...the game we have all been waiting for. This game has major playoff implications and will decide far more than just "bragging rights" in the City of New York. This game has been hyped all week, as one of the NFC East teams currently on life support will have the plug pulled on their season. A win by the Giants would eliminate the Eagles playoff hopes, while a win by the Jets would end the Giants post season aspirations as well. Obviously the Giants need to win this game more, but games are not won and loss based on needs.
The Jets have a chance to redeem themselves as they get another shot at stopping a streak of futility for the second straight week. The Jets have not beaten the Giants in their last four attempts(they meet every four years). It has been a generation since WR A. Toon hauled in the winning TD catch from QB K. OBrien with 30 seconds remaining as the Jets defeated the Giants and their H.O.F. QB P.Simms. The blowout at Philadelphia leaves the Eagles as the only NFL team "Gang Green" has failed to beat (0-9) in the NFL. It is possible however that record too could fall this year provided the two teams were to meet again in Indianapolis for the SB. Sound far fetched, lets take a closer look. A win today by the Jets today would make them (9-6) and put them right on course for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. This would more than likely send them on the road to face the Texans in the Wild Card round(a favorable match-up as shown by the Colts earlier this week). The Eagles must rely on The Jets to Win, or their season is over before they even play the Cowboys. If however the Jets can exploit the Giants inability to stop the run, which will open up the play action pass where they can expose the patchwork LB's and over-matched CB's it will be up to QB Eli Manning to keep them in this game at all. I can see D. Revis blanketing Eli's top target V. Cruz as he welcomes him to "Revis Island". There will be no M. Vick to chase around all day, no all-pro RB/WR tandem to stop this week. Most of all Rex Ryans Defense will not allow 28 first quarter points or 47 total points. The Eagles deserve credit for not mailing it in last week as they showed the world they truly could be what we all expected them to be. They have defeated the Cowboys once this year and are playing better now, Jerry Jones should be scared to death this week. If both the Jets and Eagles Win this week they both will control their own destiny. The Eagles and Jets would both be "very dangerous opponents" for any team to face in a playoff game.
I would be remiss not to mention the fact that this could be the first of many championships Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez lead this team to this decade. Gang Green swept their division rivals(The Bills)this season so a win over the Giants would make them "New York State Champions" and that alone would make me happy, in fact it is the only thing I really want this Christmas. Anything more than that would be gravy as this young team is clearly headed in the right direction. I have been a fan of this franchise since the "Heidi game", It is family tradition now as my wife and I watch every game together rooting the Jets on in Florida and we both use the language of Rex. I spent seven years in the U.S. Navy which may help to explain my use of profanity but my wife Robin can curse with the best of them when needed, there has been way too much need this season may I add. Our beloved Jets are fighting for a playoff spot in December once again, and this could be the first team in franchise history to reach the playoffs in three consecutive years. Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez get way too much criticism for the success they have brought to "Gang Green Nation". In just their third season they have totaled 31 wins to date and are 4-2(all road games)in the post season. The losses of both OT D. Woody and FB T. Richardson(both retired)combined WR's B. Edwards and B. Smith have impacted this teams leadership and play-making ability. The O.C. Brian Shottenhiemer in my opinion has done little to prepare for games properly, is poor when it comes to situational play calling and fails to properly utilize his talent or do anything to help when a player is clearly over-matched(Rex has given him time but his offenses have been worse than avg. in all but one season and even that was not top ten). If not for the superb job done by OL/Asst. H.C. Bill Callahan and Consultant T. Moore this team would not be in contention for anything at this point. Bill Callahan is a winner as an O.C. (Raiders) in the NFL and has earned the promotion to O.C., and if he can find a way to get T. Sporano to fill his spot as well as keeping consultant T. Moore in the booth every Sunday with an expended role this franchise will be well on their way for continued success in the future. Rex Ryans defense is being built now and is under transition and may need a tweak on the defensive side too, and may I suggest J. Del Rio as LB's coach/Asst. D.C.? Rex's defense is not to the point where they can win with a poor offense like Baltimore did. The holes are few and we all know where they are including the opponents, but with a full compliment of draft picks and a team under the salary cap by close to 8 million dollars that can be fixed with a few smart moves in the free agency period. The St. Louis Cardinal baseball team entered the playoffs on the final day of the season and became World Champions. This team has similar talent level and a mixture of veterans combined with youth as well as good coaching for the most part. It can happen and "IT" starts today.