After a great weekend of NFL games last weekend in which 3 out of 4 Wild Card games came down to a field goal, this week was a little more disappointing in terms of intrigue. Not one of the four games was really in doubt during the course of the weekend, as all four favorites handled their business and are now going on to play Championship Weekend in which might be the best Final Four in NFL History. Next week we will have the legendary QB matchup that we all wanted in Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady and the NFC West Blood Bath Part III, as the Seahawks and 49ers battle it out for NFC Supremacy. Before we begin breaking down these incredible games, let’s take a look as to how we got here.
Seattle Seahawks 23 – New Orleans Saints 15: Even though the final score shows a one score loss for New Orleans, anyone watching the game witnessed a one-sided Seattle win, despite New Orleans tacking on some points in the closing minutes. Marshawn Lynch went into “Beast Mode” with 140 yards and two touchdowns. His second TD run came with 2:40 left in the game and the 31 yard dash to end zone pretty much ended the game. Although Russell Wilson had a shaky game, the Seattle defense and running game more than made up for it. The best TE in the game, Jimmy Graham was held without a catch until there was 41 seconds left in the game, and his eight yard reception did nothing other than erase the zero on his stat line. Although Drew Brees ended up with 309 yards, he was only 24 of 43 in earning those yards and a big chunk of them came in the 4th quarter when Seattle began playing a prevent style of defense. Overall, the Seahawks took care of business and will now host the NFC Championship game in a building that provides them with the past home field advantage in the NFL.
San Francisco 49ers 23- Carolina Panthers 10: In what was expected to be a low scoring defensive affair, the San Francisco 49ers kept their hopes of a second consecutive Super Bowl trip alive by beating the Carolina Panthers on the road. There was a debate about who the more reliable QB heading into the game would be, Colin Kaepernick who has done nothing but win in his career but doesn’t bolster the sexiest numbers; or Cam Newton, the #1 pick from three years ago who has the stats to backup his game but he was making his playoff debut. While Kaepernick didn’t wow anybody with gaudy numbers, he stayed true to form and got San Francisco into the end zone once with his arm and once with his leg. Cam Newton let the playoff nerves get to him a little bit and ended up throwing 2 picks along with only one touchdown. Twice in the game, Carolina had the ball inside the 49ers 3 yard line with first and goal. Both times, the stingy 49er defense stopped them from getting into the end zone, as Carolina settled for one FG and turned the ball over on downs. Frank Gore had a solid game as usual, running the ball 17 times for 84 yards. The veteran WR Anquan Boldin, whom the 49ers picked up from the Champion Ravens for moments like yesterday had a huge game, catching 8 balls for 136 yards. The 49ers stamped their ticket to Seattle where they’ll look to carry on their Road Warrior ways in what should be an epic battle.
New England Patriots 43 – Indianapolis Colts 22: This was the only game I got wrong in my predictions last week. Though I also felt that Andrew Luck was overhyped at this early stage in his career, I believed that the injury plagued Patriots would be vulnerable to the Colts. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I was traveling to a bar to catch the game and by the time I reached my stool at 8:30, the Colts were in a 14-0 hole. Andrew Luck played like an Andrew Luck type of game, throwing for a lot of yards but combined his 2 TDs with 4 INTs. This is a recipe that will always lead to a loss, especially when going against a Bill Belichick coached. I never thought I’d see the day in which the Patriots score 6 TDs and Tom Brady was responsible for none of them, but that is exactly what happened. LeGarrette Blount tied the Patriot postseason record with 166 yards on the ground, adding 4 TDs to an incredible stat line. Stevan Ridley added 52 yards and 2 scores of his own as he attempted to redefine what has been an extremely disappointing season. With the run game in high gear and Brady still at the helm, the Patriots played their way into their 3rd straight AFC Championship game.
