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Jets expect to bring down the house


Jets expect to bring down the house
The Jets expect quite a homecoming today.


They've earned it.

Back-to-back road victories over the Patriots and the then-undefeated Titans - wins that came 10 days apart - have the Jets in first place in the AFC East and tied for the second-best record in the AFC. It has their long-tormented fans dreaming big.

"It's going to be crazy," second-year cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "It's really going to be crazy. We have a lot of momentum coming into this game. We just have to be relaxed and humble and don't get too excited to where we're not focused on the Denver Broncos ."

Left tackle Damien Woody, in his first season with the Jets, is looking forward to the fans' reception.

"I expect it to be very excited and electric," Woody said. "Hopefully, we can put out a very exciting performance and continue to have the success that we've been having."

Nose tackle Kris Jenkins, after experiencing the hostility of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough and LP Field in Nashville, also is anticipating today's atmosphere, but for an added reason.

"I miss the little guy with the fire hat doing his little signs on the video screen," Jenkins said, likely the first person to use "little" in describing Fireman Ed, who is on the burly side. "I like that. He gets me excited, actually. I know some guys on the team asked why I get excited. I am like, I never got to experience something like that. We have some intense fans here and I am glad to be a part of that experience. I definitely enjoy playing in front of the home crowd."

But players also know how quickly the electricity produced when they run out of the tunnel will be shut off if they don't play well. The Broncos are poor defensively, but they have one of the best offenses in the league. Of particular concern is their passing attack, which ranks third in the league at 273 yards per game.

"The Broncos are a very good team," Revis said.

Jets fans waiting for the other shoe to drop - or at least for some kind of letdown - might take solace in that when players returned to work Wednesday, the 34-13 victory over the Titans wasn't mentioned.

It was the same way leading up to the Tennessee game when players returned from the five-day break after beating the Patriots on a Thursday night. New England was in the past.

Players seem utterly unimpressed with themselves despite a five-game winning streak that has them being mentioned prominently as a Super Bowl contender.

"I've been happy with their approach, but also their mind-set after each game," coach Eric Mangini said. "Whether it's been win or lose, there hasn't been a sense of, you know, 'here we go again' if it was a loss or a sense of 'OK, we've arrived' after a win. It's been very much a sense of 'OK, who is the next opponent and what do we have to do to beat them?' "

Jenkins said the message to young players has been that the playoffs might as well be a year from now. There's a long way to go.

"They can't even worry about it right now," Jenkins said of the postseason. "It's not even a luxury that we have, and honestly, I know that it would be kind of disrespectful to other teams to look past them. We can't assume that we are just that good that we are going to walk through everything. Every game is serious."

Jenkins, in his eighth season in the league and first with the Jets, said his experience has taught him that the gains of the last five games quickly can become irrelevant.

"I think the past has shown a lot of good teams let a season go because they started feeling themselves a little bit too much," Jenkins said. "As veterans, that's all we are trying to tell the [young players]. Just make sure you take every game seriously. Every game gets bigger and bigger, so you're going to have that much more pressure on yourself to go out and perform at this level. That is what we have to be mindful of."

Broncos AT Jets,

4:15 p.m.

TV: Ch. 2

Radio: WEPN (1050)

ABOUT THE Broncos

Record: 6-5

Coach: Mike Shanahan (14th season, 144-88 overall)

The Broncos looked as if they would take control of the weak AFC West after back-to-back road victories against the Browns and Falcons, but stumbled badly when they returned home last Sunday, losing to the Raiders, 31-10. They're still in first place at 6-5, but that's more a product of the division. The Broncos can move the ball, ranking second in total offense (382.5 ypg), but have been almost helpless in stopping the opposition from doing so. Denver's best statistical ranking in any defensive category is 19th for their percentage (7.3) of sacks per pass play. Among the horrible numbers: the Broncos are 28th in total defense (380.4 ypg), 28th in scoring defense (27.5) and 27th in rushing defense (144.5), which bodes well for the Jets' resurgent running game.

MEET THE ENEMY

DT Dewayne Robertson

Robertson never lived up to his draft position (No. 4 overall in 2003) and he became even more of a disappointment - though not entirely through his own fault - to Jets fans when he was switched to an undersized nose tackle in the 3-4 scheme at the start of the Eric Mangini era in 2006. Robertson was dealt before last April's draft to Denver for a draft pick in 2009. But that pick was conditional, and for the Jets to receive the minimum, a fifth-round selection, Robertson would have to play in 65 percent of the opposition's snaps. That is unlikely. Robertson has started 10 of 11 games this season and recorded 30 tackles - tied for fourth among Broncos defensive linemen - and a half sack, playing primarily on first and second downs.

INJURY REPORT

Jets - Questionable: LB David Harris (groin), S Eric Smith (concussion). Probable: WR Laveranues Coles (thigh), K Mike Nugent (right thigh), WR Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder), DL Shaun Ellis (back), TE Bubba Franks (hip), CB Dwight Lowery (thigh), WR Brad Smith (shoulder), LB Jason Trusnik (knee)

Broncos - Out: S Marlon McCree (ankle). Doubtful: LB D.J. Williams (knee)

Questionable: CB Champ Bailey (groin), WR Eddie Royal (toe), LB Nate Webster (knee), RB Selvin Young (groin) Probable:

G Ben Hamilton (wrist), RB Peyton Hills (shoulder), WR Brandon Marshall (hip), DT Kenny Peterson (achilles), RB P.J. Pope (ribs), DT Dewayne Robertson (knees)

DT Josh Shaw (shoulder), DT Marcus Thomas (hamstring)

JAY CUTLER

87.0 QB Rating NFL Rank: 16

3,036

Passing

Yards

NFL Rank: 3

406

Attempts

NFL Rank: 5

246

Completions

NFL Rank: 5

60.6

Completion Percentage

NFL Rank: 20

19

TD Passes

NFL Rank: T-6

12

Interceptions

NFL Rank: T-2



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 30, 2008

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