2010-10-15 / Sports

Tough Defense Is Right Formula for Jets, Giants

By Elio Velez

Rex Ryan exclaimed a loud sigh when he stepped up to the conference room podium following the New York Jets laborious 29-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

But the Jets coach was also displaying a wide grin, which caught the attention of the fans outside the glass plated conference room. New York is 4- 1 now and if they can beat Denver on the road on Sunday, they will be enjoying a good rest during their bye week.

“We’re happy to move on at 4-1. We’re right on schedule. We want to have the best record in the National Football League at the end of the season, and we’re right on pace,” Ryan said.

The Jets weren’t pretty at times, and just for once this season, the boisterous home team was overshadowed by the hype coming from a Vikings team which was experiencing the Favregate and the return of Randy Moss.

The Jets did an effective job stopping Brett Favre from exploiting a Jets secondary, which did not have a healthy Darrelle Revis on the field. It was a probably a mistake to even put Revis on a slick turf, which had experienced heavy rainfalls due to wild storms that had delayed the game for 45 minutes.

Revis was less than 100 percent, but it was Antonio Cromartie who did an effective job shadowing Randy Moss for the entire game. Despite Favre connecting with Moss on a 37-yard touchdown pass, Cromartie did hold his opposition to only four catches.

“They were going to try to take shots down the field. Our biggest thing was trying, our defense as a whole and our secondary, was try to stay in front and try to make plays when the ball is in the air,” Cromartie said.

For the Jets to beat a 2-3 Denver Broncos team that are desperate for a win, LaDainian Tomlinson must continue to run well with the ball and hold a high powered Broncos offense off the field.

Tomlinson rushed for 94 yards, and the Jets as a whole ran for 155 yards total offense, which Ryan proudly noted was the first time in over 50 games it has been done to a stout Vikings offense.

Giants Defense Returns

New defensive coordinator Perry fewell has reinvigorated a talented core. In their 31-10 win over the Texans, Osi Umenyiora sacked QB Matt Schaub twice, forced a fumble, and the Giants (3-2) defense held the Texans to only 24 yards of rushing. If the old NFL adage is defense wins championships, the Giants are following those wise words, which are leading to victories.

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