Denver Broncos 24 – San Diego Chargers 17: If you told the San Diego Chargers that they would hold Peyton Manning and the Broncos high power offense to 24 points, I guarantee you that they would have felt really good about their chances of winning. In a season in which all of the talk in Denver has been about the offensive weapons at Manning’s disposal, it was the much aligned defense which stepped up and lead the Broncos to victory. The Chargers were unable to get onto the score board until the fourth quarter, as Phillip Rivers only completed 18 passes for a meager 217 yards. San Diego has been living with it’s running game in recent weeks, but the Denver front seven only allowed the Chargers 65 yards on the ground. I couldn’t believe all of the chatter I heard this week in which the “experts” felt as if San Diego had the Broncos number. The fact that Phillip Rivers was 6-2 in his career in Denver and that Peyton Manning was 0-3 in his last 3 postseason games provided the fodder for this misconception. Peyton was efficient, threw for 230 yards and 2 TDs and most importantly, helped the Broncos convert 3rd downs at a 9 of 13 clip. Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball combined for 133 yards on the ground for Denver who controlled the game and will now be reward by hosting the AFC Championship game next week.
We will be breaking down each matchup in detail later this week and give our picks for the games…next week will be unbelievable as the four best teams in the NFL are alive and all four of them are candidates to win the Super Bowl this year. Stay tuned and enjoy the hoops and puck until the weekend arrives…
Whether you are a Yankee fan, a baseball fan, a New Yorker,or just a living, breathing person, you are aware of the dilemma the Yankees have that is Alex Rodriguez. We know about his postseason struggles, his benching, his picking up swimsuit models at games and his claim that he wants to come back to New York to prove himself. We also are aware of his monster contract, his no trade clause and his admission of partaking in steroids, which he claims happened as a member of the Texas Rangers. The Yankees owe Rodriguez $114 million over the next 5 years, an unbelievable amount of money for an old third baseman who looks as if his last decent days as a major leaguer are behind him. The question on everybody’s minds has to be “WHAT THE HELL SHOULD THE YANKEES DO WITH ALEX RODRIGUEZ?” Well, I have the answer!
Many people believe the Yankees will trade him. New Yorkers are obviously sick of his act, his apathy and his tendency to come up short in the clutch time and again. Everyone thinks he needs a change of scenery and that he can resurrect his career somewhere else, maybe in his hometown of Miami. There are two fundamental problems with this situation that makes A-Rod unable to be traded. In order to trade him, the Yankees will have to eat almost 80 million of his contract. Therefore, over the next 5 years, the Yankees will be paying 15 million a season to a player that is not on their team. Even the Yankees don’t have that type of money, especially since ownership is attempting to lower payroll by 2014 to avoid the luxury tax. The other problem is A-Rod can veto any trade he doesn’t agree with and I really don’t think he wants out of New York as badly as some others may believe. There are so many more opportunities for A-Rod to score tail in New York than anywhere else and that basically seems to be his major concern these days. We all know that young men go into sports for two main reasons, to make money and get women. In that regard, A-Rod is winning no matter what he does on the field, and he knows New York is the best place to live as a young, rich bachelor.
The Yankees plan should be simple. Encourage Alex Rodriguez to start taking steroids again! This is a fool proof plan with no downside. Off the juice, A-Rod sucks. He is late on the fastball, slow out of the box and can barely reach the warning track. Put a needle in his ass and we might see the Alex of old. Before he got caught, he was a regular 50 HR and 130 RBI type of player. He has won MVPs, HR titles and has appeared on the All-Star game damn near every year of his career. With a little help, A-Rod can find his form. Without it, he’s no better than Eric Chavez! The Yankees need to take the chance that Alex Rodriguez finds out the testing date, buys a fake penis and synthetic urine, and pisses a clean test. He might get lucky! Even the blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.
At the same time, we have to remember that Alex Rodriguez is not the sharpest tool in the shed. This is the same player that referred to Ichiro Suzuki as a great “fundamentalist”, when attempting to say that the Japanese outfielder plays good fundamental baseball. It is fairly likely that Alex would get caught. This possibility is exactly what Yankee fans like myself should be hoping for! If he is caught, the penalties would be the following:
- First positive test result: 50 game suspension
- Second positive test result: 100 game suspension
- Third positive test result: lifetime ban from MLB
The Yankees wouldn’t have to pay him a cent of the $114 million, his reputation won’t take too bad of a hit because lets face it, it really can’t get much worse! Everybody in this situation wins, especially the Steinbrenners, Cashman and Joe Girardi.
