December 2009 - New York Jets Wiretap
Braylon Edwards: Jets 'Won't Lose'
Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards is guaranteeing that the team will beat the Bengals on Sunday and clinch a playoff berth. "We won't lose this game," said Edwards on Wednesday. "We want it too bad. You can just talk to the guys and get a feel. You can listen to (coach Rex Ryan's) conviction when he talks to us. "Guys are serious about winning this game. Guys aren't talking about New Year's Eve. Guys aren't talking about family. All guys are talking about is the playoffs ... beating Cincinnati. I'm convinced this team is 100 percent in. I don't think we can lose this game from the mind-set we have right now, the attitude we have. I just don't see it."
Seven Teams Alive For AFC's Wild Card Berths
With just one weekend left in the regular season there are seven teams fighting for the AFC's two Wild Card berths. The Colts and Chargers have locked down the first and second seeds, respectively, and will have first-round byes. The Patriots and Bengals have each won their division and at 10-5 Sunday's outcomes will decide which team wins the third seed. Currently, the Broncos and Jets hold the Wild Card spots, but the Ravens, Texans, Steelers, Dolphins and Jaguars are all still alive. Even if Denver wins, they would lose tiebreakers to Jets and Ravens if both New York and Baltimore win as well. The Jets can clinch a playoff berth if they win. Baltimore controls their own destiny as well. A victory gives them a tie-breaker edge over Denver even if the Broncos win. The Texans need to win and see the two of the three teams ahead of them (Denver, New York and Baltimore) lose. The Steelers would get in with a win and a loss by two of the three teams above them (Houston, New York and Baltimore). In order for the Dolphins to make the postseason they need to win and see the Jets, Ravens, Texans and Jaguars lose. The Jaguars have the lowest odds. They need to win and watch at least four of the six teams ahead of them lose.
RealGM's Week 16 Rundown
The Jets defeated the Colts on Sunday afternoon to ensure that we'll have no undefeated teams in the NFL this season. We will calculate each team's Trench Counter*. San Diego 42, Tennessee 17 Team Trench Counter: Chargers +19.6, Titans -19.6 The San Diego Chargers (12-3) soundly defeated the Tennessee Titans (7-8) on Christmas Night to clinch a bye in the first round of the playoffs and knock the Titans out of the playoff picture. Philip Rivers went 21-for-27 with 264 yards and two touchdowns, LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 59 yards and two scores and Darren Sproles added 38 rushing yards and another two trips to the end zone. Titans running back Chris Johnson had 142 yards and a touchdown, leaving him 128 yards shy of 2,000 for the season with one game left. Pittsburgh 23, Baltimore 20 Team Trench Counter: Steelers +7.9, Ravens -7.9 The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7) kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a dramatic win over the rival Baltimore Ravens (8-7). Jeff Reed hit a 38-yard field goal with 5:25 remaining in regulation to give the Steelers a much-needed victory. Pittsburgh led 20-10 at halftime, but Baltimore scored 10 points in the third quarter, including a seven-yard pass from Joe Flacco to tight end Todd Heap, who had two catches for 37 yards and a pair of scores. Santonio Holmes was Pittsburgh?s offensive star. He caught five passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. Carolina 41, N.Y. Giants 9 Team Trench Counter: Panthers +21.8, Giants -21.8 In the most important game of their season, the New York Giants (8-7) collapsed against the Carolina Panthers (7-8). Matt Moore led the Panthers with 171 yards and three touchdowns and Jonathan Stewart exploded for 206 rushing yards and a score of his won as Carolina helped keep New York out of the postseason. Eli Manning went 29-for-43 with 296 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the team?s final game at Giants Stadium. Manning also fumbled the ball in the damaging loss. Tampa Bay 20, New Orleans 17 (OT) Team Trench Counter: Buccaneers -1.6, Saints +1.6 Connor Barth kicked a 47-yard field goal in overtime to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-12) an upset win over the New Orleans Saints (13-2). Cadillac Williams starred with 129 rushing yards and a touchdown as the Saints lost for the second time in as many weeks. New Orleans jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but Tampa Bay scored 20 of the game?s final 23 points, including 14 straight in the fourth quarter. Drew Brees went 32-for-37 for 258 yards and a touchdown in the loss. New England 35, Jacksonville 7 Team Trench Counter: Patriots +16.6, Jaguars -16.6 The New England Patriots (10-5) clinched the AFC East title with a dominant victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8) at Gillette Stadium. Tom Brady went 23-for-26 with 267 yards and four touchdowns, three of which went to Randy Moss, who had four catches for 45 yards. New England?s defense held Jacksonville scoreless until the 12:41 mark in the fourth quarter, when Jaguars quarterback David Garrard scampered two yards for a touchdown. Houston 27, Miami 20 Team Trench Counter: Texans +7.7, Dolphins -7.7 In a game with huge playoff implications the Houston Texans (8-7) outlasted the Miami Dolphins (7-8) on Sunday afternoon. Matt Schaub threw for 286 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and Arian Foster rushed for 97 yards and a score at Dolphins Stadium. The Texans jumped out to a 27-3 lead in the first half and hung