After talking a lot of smack, the Jets got smacked on Monday by the Patriots. In what was supposed to be the game of the year, featuring the two favorites to appear in the AFC championship game, the Jets came out of the tunnel looking worse than the team that went 4-12 four years ago.
After a field goal on the opening drive, the Jets got the ball and on third and 1, Mark Sanchez tried to sneak for the first down. He ended up about half a yard short, but the officials marked him a full yard short. Instead of choosing to go for it or punt on fourth down, coach Rex Ryan decided to challenge the call and lost. Shonn Greene then ran three yard for the first down. This was just the first out of many mistakes by Jets players and coaches. The next came when Ryan asked Jets kicker Nick Folk to attempt a 53 yard field goal in 20 degree weather with 25 miles per hour wind. He missed.
The night continued badly for the Jets as they fell behind 17-0 early. Folk kicked a 35 yard field goal to give the Jets their only points of the night, early in the second quarter. Tom Brady did whatever he wanted against one of the statistically best defenses in the NFL. He went 21 for 29 with 326 yards and 4 touchdowns. Mark Sanchez, against the worst defensive team in the NFL in just about every category imaginable, threw for 164 yards and 3 interceptions.
The Jets lost 45-3 and went from looking like a super bowl team to a team that will struggle in their upcoming matchup against the Bills. The Patriots made the Jets look like a high school team and Rex Ryan look like the idiot that everyone else already sees him as.
The Giants showed up on Sunday ready to play. The now 8-4 Giants forced 5 fumbles, sacked Donovan McNabb 5 times and picked him off once. So even without their top receivers and linemen, the Giants dominated the Redskins 31-7. Every time the Redskins seemed to be in position t score, they turned the ball over. That makes it very tough to win games.
The Giants are now tied for the NFC East lead, and as of now have the sixth seed in the playoffs. With receivers Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith due to return soon, this team could be one to watch out for come January.