By Kennedy Ross
Cold, Hard Football Facts AFC East Overlord (@FNscribeNY)
There is something to be said for consistency.
Even though it may not be the type one would like in a football team, the Jets are consistently bunglers.
With ill-advised moves going back to the Mark Sanchez pick at No. 5, to the inexplicable Tim Tebow pick up in the off season, the Jets have predictably sunk themselves. And it's every man for themselves as they abandon ship.
The other end of consistency is exemplified by the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. Brady will try to teach Andrew Luck by example and by butt whuppin', how to be consistently good at what you do.
Luck and the Colts come in with the same record as the Patriots so this won't be as much of a mismatch as the numbers may indicate.
The Bills and the Dolphins face each other in what will probably amount to a preseason scrimmage with regard to playoff implications. In all reality the Dolphins will use this game to continue to groom their rookie quarterback for the future. The Bills will be trying to identify and remedy all the kinks, conks, and doinks on their team that is keeping them in the division bowels with the Jets.
Here are five things you should be aware of for week 11:
1. Jets battle Rams and themselves. (Jets at Rams)
Normally with teams this bad (Jets 3-6 and Rams 3-5-1) there is a huge yawn when having to examine a game like this. However, we are talking about the New York-how-can-we-be-more-publicly-pathetic-Jets.
There is no doubt in the minds of many that the Jets are publicity hounds. Many feel that the forsaken son, Tim Tebow, was brought here to fulfill that very need. While they have gotten steady attention all season long, now the side show has really begun, and of course it features Tim Tebow.
Tebow was the target of yet another team mutiny, much like the one last year that was blamed on wide receiver Santonio Holmes.
Holmes has been injured for most of this year so apparently he wasn't the problem. The problem is that the Jets are not just bad, but also a joke and will continue to lose.
Mark Sanchez has sunk to No. 31 on our Real Quarterback Rating list. In case you forgot, there are only 32 teams in the league.
Their Offensive Passer Rating reeks at No. 30 as well. The Jets running game is only slightly better but it is overall ineffective.
Statistically, the Rams are slightly better than the Jets. St.Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is having a decent season. He has thrown for 2,072 yards with 10 touchdowns. He certainly looks more polished and is more accomplished than Mark Sanchez.
Steven Jackson isn't having a good year. He has rushed for just 504 yards and only two touchdowns.
This is sized up to be a close battle if not an important or interesting one. But with the melt down occurring in New York, this just might turn out to be a one way train to the unemployment line . . . for the Jets anyway.
2. Brady will teach Luck how to win. (Colts at Patriots)
Tom Brady and the Patriots seem to be back to their winning ways. Even though they actually broke a sweat last week beating the Bills, the end result was predictable. They won, and won for the 11th straight time at Gillette Stadium against the Bills.
Outside of facing Brady, the Colt will have to deal with the number one rushing attack in the NFL according to our Offensive Hog Index. Couple that with the third best Real Quarterback Rating and the Colts have their hands full without question.
Games like this is where a young quarterback can forge his legacy. Luck has been having a good rookie season. He has thrown for 2,631 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also thrown nine interceptions, but hey, he's a rookie.
It was the Patriots pass defense that more than anything made their win so difficult last week against the Bills. That is good news for Luck and the Colts. Luck can continue to cut his teeth against a porous Patriot secondary.
If he can somehow keep up with Brady, he can give himself an opportunity to make a big play at the end to steal the game. Not likely, but even a close loss would be a victory for the Colts and their young quarterback.
3. Miami and the Bills battle for the middle. (Bills vs. Dolphins)
The Bills and the Dolphins both limp into this game after tough losses. The Buffalo loss to the Patriots was tough because they came so close but couldn't pull the trigger on a major upset last week. The Dolphins loss was just plain upsetting after they got slapped around like a bus station hooker.
Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill had one of his worst games as a starter. Tannehill had only his second three interception game of the year. Tannehill has become a cool and steady passer in the pocket. He doesn't make many mistakes and has been coming through in the clutch.
Conversely, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is a walking light bulb. He's either on or he's off. If he's on, the Dolphins ninth rated Passing Defense will have to help Tannehill keep up.
All of the Dolphins will have to hope that running back Reggie Bush and head coach Joe Philbin had a good conversation over a soothing cup of tea and some bundt cake this week. Philbin isn't playing Bush as much as he should. And Bush isn't performing as well as he should when he gets his playing time.
Bush has rushed for only 555 yards so far this year. He will have to do much better than that if the Dolphins have any chance of chipping their way into a wild card spot.
4. The tears of a green and white clown.
How many adjectives can be manufactured to describe what the New York Jets have done to themselves. You would have to start combining words to make new ones for this type of buffoonery.
The Jets are clowniots.
The Jets are emabarradopes.
The Jets are redicosers.
There really are only a few questions left. How bad will it get? When will it end? Who will survive it all?
The answers: real bad, real soon, and if you Jet fans are lucky, no one really.
5. You should sleep well knowing . . .
. . . Rex Ryan came to the defense of Tim Tebow by reminding us all that Tim Tebow has helped their punt protection. And isn't that what it's all about?
. . . Who is laughing harder, Santonio Holmes, Brian Schottenheimer, or Braylon Edwards? It's certainly not any top five pick in the draft next year.
. . . It's a good thing Rex Ryan didn't come here to kiss Belichick's rings. He's going to be too busy kissing Woody Johnson's baby powdered ass to keep his job.