A few different issues with the game process have been called out since Sunday that could have affected the result of the Jets-Patriots game. First there was the thought that Bill Belicheck had illegally thrown his challenge flag on the Aaron Hernandez goal line fumble. That was determined to be false, despite cheers from the crowd indicating he had thrown it.
Second was the questionable actions of the New England timekeeper. Barely any time was eclipsed from the start of Devin McCourty’s kick return to the moment he fumbled; the clock was conveniently stopped at 2:01, allowing the Patriots to have a mandatory timeout on their side. Again, the NFL came to the Patriots’ defense and ruled that everything was kosher.
Now yesterday, Grantland’s Bill Barnwell brings up the fact that on the game’s concluding play, Pats’ lineman Jermaine Cunningham fell at the line of scrimmage, then crawled towards Mark Sanchez and was “diving at his ankles…knocking him down.”
Injured San Francisco Giants closer, Brian Wilson, tries to rally his team late in Game 6 of the 2012 NLCS vs. the Cardinals by playing “We Will Rock You” on his teammates’ heads.
Brian Wilson…still getting it done.
1. Can the Jets stop the Oregon Offense?
Much has been made about the new offense Bill Belicheck has installed in New England this year. It has led to the Patriots having by far the most offensive attempts in 2012 and has helped them keep defenses on their toes.
At the same time, this is a team that is an uncharacteristic 3-3. Is this offense wearing down in games because of this technique? Is this hurting Tom Brady, who had two intentional grounding penalties last week against the Seahawks?
Jets will be without some key players on defense like starting DT Sione Po’uha, backup DT Kendrick Ellis, and SS Eric Smith. Those losses could be painful when substituting is such an important factor in this game.
I was in attendance for Jets-Texans yesterday and got to watch the almost-destruction, almost-miracle, almost-Sanchez-led-comeback, definite-killer-interception in person. Here are a sprinkling of thoughts both on the live experience and on the game itself.
1. First Texans fans sighting
I have seen 3 Texans games so far and this one was the first where there were a noticeable amount of Texans fans there. They were not nearly as overwhelming as the 49ers fans from the week before, but there were some nice pockets of fans around. I guess finally fielding a playoff team and being a decade in has allowed this team to gain some out-of-state fans.
2. This guy made a great shirt
Luckily, we only have to stop at step 1 of that shirt.
This time of year, starting pitchers get all the looks for the Cy Young award and why not, they pitch the most innings and have the longest effect on games of anyone during the game.
There have been several relief pitchers that have won the Cy Young, but like starting pitchers and the MVP, it is few and far between. But every so often, there comes a reliever that should get the attention of the media and their league.
This year, we have one in the American League that should be under major consideration: the Tampa Bay Ray’s closer, Fernando Rodney.
In consecutive weeks, the Jets have lost their two biggest playmakers: Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes.
While the NFL has proven that you can rally from a star player becoming injured, a second star going down on such a flawed team leads most to believe that this will not be happening for the Jets.
If we can all agree that the Jets will not be winning the Super Bowl this year, the best course of action for the Jets is to lose out and get as best of a draft pick as possible in the 2013 draft (hopefully with someone other than Tannenbaum making that pick). With that said, if the Jets are going to win more games this year, here are some Tebow-less ways they will have to adjust to make it possible.