1. Monday Night obviously wasn’t the start to the season you’d be hoping for. What went wrong, and do you think the game was a fluke or something to be concerned about?
The penalties were the reason they lost the game. If they had played a cheating-free game they would have won. What concerns me, though, was obviously the offense. I understand they played a world-class defense, but it was like that the entire preseason. The Jets starters had one touchdown versus a first-team defense in three preseason games. I just hope somewhere in Sanchez’s pretty boy body the man we saw last January still exists.
To see the team I saw in the playoffs. A team that went into San Diego, played THEIR game and beat a very, very good football team. I WAS excited to see Sanchez’s maturation, but that train was certainly derailed last weekend. Overall though, I was most excited to see the defense. Even without Jenkins I feel they have a chance to be a historically great unit.
I’m going to keep the faith and stand by my prediction. 11-5, AFC East champs, Super Bowl champs. The talent in that room will come together sooner rather than later.
7. What’s your prediction for the Patriots this season?
Also an 11-5 campaign. I see the Jets winning the division by tiebreaker. A late-round playoff loss seems about right.
8. How do you see Sunday’s game unfolding?
It will be very similar to Monday night’s game. I think it’s going to be a defensive struggle. I think the Pats offense will not be overly explosive because Revis will shut down Moss and Welker will be double-teamed all game (that still may not do the trick, though). And the Jets rush defense is excellent—Ray Rice was ineffective for much of Monday night’s game.
I see the Jets re-establishing their run game (I still don’t understand why Shonn Greene was benched after his fumble—so shortsighted) and in turn that will help Sanchez complete more passes. The Jets will win a close one and yes, save their season.
9. Score Prediction?
Jets- 16, Patriots 14