Jets, Giants have New York buzzing: Peter Schrager’s Cheat Sheet

By Peter Schrager
FOX Sports activities NFL Analyst

Week 2 was fairly good, huh? One other superb slate is forward of us. 

This is to a number of historic fourth-quarter comebacks, Mark Sanchez’s one-liners within the sales space and James Harden being gifted balls ultimately zone. (How did the Sixers star resist dribbling it 14 instances after which taking pictures the pigskin?)

Let’s get into it:

1. A New York State of Thoughts 

I stay in New York Metropolis, the place there are followers of all 32 NFL groups. Working in Decrease Manhattan daily, I get an important alternative to see 1000’s of individuals hustling, bustling and shoving pizza slices down their throats as they pop up from subways and attempt to keep away from strolling into visitors whereas checking their telephones. 

I additionally get to see a ton of soccer jerseys within the wild. And let me inform you, the Giants and Jets jerseys have been pulled out of the again of the closet and are out this week. And that is comprehensible contemplating the lengthy waits these followers have endured to really put on these jerseys with some morsel of satisfaction. 

Jets pull off a stunner!

Craig Carton celebrates after his New York Jets pulled off a miracle comeback in Cleveland.

Ever lose a couple of kilos and slip into these denims from 5 or 10 years in the past and simply really feel nice? That is the 34-year-old Goldman Sachs banker altering out of the shirt and tie and rocking a Saquon jersey to the bar after work proper now. 

Jets followers are just like the Undertaker gif this week, someway alive and up after being lifeless and buried earlier than the leaves even began to show coloration. Final week was a wild one for your entire franchise, beginning with a head coach who had a 4-14 profession file insisting he was accumulating “receipts” on all those that have been mocking his group, and ending with essentially the most inconceivable Jets victory … ever. 

You’ve got learn or devoured the ultimate 90 seconds of the Jets’ miracle win in Cleveland 1,000,000 methods, however that victory does not occur if three crucial issues happen. 

A. The 2 rookie playmakers have been improbable

The Jets took two offensive rookie skill-position gamers within the first 34 picks and each have been electrical Sunday. Garrett Wilson and Breece Corridor have been all around the subject. Every scored touchdowns, and in Wilson’s case, he was seemingly unguardable. 

I’m going again to a dialog I had with Jets GM Joe Douglas after the draft, wherein Joe instructed me that after buying and selling as much as get Jermaine Johnson with the twenty sixth general choose, the Jets have been attempting desperately to maneuver again into the primary spherical for a fourth Day 1 choice so they may add Corridor. 

They could not discover a commerce companion. So the Jets brass spent the following 12 hours hoping, wishing, wanting — that someway Corridor would slip to them within the second spherical. Once they realized Houston might be within the two-time Large 12 Offensive Participant of the 12 months from Iowa State, Douglas discovered a commerce companion in Giants GM Joe Schoen, jumped Houston and landed the runner. 

Corridor solely touched the ball eight instances Sunday, however when on the market, he was a tough cowl. I’m not utilizing hyperbole right here. You’d have to return to the Rex Ryan period for a time when the Jets had two gamers as extremely touted or as dynamic at WR and RB as Wilson and Corridor. That is only the start. 

B. The Jets particular groups have been very good

You understand the Braden Mann onside kick. However earlier than that, Greg Zuerlein hit a 57-yard-field purpose to tie the rating at 17. Mann additionally linked with Jeff Smith on a daring, uncharacteristic pretend punt to retain possession within the first half. 

Jets followers haven’t been accustomed to elite special-teams play over the previous couple of years. Mann’s story is especially enjoyable to rally round. Jets followers have been calling for his job after an abysmal Week 1. 

In Week 2, he took residence the award for AFC Particular Groups Participant of the Week. Brant Boyer’s unit was as chargeable for the victory Sunday because the offense or protection. 

C. The cloud is lifted … for now? 

The Jets do not win these video games. Ever. That is simply not them; at the least since Namath suited up. 

The playing websites all mirrored that — after Nick Chubb’s rating, the Browns have been 99% assured a victory. However that 1% was all of the Jets wanted. 

That scene behind Kevin Stefanski was one thing, too. Kids in Browns jerseys, prepared to return on to the sector in celebration, befuddled as the top coach tries to someway cease the bleeding on the sector in entrance of them … that is Jets stuff! Now, perhaps it is not? 

