Revis vs Wallace key to Jets Steelers Matchup
After an inspirational win to the effects that would give even "Broadway" Joe Namath goose bumps, the red-hot New York Jets travel into Pittsburgh Sunday to take on the Steelers in a rematch from week 15. The Jets ended up winning that game thanks to a great defensive effort at the end of regulation stopping Ben Roethlisburger from a potential game winning score.
The crucial matchup will be Darrelle Revis against the speedy Mike Wallace. Revis has been on a tear of late and has lived up to his moniker of "Revis Island." The Steelers line is in shambles right now and that should play into the hands of the Jets defense even more. If the Jets can get pressure without having to send additional guys that should make for an arduous day for Mr. Roethlisburger and company.
One thing I have to admit, as much as Deion Branch is calling out the Jets for being "classless," I thought Coach Rex Ryan showed quite a bit of class in his post-game press conference. He even went as far to say that Bill Belichick still outcoached him. Let me also say it was Rex Ryan, not Belichick, who was the better coach that day. Big props for Coach Ryan putting his ego aside and packing the middle of the field and not sending the blitz that has become his niche. If there was any incongruous behavior it was the Patriots who decided they weren’t going to shake the Jet players hands after the game was over.
The popular theme going around New York right now is the parallels between this New York Jets team and the 2007 New York Giants team who defeated the previous unbeaten New England Patriots. I would juxtapose the Giants and Jets by the way; The Giants were heavy under dogs in a few of those games and in most cases the vastly inferior team. Also, Giants relied on their defensive line to cause havoc amongst opposing teams.
The Jets are more of an overall team defense that is more geared on their cornerbacks shutting down the wideouts of opposing teams. Also the notion of similarity ends with the Jets being as good if not better than all of the teams they have played except being under dogs to the Patriots after splitting the season series with them. The Jets had more wins than the Colts and have already beaten the Steelers in Pittsburgh. I can care less about Vegas subjective point spreads. The Jets have proven themselves and indeed should be a favorite going into Pittsburgh Sunday.
With that said, I don’t feel that predicting the Jets winners in Sunday’s tilt to see who goes the Super Bowl a bold statement, but rather a rational one. In fact I’m predicting a 24-20 win for the New York Jets. I believe “Big Ben” is a big time quarterback therefore keeping them in the game, but the overall talent and team the Jets have will prevail thus landing them into the Super Bowl for the first time since 1968.
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