Previously on the Jets:
Jets take on the Cardinals today, who they have had a lot of success against in recent years.
Possibly the most famous game between these two was the game that took place in 2008, when Packers great, Brett Favre, was in mid-season form against the Cardinals. He would throw a Jets record, 6 touchdown passes, over the course of the day.
Check out this high quality video of all those TDs:
Random Jets Fan: “If they beat the Patriots tonight, maybe we can make it to the playoffs”
Random Jets Fan: “Don’t ever allow me to speak again.”
1. Tom Brady Must Throw Interceptions
The turnover game will be a key to winning. Over the past 2 games, Muhammad Wilkerson has been on fire with two forced fumbles, a sack, and a fumble recovery touchdown. Getting pressure on Brady and making him make mistakes will allow the Jets give the offense easier opportunities to score.
Mark Sanchez has played in a ton of big games so far in his career. In the first two years, he did very well in them, including big wins he played well in during the playoffs that he still does not get enough credit for.
Last year, we saw a bit of a regression out of Sanchez in the clutch, as well as fewer big games for him to play.
Now we are at a possible turning point in the Jets-Sanchez relationship. For all intents and purposes, the season will probably be over if they cannot defeat the Rams this Sunday. It will definitely be over if they cannot come back 4 days later and beat the Patriots on Thanksgiving, but without winning the Rams game, the former is probably unwinnable.
 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.”
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.