BGA: Just what the doctor ordered

With the season falling apart, the Jets took the opportunity to get back on track as the out-of-contention Raiders headed East for the dreaded 10 a.m. PST kickoff.

A solid first half performance saw the Jets up 20-3, thanks to a special teams touchdown and a couple of effective but not especially pretty drives. The Raiders did narrow the gap a couple of times in the second half, but the Jets did well not to go into a shell on offense and pulled out the win to go 6-7 on the season.

While other results didn’t necessarily go the Jets’ way, it at least keeps them mathematically in contention which makes next week’s game interesting. Unfortunately, that’s probably the toughest game in the second half of the season, although the Panthers did get blown out by the Saints (a team the Jets beat a few months ago) last night. They couldn’t…could they?

The game itself was fascinating, as the Jets made a few key personnel and strategic changes, with mixed results. We’ll get into those during the individual player analyses.

It is important to get the win, both for the coaching staff and the confidence of some of the developing players on the team. While their playoff hopes look bleak, meaningful December football is the kind of experience that could be extremely useful to some of these players should they contend again next year.

Also, with the Jets set to have plenty of cap room next year, it is important to portray themselves as a team that was in the mix until late in the year, rather than a team that hung in there for half a season and then fell apart.

Unfortunately, the games only get tougher from here on in. At least they have something to build on now.


Next up…we kick off our player analysis with a look at Geno Smith’s bounceback game.

7 comments
Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

The empty stadium seats say it all.  


Brendan
Brendan

It'll be interesting to see how the team gameplans this week. I'd be perfectly fine with a conservative offense to limit the turnovers and hope you can get to Cam. I wouldn't take last night's game to heart, they played in a place that's essentially un-winnable with the Brees/Payton combo. They'll be at home and looking to get things back on track. 


Still don't see how the Jets pull this game out, but I won't be shocked if they do. 


jaygo
jaygo

Can't agree with that.  It was soooo cold that many were in the clubs as opposed to the seats.  Never seen the club so packed.

jaygo
jaygo

Only hope is if Panthers look ahead to rematch and ignore Jets.  


Jets 12 point underdogs right now.

bob
bob

Rob beat them so maybe Rex can..

If the offensive line shows up we win.

If the defense line plays hard like their designed to do we win.

Difference in the Jets this year is that its harder for teams to get around the edge even for mobile QB's.

The Saints just showed us that the Panthers can be beat...

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

bobaluie:

" If the offensive line shows up we win.

  If the defense line plays hard like their designed to do we win."

If the Geno/Jets play like the 2007 Patriots we win !!!  ;o)

Bent
Bent

@bob Good point ... Remember earlier in the year when Rob faced the Pats and then helped out Rex with some tips?  Hopefully he can do that again.