2010-12-03 / Sports

Jets Need All Hands On Defense In MNF Clash

By Elio Velez

The New York Jets have proven in their last four games that they can win in a variety of ways.

Against Detroit, they found a way to come back from a 10-point deficit to win in overtime. In the Cleveland overtime win, Santonio Holmes showcased his big game ability by scoring with a touchdown catch. A last second drive by Mark Sanchez eked out a win over Houston and the Jets overcame a slow first half to put away the Bengals on Thanksgiving game.

The 9-2 Jets can’t win in that matter on Monday night as they play the biggest game of the year at New England against Tom Brady’s Patriots.

They can’t have any slow starts, or go too far behind to the 9-2 Patriots. New England is playing well and Jets coach Rex Ryan knows what is at stake.

“The only way it would be better is if it was the last game of the year. This is huge. Both teams are at the top of the AFC in wins, the league in wins for that matter,” Ryan said.

“We’re on the road. They’ve won 25 in a row at home (with Tom Brady as the starter). We’ve won eight in a row on the road. You can’t deny the fact that’s its two excellent football teams going at it. We’ll see what happens.”

The Jets will need to maintain a balanced attack on offense, but it’s their defense that will most likely decide this game.

Linebacker Bart Scott says the keys to holding down the Patriots offense are the new additions which has improved the unit since they jettisoned Randy Moss on waivers.

“I think they’ve changed their offense. They have a new identity, getting their running backs out. Danny Woodhead has been a great addition for them. (They are) working those tight ends,” Scott said.

“Deion Branch is more of a routerunner and gives you more things to think about. They’re playing well right now and it’s going to be a tough challenge, but we’ll be ready for them.”

Jets CB Antonio Cromartie said after the Bengals win that the key to stopping the passing attack was being physical to receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. Cromartie says that a big factor against the Pats receivers on Monday.

“We were getting physical with them and making sure we put our hands on them and try to be physical down the field and make plays,” Cromartie says.

“We got to get the quarterback and pressured him a little bit. The defensive line did a good job.”

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