on for a narrow victory as Miami charged back in the third and four quarters. Even with the win, Houston will need some help to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Green Bay 48, Seattle 10 Team Trench Counter: Packers +25.3, Seahawks -25.3 The Green Bay Packers (10-5) clinched a playoff berth with a win over the Seattle Seahawks (5-10) at Lambeau Field. Ryan Grant starred with 97 yards and two touchdowns, while Aaron Rodgers went 12-for-23 with 237 yards and a touchdown as Green Bay built a big lead early on. Ahman Green (29 yards and a score) and Brandon Jackson (39 total yards and three scores) got in on the fun as well. The Packers intercepted Matt Hasselbeck four times and kept the Seahawks out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter when Hasselbeck connected with tight end John Carlson on a 16-yard touchdown. Cleveland 23, Oakland 9 Team Trench Counter: Browns +8.1, Raiders -8.1 Jerome Harrison didn?t break another single-game rushing record, but he did lead the Cleveland Browns (4-11) over the Oakland Raiders (5-10) on Sunday. Harrison rushed 39 times for 149 yards and a touchdown. His 17-yard run in the first quarter gave the Browns a lead that they would never lose at home. Charlie Frye, who started at quarterback for the Raiders, went 26-for-45 with 333 yards and three interceptions in the loss. Cincinnati 17, Kansas City 10 Team Trench Counter: Bengals +3.3, Chiefs -3.3 The Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) had just enough to beat the Kansas City Chiefs (3-12) to clinch the AFC North title. Carson Palmer connected with Chad Ochocinco on a six-yard touchdown pass with 2:03 left in regulation to push the Bengals to victory. Cedric Benson tallied 133 yards for Cincinnati, while Jamaal Charles rushed for 102 yards for the Chiefs. Larry Johnson, playing against his former team, had just 11 yards on four carries in the victory. Atlanta 31, Buffalo 3 Team Trench Counter: Falcons +20.8, Bills -20.8 The Atlanta Falcons (8-7) defeated the Buffalo Bills (5-10) in a game that had no playoff implications. Matt Ryan had 250 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Roddy White, who grabbed eight passes for 139 yards at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta?s defense held Buffalo to just 178 total yards and forced three turnovers (two interceptions by Brian Brohm and a fumble by Fred Jackson). San Francisco 20, Detroit 6 Team Trench Counter: 49ers +10.9, Lions -10.9 In yet another meaningless game, the San Francisco 49ers (7-8) dropped the Detroit Lions (2-13) on Sunday afternoon. Alex Smith posted 230 passing yards and a touchdown, while Frank Gore tallied 71 yards and a rushing touchdown at Candlestick Park. The Lions settled for two field goal as Drew Stanton tossed three interceptions and Detroit lost three fumbles (Stanton had one and Calvin Johnson the two others). Arizona 31, St. Louis 10 Team Trench Counter: Cardinals +18.6, Rams -18.6 The Arizona Cardinals (10-5) dominated the St. Louis Rams (1-14) in a lopsided game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kurt Warner had 313 yards and two touchdowns and Beanie Wells (68 yards and a score) and Tim Hightower (32 yards and a score) ruled on the ground. Anquan Boldin was Arizona?s leading receiver with eight catches for 116 yards, while Larry Fitzgerald and Early Doucet found the end zone. Keith Null, making his second start, went 20-for-31 with 171 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. N.Y. Jets 29, Indianapolis 15 Team Trench Counter: Jets +0.8, Colts -0.8 The New York Jets (8-7) handed the Indianapolis Colts (14-1) their first loss of the season as they stood just two weeks from perfection. The Colts pulled some of their starters in the third quarter and the Jets dominated the game?s final 20 minutes. With the win, the Jets can control their playoff destiny by beating the Bengals next week. New York scored the final 19 points of the game. Philadelphia 30, Denver 27 Team Trench Counter: Eagles +11.1, Broncos -11.1 David Akers drilled a 28-yard field goal to give the Philadelphia Eagles (11-4) a win over the Denver Broncos (8-7). The Broncos stormed back in the second half, but the Eagles were able to hold on for their sixth straight win and to remain in the driver?s seat in the NFC East. Philadelphia will travel to Dallas in Week 17 to play for the division title. Donovan McNabb threw for 322 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while Kyle Orton posted 189 yards, three touchdowns and a pick of his own. Dallas 17, Washington 0 Team Trench Counter: Cowboys +13.1, Redskins -13.1 The Dallas Cowboys (10-5) clinched a playoff berth as they blanked the Washington Redskins (4-11) at FedEx Field. Tony Romo went 25-for-38 with 286 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Jason Witten was Romo?s top target, catching six passes for 117 yards. Jason Campbell had 199 yards and a touchdown as the Dallas defense made numerous timely plays. Shaun Suisham debuted with a 23-yard field goal in the second half for the only points of the second half. *Explaining The Trench Counter
Ryan: Colts Should Rest Starters
Jets coach Rex Ryan wants the Colts to rest their starters in Sunday's game between the two teams. When making his weekly injury report on Wednesday, Ryan said that Indianapolis players such as Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark and Dwight Freeney shouldn't play. Ryan then added that a few Colts coaches should get extended holiday breaks. Ryan smiled before saying that he was reading the wrong list, reaching into his pocket and pulling out the real injury report.
