Re: What is the status at this point for our opponents? Jets,Ravens,Steelers etc.....
posted at 4/14/2012 11:55 AM EDT
The Jets just won the draft derby. OK they got last place, but it's better than second-to-last.https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/04/13/draft-grader-new-york-jets/
Let’s take a look at how the Jets drafted.
+2.0: You’ve just found Tom Brady in the 6th round
They may have got better play out of a sixth-rounder than what they have from their first.
+1.5: Getting much more than you bargained for!
+1.0: The scouts nailed it!
Heck, they’d settle for some of these.
. . .
-1.0: What a waste!
Mark Sanchez, QB (5th overall pick in 2009): The 2009 class was always going to depend on Sanchez and how he played and, unfortunately, he just hasn’t cut the mustard. Saving your better performances (which generally involve just avoiding mistakes rather than making a lot of plays) for the playoffs should not give Sanchez a pass as he fails to improve as a quarterback. The recent signing of Tim Tebow should indicate just how much of a flop the Sanchize has been, while his new deal simply serves to make it easier to cut him in a couple of years. The clock is ticking.
-1.5: The scouts/ coaches failed, big time!
Not in this regard but …
-2.0: You just drafted the love child of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf!
Vernon Gholston, DE (6th overall pick in 2008): What can you really say about this? Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane, as Gholston earned a -12.2 grade while playing just 629 career snaps as a Jet. He is the dictionary definition of a bust.
As for the Steelers and Baltimore, I have the Steelers as the second-luckiest team in the NFL given their power rating. Lucky teams win close games and lose mail-it-in blowouts, and as a rule I don't expect such luck to hold. The Steelers were a 9.7 victory team but they won 12 regular season victories. They either blew the Denver game, or it's more proper to say they were too injured to have a chance against Denver. Some of those injuries, especially the hits on Big Ben Roofies, may be found to be permanent next year.
Baltimore was somewhat lucky too. They racked up a 12-4 record with a 1-1 playoff record but they were a 10.8 victory (out of 16) team by my ratings. Baltimore is old and their cap management isn't up to snuff, so they may need to take a step backwards.
Houston was a nice team but they had cap issues too.
So, I don't know if the Patriots have a particular AFC opponent to focus on.