The New York Jets gained newfound momentum heading into their Thanksgiving Night matchup withthe New England Patriots. Gang Green was fresh off a convincing road win over the St. Louis Rams and appeared prime for an upset. Unfortunatelly, they failed to keep the train rolling and were annihilated by the Patriots on Thursday night in front of a national television audience. The Jets had one of the worst quarters in franchise history giving up 35 points in the second quarter on their way to a 49-19 loss.
In Week 7 the Jets played the Patriots tough in Foxboro, but lost in overtime. This past week was a different story in the Meadowlands. The Jets did not hold onto the football and committed five costly and baffling turnovers.
New York now sits at 4-7, clinging desperately to any possible last gasp playoff hopes . Five games remain on the schedule and the Jets will need a miracle to make the playoffs. Gang Green hopes for the best, but verteran leaders like Bryan Thomas are only concentrating on one week at a time.
"The sole focus is on this one game," noted Thomas of the Jets' Week 12 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals."You can't look ahead.What are we going to look ahead for? We're not playing those guys. We're playing Arizona. We're playing the Cardinals. That's what we're looking forward to do doing. We come in and get some great preparation. We go out and have a great week of practice and try to put it in on Sunday. That's it, plain and simple."
The Cardinals have also been slumping as of late, losers of their last seven games. Arizone has been dealing with injuryproblems at the quarterback position. This past weekend the Cardinals started rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley, who was drafted in the sixth round out of San Diego State. Lindley was the third quarterback to start a game for the Cardinals this season.
The Cardinals have some potent weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Larry Fitzgerald has been one of the top wide receivers in the National Football League since he was selected in the first round of the 2004 draft. The Cardinals now have starting running back Beanie Wells in the backfield. This past game Wells had his first carries since going down with a toe injury. In lastweek's game against the Rams Wells had 17 carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite his recent struggles Mark Sanchez is cemented as the Jets starting quarterback against the Cardinals and ultimately will be the Rex Ryan's man down the stretch. With the title of starting quarterback should come leadership. Sanchez threw only one interception this week, but had a key fumble that the Patriots returned for a touchdown in the second quarter of Thursday night's game.
Starting running back Shonn Greene has also had the turnover bug as of late. The Jets will need to play clean and crisp football if they want to keep these last five games of the season close.
"Mental errors happen every single game," Thomas said. "You're not going to go out and play one perfect game. That's how football works. They did stuff and we have to make those corrections. The bad part is it hurt us on a couple of big plays in that game. It's over and we're moving on. Like I said, hats off to them. It was a great win for them. Now our main focus is on Arizona."