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Game Information

  • New York Jets (+3) @ Minnesota Vikings (44.5 O/U)
  • Date/Time: December 4th, 2022, 1:00pm EST
  • Announcers: CBS – Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn
  • Location/Weather: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN (dome)
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman

 

refs impacting NFL games

Clete Blakeman is reffing NYJ @ MIN

he calls the

#2 most DPI penalties
#3 most illegal contact penalties
#5 most defensive holding penalties

see who this helps most

ref trends & edges for every game this wk

via @nflrefstats1https://t.co/lqiS6IwENP

— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 1, 2022

 

2022 Season Leaders

Passing: Kirk Cousins (296/414, 65.0% comp, 2,760 yards, 17 TDs, 9 INTs)

Rushing: Dalvin Cook (178 att, 841 yards, 6 TDs)

Receiving: Justin Jefferson (116 targets, 81 rec, 1,232 yards, 5 TDs)

Tackles: Jordan Hick (55)

Sacks: Za’Darius Smith (9.5)

Interceptions: Harrison Smith (4)

 

Jets/Vikings History

  • NYJ leads all-time series 8-3-0
  • Last Matchup: 2018, NYJ lost 37-17
  • Last NYJ win: 2010, 29-20 (Nick Folk had 4 FGs and Dwight Lowery had a pick-six for NYJ; Randy Moss and Percy Harvin caught TD passes from Brett Favre for MIN)

 

Matchups to Watch

Sauce Gardner/D.J. Reed vs Justin Jefferson/Adam Thielen

  • Justin Jefferson was the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November. He, like Stefon Diggs, will be the toughest to cover from a route running perspective. Jefferson is currently 3rd in the NFL in receptions (81) and 2nd in yards (1,232). The combination of Reed and Gardner for the Jets has allowed a total of 552 yards receiving this season. While it is never expected that a defense can completely shut down Jefferson, the New York cornerbacks are likely the best chance to suppress his impact on the game. While mainly a boundary receiver for the Vikings, Jefferson plays 29.8% of his snaps from the slot, so Michael Carter will also see his fair share of the All-Pro wideout.

 

Garrett Wilson/Elijah Moore vs Patrick Peterson

  • Vikings are one of the most zone-heavy defenses, which bodes well for both Mike White and his receivers. When you factor in the injuries to the Minnesota secondary, who will be without 2022 first-round pick S Lewis Cine, CB Andrew Booth, and CB Cameron Dantzler, it leaves mismatches for the Jets young star receivers to exploit. The linebackers will sink deep enough in the coverage that the underneath will be available, providing perfect YAC opportunities. Dump it down to your playmakers and allow them to make magic with the ball in their hands.

 

#Vikings secondary/coverage tendencies are interesting… Zone coverage, free access, and open WRs all over this defense. Allowing a ton of yards and explosive pass plays

They DO NOT want to play man coverage.

Cover 1 – 31st
Cover 0 – 29th
2-Man – 27th
Press Coverage – 30th

— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) November 30, 2022

 

Keys to Victory

Get Quinnen Williams activated again. After a week with no pressures or sacks, Williams has a chance to get back on track with his All-Pro level season. The Vikings primary interior trio of Ed Ingram, Garrett Bradbury and Ezra Cleveland have allowed a combined 100 pressures this season, which means there is plenty of opportunity to get after Kirk Cousins. For comparison, the foursome of interior players that have played for the Jets (Connor McGovern, Laken Tomlinson, Nate Herbig and Alijah Vera-Tucker) have only 58 total combined pressures. It is also looking more and more likely that Minnesota’s LT Christian Darrisaw will be out for the game, which only strengthens the advantage for New York’s front four. Unlock 95 and the defensive line and prove that this playoff run isn’t a mirage.

