The Week 6 win by the NY Jets over the Washington Redskins was a nice one to get, especially with how this was dubbed a trap game and almost became one until Gang Green woke up.
I watched the NY Jets face off with the Washington Redskins with a group of displaced Jet fans here in Pennsylvania, as is our weekly tradition for games not shown in our area. The group faithfully makes the trek to our local sports bar where we have a standing reservation to watch Jet games together. We have been doing this for a number of years, and it is always great experience, especially when the Jets are victorious.
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This week, the gang all gathered with an upbeat attitude for this one, we all had the Jets winning without question. The Jets stood at 3-1 entering this game and I must admit I haven’t seen this group of old men this jovial in quite some time.
The trash talk was louder, the predictions bolder and the confidence that the Jets would notch up another victory was evident in our small group. The Jets are winning football games and this bunch was taking notice!
We are life long Jet fans, so it came as no surprise that the celebratory atmosphere quickly disappeared after the first offensive play of the Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick opens the game with a completion to Eric Decker, who in turns coughs it up to the Redskins. The moans and groans quickly silenced the cheers. This was the one thing we had all debated, the need to limit turnovers was evident going into this game. If the Jets were to win this one, then turnovers could not be allowed to happen, as a group we had all agreed, yet here it was.
The three turnovers committed by the Jets in this game had our group more then a little disgusted. Thankfully, the Jets produced 13 points for the Redskins as it didn’t cost the them a game. We’ve all seen it happen far too many times, turnovers cost you games, and the Jets allowed the Redskins to hang around in this one. The Jets stand at 4-1, but the turnovers can’t continue if they want to win against the better teams on the schedule.
Besides the turnovers, our group had little to complain about. Fitzpatrick came out of the bye week looking better than he has all year. He went 19/26 for 253 and 2 touchdowns for the day, playing efficiently and even showing he has some leg left, carrying four times for 38 yards. That’s a 7.8 yard per carry average for a 32 year old quarterback! His touchdown scamper brought as many chuckles as it did cheers at our table. Minus the interception on the deep ball to Marshall, we agreed, Fitzpatrick brought his “A” game to this one.
Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets’ defense stymied the Redskins’ offense throughout the contest. David Harris produced another big game in this one, getting in on 11 tackles overall, five of the solo variety and one for loss. Both Darrelle Revis and Marcus Gilchrist picked off Kirk Cousins and the secondary overall held the passing game of the Redskins to just 196 yards and 25 receptions on the day.
Chan Gailey gets a shout out from our bunch for this game as well. Gailey had the perfect game plan for the Redskins in place for his offense. The offensive line held up well against a Redskins’ defense who had 12 sacks coming into this contest. They kept Fitzpatrick clean in the pocket, allowing no sacks and opened some nice holes for Chris Ivory.
Gailey allowed Fitzpatrick to play to his strengths, short to intermediate passes, and it worked brilliantly with the Jets marching up and down the field most of the day. Ivory finished his day with 20 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown for his effort. Brandon Marshall went for over one hundred yards for the fourth week in a row, making 7 catches for 11 yards, a touchdown and a 15.9 yard per catch average. A great day for the offense, putting up 34 points!
After the game we shared a few beverages, and critiqued the game a bit. A few points were brought up, that while might be a bit too critical, I thought they were worth mentioning. Do the Jets even need 2 roster spots for tight ends? Not a single reception was recorded from Jet tight ends again this week. Kellen Davis has three receptions on the year.
Can the Jets please find someone to return punts? Our group has tired of watching Kerley as he had 3 returns for 34 yards. He had a nice 22 yard return, but hardly impressive. Where are the Jets’ defensive line sacks? This is one talented group, but managed just a single sack of Kirk Cousins and as a team, the Jets only have 7 on the year. Defenders need to get to the quarterback on a more consistent basis as the season progresses.
A win is a win and our group will take it. Some good food, some good discussion and some great football from the Jets made this a great Sunday indeed. I hope you enjoyed the game as much as we did. That’s how we saw this one, a good effort across the board, with some things they will need to get better at going forward.
Time to celebrate, Jets Nation! The Jets stand at 4-1! As always, please leave us a comment and Let’s Talk Jet Football!!