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Predictions & Projections
By David M. Dorey
 
The Huddle
WEEK 3
September 17, 2003
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 4 PM Mon 9 PM
JAX at IND NYJ at NE *NYG at WAS *GB at ARZ *OAK at DEN
*KC at HOU PIT at CIN STL at SEA Sun 8:30 PM Bye Week:
*MIN at DET *TB at ATL *BAL at SD BUF at MIA CAR, CHI
*NO at TEN Times EST CLE at SF *updated DAL, PHI
   
NY Jets vs New England Sun, Sep 21; 1 PM on CBS at Gillette Stadium
  New York Jets Rush Catch Pass
QB Vinny Testaverde 0 0 220,1
RB Curtis Martin 40 10 0
RB Lamont Jordan 10 0 0
TE Anthony Becht 0 30 0
WR Wayne Chrebet 0 60 0
WR Curtis Conway 0 40,1 0
WR Santana Moss 0 70 0
  New England Rush Catch Pass
QB Tom Brady 0 0 200,2
RB Kevin Faulk 60 20 0
RB Antowain Smith 50,1 10 0
TE Christian Fauria 0 20 0
WR Troy Brown 0 40,1 0
WR Deion Branch 0 50,1 0
WR David Patten 0 40 0

Game Prediction: NYJ 10, NE 23

The Jets rushing game is now on life support. Last week against the visiting Dolphins, Curtis Martin rushed ten times for 32 yards, an even worse showing that the prior week when he had 15 rushes for 48 yards. Lamont Jordan is not the answer, he had only six rushes for zero yards in week one and had no carries last week.

The lack of a running game has forced Vinny Testaverde to throw during those lulls when opponents are not controlling the ball. The linemen, the stands and Curtis Martin would like to see more running plays but the braintrust has not seen it fit to try. And falling behind early like last week nullifies the question anyway since the Jets have to throw to stay in the game.

The prospect of establishing a running game is best explained by a quote from Herman Edwards after the game, "I told (offensive coordinator Paul Hackett) in the second half, just throw it. Just throw it every play; I don't care because we can't run it. We're just kidding ourselves. We aren't running the ball so just throw it."

There's your confidence builder.

Last week the Jets trailed the Dolphins 21-3 at the half and only trash time yards and an eventual score made the game statistically palpable. Testaverde ended with 373 yards but the Jets still lost by eleven points and had the ball a full ten minutes less than Miami. The lone bright spot was Santana Moss who scored the only Jets' touchdown and gained 142 yards on only five catches.

The Jets allowed Ricky Williams to gain 125 yards on 34 carries in a game that they simply could not stop him at the line. To compound that problem, CB Donnie Abraham is now lost for the next two months with a fractured shoulder. Right now this is not a "glass half full" team, it is more like an empty toilet paper roll.

The Patriots got their badly needed win last week against the Philadelphia "who are these guys?" Eagles in a game that masked any rushing or passing defense problems since the Eagles apparently have none anyway.

Tom Brady got back in gear, throwing for 255 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions - a far cry from the disaster the week before. In typical Patriot style, he hit nine different receivers of which none had a good fantasy day outside of Christian Fauria's two touchdowns on three catches and Deion Branch who had one score with 89 yards. Branch only had one catch for eight yards the previous week.

Brady had an elbow injury during the game but played through it. He is expected to start this weekend.

Antowain Smith (12-25) and Kevin Faulk (7-23) continue to share in the futility, though Faulk did gain 59 yards on four catches last week.

The Patriot defense came back to life against the Eagles though at this point it may, or may not, be a return since the Eagles have been so lifeless this season. The Patriots recorded seven sacks, recovered six turnovers and iced the game with a interception return for a score.

This week back at home, the Patriots get to face the Jets that are absolutely reeling both offensively and defensively. The only conclusion that will come from this game will be that the Jets are still bad, the Patriots use too many receivers to make any fantasy relevant and that the Jets will fall to 0-3.

NYJ
NE
2003 Averages
NE
NYJ
Gains
Allows
QB's
Gains
Allows
239
221
Pass yards
205
188
0.5
0.5
Pass TDs
1.5
1
0.5
1.5
Interceptions
2
0.5
0
27
Rush yards
4
31
0
0
Rush TDs
0
0.5
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---
RB's
---
---
45
75
Rush yards
80
156
0.5
1.5
Rush TDs
0
0.5
41
53
Receive yards
64
32
0
0
Receive TD's
0
0
---
---
WR's
---
---
186
134
Receive yards
129
131
0.5
0
Receive TD's
0.5
0.5
---
---
TE's
---
---
12
34
Receive yards
12
26
0
0.5
Receive TD's
1
0.5
---
---
PK's
---
---
1.5
1
Field Goals
0.5
1.5
1
2.5
Extra Points
2
2
---
---
DEF/ST
---
---
1
0
Fumbles
2.5
0
0.5
2
Interceptions
1.5
0.5
0
0.5
Touchdowns
0.5
0
2.5
2
Sacks
4.5
1
0
0
Safeties
0
0
Jets (0-2)
Score Opp.
13-16 @WAS
10-21 MIA
Week 3 @NE
Week 4 DAL
Week 5 BYE
Week 6 BUF
Week 7 @HOU
Week 8 @PHI
Week 9 NYG
Week 10 @OAK
Week 11 @IND
Week 12 JAX
Week 13 TEN
Week 14 @BUF
Week 15 PIT
Week 16 NE
Week 17 @MIA
Patriots (1-1)
Score Opp.
0-31 @BUF
31-10 @PHI
Week 3 NYJ
Week 4 @WAS
Week 5 TEN
Week 6 NYG
Week 7 @MIA
Week 8 CLE
Week 9 @DEN
Week 10 BYE
Week 11 DAL
Week 12 @HOU
Week 13 @IND
Week 14 MIA
Week 15 JAX
Week 16 @NYJ
Week 17 BUF
(Statistics are game averages from current season )