Jets coach Robert Saleh referred to as out for receipts. The New York media ate it up. They have been able to pounce Sunday. Then the Jets discovered a means. New York beat Cincinnati final season. Who is aware of? Possibly Gang Inexperienced can do it once more this weekend. 

2. Josh Allen’s Miami vise

Earlier than all of us simply pencil the Dolphins into the Tremendous Bowl and enshrine Tua into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, let’s examine them beat the Payments first. 

Payments dominate Titans

Bills dominate Titans

Josh Allen threw 4 TD passes as Buffalo routed Tennessee on Monday night time. Are the Payments the perfect group within the NFL?

I do know that sounds awfully dismissive, however there’s dominance after which there’s “Josh Allen towards the Dolphins” dominance. Allen enters Sunday’s recreation in Miami with a 7-1 profession file towards his AFC East rival, and the common margin of victory is nineteen.3 factors. 

Sure, these groups did not characteristic Tyreek Hill, and no, Tua did not have Mike McDaniel teaching him up. However there isn’t any doubt a psychological edge for the numerous Payments gamers who’ve feasted on the Fish during the last three years. 

I used to be curious to see essentially the most dominant QB vs. group data of all time and requested my pal and “Good Morning Soccer” producer Matt Hamilton for some comparisons. This is what we got here up with: 

Tom Brady is 33-3 vs. the Payments

Ben Roethlisberger was 26-2-1 vs. the Browns

Troy Aikman was 17-3 vs. the Cardinals

Bob Griese  was 18-2-1 vs. the Payments

Len Dawson was 21-4 vs. the Broncos

Aaron Rodgers is 23-5 vs. the Bears

Allen’s file of particular person success towards Miami actually seems destined to take its spot on that checklist.

The Payments enter Sunday’s recreation on a brief week and with accidents at key positions. Dolphins followers have not felt this good about their group in years. Watch out with all that optimism. It will possibly shortly flip to hubris. 

Allen simply beat the defending Tremendous Bowl champions and the defending No. 1 seed within the AFC by a mixed rating of 72-17. He is on a mission this season. 

3. The “different” late recreation on FOX

Rodgers and Brady are the big-ticket merchandise in that late FOX window Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports activities App), however I am additionally intrigued by Rams-Cardinals. 

The Sean McVay-Kliff Kingsbury relationship is a extremely sturdy one which goes again years. McVay supplied Kingsbury a job on the Rams’ employees within the days after Kingsbury was fired by Texas Tech, however the NFL rivalry is not fairly there but. 

Kyler Murray’s magic

Kyler Murray's magic

Down 20-0 at halftime, Kyler Murray rallied the Cardinals to an extra time victory in Las Vegas.

Sure, Arizona beat Los Angeles in Week 4 at SoFi final season, however the Rams dealt with the Cardinals of their second regular-season matchup in Week 14  after which completely wiped the ground with them within the playoffs. 

Arizona’s nonetheless by no means received at residence in Glendale towards McVay — whether or not it was Bruce Arians, Steve Wilks or Kingsbury teaching the group. 

However Arizona’s coming off some of the emotional wins because the “Hail Murray” victory over Buffalo in 2020, and the hope is that the 20-point second-half comeback victory at Las Vegas serves as a catalyst for the remainder of the season. That spark actually wasn’t there over the primary six quarters of the season.

As for Kingsbury, everybody on Twitter fired him after three halves of the 2022 season, and even with the win, there have been critics of how the sport was coached. 

On a few of these wild Murray performs on the finish, the coach was as a lot a passenger as a play-caller. Kingsbury is aware of that, and that is the great thing about Murray’s recreation. When he is like that, there is likely to be no extra electrical participant in soccer. 

I spoke to Kingsbury hours after the sport and requested how he even had performs left to name, after 58 offensive performs within the second half and extra time, alone. 

“We have been drawing it up within the filth,” he mentioned. “Kyler was being Kyler, and it was superior.” 

Arizona did not impress anybody in that Week 1 loss to the Chiefs, however is anybody feeling nice concerning the defending Tremendous Bowl champions proper now? 

Sure, McVay is undefeated within the desert. However J.J. Watt has by no means misplaced a recreation as an Arizona Cardinal. He is 8-0. I assume one thing’s bought to offer. 

4. The Trey Lance harm debate within the Bay

There is a sizzling debate in San Francisco media circles proper now, and although many are dismissing it on the nationwide degree, it is one the locals are dug into. And it is value exploring additional. 

Trey Lance was injured in Week 2, and the second-year QB was damage on a designed run play. 

