  • One thing worth noting is the fact that the tight ends for the Patriots will likely play a significant factor this afternoon against the Jets defense.  Ravens tight end Todd Heap had 6-catches for 72-yards against them last week.
     
  • Rob Gronkowski is 6’6″, which gives him a height advantage over every player in the Jets defensive secondary, who average just under 6’0″.  The linebackers are a bit taller, but he’s still got a couple inches on each of them (they average 6’2″ – 6’3″) with the exception being Jason Taylor – who is also 6’6″. 
     
  • Rachel Nichols of ESPN reports that Rex Ryan told her that he’s told Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez “he doesn’t have to wait for the absolute perfect look downfield; throw deep more, check down less”. 
     
  • Nichols also reports Darrelle Revis told her that he doesn’t see hamstring being an issue today.  Revis says “he’s running ‘better’ after losing nearly 5 pounds on the strict diet the team’s had him on since he missed preseason”.

We’ll have more to come as we get closer to kickoff.

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Jets CB Revis Expanding His Island

When you have a guy who torches you for 192 yards on 15 catches in your last meeting against him, it appears Jets head coach Rex Ryan has decided to change who his best defensive back may be focusing on this afternoon.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets plan to have Darrelle Revis on Welker in certain down-and-distance situations, and according to the report on those plays Antonio Cromartie would cover Moss with some safety help.

The Daily News is infatuated with Ryan over this news, calling him a “schematic genius”.

The Jets’ head coach is a schematic genius, a master of disguise and deception wrapped in sound bites and one-liners. So, while he pushed the simple Revis vs. Moss agenda all week, the truth was that he was plotting something more complex to help slow down New England’s high-powered offense.

Sources told the newspaper that on plays when Revis covers Welker, Cromartie will shadow Moss on the outside with safety help. The interesting thing will be how New England counters, as they’ll likely be moving people around while trying to create match-up problems for New York’s defense. Tom Brady is the master of recognizing one-on-one problems to exploit during his pre-snap reads, so we’ll likely see a lot of people involved in the offense this afternoon.

Needless to say it’s another chess move by the Jets to try and gain the upper hand. We’ll see how it works out later on.

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