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Monday, November 13, 2006

Sometime's It's Great To Be Wrong

First off let me apologize - my cold/cough has blown up into a full blown sinus infection. I feel worse than I have at any time the last 4 weeks. So no Spell Checker and all mistakes as is:

Last week, I wrote here that the Jets would obviously lose their next two gamess - at New England and home against the Bears - that it would take all of Eric Mangini's coaching skills just to keep the team from imploding.

So what happens? The Jets marched into New England and outplayed the Patriots on the road in really cruddy weather. They used a couple of touchdows (including a great grab by Jerricho Cotchery), ball control offense, timely turnovers and great defense to win. In all serioussness, take away one 50 plus run by Dillon and one poor defensive drive and the Jets were otherworldly today.

Chad Pennington played in the rain well enough to win and got the best job of the season by his line. The protected well and opened holes for the runners. An outstanding game.

Real kudos though to the defense. After the bye week, Mangini took off the handcuffs and let the defense blitz Brady into poor throws and mistakes. Victor Hobson and Joe castoff Kerry Rhodes and phenominal games - as did kick returner Justin Miller.

One note here - Towards the end of the first half the Jets got completely JOBBED by the Brady-loving officiating crew who called the most bogus roughing the paeer call in the history of the NFL (poetic license, but it's up there). Hobson hit Brady as he threw, yet somehow he got flagged, turning am interception into a first down and, eventually, three Patriot points.

So instead of licking their wounds and heading home to take on NFC beast Chicago with a4-5 record and going in the wrong direction, the Jets are 5-4, one game behind the Pats for first place, and facing a suddenly very shaky Rez Grossman.

How big was that loss the the Browns 2 weeks ago now?

A decision I don;t like as much - not starting Chad Johnson and his 40 plus point fantasy points this week. The good news is, I still have a good shot at beating Jetsphan this week.

And now I'm publishing - please forgive all errors.

12 Comments:

  • 1. I've suffered from sinus infections for around 15 years. Make sure to take nasal steroids. Antibiotics won't alleviate the symptoms.

    2. "Joe castoff Kerry Rhodes"

    Huh? Rhodes is starting at DB for me. I let him go just for the bye week.

    3. "How big was that loss the the Browns 2 weeks ago now?"

    If the Jets had won that game, they might have been less hungry today.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:06 PM  

  • 3 - Maybe maybe not - I'm starting to think Mangini is a better coach than perhaps we thought. This was a HUGE win.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:09 PM  

  • "I'm starting to think Mangini is a better coach than perhaps we thought"

    Speak for yourself. I've been pro-Mangini all along.

    Though I miss your point. Mangini deserves some blame for the Browns loss, does he not? The game plans sucked on both sides of the ball in that game.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:25 PM  

  • shame... feel better soon.

    By Blogger ~ Sarah ~, at 12:50 AM  

  • Thanks Sara - I'm slightly better today with an ENT appointment on tap. Good times all around.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:45 AM  

  • Where's White Shoe?

    By Blogger Jewboy, at 5:47 PM  

  • JB - Talk to McAryeh, lord of the 4th post.

    By Blogger Elster, at 8:58 PM  

  • I feel your pain.

    By Blogger Jack's Shack, at 2:09 PM  

  • refua shleima. I'm sorry you're still feeling icky. :(

    By Blogger Sara with NO H, at 8:09 PM  

  • Thanks everyone - I got to a Dr. Monday who prescribed all kinds of medical goodies. Today I'm feeling human again.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:30 PM  

  • Just take the nasal steroids and throw out the antibiotics.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:06 AM  

  • Hey! Glad you're feeling better!

    By Blogger Sara with NO H, at 9:58 AM  

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