This time last year I was writing about the divisional round of the playoffs and the gut wrenching ‘non catch’ which ended the Dallas Cowboys’ dreams of returning to the glory they so desperately seek. Only last week, kicker Blair Walsh destroyed the hopes of the Minnesota Vikings when he hooked the game winning field goal wide left. Obviously in a game where only one out of 32 teams can win the grand prize a certain amount of disappointment is inevitable for the majority of participants. However as a Jets fan, the 2015 season has shown that there are definitely degrees of heartbreak and the closer you get, the harder it is to accept, especially when things seem to be heading in the right direction.
The Jets are 10-5, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named AFC offensive player of the week for the second time in three weeks and a win against Buffalo on Sunday will see the Jets make the playoffs for the first time in five years. It’s a good time to be a Jets fan. At least for now.
With two games left, the AFC postseason line-up is anything but decided. Unlike in the NFC, where four out of the six places are clinched and the other two look set, the AFC still has a number of teams vying for January football. Somewhat predictably, considering both had a long undefeated run this year, both the Patriots and Bengals have punched their pass to the postseason but the four other places remain up for grabs. For the teams in the hunt, some who have their fate solely in their hands and some who don’t, winning out is key if they want to be playing football beyond week 17.
The three International Series games for 2016 have been announced with mini fist pumps across Europe from Rams, Jaguars, Redskins, Bengals and Colts fans (and raised hopes for the NFC East). For those who will get the chance to see their team play live possibly for the first time, it’s the start of an exciting journey. For those not lucky enough to have their team make the schedule, it’s not exactly the most enthralling line up with several of the weakest teams of 2015 showcased. On the other hand, it’s live football on our doorstep and with teams changing so much year on year it’s impossible to predict the quality. Continue reading
Its now over week since the Jets arrived in London to face off with the Miami Dolphins at Wembley. Now that its all over, the win is in the bag and everyone is back home, it’s time to reflect on what was an amazing weekend to be a Jets fan in the UK. For me last weekend was one of the best sporting events of my life, pushing the 2012 Olympics close! It wasn’t just the game, but the whole experience from Friday onwards where I was privileged to have access to events and meeting people I still can’t quite believe!
Week Two is upon us with a number of games which are bound to be close run affairs based on what we saw in week one. I’ve made my picks for the Sunday games and Monday night football and I’m aiming to improve on my 11-5 last week. See if you agree (my picks in bold).
It’s been a little while since my last blog entry but football is back and so it’s time to get back to business. As if to prove that the preseason counts for nothing (or very little) in terms of predicting regular season outcomes, the first tranche of games were full of unexpected twists and turns. To get my 2015 blogging season underway, here are my takeaways from some of the most headline worthy games in week one of the 2015 NFL season.
It was with a mixture of hope, optimism and a little trepidation that Jets fans approached the start of the 2015 NFL draft on Thursday 30th April, the first with rookie general manager Mike Maccagnan at the helm. Now that the dust has settled, it seems a good time to reflect on what has been, in my opinion, a very successful few days at One Jets Drive.
I have a confession. When Roger Goodell announced the Jets first round pick on Thursday night, I wasn’t immediately jumping up and down in uncontrollable celebration. Stunned silence is a more accurate description. Whether it was just was because the time was nearly 2am, that Williams had never been really been a realistic option on the cards or that the D-line was the one area coming out of 2014 which was in good shape, it certainly took me a while to process what Mike Maccagnan had just done. Skip forward five minutes and the realisation that the Jets had actually nabbed the widely touted ‘best player in the draft’ and the impact he could have on the team was beginning to dawn. I think it was just shock (and the effects of excess caffeine).
With just days left before the NFL draft 2015 I’m feeling a mixture of great anticipation (who will the Jets take at six? Will someone trade up to get Mariota?) ,combined with frustration that the number of variables involved in making draft predictions makes it nearly impossible to write about without getting twisted in knots. So in the words of Monty Python; ‘now for something completely different’.