Turner: Jets Targeted My Ankle
Falcons running back Michael Turner lasted just one carry against the Jets on Sunday. On Atlanta's first play, Turner rushed for seven yards before New York safety Jimmy Leonhard hit the runner in his troublesome right ankle. "I'm not in their minds so I'm not going to say what they are trying to do," Turner said. "That's what it looks like, but I've got to expect it. I was just hoping that my ankle was strong enough to take it." Turner, who rushed for 1,699 yards last season, has 871 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns with two games to play.
Signs Point To Sanchez Starting
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is expected to start on Sunday against the Falcons. An official decision is expected on Friday afternoon. Sanchez was listed as a "full" participant during the week after missing time with a knee injury.
New Giants/Jets Stadium Begins Bid To Host Super Bowl 2014
After receiving preliminary approval to bid from the National Football League, the future home of the New York Jets and New York Giants is mounting a full-scale campaign to capture the hosting rights for Super Bowl 2014, the New Meadowlands Stadium Company announced today. The new stadium, which plays host to its first NFL season in 2010, got the go-ahead from the NFL owners' Super Bowl Advisory Committee. The committee approved the New Meadowlands Stadium's application to bid despite the traditional requirement that Super Bowl host regions have a minimum temperature of 50 degrees or a climate-controlled indoor stadium with the understanding that the bid would be a unique, once-only circumstance based on the opportunity to celebrate the new stadium and the great heritage and history of the NFL in the New York region. A preliminary proposal to the NFL is due April 1, with the winning bid announced at the end of May. Three other venues have expressed their intention to compete for the hosting rights. "It's time for the biggest game in football to be played on the biggest stage in the world," said Woody Johnson and Jonathan Tisch, Bid Committee Chairmen. "We are confident that the appeal and prestige of the New York City metropolitan region, coupled with the innovative capabilities of our brand-new state-of-the-art facility, can provide a unique and exciting experience for the teams and fans, as well as the entire league and the sport of football. And, of course, we would love to bring the Super Bowl - and its significant economic benefits - to New York and northern New Jersey."
Rhodes Tweets About Potentially Leaving Jets
Jets safety Kerry Rhodes tweeted on Friday about leaving the team as he continues his disgruntled behavior. In response to a tweet from a fan, Rhodes answered: "New York is an OK place to play. Very good place to live and do other things, but to play is OK. I love real fans like you, trust me. The only reason I would leave is to show the few that hate what I will do with another team and let them know that having me isn?t that bad! I promise a lot of teams would love to have me as their problem."
Neck Injury Likely To End Izzo's Career
Veteran linebacker Larry Izzo's career is likely over after the Jets placed him on the injured reserve with a neck injury. Izzo is a 14-year veteran. "It's tough, it's frustrating," Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. "I talked to Larry this morning and it wasn't an easy conversation. He kept saying, 'This isn't the way I wanted it to end.' You could just tell that [with his] warrior mentality, he wanted to go out fighting. "A lot would have to fall into place for him to play again. He's had a great career and has three rings, so I don't what's left for Larry from a football standpoint. "There are some people that would have looked at him coming out of college and said you won't last 14 minutes in this league let alone 14 years. When we talk about competitive, tough, relentless, passionate, productive, those are all things to describe him. It's a big loss for us."
Sanchez Won't Play Against Buccaneers
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will not play against the Buccaneers on Sunday. Instead, Kellen Clemens will start for New York. "If it was up to Sanchez, he would play, without question," coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday. "I mean, he's competitive. He's put in everything we've asked and more, but this is what I get paid for. This decision, I'm comfortable with right now." Sanchez is suffering from a sprained right knee.
Jets Optimistic About Sanchez's Status
Rex Ryan is hoping that Mark Sanchez will play on Sunday.
Sanchez Ignores Girardi, Hurts Knee
Mark Sanchez hurt his knee on Thursday night.
Owens, Revis Exchange Compliments Ahead Of Toronto Showdown
Terrell Owens has 293 yards over his past two games.
Sanchez Gets Sliding Lessons From Girardi
Joe Girardi is helping Mark Sanchez learn how to slide safely.