Last year as you know the consensus is that we "Lucked" ourselves into the playoffs with a 9-7 record. I disagree with that completely. If you remember last year we were almost a dominant team we were in every single game and if you change 4-5 plays we are 13-3 or 12-4 instead of 9-7.
My biggest problem with the Jets last year, is that when critical moments in the game came up, the Jets were unable to make the plays and ended up costing us some games. Lets look at our first 9 games last year:
1. NYJ 24 @ HOU 7 - Win
2. NE 9 @ NYJ 16 - Win
3. TEN 17 @ NYJ 24 - Win
4. NYJ 10 @ NO 24 - Loss
5. NYJ 27 @ MIA 31 - Loss (Defense Gives up a td in the last 20 seconds)
6. BUF 16 @ NYJ 13 - Loss (6 picks, and stupid penalties in OT cost us a fg)
7. NYJ 38 @ OAK 0 - Win
8. MIA 30 @ NYJ 25 - Loss (1 FUmble for 7, 2 Runbacks for 14, Sanchez fails to get us a td on the final drive)
9. JAC 24 @ NYJ 22 - Loss (Defense gives up long drive, and FG to loose the game)
Record - 4-5
This year, our greatest improvement is the ability to make those plays in critical times. The game of football is determined by 2-3 plays and too often in the past the Jets teams failed to make them or rise to the occasion. Here is our record these first 9 games:
1. BAL 10 @ NYJ 9 - Loss
2. NE 14 @ NYJ 28 - Win
3. NYJ 31 @ MIA 23 - Win (Defense Seals the game with a pick)
4. NYJ 38 @ BUF 14 - Win
5. MIN 20 @ NYJ 29 - Win (Pick 6 to seal the game)
6. NYJ 24 @ DEN 20 - Win (Sanchez TD Drive to win)
7. GB 9 @ NYJ 0 - Loss
8. NYJ 23 @ DET 20 - Win (13 Point comeback in final 3 minutes)
9. NYJ 26 @ CLE 20 - Win (TD drive at the end of OT period)
So yes these are close games, but a major difference is that the Jets are making the plays they need to win the game. I know we were all excited to have a completely dominating team, but a team that doesn't loose, or get lost in the big moments of games like we did last year is a MAJOR improvement over what we have seen of Jets teams in the past.
The Patriots are a team that have always excelled in close games, and have always capitalized when given the opportunity. In fact if you look over many of the pats winning seasons, many of them are similar to what we have going now. Many times throughout their "Dynasty*' they were outplayed, or made mistakes, but they were ALWAYS able to sneak out a win by making just enough plays.
Now they have tom Brady and BB who are close vested, and we have the loudmouth REX and big talking defense so have more scruitnity. But if you ask me if I would rather blow bad teams out (like the giants) or to do something the Jets have NEVER done, which is rise to the occasion and make those critical plays. I choose the later.
In Morris Co., N.J. at the right end of a Browning 12 gauge
[QUOTE=Funaz;3824804]Plus a team that rises to the occassion instead of one that comes oh so close only to let it slip through their fingers.
THAT is the biggest difference.[/QUOTE]
Actually that is their biggest downfall, good teams don't put themselves in these situations or at least not as often and against lesser opponents, enjoy it while it lasts. They should beat Houston by at least 10 Sunday, Houston is not very good.
Simple...in years past we lose those close (lucky) games, now we are figuring a way to come out on the winning side , the ball is bouncing in our favor. If you look at all the championship teams in the past this is how there year goes, every once in a while the football Gods have to be on your side.
[QUOTE=david1023;3824716]Despite what seems like a better defense last year. we are winning because we are on the plus side of the turnover margin. We basically have the same team, just a better Sanchez.[/QUOTE]
Less turnovers from Sanchez, but also clutch drives and plays