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**** Official New York Jets vs Minnesota Vikings Game Thread ****

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With two games left until the bye, the Jets have been on a roll. They seek to add to a three game winning streak that has put them on the top of the AFC East. There is much drama associated with this game, whether manufactured or natural. Moss has been reunited with Minnesota, while we have learned that Favre failed in trying to unite with Jenn Sterger. With many key players returning to the lineup, can the Jets pull off a resounding victory on Monday Night Football? Will Revis be able to shut down Moss and shut up the naysayers in the process? Only time will tell, but we can root for the best and listen to some music to get us pumped up for that:


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This is a statement game. The Jets match up well with this team and I have faith in the D. We're gonna need to move the ball on these guys without much of a running game against that D line. Sanchez is gonna have to play well.

In what sense do we match up well against them

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Jets in full swagger mode

October 11, 2010

You would have to be from Mars, not to notice the Jets aren’t shy about being in the spotlight, which is why letting them play a Monday Night Football game against Brett Favre and the Vikings is like giving Lady Gaga a microphone.

Some teams might approach it as just another game, but the Jets have made it clear they view tonight’s matchup as an opportunity to impress anyone with a television.

“It’s primetime,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie said. “The country will get to see what the Jets offense and defense are about. We want to send a message NFL-wide that when you come play us at home you’re in trouble.”

The Jets are in swagger mode, ready to validate three straight wins with a triumph over the Vikings (1-2), who came within a whisker of going to the Super Bowl last year. If Brett Favre thought he had a tough week dodging questions about lewd text messages, the Jets plan to turn up the heat with a defense focused on showing off its ability to cause havoc.

“Our whole thing is to dominate the way we’re capable of dominating,” Cromartie said. “We know they’re going to make a few plays here and there. But our job is to go out and take care of business.”

The intent to dominate isn’t just a defensive mindset. When asked what message the Jets want to send tonight, offensive lineman Rob Turner didn’t hesitate.

“It’s the same message we want to send every week,” he said. “We want to get in there and we want to physically beat people. A lot of people might wonder why say physically beat them instead out-rush or sack them. But this encompasses all of it. That’s the mentality that [coach] Rex [Ryan] has. Physically, if you beat on people enough you make them quit.

“It’s like with our running game,” Turner continued. “We don’t take off until the second half. But think about it. If somebody is punching you in the face for three quarters, they can get their hands up, but eventually they’re going to get slower and slower and slower and eventually some of those punches are going to start sneaking through and then you get a knockout punch. It’s the same mentality with both offense and defense. It’s the same game plan we carry into any game.”

The Jets lost their season opener on a Monday night to the Ravens, 10-9, and while they whipped the Dolphins, 31-23, in a recent Sunday night game, Ryan hasn’t forgotten a Monday night loss at Miami last year and a Monday night loss to the Giants this preseason. It bugged him enough to alter his practice schedule, hoping it will improve his team’s chances of beating the Vikings.

“Our schedule is changing up a little,” Ryan said about the Jets’ increase in nationally televised appearances. “We’ve got to find the formula to win on Monday night. Normally, you’re playing a good football team [and that] probably has something to do with it. But we really do need to find a way to win. Playing in front of our fans after being away for two weeks is going to be a huge boost.”

As for how he altered the schedule, Ryan said: “I changed when we had practice, the days off and all that kind of stuff. I’m just searching for the right formula.”

This is the winning formula: dominate.

“The offensive scheme will be different,” Turner said, “the defensive scheme will be different. But the M.O. of physically beating up on a team

and letting them know that they just played us, that’s the M.O. we need to play with every week.”

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Jets face drama-filled Vikings on Monday Night Football


Last Updated: 6:32 AM, October 11, 2010

Subplots abound in tonight’s game between the Jets and Vikings at New Meadowlands Stadium.

First and foremost is the chance for the 3-1 Jets to win their fourth consecutive game.

After that, of course, there’s the return of Brett Favre to the Meadowlands, the return of Randy Moss as a Viking, the Jets debut for receiver Santonio Holmes and the season debut for Jets linebacker Calvin Pace.

“The NFL is loving this now,” right tackle Damien Woody said. “Prime time. Big trade with Moss there now. Marquee matchup. Monday Night Football. Brett Favre. We’re playing pretty well right now.

