A heaping helping of Monday Whispers

The Jets have a problem.<p>

Both of their tight ends have inconsistent hands. Chris Baker had a real bad drop at the end of the third quarter on a key third-and-one. At first it looked like Baker was a more consistent receiver than Anthony Becht, but this season that doesn't seem to be the case . . .

Chad Pennington's arm was in a sling after the game, and he had an electro-stimulation device on his injured right shoulder that was pulsating during his post-game press conference. At this point, the Jets doctors don't think there is any structural damage to the shoulder. As Pennington described it after the game, he has a "charley horse' on his shoulder. He will likely be out 2-4 weeks. Quincy Carter will start. This is a bad matchup for him this Sunday against perhaps the NFL's best defense, the Baltimore Ravens. They are very tough to throw on, and force a lot of turnovers. Carter has a history of making shaky decisions. The Jets will likely have to win this game running the ball and on defense . . .

John Abraham got into a fight with Buffalo guard Ross Tucker when the Princeton product went after his knees with a chop block in the first half. After the game, the two talked and made up. Tucker has a reputation as a chop blocker. He's even had fights with teammates in practice who he has cut . . .

There are going to be some games where the Jets offensive line is going to have problems matching up. It's not a talent issue, but it's all about size. Left guard Pete Kendall and center Kevin Mawae are both 280 pounds. When they face 330-pound, athletic defensive tackles like the Bills' Sam Adams and Pat Williams, it's a bad match-up for them. It's just very hard, with a 50-pound weight disadvantage, for them to get much of a push upfront . . .

Jets practice squad cornerback Andrew Davison suffered a serious injury in practice last week, but no specifics have been announced . . .

While it's tough to offer too much praise to anybody in the front seven after the Bills Willis McGahee burned them for 137 yards, linebackers Jonathan Vilma and Eric Barton made a lot of good players. Vilma had 15 tackles and Barton added 13. Jets GM Terry Bradway deserves a lot of credit for the acquisition of these two. A major personnel goal this off-season was to increase the speed at linebacker, and the additions of Vilma and Barton has done that. Vilma is just as advertised and Barton is playing better than a lot of people thought he would coming off a bad year in Oakland . . .

Having Lamont Jordan return kicks is basically telling the other team – "You don't have to worry about us taking a kick back all the way." Jordan is an excellent tailback, but doesn't have the skill-set to return kicks. The Jets made a big mistake not keeping Ian Smart, who is currently on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad, so they can make a run at him if they want. The Jets are going to be in a lot of close games this year. Every point, anyway they can get it, is important. So for them to have Jordan returning kicks, is basically ruling out one method of potentially scoring points . . .

At first, it looked like Bills right tackle Mike Williams might have suffered a paralyzing injury when he collided with Shaun Ellis. But after the game, he was walking around the locker-room, in a next brace, shaking teammates' hands. His injury doesn't seem to be serious at all . . .

The Jets can only keep their fingers crossed that Baltimore Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden (hamstring) doesn't play next Sunday. Perhaps the best tackle in football, the Ravens running game is much more potent with him there. Whether Ogden plays or not could determine whether the Jets win or lose this game . . .

The Jets might get two other potential injury breaks in this game. Ravens cornerback Deion Sanders re-injured his problematic turf toe, the injury that forced him to retire the first time, and this might keep him out of the Jets game. Also Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap is still having trouble cutting on a severe ankle sprain that has kept him out most of the season . . .

Expect great game plans from the Jets this week. Defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson spent the last five years as a Ravens assistant, and has great insights into their operation. He should have a tremendous plan to stop inconsistent quarterback Kyle Boller. He will also provide the Jets offensive coaches with a plan to move the ball against a Ravens defense he knows very well. Henderson can especially help Chad Pennington with inside information on the Ravens secondary, the group he coached the last four years . . .

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