Accidents do occur. Particularly with operating QBs. However was Shanahan operating Lance an excessive amount of? Was this harm destined to occur sooner or later, whether or not it was Week 2 or 4 or 6? 

Trey Lance out for the season

Trey Lance out for the season

Emmanuel Acho, Pleasure Taylor, LeSean McCoy and David Helman focus on the 49ers turning to Jimmy Garoppolo after Trey Lance suffered a season-ending ankle harm.

Trey Lance initiated 13 designed runs in a begin towards the Cardinals final season. He’d already carried the ball 16 in 5 quarters of soccer this season, albeit 4 of these quarters have been in a monsoon in Chicago. 

My FOX NFL Kickoff colleague Michael Vick ran 13 or extra instances on solely 4 events in his total NFL profession. In three profession begins, Trey Lance has executed it twice, and he was on tempo to far exceed that final week towards Seattle in his fourth profession begin. 

How a lot designed QB operating is too a lot designed QB operating while you’re speaking a few third general choose who you gave up a struggle chest of draft picks to amass? 

My take? It isn’t a enjoyable dialog to have, both means, and for as a lot as Shanahan bristles on the questions on it on the podium, it is OK to deliver up. However we won’t have it each methods. We will not reward and “ooh” and “ahh” over Jalen Hurts and Josh Allen on Monday night time and marvel at how Lamar Jackson runs in Greg Roman’s offense, after which attempt to say, “Yeah, however …” in the case of Lance getting injured when utilized in an analogous fasion. 

I’ve so many 49ers followers in my life. They usually all agree Lance needs to be operating. That is not their problem. Their problem is the quantity Lance was operating. Why was he being requested to run as a lot as he was, so usually and so early? 

It is all crummy — as a result of now it is hindsight. And I believe if Lance ran the ball 18 instances for 132 yards and scored two TDs towards Seattle, we might be crowning each him and Shanahan for his or her daring offensive efficiency. However he did not. He bought damage, snapped his ankle and is out for the 12 months. 

What’s Lance’s future in San Francisco?

What is Lance's future in San Francisco?

Craig Carton and Greg Jennings discover whether or not Trey Lance’s future hinges on Jimmy G’s success with the 49ers.

And the harm solely results in extra questions down the street. Are we any extra knowledgeable on whether or not Lance is able to main the 49ers to a Tremendous Bowl now than we have been a month in the past once we have been all asking that query? What’s this imply for Jimmy G, if he leads San Francisco deep into the playoffs, but once more? Do the Niners let the veteran QB stroll? 

For 2 years, we have imagined this Shanahan offense that featured a cellular QB who may additionally sling the rock. We envisioned it being some fireworks present that may maximize the coach’s offensive ingenuity in ways in which Jimmy G may by no means contact. However with out Lance on the controls, it is exhausting to evaluate whether or not that is doable or only a dream born on a Professional Day in North Dakota within the spring of 2021, when Shanahan and Lynch fell in love with the now 22-year-old QB. 

I am unable to blame Shanahan for utilizing Lance the way in which he did; however I additionally will not instantly dismiss those that wish to ask questions. 

5. Just a little Joe Haden appreciation

Joe Haden introduced his retirement this week. I noticed the information Wednesday on Twitter, and for those who missed it, it would be in step with the majority of his NFL profession. 

Haden was persistently one of many higher cornerbacks of his technology, however by no means bought his due or the nationwide recognition he may need deserved. 

Drafted No. 7 general by the Browns in 2010, Haden burst onto the scene with six interceptions in his first season. He was an superior Cleveland Brown throughout a time when there have been only a few “superior” something’s for the Cleveland Browns. 

After seven seasons in Cleveland, the Browns determined to maneuver on, and the rival Steelers have been proper there ready. Haden served as a veteran mentor to a younger Steelers defensive backfield, choosing up one other Professional Bowl nod and getting some uncommon playoff motion on the finish of his profession. 

Haden was an exquisite NFL professional. He is doubtless not a Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer, and his identify will not provide you with Richard Sherman or Patrick Peterson or Darelle Revis or the opposite star corners from his technology. However the dude was rattling good. And I would argue there have been few extra participating smiles and interviews in a locker room. 

I do not know what Joe Haden needs to do the remainder of his life, however I hope we see him usually. Throughout Thursday night time’s Browns-Steelers conflict, I certain hope the published takes a little bit of time to indicate him some much-deserved love. 

Peter Schrager is an NFL author for FOX Sports activities and a bunch of “Good Morning Soccer” on NFL Community.

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