Keidel: Jets Fest

By Jason Keidel
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Being black & gold in a green land I feel slightly surrounded, an odd but fun week when my friends are foes. My inbox bubbles with specious salutations, wishing me luck with one hand while clutching a knife behind your back with the other.

I’ve always found it curious that the muscular pundits, bulging from their tight, tailored suits, who bled for ten or twenty years on the gridiron, are no better at picking games than you.

It’s your town, your team, and your time. So why not give you, the fan, your moment?

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Alex Jorge, 39


Fan since 1986.

I see a low-scoring game. Jets will ground & pound.

The Jets will run for well over 100 yards, setting up play-action passes, and keeping LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison from going wild. I’m worried about Troy Polamalu. He’s the X-Factor. I don’t wish anyone harm, but it wouldn’t kill me if he pulled his Achilles tendon before the game.

People forget that the Jets are better now than they were in Week 15, when they beat Pittsburgh. Jets will use the “us against the world” mentality to their advantage for another week.

Jets win, 24-13.

Byron Mason, 45

(Secaucus, NJ)

Fan since 1969.

It will be a close game, similar to the one earlier this season. Both teams will try to avoid making the first turnover. Jets will run early with no success and pass only on third downs to protect Mark Sanchez.

Steelers will open up only near midfield, also to protect the ball. I see many screens since they have trouble running. Also watch the tight ends, since they may prove to be too much for the Jet linebackers. Not too fast, but too physical. Special teams will be the difference.

I like the Jets 20-14.

Mat Chamberlain, 42


Fan since Richard Todd.

The first two or three drives are crucial.  Jets can’t fall behind and get rattled by crowd and allow the Steelers to unload on Sanchez.

The win over New England was a huge psychological victory, as well. Jets must keep Ben Roethlisberger contained. Brady is easier to find and to knock down. Ben makes his plays after he’s been hit.

Jets will keep Pittsburgh guessing on defense. Running game and special teams will be the difference.

Jets win, 21-17.

Alan Block, 41


Fan since 1977.

I think this game will be tougher than both Indy and New England. Big Ben is more mobile, the Jets can’t completely drop back in coverage or he’ll take off.

They need to disguise blitzes and be timely. Pittsburgh also has a better run defense than Indy and New England so Sanchez will need to have the game of his life. I see Dustin Keller being a big factor.

Jets win, 24-20.

Jason Keidel, 41


I brand myself a Bradshaw Baby. My 1978 Terrible Towel will dangle from my collar like a bib.

Special teams aside, the Steelers are better at nearly every position. And they’re at home.

And I don’t think it matters.

Writers are wed to romantic notions like big dreams and destiny – everything the Jets are at the moment. The Mets had it in 1969. The Giants had it in 2007. The Jets have it in 2011.

Smash the chalkboard, trash your telestrators. You can’t quantify the qualities that will lead the Jets. When you think you can beat anyone, you often do.

Jets win, 21-20.

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What’s your prediction? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Douggie G

    Knowing the Jets bad luck, I see this game going to overtime, The Jets win the coin toss and Nick Folk fools everyone and hits a 48 yard field goal in the cold.

    Then the Steelers get a long play to beat the Jets with a TD and all New Yorkers will cry about these new OT rules, since they would have gone to the Super Bowl under the old rules.

  • Alex Jorge

    I think the Jets will be that team that finally goes off on the Steelers run defense…
    It’s just a gut feeling….Everyone speaks of how the Steelers have Troy Polamalo and Heath Miller back and that it will be different this time around. But, what about the Jets? Since that game the Jets are completely different team….The last time the 2 teams met, Sanchez and the offense were struggling. However, they are in a playoff zone of sorts….The defense is playing lights out….I think everyone just loves to hate the Jets and that fine cause, it fuels their drive……Like the Bart Scott said “CAN’T WAIT” He pulled that straight from his warfare manual… The B-art of War!!
    Go Jets!!!!

  • K-dog

    Steelers 65-3

  • G-GIRL

    I’m a true Giants fan, now rooting for the Jets to win to keep it at home, However, I’ve always been a fan of the “Iron Curtain” as well. BUT I’ve got a feeling about the Jets this year…and if my predictions over the past three Superbowls follows suit, then the Jets will be taking it all on Superbowl Sunday!

    As far as numbers go…no clue, but low scoring of course. ;)

  • JK

    C’mon, people! Lay it on me. Hard to hear you over these six rings. Why are you gonna beat us?

  • ccolton

    Mark Sanchez will mix it up between screens, 10-yard passes, and bombs. Running game will be a non factor. JETS 23 STEELERS 20

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