As previously stated, all the Yankees have to do is put a few supplements in his locker, turn their backs and let it all unfold. Nobody will trade for him, he makes too much money to sit on the bench and at the very least, he might actually get a few hits if he’s on the juice. If the Yankees haven’t already had conversations about this possibility internally, heads need to start rolling. We are talking about one of the biggest idiots in professional sports, a man who would not be able to resist the temptation of a little extra testosterone in the morning. He has no legacy to maintain, and will never be more loved than Jeter…unless he tries something! I believe New Yorkers will respect more than ever if he goes out swinging. Hell, if he was popping pills or taking needles he would be doing a whole lot more than what he just showed us in the 2012 playoffs…
1. Finally, owning Chris Johnson on your fantasy team paid off in a big way! We saw a glimpse of the Chris Johnson who rushed for 2,000 yards 3 years ago, earning himself the nickname CJ2k. On Sunday, against the Buffalo Bills, Johnson was able to gain 195 yards and 2 TDs. He gained 6.9 yards a carry in an effort that saw him gain 103 yards and 2 TDs by the end of the first quarter. His 83 yards yard TD burst was a huge sign that maybe Johnson is waking up from his two year hiatus as one of the leagues best backs. I’m not ready to say that he is back to being the old Johnson because this season has been extremely up and down. Through the first 7 weeks he has had weeks with 4, 17 and 24 yards but also shown glimpses with games of 91, 141 and 195 yards. We’ll see in the next couple of weeks if Johnson’s last performance will carry him into a big second half or if the Bills ground defense is the worst in history. Either way, Chris Johnson made his faithful owners happy for a day.
2. After getting torched a week ago on national television, the Houston Texans defense manned up and showed the world why they are still considered among the league’s best. In their total beat down of the Baltimore Ravens, the Texans scored a defensive touchdown, a safety. tallied two interceptions, 4 sacks and recovered a fumble. The Ravens came into the game an injury ravaged team, however all their injuries had been on the defensive side of the ball. Ray Rice, Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin and the rest of the offensive unit was ready to go. Flacco ended the game with only 147 yards passing on 21-43 attempts. Ray Rice, one of the best backs in the game, was shut down to the tune of 9 caries for 42 yards. The Ravens leading receiver was Torrey Smith with only 41 yards. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers embarrassed and angered the Texans defense and it was the Baltimore Ravens, a team known for an intense defense of it’s own, that was forced to suffer the consequences.
3. The best inter-divisional QB rivalry was on display at Metlife Stadium, as Eli Manning’s Giants took on Robert Griffin III’s Redskins. Griffin baffled the stellar Giants defensive line all day with a combination of his all-world speed and cannon right arm. He finished the day with 258 yards in the air and 89 on the ground. When he threw his second TD pass to Santana Moss with only 1:32 left in the game, it looked as if the Rookie phenom would get the road upset over the defending Super Bowl MVP. However, Eli Manning taught us again that he is the best 4th quarter QB in the NFL. Eli, who struggled during most of the game, only needed two plays to find Victor Cruz for a 77 yard TD strike, leaving only 1:13 on the clock. It was an unbelievable game and an incredible first preview of what is sure to be a remarkable NFC East rivalry for years to come.
4. Adrian Peterson and Terrell Suggs have showed the entire league that just because players in the past have struggled bouncing back from certain injuries, that doesn’t mean they can’t be overcome. At the end of last season, Adrian Peterson tore his ACL, an injury that was supposed to sideline him for a huge chunk of this season. He battled through, rehabbed hard and has played every game for the surprising Vikings this year. He is the third leading rusher in the league, and is only 9 yards shy of first. On Sunday, he ran through a solid Cardinals defense for 153 yards and a TD, looking like the Peterson of old. At the same time, Terrell Suggs was making an even more incredible comeback, playing for the Ravens only 5 months after snapping his achilles tendon, an injury that was supposed to be season ending. Instead he played in Week 7, and was able to register a sack, 2 QB hits, 4 tackles and a pass deflection, playing 40 snaps against the Texans. It is these incredible injuries that make Jet fans hopeful that Revis can come back sooner than later and be the player he was before he went down.
