What are the odds of a team winning on every odd week and losing on every even one? Well, whatever they are, the Jets have beaten those odds by accomplishing that very feat through the first nine weeks of the season.
One thing is for certain-the Jets will neither win nor lose on Sunday, November 10, 2013 as they will be on a bye week. However if this bizarre pattern is to continue, they should lose in Week No. 10 vs Buffalo as that would be their next game on an ‘even’ week.
Let’s go back to the pre-season when all the pundits in the press, and on talk shows forecasted that Gang Green would not win more than 3-4 games this year. Make no mistake; this is a good team but not an elite one by a long shot. Their losses were more convincing than their wins in that their five wins were by 1-7-2-3 and 6 points respectively while their losses were by 3-25-13- and 40.
Leading this team to their ‘improbable’ 5-4 start is the much scrutinized and at times, much maligned quarterback, Geno Smith. If history has taught us anything about rookie quarterbacks, it’s that even current and future Hall of Famers had a horrendous debut in the NFL.
Two examples: John Elway played in 11 games winning just 4 of them in his 1983 rookie season and finished with one less touchdown than Geno Smith has in 9 games! Elway ended that season with a quarterback rating of 54.9; 16.1 less than Geno’s current rating of 71.
Peyton Manning in his 1998 rookie season led his Colts team to just three victories. He threw 28 interceptions and finished with a QB rating of 71.2, about the same as Smiths…
While we’re not annointing Geno Smith as the second coming of Joe Montana just yet, he has only played in nine NFL games and is performing no worse than Elway or Manning did and has more wins than both of them in just over half a season. The question we have for the Jets as a team is can they string multiple wins together in the second half?
And let us not forget Gang Green’s ‘secret weapon’…kicker and “Folk” hero, Nick Folk who is on track to become only the fifth kicker in NFL history with a minimum of 27 attempts to convert 100% in a single season.
Following their bye week, the Jets face the Bills, who they have already beaten in Week No. 3, Baltimore, and then two ‘warm-weather’ teams- Miami and Oakland will come in to Met Life Stadium and face the Jets as well as the cold on December 1st and 8th. Concievably, they could and should win three of these four games.
With a healthy Chris Ivory, a better-than-average defense (most of the time..) and a quarterback who must continue to not turn the ball over, this team can shed it’s Jekyll and Hyde facade and plan on making it to the postseason.
As Russell Crowe so succinctly states in the Ridley Scott epic ” Gladiator ” ……. are you not entertained ” ?
The Jets can be just as entertaining as they are infuriating .
Although not a Jets fan I find myself pulling for Geno. I think he’s got a bright future especially if management gets him so decent receivers.
(nice video clip-one of my favorite movies of all time!)
If he can cut down on the INT’s then there is no reason to believe why Geno Smith cannot have a successful career in the NFL.
Your thoughts on the story now brewing in Miami , with Johnathan Martin of the Dolphins and the indefinite suspension of Richie Incognito ? Disturbing to say the very least , if the allegations are to be believed . Since when was the use of racial epithets and sexual disparages now being tolerated in the NFL as any form of a rookie hazing ritual ? And Roger Goodell now seems to be more interested in increased revenues , rather than dealing with what is something that is widespread within the NFL , but rarely reported on by the media at large .
One more thing , concerning the commissioner , he was all of in and out of season testing for HGH and anabolic steroids . Something that was voted on and ratified by the union (Players’ Union) back in 2010 . Yet this initiative has yet to be put into place , in spite of Roger Goodell’s appearance in front of a congressional committee in 2011 , where he stated categorically that testing would be in place for the 2011 .. NFL season .
Goodell is a damn hypocrite along with the entire NFL hierarchy , Yet fans show more concern for the league product and brand that has become diluted ,. and moribund , that is filled with a great deal of mediocre coaching at present .
All these allegations are probably very real. This ingrate, Incognito, has a laundry list of violations, charges, fines, and suspensions dating back to the Fall of 2002. In fact the only years in which he wasn’t accused of anything was 2007-’08; that’s 2 years out of 13! The guy is as guilty as sin!
Did you know that in Sept. of 2004 Nebraska suspended him and two weeks later he enrolled at Oregon where he was promptly kicked off the team by Coach Mike Bellotti?
There is no place for Incognito in sports or moreover in society. He is a lose cannon that will end up behind bars one day to be sure.
As for Goodell, the sooner he leaves his post as Commissioner of the NFL the better. Period. The man just continues to talk out of both sides of his mouth…
I am sorry but idiots such as Richie Incognito and Riley Cooper should not be tolerated in terms of their off the field antics , The NFL has enough problems to deal without these two morons adding to its now sudden image issues. Roger Goodell should spend less time trying to promote the NFL in Europe , specifically the UK , where it still remains something of a novelty , There is no way in hell the NFL can compete against the major leagues of European soccer across the continent . Has Roger Goodell learned nothing from his predecessor Paul Tagliabue and the reason why NFL Europe was shuttered after the league itself and its partners lost tens of millions of dollars with that lame experimental introduction to introduce the sport to Europe ?
Now , it would appear that the NFL would like to stage two games in Europe , preferably played at Wembley Stadium in London . League spokesman states that Goodell would like to see venues expanded to Barcelona , Madrid , Paris , Rome and even Munich . Too soon for an NFL regular game to be played in either Baghdad , Iraq or quite possibly Kabul , Afghanistan ?
Goodell is a succubus who has continued to suck the lifeblood out of the NFL , without , ever once having shown any creative ingenuity or damn leadership for that matter .
The only people paying Roger Goodell any homage are the morons at ESPN , who more often than not are known for their brown nosing and continued @#s kissing of the league hierarchy .
Wow. I had no idea Incognito enrolled at Oregon.
And I think you’re right. I do believe his next team will feature a lot more orange (sic) than the Dolphins new unis.