Jets Think They're "Great"

The New York Jets made an impressive statement against the New England Patriots by holding Tom Brady to less than 50% completion rate

So far, the Jets have backed up all of their boasting.

Which only means they've got even more to talk about.

The Jets (2-0) ended New England's eight-game winning streak against them at Giants Stadium with an emphatic 16-9 victory Sunday in which the Patriots were kept out of the end zone for the first time since a 21-0 shutout loss at Miami on Dec. 10, 2006.

Want more numbers? In three possessions inside the 20, the Pats were held to three field goals. That hadn't happened to New England since Oct. 26, 2003, when the Patriots were at or inside the 20 four times, yet managed only three field goals in a 9-3 win over Cleveland.

That's two straight games in which the Jets' defense hasn't allowed a touchdown. Houston had a defensive score in its 24-7 opening-day loss.

"It means we're great," cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "We're great as a defense."

He added that it's a statement "to the league that every week we're going to come out here and try to get a shutout."

Next in the Jets' crosshairs is Tennessee (0-2), which gained 449 yards of total offense yet lost to the Texans, 34-31. A much different Jets' defense, at least in terms of philosophy, neutralized Tennessee's offense in a 34-13 win last November that ruined the Titans' chances at a perfect season.

"We have another tough opponent coming in here next week," linebacker Bart Scott said, "and we'll be up for the task. Every week is going to be tough in the NFL. Each team presents a different problem. ... We're built (to defend) any game plan."

Unlike the first two teams the Jets played, the Titans are built around the run. Chris Johnson had a career day in the loss to Houston, scoring three times on plays of 50 yards or more. He had touchdown runs of 57 and 91 yards and took a Kerry Collins pass 69 yards for another score.

Collins and the Titans use more of a controlled passing game, featuring Johnson and tight end Alge Crumpler. The Jets took Johnson out of the game in their victory last year, holding him to 46 yards rushing and also forcing a fumble that the Jets recovered, leading to a score. And that was with Eric Mangini's defensive scheme, which used more of a read-and-react concept.

About the only quibble against New England was that the Jets' attacking, blitzing defense didn't sack Tom Brady, although New York was credited with seven quarterback hits in the stats and the Jets were in Brady's face all day.

"I'm sure somebody is going to talk about how we had no sacks," coach Rex Ryan said. "We have to improve that."

A win over the Titans would give the Jets their first 3-0 start since 2004, when they won their first five games.

First Round Pick MIA?

LB Vernon Gholston, who made his first NFL start last week, did not start against New England. Instead, the Jets opened with a 3-3-5 scheme featuring five defensive backs in an attempt to neutralize the Patriots' prolific passing game. Gholston was

The Little Engine That Could

5-foot-8, 195-pound Leon Washington had 16 offensive touches, 14 carries and two receptions against the Patriots on Sunday. He had 19 touches, 15 carries and four catches, against the Houston Texans last week. Thus far, the Jets are making good on their promise to get the dynamic Washington more involved from scrimmage. He averaged 7.7 offensive touches in 2008.

Player News

-- P Steve Weatherford seems to have solved the Jets' punting problems with a second straight strong game. He averaged 37.2 yards net on five punts, and that includes a 48-yarder that went into the end zone.
-- RB Shonn Greene was active, but the rookie didn't get into the game. Greene does not play on special teams.
-- CB Lito Sheppard left the game with a quadriceps injury and didn't return. He was replaced by second-year player Dwight Lowery. In the Jets' defense, the corner opposite star Darrelle Revis gets thrown at quite often.
-- WR Brad Smith got one offensive touch for the second straight week. The former Missouri QB, whose specialty is gadget plays, took a reverse 7 yards for a first down in the second quarter en route to the Jets' first field goal.
-- DE Mike DeVito, who had a key fumble recovery in the opening-day win, was inactive because the Jets activated 10 defensive backs to try to defend against Tom Brady & Co.


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