The 2016 football season is now in week 13 and I certainly don't need to remind you that the New York Jets are 3-8.
The November 13th game against the Rams was almost unbearable to watch, but we did get to see Bryce Petty as a replacement for the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. Petty looked good in the first quarter, but the entire team fell asleep after that, and so did the fans.
The Bye Week 11 was a chance for the team to regroup and recover, preparing to meet the mighty New England Patriots. The injury report provided by the Jets on 11/24 indicated C Nick Mangold did not practice and limited practice for WR Quincy Enunwa and Brandon Marshall. The report also indicated that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was at full participation in practice, which was welcome news for fans and the entire Jets team. It appeared that Fitzpatrick would be the starting quarterback against Tom Brady. Tom Brady did not practice for some days leading up to the divisional game on November 27th. A Belichick trick ?
Head Coach Todd Bowles was asked if Brady is playing as good now as he's ever played (duh) and Bowles remarked "Yes, he does. Obviously, he keeps himself in remarkable shape and he's an ultimate competitor. And he's playing at a high level ...."
The New York Jets need his "secret".
On November 25th, two days before the match-up, Todd Bowles was asked about the overall health of the team following the Bye Week and he said, "Any time you get a bye week after week 10 it's a good time to get some bumps and bruises healed up".
The New England Patriots game on November 27th was an exciting contest with the Jets holding off the opposing team for much of the game. The weather was pretty nice, the referees were terrible with several overturned calls in our favor, and our team was well rested.
The New York Jets really looked good in the game, with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing two touchdowns, completing 22 of 32 passes for 269 yards and a 115.2 passer rating. Fitzpatrick has thrown for at least 2 touchdown passes in 10 of the 11 home games he has started as a New York Jet. That's admirable.
WR Quincy Enunwa saw a lot of action in the game, and he recorded a single-game career-high for receiving yards and the best 100-yard game of his career. He had five receptions for 109 yards and he had one touchdown. We will be looking at this young star for years to come.
WR Brandon Marshall increased his streak of consecutive games with a catch, bringing that number to 155 with a 13 yard reception on the Jets first offensive play. Marshall finished the game with 6 receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown.
The game really looked within reach as the Jets defense held the Patriots scoreless on the first three drives of the game, the longest it has taken a Brady-led offense to score this season.
Alas, the football God's had other plans and the New England Patriots got the best of the Jets defense and came back to win 22-17.
As a personal side, I'm sad to report on one of my all-time favorite Jets players. After watching Darrelle Revis in his career with the Jets, which started with the 2007 NFL Draft, then watching him in Tampa Bay, then with the Patriots and back to the Jets again, I'd have to say we have seen his best playing days behind him. He doesn't seem to have any gas in his tank, and his struggles were really apparent in the New England game.
I, for one, will be extremely sad to relocate off Revis Island. Revis Island was a special, dreamy place.
So, let me finish by saying I hope the New York Jets will pull out a few more wins before we have nothing left to do but wait for the NFL Scouting Combine and the draft. And, maybe,just maybe, have to watch Tom Brady in the Super Bowl again.