5. The AFC is wide open! Heading into Week 8, there are only 3 AFC teams with winning records. The Texans are legit, sporting a 6-1 record and coming off an ass kicking of the Ravens. Baltimore is 5-2 after having season ending injuries to two key defensive players, including leader Ray Lewis, and they look ripe for the taking. The Patriots are now 4-3 and if the Jets didn’t play scared in the last few minutes of their game Sunday, they could easily be 3-4. If you look at the AFC West, the Chargers and Broncos sit in first, tied with a 3-3 record. There are 7 other teams in the AFC that are either 3-3 or 3-4, meaning that there are a lot of teams still alive to make some postseason noise this year. Any number of teams can sneak into the Wildcard, and as we’ve seen with the Packers and Giants in the past couple years, the team that is hottest at the right time is usually the team that wins it all. Unless you are a fan of the Chiefs, Jaguars or Browns, it is perfectly acceptable to reasonably think your team has a shot to be playing in the AFC playoffs in January.
1. Jamal Charles is the running back we saw two years ago. After rushing for 233 yards and receiving another 55, it is safe to say that Jamal Charles is back from his devastating ACL tear from a year ago. With the Chiefs down 24-6 to the New Orleans Saints and on the verge of dropping to 0-3, Charles rushed for a 91 yard TD and told his teammates to put the game on his shoulders. He showed that burst of speed that he had prior to his injury that many around the game thought he would never regain. In the effort, Charles also has a career high 39 touches, showing he is ready to be a feature back. Against New Orleans, Charles became the second player in NFL history to put up 225 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in the same game, the first being the all-time great Jim Brown. Kudos to the comeback player of the year!
2. The Atlanta Falcons are clearly deserving to be mentioned in the NFL elite. In a battle of 2-0 teams, the Atlanta Falcons went into San Diego and smacked the Chargers around like they owed them money. Matt Ryan is finally starting to earn the nick name Matty Ice. He is currently leading the league in passing rating as he is utilizing his many tools on offense. Roddy White and Julio Jones are in a short conversation of best 1-2 WR combinations in the game. The Falcons are a team that has fallen short in the postseason time and again in the past few years but with other contenders struggling early (Saints, Packers, Lions, Panthers, Cowboys), the Falcons look poised to amend many years of disappointment.
3. Torrey Smith is as courageous of a player as we have seen in a while. In the Ravens 31-30 Week 3 win over the Patriots on Sunday night, Torrey Smith put up 127 yards on 6 catches with 2 TDs. Considering the WR lost his younger brother Tevin less than 24 hours prior, he showed an amazing amount of strength and character to even step onto the field to honor his brother. After the game, Torrey said “It was tough. I didn’t know until 4 o’clock if I was going to play. I only had like an hour of sleep. Emotionally, I didn’t know how I was going to hold up.” On a day in which Smith suffered an incredible loss to his immediate family, he mustered the strength to lift his football family past a rival in a huge victory. Smith provided his teammates with strength and courage and they rallied around him. Even if you are not a Raven fan, or football fan at all, this was the easiest player to root for in any sport on any given night in quite a long time.
4. Injuries can absolutely derail a season. Personally speaking, my New York Jets lost their best player for the year due to a non-contact knee injury. Plugging Kyle Wilson in for Darelle Revis is going to be devastating and most likely end the what little hope the Jets had for a successful season. Though Revis might have suffered the worse injury of the week, many other games were affected by injuries. Matthew Stafford left the Lions game with a leg injury, a game in which they fell to the lowly Tennessee Titans and Stafford’s backup Shaun Hill gave the game away with an OT botched play. Reggie Bush also went down with a knee injury which appears minor, though was bad enough to take him out of action in Miami’s Week 3 loss to the Jets. Other key players like Willis McGahee, Beanie Wells, CJ Spiller, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Dexter McCluster all left their games in Week 3 with injuries, which leads us to the realization that on any given play, any teams season can be lost due to the violent nature of the game. How would the Patriots look without Tom Brady, or the Packers with no Aaron Rodgers? Probably very similar to the Jets without Darrelle Revis.
