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The New York Jets Mid-Season Review: A Fan’s Perception
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The New York Jets Mid-Season Review: A Fan’s Perception

Several weeks ago when the NFL was gearing up to launch this season, those tasked with prognostication scrolled through the schedules, circled some prominent games, and provided some preliminary thoughts.

New York Jet fans, of course, performed the same exercise with the team's schedule.

Universally, the prevailing wisdom suggested the San Francisco 49ers posed a nearly impossible challenge for the Jets. Nobody knew at that time the state of any two teams when the fourth week rolled around, but the fundamental reasons seemed rational. The 49ers are a mirror image, philosophically, of the Jets. Both want to dominate defensively. Both want to run the ball more than they throw it. Both want to play physically and the wear down the opposition.

At that time, most knowledgeable people posited that the 49ers were better in all those areas than the Jets. This was one game, most thought, that the difference in style of play couldn't favor the Jets.

As we fast forward a few weeks, look what's occurred. The San Francisco 49ers established themselves as a bona fide Super Bowl contender, and then stubbed their collective toes against the Minnesota Vikings last week in a game they clearly overlooked. As penance, Jim Harbaugh, one of the league's most irritating coaches, refused to allow his team to go back home. Instead, they spent the week in beautiful Youngstown, Ohio, of all places. What kind of mood do you think the 49ers will carry into New Jersey on Sunday (September 29)?

On the flip side, the Jets have been woeful, appear completely inept on offense, and can no longer lean on defense to steal football games. The entire locker room is aware that the path to any postseason contention traveled through Darrelle Revis and Rex Ryan's favorite unit. With Revis out, you can feel the air escaping the balloon at Hindenburg speed. What kind of mood do you think the Jets carry into their stadium on Sunday?

This is one of those wrong time, wrong team games. The upset will be Mark Sanchez finding the end zone against the 49ers defense. Any bets? San Francisco 23, Jets 6.

Glenn Vallach has been a football fan for most of his lifetime, but never played organized pigskin unless you consider the thousands of youth hours running slant routes on city streets with a friend serving as Joe Willie. Don Maynard was his idol, an adulation he took seriously, complete with a number 13 stitched to his sweatshirt. He remains a New York Jet fan through so much disappointment and embarrassment over the years. Coach Rex Ryan has rekindled a dormant fire, but sometimes he feels as if he doesn't understand the likely end result of all his efforts. It has been 42 years, after all.

Sources:

  • · Yahoo! Sports New York Jets page
  • · Yahoo! Sports San Francisco 49ers page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Mark Sanchez page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Darrelle Revis page
  • · Dennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press, Wilson has tough task of replacing Revis for Jets

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