Players to watch
LaDainian Tomlinson- He is averaging a CAREER best 6.1 ypg which is quite a statement by the 31 year-old who is trying to be one of the few running backs who have been able to be effective after the age of 30.
Darrelle Revis- In his first game back after tweaking his hamstring, Revis will get a chance at redemption against Randy “The Sloth” Moss after “The Sloth” embarrassed him on the injury inducing touchdown.
Santonio Holmes- The former Super Bowl MVP wide receiver makes his return from suspension, and looks to build upon the success of his first 1000 yard season last year.
Calvin Pace- The outside linebacker, who is returning from a foot injury, will also see his first action of the season this year and is a huge upgrade on defense as he is able to provide a consistent pass rush for the Jets as he was able to register 8 sacks in only 12 games last year.
LT vs. Willliams Brothers- LT and the Jets #1 rushing attack will go up against the Vikings #9 defense against the rush. It’s a battle of strength vs. strength and it will be up to brothers Pat and Kevin Williams to make sure every yard LT gains is hard-earned.
Antonio Cromartie vs. The Vikings Wide Receivers- With the success against Moss filling in for Revis, it will be interesting to see whether the Jets elect to have Cromartie cover Moss or Percy Harvin for the majority of the game. Either way, Cromartie will see a lot of opportunities to make some big plays and intercept some questionable Brett Favre passes if the Jets defense is able to shut down Adrian Peterson.
Why the Jets Will Win- While the Vikings improved their chances with the addition of Randy Moss, the Jets are far too talented on both sides of the ball to lose this game. Mark Sanchez has done exactly what the Jets have asked of him over the last three games, and this is likely to continue against a Vikings defense that is ranked 23rd against the pass, especially with the addition of Santonio Holmes. Both teams are excellent run defenders, but also are committed to running the ball so we could see a war of attrition as the teams grind it out. The Jets defense has excellent defensive backs that will likely cause nightmares for Brett Favre. The “Old Gunslinger however may be having more nightmares about the potential repercussions of alleged inappropriate messages sent to former Jets employee Jenn Sterger. If the NFL finds that Favre indeed sent the messages, his record consecutive start streak could be broken by a suspension of all things. This game will cement Favre’s regret of coming back for one more season.
Final Score: Jets 27, Vikings 13