This Sunday, the Jets travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders, which is the first of three straight away from Met Life Stadium. With the Jets at 2-0, this is a key stretch in their season.
After Oakland, they travel to Baltimore where head coach Rex Ryan won a Super Bowl ring as an assistant coach. Then they finish up the road trip in New England, where they knocked the Patriots out of the playoffs last year.
Center Nick Mangold, who suffered a high ankle sprain last week, is doubtful for the Raiders game. Free agent pick up Colin Baxter will start in place of Mangold.
Also, quarterback Mark Sanchez hurt his arm last Week, but is scheduled to play come Sunday. If the Jets want to be contenders and not pretenders for a serious Super Bowl run, they must play well on this road trip and beat some tough opponents who they may very well face again when the playoffs roll around.
It all starts Sunday in “Raider Nation.”
Defensive back Antonio Cromartie was named Defensive player of the Week in the AFC. He had two interceptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
Former Jets quarterback Richard Todd was at the game last week with his daughter. Todd commented that he loves the new stadium and really enjoyed playing in New York. Todd had an up and down career in New York with the highlight of taking the Jets to the AFC title game in 1982. He has been working in finance for the past 21 years.
On Monday October 17th, the Jets will face the Miami Dolphins. It will be a special night for some former Jets greats. Al Toon, Freeman McNeil, Gerry Philbin, and Larry Grantham will be inducted into the Jets Ring of Honor.
Gerry Philbin and Larry Grantham were key members of a Jets defense that helped the team win Super Bowl Three. Freeman McNeil, drafted third overall in the 1981 draft is the second leading rusher in team history behind only Curtis Martin, who was enshrined last season into the Ring of Honor. McNeil played 12 seasons for the club.
Wide receiver Al Toon, picked in the first round in 1985, played eight seasons for the Jets before concussions made him retire. He is third on the team’s all-time receiving list.
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