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All of Rex Ryan's bluster about the Jets being headed for the Super Bowl suddenly seems more ridiculous than ever now.

As Gang Green Turns: Jets Miss Revis in 31-16 Loss to Giants

Okay Jets fans, it’s the morning after the big game against the Giants. Keep telling yourselves, “It’s only a preseason game. It’s only a preseason game.” Maybe if you close your eyes and wish real hard, Darrelle Revis will appear in a cloud of smoke, and he’ll be back on the team. Yeah, that’s about as likely as Francisco Rodriguez ever pitching another inning as a Met again.

The truth, the hard sobering truth, was visible in the first football game ever played at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Monday night. Antonio Cromartie, who has earned the number one spot in Revis’s absence, was beaten in one completion by Hakeem Nicks. But he also missed two interceptions. Kyle Wilson, the first round draft pick who took over Cromartie’s position on defense later on, went untested in the game.

The real worry was seen in the lack of depth now apparent, with both Dwight Lowery and Drew Coleman looking like they were in big trouble last night. It was especially notable when Eli Manning left the game because of an injury, as these guys were burned by the Giants’ backup QB, Jim Sorgi. Not a pretty picture to be sure.

All of Rex Ryan’s bluster about the team being headed for the Super Bowl suddenly seems more ridiculous than ever now. With this real weakness exposed, it doesn’t matter how great Mark Sanchez and the offense looked in the first half. If the defense is going to be like this come September 13, Ryan’s going to be drowning his sorrows in large Mickey D shakes soon enough.  

Hopefully, Woody Johnson was watching this game carefully. The Giants beat the Jets and made the D look bad. Revis is no doubt at home watching ESPN and grinning from ear-to-ear. As Rex Ryan removes his big foot from his big mouth, Woody should be taking the wallet out of his back pocket. A Jet fan’s homemade sign at last night’s game sent the message loud and clear: “Pay Revis!” Come on, Woody, you know you want to. It’s going to be a long, tough season if Revis sits it out because you wouldn’t do what was right for this team.

About Victor Lana

Victor Lana's stories, articles, and poems have been published in literary magazines and online. His books 'A Death in Prague' (2002), 'Move' (2003), 'The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories' (2005), and 'Like a Passing Shadow' (2009) are available in print, online, and as e-books. His latest books 'Heartbeat and Other Poems,' 'If the Fates Allow: New York Christmas Stories,' 'Garden of Ghosts,' and 'Flashes in the Pan' are available exclusively on Amazon. After winning the National Arts Club Award for Poetry while attending Queens College, he concentrated on writing mostly fiction and non-fiction prose until the recent publication of his new book of poetry, 'Heartbeat and Other Poems' (now available on Amazon). He has worked as a faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with 'Blogcritics Magazine' since July 2005 and has written many articles on a variety of topics; previously co-head sports editor, he now is a Culture and Society and Flash Ficition editor. Having traveled extensively, Victor has visited six continents and intends to get to Antarctica someday where he figures a few ideas for new stories await him.

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