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“It’s Time to React” – Fireman Ed

By John Touhey

Those were the words of Fireman Ed before Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Before the game started there were some question marks ailing the Jets. In a matter of hours Jets Nation was hailing the Jets and their performance against the division rival Buffalo Bills.

The stadium was absolutely electric before the start of the game and I myself was yelling and screaming to the top of my lungs. I was eager to see how the offense would fair after they obviously had some trouble in the preseason and to my surprise they blew my expectations out of the water. Once Mark Sanchez got that silly interception out of his system, he was spot on for the rest of the game.

All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s second pass of the game, bailing out the offense. Sanchez then led his team down the field and finished the drive with a touchdown pass to second year receiver Jeremy Kerley.

From there on out gang green took over and never looked back. The next drive Kyle Wilson picked off Fitzpatrick which led to rookie Stephen Hill’s first touchdown catch of his career. Special teams even found the end zone when Kerley took a punt all the way back to the house giving the Jets a 21-0 lead. At this point in the game I just wanted to see Curtis Martin back on the field to be honored by his former team by having his number retired. The ceremony was as classy as Curtis is (minus the boos for Woody Johnson but I’ll let that slide) and you could tell Curtis was proud to be among some of the best players to ever play the game. It took me until after the game to realize that I attended one of the most historic games in Jets history.

After all the hoopla there was a second half of football to be played and the Jets had a 27-7 lead to build upon. On the Bills’ first possession the Jets second best receiver Antonio Cromartie took a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass 40 yards for another Jets touchdown.

However, in between all these touchdowns, C.J. Spiller of the Bills was running up and down the field racking up the yards against the Jets Defense. Spiller came in full time after Fred Jackson left the game with a leg injury(I’ll be dropping him from my fantasy team). The Bills finished the game with 195 rushing yards on 26 attempts, that’s 7.5 yards a carry for you math geniuses. As this game continued the Bills slowly scored a handful of touchdowns and soon enough the game wasn’t considered a blowout.

Now maybe that could be the defense letting up on the gas and the offense just trying to run out the clock but that has to mentioned. The Bills have more weapons than people think and if the secondary didn’t bail out the lack of a pass rush this game would have been much closer. Lucky for us Jets fans, the offense looked exceptionally good and the defense made plays when it had to and I expect the Jets to play this way all year.

In some Tim Tebow news, he had five carries for 11 yards; really didn’t make an impact besides grabbing an onside kick. Mark Sanchez proved, at least for now, that he is and will be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

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One Response to ““It’s Time to React” – Fireman Ed”

  1. Brock says:

    I like what Sanchez did, however, you shouldn’t minimize the impact that Tebow has had on the Jets. It’s well known that he’s a leader in the locker room and I imagine that includes the Jets locker room. He may have taken some of the burden off of Sanchez in that area. Tebow’s a narural born leader and Sanchez can learn a thing or two about from him. As for on-the-field, there’s going to be games where the Jets need Tebow and he’ll make an impact. Writers and Journalists seem to want to pit Sanchez against Tebow. Hey John, lay off of Tebow and be a Jets fan!

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