As the NFL heads into the final six weeks of the season, one thing became perfectly clear after Sunday's action, and that is this: the Lombardi Trophy won't be coming to
It might even be reach for either the Giants or Jets to make the playoffs, but even if they do get there, it won't be an extended stay. There are simply too many flaws for either team to be considered title contenders.
The Jets (4-6) will just be lucky to get through the next month with their pride intact. This is a team that is 1-6 since starting the season 0-3, and they are 1-4 in their division. A whole bunch of teams would need to collapse for them to even sniff the postseason.
lot of fans jumped on the Jets bandwagon after the quick start, but
there are some obvious flaws that have jumped out over the last seven
first is their defense is not nearly good enough. Losing Kris Jenkins
at nose tackle to a season-ending injury doesn't help, but the problems
go much deeper than that. The team isn't nearly physical enough, rarely
gets a key stop and simply isn't a unit capable of taking the team to
Rex Ryan came to the Jets as a defensive whiz, but with the pieces he
has, even he can't camouflage all of the team's weaknesses. The Jets
surrendered 31 points in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, hardly a crime
against one of the league's elite teams.
the thing is, when the Jets tried to make it a game in the second half,
the Jets couldn't close the deal on defense. The Patriots clinched the
game on a 10-yard touchdown run by Lawrence Maroney with 5:06 in the
lot of people also became enamored early with quarterback Mark Sanchez,
and in time, the rookie from USC has a chance to be a pretty good
player in the NFL. But as evidenced yesterday, he still has a lot of
growing up to do. He was only 8-of-21 for 136 yards, but the most
disastrous number was the four interceptions. Bill Belichick has
confused even experienced quarterbacks, so it's no surprise that
Sanchez would struggle. Until he gets more experience and some better
playmakers surrounding him, the Jets are going to struggle for
Giants (6-4) could make it to the postseason, but the way their defense
is playing, it's difficult to envision making an extended run.
are simply too many issues with the secondary and the pass rush for
them to be considered a title contender, even after Sunday's 34-31
overtime win over
Falcons were on the ropes, trailing by two touchdowns after Madison
Hedgecock's 3-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning with 12:08 left in
But the Falcons scored on their next two drives, including one with 28 seconds left that send the game into overtime.
for the Giants, they won the coin flip and received the kickoff in
overtime. Manning then led them to a 36-yard field goal by Lawrence
Tynes for the victory. If the Giants had lost the flip, there would
have been more than a few anxious fans watching
The Giants face a struggling team