The calendar still says September, but already the Jets have put themselves into a critical time crunch. The playoffs are slipping away. Time to cash in on the insurance policy.
There’s no benefit to finishing 7-9 over 4-12. If the Jets are bad enough, they can have their pick at the best available quarterback coming out of college.
Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and the Detroit Lions overcame Calvin Johnson being limited by an ankle injury to beat the New York Jets 24-17 on Sunday.
After winning their season opener against a rather mediocre Oakland squad, the Jets have dropped their last two games against the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. Yet another NFC foe comes calling this Sunday, that in the form of the 2-1 Detroit Lions.
For now, the Jets are still confident Geno Smith can be their franchise quarterback. The greater concern, though, may be their banged-up secondary slowing down a potentially gimpy Calvin Johnson.
Calvin Johnson is looming for the New York Jets’ still-shaky secondary. The Detroit Lions’ wide receiver is a tall task, in more ways than one, and Rex Ryan knows it.
The rumblings outside the team’s facility have already begun with some fans and media calling for Geno Smith to sit and Michael Vick to take over. After just three games.
Worse than anything, they’ll prove themselves strong enough to stay with good teams, but just bad enough to fall short. So near, and yet so far. And that’s the worst way to lose.
These three non-conference games should serve as a barometer for what can be expected throughout the rest of the season.
Even when the Giants finally scored their first touchdown, they needed four plays to reach the end zone from a yard out. And that was one of the highlights.
The New York Giants were doomed for failure in 2013 by starting the season with an 0-6 record. In 2014, there are plenty of new faces in the fold, but Big Blue once again laid an egg on opening day, losing to Detroit 35-14 in a Monday Night Football dud.
Stafford improvised brilliantly on two early touchdown passes to Johnson, and Detroit beat the New York Giants 35-14 on Monday night.
A loss in the opening week of the season can be a lot more important for teams that are not established. The Giants should have an opportunity to learn a bit more about their identity in their opener tonight against Detroit.
If the Giants are going to run the ball, they’ll have to make sure to neutralize one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in the league: Ndamukong Suh.
Let the Giants season begin. How it ends, nobody knows. But starting off with a win would bring a lot of peace to a lot of minds, not the least of which belongs to Tom Coughlin.