Reporting Peter Schwartz
By Peter Schwartz
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To say that the first month of the Jets season was eventful would be the understatement of the year.
But despite all of the distractions including Hard Knocks, the female reporter incident, the horrible opening game loss to Baltimore, and the Braylon Edwards arrest (did I miss anything?), the Jets are in pretty good shape after four games.
The Jets are 3-1 after Sunday’s 38-14 thumping of the Bills up in Orchard Park and they sit atop the AFC East. They will be tied for the top spot in the division heading into week five unless the Dolphins and Patriots finish in a tie on Monday night.
While many looked at the Bills contest as a “trap game”, the Jets took care of business with a dominating performance.
Mark Sanchez continued his strong play with two more touchdown passes and now has eight touchdowns and no interceptions through four games. He has established a tremendous chemistry with tight end Dustin Keller including another touchdown connection on Sunday. However, you have to wonder if Sanchez was feeling a little unwanted when Keller caught a touchdown pass from Brad Smith out of the wildcat formation?
Nah, just kidding!
Smith now has five career touchdowns and has found the end zone four different ways. He has two touchdown catches, one rushing, one returning and now one passing.
Sanchez certainly has the Jets offense rolling and will have another weapon at his disposal on Monday night against the Vikings when WR Santonio Holmes returns following a four game suspension.
It seems as if the rumors of LaDainian Tomlinson’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.
At this point, he has a little left in the tank.
Tomlinson gets my game ball this week after he turned back the clock with 19 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns. It was his 47th career 100-yard rushing game. Tomlinson moved past Tony Dorsett and into 7th place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list. He clearly came into camp with a chip on his shoulder after being jettisoned from San Diego and has been a pleasant surprise.
Shonn Greene broke out with 117 yards on 22 carries marking the second time in the Rex Ryan era that the Jets have had two 100-yard rushers in the same game. Greene and Thomas Jones also turned the trick last season in Oakland.
Defensively, the Jets were dominant and you only have to look at their third down production to see why. The Jets turned the tables on what has been a problem this season as the Bills were 0-10 on third down.
The Jets have recorded three straight division wins and they’ve done it without a full roster. That should change on Monday night when they welcome Brett Favre and the Vikings to the New Meadowlands Stadium. In addition to the return of Holmes, the Jets could have Darrelle Revis and Calvin Pace returning from injury.
There was panic after that season opening loss to the Ravens but things have certainly changed over the last three weeks. The Jets are clicking on all cylinders and they are finally putting their money where their mouths are.
And they’ve actually made it through a whole week without any off the field issues!