5. The replacement refs need to go. This week was by far the worse on record. Everyone is still talking about the MNF debacle in which the referees gave the Seahawks a win over Green Bay on a last second interception. Other than that debacle, we had the Patriots losing on a possible missed FG, the Cowboy’s Kevin Ogletree stepping on a referees hat which was thrown 20 yards onto the field of play, replacement referees having no idea what a pass interference calls looks like but calling them damn near every play and the San Francisco 49ers were granted extra challenges in their loss to the Vikes. There were many more examples or referee incompetence all around the league that were just as bad as those mentioned above. It’s making the pace of games almost unwatchable and the NFL is becoming a punch line, as players have taken to twitter to trash the product the league has put onto the field. If the Packers game doesn’t end this lockout, I have no idea what will!
In back to back days at Wimbledon, a tennis legend who was thought to be over-the-hill proved their critics wrong. Yesterday, the 30-year-old Serena Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in a tight three set match. Then today, the great Roger Federer took care of hometown favorite Andy Murray in four sets, also at the age of 30. These two players have been dominating their respective opponents for the past decade at a record pace, and I find it unbelievably fitting that they were able to show their prowess once again as the top players in the world in the same tournament.
Federer’s victory today was his 7th overall Wimbledon win, tying Pete Sampras for the most all time. Federer also won his 17th Grand Slam title overall, building on the world record that he already owns. Federer captured his first slam title since 2010, which was an Australian Open victory also over Murray . In the past few years, it had been assumed the Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had moved past the legendary Swiss. However, this tournament has served as a reminder to all that Roger Federer is the best ever and if he’s playing, it is never wise to assume he doesn’t have a chance to win.
I thought Djokovic would win the tournament as I predicted he would beat Federer in their semi final matchup. Roger got the best of the younger Novak, and as Murray found out today, even though Federer isn’t quite at athletic as he used to be, he is by far the smartest player on the planet. In today’s match, Murray jumped out to take the first set and had Federer on the ropes in the second as well. However, Roger never panicked, battled every point as he has always done in his career and fought to take control back from the Brit. I don’t think it is questionable at this point if Roger Federer is the greatest men’s tennis player of all time. We need to all appreciate his greatness because we may never see another player dominate in the fashion he has for the past decade.
If you had to pick a player on the woman’s side who has most resembled Federer’s career, Serena Williams would be the obvious choice. She has been by far the most dominating player in the past ten years and the only woman who can even rival her is in her own family, Venus. Though Serena’s numbers are a little bit short of Federer’s accomplishments, her win yesterday gave her 5 Wimbledon Championships and 14 Grand Slam titles overall. The only two women to have more Wimbledon’s than Serena are Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, the two women who are believed by all to be the gold standard of women’s tennis. It has been well documented that Serena Williams career was in jeopardy due to a number of injuries and medical conditions. However, she has battled back to the point that there is absolutely no woman on the planet who could play on the level she played the last week.
Serena dominated the first set against Agnieszka Radwanska and then appeared to get a little fatigued. Radwanska played great in the second set and had Serena really frustrated as the more powerful Williams was unable to end points as quickly as she had in the first. Radwanska forced a third and deciding set, which would prove to be the end of the road. Serena pushed her game to another level, totally overpowering Radwanska. As a spectator, there were times I felt bad for the Pole because as good as she was, when Serena was playing to her utmost capability, there was not a damn thing that Radwanska could do.
For all the tennis experts who have written both Roger Federer and Serena Williams off, it is now time to eat your words. WIth his victory, Roger Federer jumped into the #1 spot he has been in for so many days in the past. Serena Williams showed that she is going to be a force for the next few years to come, as she has regained all her strength and may be as good as ever based on her massacre of the field this past tournament. Both players now have their sites on the Olympics and the U.S. Open and how could anybody bet against them heading into either? I picked Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon so I was half right, but going into the next tournament I will reassess my predictions. Serena and Roger have shown the tennis world that 30 is absolutely the new 20, and these two greats are not close to done padding their amazing resumes.
Most sports fans have heard of the Madden curse. Each year, the makers of the John Madden football video game pick a player to don the cover. Usually the player had a great season the year prior and is among the most marketable in the sport. As it turns out though, the player picked has more times than not had a brutal year the season following their Madden cover appearance. The likes of Shaun Alexander, Brett Favre, Michael Vick, Marshall Faulk and most recently Peyton Hillis have all fallen victim to either off years or injuries. It has gotten to a point where players need to strongly consider whether or not they want to sponsor the game and appear on the cover. Sports Debaters has recently imitated the Madden video game, as our picks have been back firing and teams or players we have chosen to win keep failing. The New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Tiger Woods, Oklahoma City Thunder, Netherlands Soccer team and others have all been recent victims. Today, two more fell prey to the Sports Debater Jinx.
