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Dalvin Cook, TJ Hockenson and a guy named Justin Jefferson. It's VIKINGS WEEK!!! Let's talk about shoving that damn horn up their...


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7 minutes ago, usanyj said:

I guess its a respect thing, having prime time games, but call me crazy, I like the 1PM games, over by 4PM and I'm able to calm down either way so I can have some semblance of sleep that night.  

I like 4 or even 8pm better. Doesn't kill my whole day.

If there's one thing I'm jealous of for west coast NFL fans it's having the 1pm games done by 1pm. Then if there's a good matchup, watch more; but if it's just the Raiders vs. Denver? Meh who cares; I'll read about it later. 

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9 hours ago, BigRy56 said:

As a Dalvin Cook fantasy holder, I can say he hasn’t been a superstar this year. The focus for the defense should be 100% on Justin Jefferson

Agree, but TJ Hockenson is a pretty good threat at TE.  Maybe I'm scarred from the years of Tight Ends torching the Jets but I'd make sure we have a plan for him.  Jefferson is by far the biggest weapon on the Vikings, if not the biggest in the league.  The guy is unreal.  Have to do a lot more than just put Sauce on him... although that's a good start.  Sauce frustrated Jamar Chase earlier this year, but definitely needs some Safety help with that guy.  This is where our Front 4 really needs to shine.  Not needing extra pass rushers to get pressure can be a huge advantage when you want to keep extra help in the Secondary to cover an elite WR.

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17 hours ago, Sperm Edwards said:

I like 4 or even 8pm better. Doesn't kill my whole day.

If there's one thing I'm jealous of for west coast NFL fans it's having the 1pm games done by 1pm. Then if there's a good matchup, watch more; but if it's just the Raiders vs. Denver? Meh who cares; I'll read about it later. 

Hawaii is ideal.

7am local time starts your day off.

night game finishes by 5:30pm or so

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18 hours ago, Flashlite80 said:

The D-line will hound Cousin's the way Micah Parson's did.  The question is can anyone stop Jefferson?

Just the next test for the defense.  If the offense can score 20, we could get this one.

We should be able to pass on them. I think the Pats had a pretty good game throwing thebball last week. 

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Vikings have a good offense but their defense is allowing the second most yards per game. Their weakness is their pass defense though. If we can have an air attack like last week, this game is winnable. 

Our run defense has been vulnerable at times though. With our pass d playing so well, I wouldn’t be surprised if The Vikings lean on the run a little more than their season splits currently show, especially if we can bottle up Jefferson early in the game.

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NFL Network's Brian Baldinger: Jets Have to Get Hits on Vikings QB Kirk Cousins

By Jack Bell

Nov 30, 2022 at 12:17 PM

The Jets travel to the Land of 10,000 Lakes searching for another win when they face the Vikings indoors at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

The first "meaningful game in December" in a few years takes the Jets (7-4) to another NFC North venue against a Minnesota (9-2) team that has lost only one of its past nine games, a 40-3 thumping by the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 20. And if there was a special sauce to the Cowboys' victory it was their success in harassing and hounding Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to the tune of seven sacks while Dallas ran up 151 yards on the ground.

Those could be keys for the Green & White (and black) against the purple guys, NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger, joined by Bart Scott, told team reporter Eric Allen on the latest edition of "The Official Jets Podcast."

"How can you affect Cousins?" Baldinger said. "When you affect the quarterback, you're going to affect the game. You've got to pressure Cousins, he can throw it up if the pressure is applied. That's why he's not been successful in big games and the postseason when the pressure is much bigger. To me, it's the key to the game. I think you have to change up, you can't rush four all the time. Get him to go max protection and limit his options down the field. This team [the Jets] is built around the front four and they have to earn their money up in Minnesota. They have got to get hits on Cousins. Hit them early, the earlier the better. Hit them early and they're going to give it to you late. I'd be preaching that all day long."

Cousins enters the game as the No. 7 passer in the NFL, throwing for 2,760 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions (2 at home) and has been sacked 28 times. Justin Jefferson is his go-to receiver. Jefferson is third in the NFL with 81 receptions for 1,232 yards. He's followed by Adam Thielen, who has 54 catches for 553 yards.

"With Kirk Cousins, the ball comes out on time and he has some football acumen," Scott said. "You have to get after this team with four rushers."

Scott added: "On defense, the Jets have to do it in waves. They're going to have to make them one dimensional. Stop the run, get up by two scores and dictate the rules of engagement. If you can get him off his spot Cousins can be affected, getting in his face and getting him to the ground early, make him panic."

The Jets certainly have the defensive chops to stymie nearly any offense -- they boast the NFL's No. 1 scoring defense in points allowed the past 10 weeks (9 games, 142 points).

While the Jets will contend with Minnesota's potent offense, the Green & White offense got a spark in Mike White's first start of the season last week against Chicago. In addition to his 315 yards and 3 touchdown passes, White spread the ball around to 10 receivers in the 31-10 victory

"Everybody gets humbled in this business, I don't care if you're the second pick in the draft, everyone gets humbled," Baldinger said. "Most people have to overcome adversity and it's almost better if it happens early in their career." He added: "When he gets the chance he [White] doesn't look raw. He looks ready."

That early speed bumps were the case for White, who was a fifth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2018 and has been on a roller-coaster ride with the Jets, being cut, re-signed, spending time on the practice squad and getting four starts last season -- and now.

Baldinger said he was especially impressed with the manner in which head coach Robert Saleh handled the change at quarterback from Zach Wilson to White.

"One thing about Robert Saleh is that his team is going to know first," Baldinger said. "He's going to inform his team first. And that's the way it should be. Not through the media or a podcast. Let the players know, you can't ask anything more as a player. As far as Zach goes, the last thing he needs to do is hang his head. Look in the mirror at what can I do to improve. If you're not asking that -- how can I get better for this team -- then you're not asking the right questions."

It's little surprise that Scott believes the Jets "have to make it a physical contest." The "Madbacker" also thinks the Jets have a deep roster that has weathered the loss of RB Breece Hall and OL Alijah Vera-Tucker and have dealt with adversity along the offensive line all season -- and come out the better for it.

"If they're able to take care of business [Sunday], they'll put the league on notice," Scott said. "It's not about who's the best team, it's about who's playing the best at the right time. The Jets have so much depth and may be one of the healthiest teams. They've got good backups, guys coming back from injuries [OL Max Mitchell and George Fant, for example]. The Jets are equipped, they've dealt with adversity. Buffalo has been healthy, but now Von Miller is hurt and they're going to have to adjust and it's going to take a while. Look at Miami, [OL Terron] Armstead is out. The Jets are fine."

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Any time the Jets face a QB when they know exactly where the QB is going to be on every drop back, they're going to eat.  JJ might get his, Cook might break a few, but the Jets will be the Jets and eventually start getting to Cousins.  If Mike White continues to play within the system and distribute the ball timely to his play makers, the Jets will once again make this a 4th quarter game and have a chance to win.  In fact, I'd bet on it.

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