 

Predictions

  • Bam Knight scores his first career TD
  • The defense will sack Kirk Cousins 3+ times
  • Greg Zuerlein makes at least one kick from 50+ yards

 

Despite the 9-2 record, Minnesota has played in many close ball games this season. Eight of their wins are by 7 or fewer points, meaning the 4th quarter will be crucial in this matchup. The Jets have been one of the best teams in the final fifteen, so if this game is close, expect New York to find a way to close it out. I am taking a leap of faith with the score, but based on the way this defense has played, I think this is a game that Jets have potential to run away with. They begin the first of two difficult road games with a win, and move one step closer to controlling their own destiny. 

 

  • Score: 28-10
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18 hours ago, JetNation said:

 

Referee: Clete Blakeman

 

refs impacting NFL games

Clete Blakeman is reffing NYJ @ MIN

he calls the

#2 most DPI penalties
#3 most illegal contact penalties
#5 most defensive holding penalties

Between the best WR in the league and a rookie CB with limitless potential but also one who likes to grab a lot, this could be a very big problem for us.

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36 minutes ago, greenwichjetfan said:

Between the best WR in the league and a rookie CB with limitless potential but also one who likes to grab a lot, this could be a very big problem for us.

The same refs will call the same penalties when we are throwing the ball.  At least we have capable defenders.

In theory its a wash.

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50 minutes ago, Bowles Movement said:

The same refs will call the same penalties when we are throwing the ball.  At least we have capable defenders.

In theory its a wash.

Lol. It’s only a wash if we had anyone in the caliber of Jefferson. Let’s see. I hope the refs don’t swing this game, I’m just saying it’s a distinct possibility.

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52 minutes ago, greenwichjetfan said:

Lol. It’s only a wash if we had anyone in the caliber of Jefferson. Let’s see. I hope the refs don’t swing this game, I’m just saying it’s a distinct possibility.

We might not have someone of Jefferson’s caliber,but they have nothing close to Sauce and Reed.

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1 hour ago, Bowles Movement said:

We might not have someone of Jefferson’s caliber,but they have nothing close to Sauce and Reed.

The whole point of refs impacting games is that a lot of it goes off reputations and Vegas.

Jefferson has a rep of being the best WR in the league. Sauce has a rep of getting away with holds. On the flip side, none of our WRs have reputations for being elite route runners. These things matter. We’re seeing it already. 2 holding calls for Jefferson and now a questionable unnecessary roughness.

Meanwhile, they missed obvious PI on Mims and a potential/questionable PI on Davis.

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On 12/4/2022 at 8:36 AM, greenwichjetfan said:

Between the best WR in the league and a rookie CB with limitless potential but also one who likes to grab a lot, this could be a very big problem for us.

Unfortunately…it happened. This is what I was worried about. It only takes a few calls or no calls to change the game.

- The 3 no calls in favor of the Vikings (CD, Mims, and GW) in the first half where all 3 could have been called. 
 

- The 2 defensive holding calls in favor of Jefferson and the 1 unnecessary roughness call. All 3 were valid but questionable, and if you’re going to call them, then they should be called for the Jets too. But that’s not how it works because the refs are not robots nor do they watch every game or care about the teams. So they have to go on reputations and trends, and that’s where human error comes into play. 
 

Those 6 plays impacted by the refs not calling the game impartially completely changed the game and had the Jets climbing uphill the rest of the day. If GW doesn’t trip incidentally on that corner route or if Berrios catches the ball on 4th or we get better protection on the final play, we still win, and the refs are just an afterthought as opposed to excuses.

Heartbreaking to know that the Jets were the better team and would have run away with the win if the refs called the game equally. On the bright side though, I loved the fight and am optimistic about the rest of the season. Even Nania is calling out it.

 

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There is no doubt that we got the short end of a lot of calls and non calls.   Refs are human and cant see everything.   You would hope that it evens out over the course of the season.  But some of those calls and non calls were killer.   The early dpi on Davis that wasnt called before the first int was particularly egregious.  
 

Id like to see the NFL review these games and grade the refs, then suspend or fire the bad ones, but the league wont even hire full time refs.

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