By Jay Kirell
Tonight’s week two matchup between the New York Jets and New England Patriots is a continuation of a long-time (if somewhat lopsided) rivalry between the two franchises and surprisingly, an early-season battle for control over the AFC East.
Both teams are undefeated, with the Jets upsetting Tampa Bay in a come-from-behind win and the Patriots surviving a late charge by Buffalo. Both teams are banged up with injuries. Both displayed a few holes in their game as well as some clear strengths.
The Jets are still starting their rookie quarterback, Geno Smith, who lead the team on a game-winning drive in his first game as a pro. Smith looked like the capable field general able to break out the flashy play every now and then – something the Jets have been missing with recent starter Mark Sanchez.
The Jets defensive line, however, proved to be the difference-maker in the game against Tampa, and could be so again in tonight’s matchup. Or the Jets could get annihilated. Sometimes you can never tell with the Jets. But in this author’s humble opinion, the Patriots showed enough weaknesses in letting their big lead slip away from Buffalo that the Jets should be able to exploit some of them, and if they do – then the rest of the NFL has no choice but to stand up and take notice.
Prediction: Jets win a shocking upset in a defensive battle, 13-10.
By Jay Kirell
The New York Jets, whom most fans and critics considered to be one of the worst – if not THE worst team in the league this year, opened their season in thrilling fashion with a 18-17 win over Darrell Revis and the Tampa Bay Bucs.
The game was everything a fan could have hoped for and more, as cautiously-hyped rookie quarterback Geno Smith provided over 300 all-purpose yards (256 passing, 47 rushing) and lead the Jets on a last-second drive with :34 left to get the Jets into field goal position for a Nick Folk game-winning kick with :02 left in the fourth quarter.
The following is my final thought summaries, which ended my live-blog of the first game of the season. The grades for each position can be found below.
By Jay Kirell
FINAL SCORE: Jets 18 – Bucs 17 (4th Q)
4:30 PM FINAL THOUGHTS:
I don’t have children, but I’ve adopted a lot of rookies over my years as a sports fan to essentially treat them like my surrogate sports children. It’s the reason there’s a whole industry devoted to the draft in the major professional sports. People like the new, exciting and fresh. And when that happens to be on your team, it’s like you just had a child.
Geno Smith is every Jets fan’s baby now. He exceeded ALL expectations for him going into the game. Threw for over 250 yards with one score and one pick. Most importantly, he didn’t throw wildly away from his receivers. He put his receivers in perfect position to catch and run with the ball, something Sanchez was horrible at.
That’s not even mentioning the last drive of the game, with just :34 left and no timeouts. That rollout where he used his underrated speed and baited the defender into hitting him while he was straddling the line between out of bounds and the field – brilliant.
Kris Humphries, who was briefly married to Kim Kardashian, you will recall, has jumped on the “Lamar is being set up” bandwagon. Kris thinks a lot of negative and inaccurate drug speculation has been ‘leaked” by the Kardashians to websites and tabloids and it could ruin Lamar’s NBA career. (For example, Lamar was never really “missing” or suspected of being on a crack cocaine drug binge.) According to RadarOnline, Kris is not a friend of Lamar’s, but he remembers being targeted the same way and going through “tabloid hell” when he was divorcing Kim. Kris says “There should be a support group for former boyfriends and husbands of the Kardashians.”
By Jay Kirell
I’ve always considered it a point of pride that I’m not the type of person prone to outrage. I enjoy discovering different viewpoints and ideas, no matter if I agree or disagree with them. Recognizing that people are going to hold different opinions than yours and being okay with that is the hallmark of a mature adult.
Zack Darlington, a senior high school quarterback for Apopka High School was knocked unconscious by a hit during the high school showcase game televised on ESPN Saturday afternoon. He was motionless for a long time, it appeared. He was slowly placed onto a stretcher and transported to a waiting helicopter.
Apopka High School is located in Florida.
Update: Watch someone’s fairly poor quality video of the hit here….
A car dealership in Texas ran a radio advertisement offering test drivers to register for a Johnny Manziel-signed football.
Rockwall Dodge of Rockwall, Texas, made the offer on ESPN 103.3, according to dallasnews.com, offering a registration for the prize in exchange for test driving a Dodge Ram. Manziel, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Texas A&M, is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly profiting on thousands of autographs provided to memorabilia dealers.
Daniel Jacobs knocked out Giovanni Lorenzo in the third round of the debut of Monday Night Fights and in slow-motion it captured just how brutal a punch to the face can be…
Denver Nuggest point guard Nate Robinson uploaded a video of himself recently. The video shows him dribbling a basketball around dozens of confused travelers in an airport terminal. At one point in the video a poor lady tries to steal the ball from Robinson, only to have him pull a killer crossover and blow by her.