When we previewed the Euro Cup, our expert was very high on one of the 4 groups in particular, which was nicknamed “The Group of Death”. It featured Germany, Portugal and the before mentioned Netherlands, who we thought might win the entire tournament. Well, fast forward three weeks and the Netherlands lost all three of their games and didn’t make it past the group stage. Both Portugal and Germany made it to the semis as expected, but then we also picked the Germans to beat Italy and make a Finals run. Actually, we thought Italy would be eliminated to the English in the last round so we missed that one heading into today’s match. Mario Balotelli scored two goals for the Italians against the Germans in the first half, and even though the Germans had many opportunities to score and finally did late in stoppage time, they were never able to recover from their early deficit. The Germans came into the match carrying a world record 15 game winning streak against international competition. If they won number 16, it would have set up an awesome finals with Spain, who barely avoided the Sports Debater jinx yesterday against the Portuguese. Sunday’s final will now match the Italians against the Spanish, so wait to see who we pick in the upcoming days so you can throw money on the other team and probably clean up.
There was an even more shocking result on a different patch of European grass this afternoon, as the magnificent Rafael Nadal fell to a Czech named Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon. Who?!?!?! Just three nights ago, our tennis expert picked Nadal to cruise to the finals but eventually lose to Novak Djokovic. Instead, Nadal will exit the tournament in his quickest Grand Slam loss since 2005. He lost the match in 5 sets, as the score was 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Rosol was the 100th ranked player in the world and was playing in his first ever Wimbledon at the age of 26. Usually in tennis, if a player is going to make a name for himself, he’ll show signs of success prior to Rosol’s current age. If you couple Rosol’s inexperience and total obscurity with the fact that Nadal has played in both the past five Wimbledon finals and past five Grand Slam finals, this result was stunning to everybody who witnessed it. Rosol agreed as he said “I’m not just surprised; it’s like a miracle for me…I never expected something like this.” Well, obviously the experts at Sports Debaters didn’t either and now Novak Djokovic is anxiously hoping that unlike Nadal, he can avoid the jinx we have laid on so many in recent weeks.
With all that said, we are still confident that things will begin falling our way. In the past, we’ve successfully picked horse racing, hockey and basketball games, the NCAA basketball winner, boxing matches, etc. .. All successful teams slump from time to time, just ask the 1997 Yankees, who were the only team not to win the Series from 1996-2000. We still have more sport knowledge than the average Joe and we will absolutely not shy away from calling winners in the future. The beauty of sports is the unpredictability, the potential of an upset very time we tune into a game or contest. As for our picks, June was a tough month. So Jonathan Quick, LeBron James, Mario Balotelli, Lukas Rosol and the others who have benefitted as a result of us picking against them…you’re welcome! And for Tiger Woods, Martin Brodeur, Kevin Durant, Rafael Nadal and all the teams in the “Group of Death”…our bad!
Gang Green just added a little more “faith” for the upcoming season. Just a few months after leading his former team, the Denver Broncos, to a remarkable come-from-behind victory over the New York Jets, Tim Tebow will find himself sporting the green and white jerseys next season. The Jets have had a fairly quiet offseason before this massive trade went through. The Jets sent their 4th and 6th round 2012 draft picks to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Tim Tebow and a 7th round draft pick. This was a remarkable trade for the Jets. Tebow still has 3 years remaining on his contract.After an excruciating 2011-2012 season, the Jets definitely needed to make some changes. I feel that Tim Tebow can 100% fill that void left from when Brad Smith left the team. I am very interested to see how “Tebowmania” will play out in New York. I love this trade and feel that the Jets will be able to do a lot more on the offensive end with a great “option” quarterback. Even if Tim doesn’t see a lot of snaps, his overall presence will be a positive one for a team that had a very negative attitude for most of last season.
Let me know if you like this trade and how you feel it will affect the Jets next season. Should be a great debate!