“This is part of the intrigue of the NFL. You couldn’t ask for better ratings. It makes for really good TV. It’s going to be a heck of a matchup. For a fan, you couldn’t ask for anything else.”

Here’s how The Post sees the game breaking down:


Jets CB Darrelle Revis vs. Moss. Revis is returning from the pulled hamstring injury he suffered in coverage while Moss caught a TD pass as a member of the Patriots three weeks ago. He has had his way with Moss of late and has even questioned the receiver’s effort and heart.


For all the talk of Favre and Moss, the Vikings’ offense goes through RB Adrian Peterson, one of the two most dynamic backs in the NFL. He’s the league’s third-leading rusher with 392 yards and has a 5.6-yard average and three TDs. The Jets must gang-tackle Peterson, because he breaks tackles better than anyone in the NFL.


The Jets will have the services of Holmes for the first time this season following his four-game drug suspension. Holmes automatically becomes the Jets’ most dynamic receiving threat because of his speed. Look for QB Mark Sanchez to get Holmes involved early to get him into it.


It has to end at some point, but after being intercepted 20 times last season, Sanchez has played four games and thrown 103 passes without a turnover. The Vikings enter the game with only two picks in their three games.


The Jets have had their problems with opposing tight ends, and Minnesota’s Visanthe Shiancoe has 11 catches for a 15.4-yard average and a TD this season. Shiancoe has caught 15 TD passes in his last 23 regular-season games. With Moss now the deep threat the Vikings have been missing, it could open more opportunities up for Shiancoe. It could be an active day for Jets safeties Jim Leonhard and Brodney Pool.


Speaking of tight ends, can the Jets’ Dustin Keller keep up his torrid pace as Sanchez’s favorite receiver? Particularly in the red zone, Keller has been borderline dominant through four games, with a team-leading 19 catches for 254 yards and five TDs.


Favre, who celebrated his 41st birthday yesterday, has not been in great form this year, throwing six interceptions in three games — and he has been getting hit a lot. One goal of the Jets’ defense will be not necessarily sacking Favre (he has been sacked six times), but getting hits on him. They believe that will wear Favre down quickly.


The Jets have averaged 32.3 points per game in their last three games while the Vikings’ defense has allowed an average of 12.7 points per game. The Vikings defense has allowed only four TDs in three games. Something has to give.


70,000. That’s how many yards Favre will have thrown for if he gets 74 tonight. If he does that, he will be the first player in NFL history to do it.


The Vikings are 18-7 in their last 25 games.


The Jets lead the NFL in turnover ratio at plus-8. They have eight takeaways and have turned it over only once.


The Jets defense will keep Moss quiet and make Favre look old with a lot of harassment and hits. The Jets defense will give up some yards to Peterson, but not enough to beat them. This should be a defensive struggle based on how well both teams play defense.


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Adrian Peterson will draw bulk of attention from Jets defense as Brett Favre returns with Vikings

BY Manish Mehta


Monday, October 11th 2010, 4:00 AM

For all the hoopla surrounding Brett Favre and Randy Moss in the run-up to Monday night's clash at New Meadowlands Stadium, the Jets are fully aware that Adrian Peterson will be their biggest threat. The dynamic running back, the engine of the Vikings offense, has been the focal point for a defense that ranks fourth in the league (74.8 yards per game) against the run.

"We don't want to lose sight of him," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. "It has always been our point of emphasis. If you can't stop the run, you're in trouble."

Peterson is a blend of power, speed and shiftiness that has helped him become a force. The fourth-year pro leads the NFC in rushing (392 yards) and ranks second in the league among running backs with at least 70 carries with a 5.6 yards-per-carry average.

According to Profootballfocus.com, Peterson has forced more missed tackles (24) than any other running back in the league even though he's played one less game than most of them.

"He's the best back in the league," Rex Ryan said. "The thing that gets me (is) he runs every time like it's going to be the last carry of his life. He is so competitive. He's had some fumble issues in the past, but it's because he's fighting like crazy for extra yardage.

"One guy is not going to do the trick," Ryan said of tackling Peterson. "We've got to get a bunch of guys over there on him and hit him with everything we've got."

