The Jets have some easier games on the schedule — at Denver, home against Kansas City, home against Miami (even if they've lost at home to the Dolphins in the last couple of years) — but it's a pretty safe bet they won't have a more relaxing afternoon than they did yesterday against the Jaguars. Well, maybe Week Eight, when they have a bye.
The Jets destroyed the Jaguars 32–3 yesterday in a game that was over by halftime, and probably before then. Even if there are easier games on the schedule this year — and there won't be — the Jets won't face a worse quarterback than Luke McCown, who went 6-for-19 for 59 yards and threw four interceptions. It wasn't entirely his fault: He had no receivers to throw to, and a fired up Jets secondary. (It never fails to confound us why an opposing receiver would taunt Darrelle Revis before a game. What's the point of that exactly? Particularly when you don't even play?)
Anyway, it was the platonic ideal of a Jets game, a defensive ball-control blowout. (The Jaguars never even reached the red zone.) Mark Sanchez threw a couple of touchdowns, and Shonn Greene scored a touchdown, even if once again he looked quite far from impressive.
The Jets knew — or had to have at least suspected — going in that this would be a blowout, which is why it's kind of funny that Rex Ryan felt compelled to give a big rousing pregame speech anyway.
Rex Ryan felt compelled to mention [a Jaguars player's "disrespectful" remarks] Saturday night in his speech to the team, according to players. It was an R-rated motivational talk, they said, and it was directed mainly at the offensive line and defense. It was Ryan's way of challenging them. For the latter unit, it was piling on. After a sloppy performance in the season opener, the defense was subjected to a week of tough love from the coaching staff. They got tired of hearing it, and unleashed their frustration on the Jaguars.
This sounds like a narrative construct to us. If Ryan is unleashing his R-rated motivational talks already, guy's gonna have four heart attacks by Week Fourteen.
We hope you went to the game yesterday, by the way, because the Jets don't play at home again until October 17.