Peterson hasn't had those ball security issues through the Vikings' first three games. After averaging a fumble once every 49 touches through his first three seasons, Peterson hasn't coughed up the ball in 83 touches so far.

He should be the primary beneficiary of Moss' ability to stretch the field. Favre & Co. struggled to generate points without a legitimate deep threat through the first three weeks. Moss' presence should prevent opponents from bringing eight or nine men in the box to slow down Peterson.

"You've got to pick your poison: Are you going to try to stop the run and put guys out on islands?" Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "Then there are always opportunities for big plays. ... Hopefully we're able to open some holes for Adrian."

The Jets certainly won't make it easy for the fifth-ranked Minnesota rushing attack. Ryan's unit is tied for third in the league, allowing only 3.2 yards per carry. The Jets haven't allowed a running back to gain more than 54 yards this season. Peterson, on the other hand, has topped the century mark twice already.


As expected, Darrelle Revis will play against the Vikings. The All-Pro cornerback was listed as probable after practicing fully on Friday and Saturday. Sunday, he tweeted, "im playing against our former teammate #farve tomar, going to be a battle!"

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Game day: Favre visits the Jets

October, 11, 2010 By Rich Cimini

You talk about a multi-layered plot. This has more storylines than an episode of "Hard Knocks." Monday night's game has:

Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre returning to the scene of his shot-gun marriage to the New York Jets in 2008, this time enveloped by scandal -- a league investigation into a Deadspin report that says he sent racy text messages and pictures to Jenn Sterger, the Jets' game-day hostess in '08. On top of that, Favre is having a lousy year and he's dealing with elbow inflammation. How will he handle the distractions? Never underestimate Favre, who played one of the best games of his life (a Monday night classic) the day after his father died.

We also have WR Randy Moss making his Vikings debut, just in time for a rematch with CB Darrelle Revis, who is back in the lineup after a two-week hamstring injury. Revis, with next-day piling on from teammate Antonio Cromartie, questioned Moss' intensity in their Week 2 matchup, when Moss played for the New England Patriots. Make no mistake, Moss won't be slouching it, not on national TV with his team watching. The other headline receiver in the game is Santonio Holmes, who makes his Jets debut after serving a four-game drug suspension.

For the Jets (3-1), eager to erase the bitter taste from their Monday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, here are the keys:

Contain Adrian Peterson with seven in the box: The Vikings' RB is averaging 130 yards per game. He's a missed tackle waiting to happen; in fact, he leads the league in forcing missed tackles. With Moss on the perimeter, the Jets won't be able to cheat a safety into the box; they have to keep two safeties in pass coverage. The return of OLB Calvin Pace (broken foot), a very good run defender, will help set one edge, forcing Peterson inside.

Spread the field: The strength of the Vikings' defense is the front four and linebackers. The Jets should spread the field, using three and four receivers. That will force the Vikings to use their "small" packages -- nickel and dime. Makes sense for the Jets, whose receiving corps will be bolstered by the debut of Holmes. Years ago, the Patriots stayed in the spread look for an entire game and beat the Vikings.

Brick wall: Forget about Revis vs. Moss; the most important matchup might be LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson vs. Vikings DE Jared Allen. After a sluggish start, Ferguson is coming off two outstanding games. The Vikings are a Cover-2 team that relies on their front four to generate most of the pass rush, so if Allen is slowed by Ferguson, it'll take them out of their game. Ferguson faced Allen once before, in the '05, finale, when Allen was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Said Ferguson: "He's a talented player, I'm a talented player. It'll be a good matchup."

Attack Favre early: The old man has been hit 15 times in three games, mostly because his offensive tackles aren't real strong in pass protection. The Vikings also are vulnerable to the blitz, which plays to the Jets' strength. If the Jets can hit him early, perhaps aggravating that sore throwing elbow, it could force him to start rushing things and making bad decisions. The Jets saw in '08 what that can look like -- a lot of interceptions. The Jets' DBs are licking their chops, looking for Favre picks.

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That's cool, I also feel we are going to win, but I would feel better about it if you had a vision. You were on a roll with those and it was pretty cool.

I can't force them, they come when they come but I have a very calm feeling about tonight-FTR: I did NOT feel this way on opening night. Let's just hope the officials take their meds before gametime and we don't end up with that same crew that we had against the Ratbirds

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