Jets vs. Broncos

Jets vs. Broncos

New York -7 1/2 vs. Denver

New Yorkers are getting used to being better than perfection. It’s not that the citizens of the Big Apple need any more arrogance, but their football teams have done some remarkable things over the past year. First the New York Giants took to the road to win three playoff games and then upended the heavily favored and undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII this past February. Since that game the Giants have only lost once and are now tied for the best record in the league at 10-1. Just do not overlook the Jets.

If it was not for the Giants, the Jets (8-3) would be the hottest team in the NFL. By totally dominating the previously undefeated Tennessee Titans 34-13 on the road last week, the Jets at least claimed the honor of hottest team in the AFC.

The Jets return home this weekend to welcome in the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos. The two game road trip they are returning from was supposed to ruin their season, instead it has put them in the AFC East drivers seat. Before dominating the Titans in Nashville, New York also dispatched New England at Foxboro the week before in overtime. The Jets now have won five straight and six out of seven.

The Jets success has had a lot to do with the improvements of Brett Favre. Perhaps the veteran quarterback needed some time to learn the new offense, but he has excelled in it the last few weeks. During the road trip, Favre threw for a combined 51 of 65 for 482 yards with two touchdowns and only one interception. It is probably no coincidence that Favre has gotten hot while Thomas Jones has gotten on track. Jones was just four yards short of 100 yards last week and caught a touchdown pass.

You will forgive them if Favre, Jones and the rest of New York’s defense is salivating for more than just Thanksgiving dinner. The Denver defense has been terrible all season long. The Broncos (6-5) are coming off a humiliating 31-10 home loss to the awful Oakland Raiders last week. However, Denver still leads the division by two games over San Diego who can not get on track this season. The Broncos appear headed for the postseason, perhaps by default and will look to shore up its defense down the stretch with the return of All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey.

The teams have not met since 2005 in Denver with the Broncos blanking the Jets 27-0. The Jets last win was in 2002 at home.

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Jets at Patriots

Jets at Patriots

1st Quarter:

Patriots 3, Jets 0; 9:38:

Good observation from @MikeReiss on Twitter: “Patriots open with an interesting defensive wrinkle — rookie LB Dane Fletcher in the base personnel with Mayo, Spikes and Cunningham.” Still, Jets convert on third and long to keep their first drive alive, where to buy Discount NFL Jerseys? maybe ujersy is a good choice.

Patriots 3, Jets 0; 10:57

Did I jinx the Pats? Their next three plays — all incompletions, with the Jets getting good pressure on Tom Brady to force rushed throws. Shayne Graham hits a 41-yarder into the wind.

Jets 0, Patriots 0; 11:46

The Pats first five plays — 8 yards, 12, 4, 7, 20. I’d say their first-drive gameplan is working out pretty well. Mid-series adjustment from the Jets? We’ll see.

Jets 0, Patriots 0; 15:00

• OK, enough with the pregame hype. Lets get this thing kicked off. By the way, for those of you into this sort of thing, I’m blogging this from the living room of my apartment in Jersey City, N.J. 42-inch TV, on. Christmas tree, decorated. 2-month-old son, crying. Just like being in Foxboro.

• Mike Tirico, going sans overcoat or scarf in the open-windowed MNF booth. Bill Belichick, going with a huge puffer coat on the New England sideline. Who would have thought Tirico would be tougher than Belichick?

• Final weather report, from Banks: “27 degrees at game time, with 16 mph winds out of the west, gusting to 24 mph. Wind chill of 15 degrees.” Glad I’m indoors, if you want to buy Chicago Bears Jerseys, go to ujersy.


• Don Banks, NFL senior writer, is at Gillette Stadium and checks in: “Just got back to my seat in the press box. Had to do an on-field TV hit with Comcast New England. It is freaking windy and freezing. Passing games are going to be really challenged tonight. Might favor Jets big time if it’s a running game first type of night.”

• Resident Jets fan and master of’s Hot Clicks, Jimmy Traina, weighs in with his realist prediction: “The fact that the Jets have zero pass rush will do them in.”

• Don Banks is back with a report on the media atmosphere in Foxboro: “It’s a very heavy national media contingent. And I would say as close to a playoff atmosphere as you can generate in the …

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History of Jets

History of Jets

A jet airline is simply termed from the propulsion of a jet engine rather than older model propeller type planes. Jets also achieve maximum efficiency at higher altitudes rather than propeller models. History of how the jet airliner came into existence is an interesting background that explains how jets have come to be the most popular form of quick, long distance travel.


The jet prototype was first laid out in writing by Frank Whittle of Britain. He was an officer in the British Air Force and proposed his idea to superiors. The idea did not come into play until the late 1930’s when the Germans took off on the idea of jets and jet propulsion. The British later recognized the idea as beneficial to war efforts and designed their first model in 1941.


It was the Germans who first brought an operational model, called the Messerschmitt Me 262, into the air. It was introduced during World War II as a turbo jet for fighting, bombing, and interception of enemy aircraft. Soon thereafter, the Germans improved on their technology and introduced a faster, rocket fueled jet named the Messerschmitt Me 163.


Throughout the years, British, Germans, and Americans have improved on jet technology. Jets have become a main source of transportation for traveler needs. Commercial jets allow for transportation to different continents within hours. Don’t want to drive a few hours to a neighboring city? Hop on a jet to get you to your destination in merely an hour or two. Commercial jets such as jumbo jets are large cities in the sky. They provide multiple decks containing amenities to help weary travelers through long flights.


Modern jets cruise at speeds almost the same as sound. The term “mach” is used to measure the speed of jets. Sound travels at approximately 420 to 580 miles per hour. The speed of jets is denoted by the percentage of the speed of sound. Most jets travel at .75 to .85 mach, or more specifically 75% to 85% that of the speed of sound. Interestingly, jets that travel faster than sound are seen before they are heard.


The fastest jet to date is NASA’s unmanned X-43. With mach speed of 9 to 10, this black bullet traveling at hypersonic speeds is appropriately named scramjet. Its initial goal was to achieve speeds greater than mach 7. The goal was well exceeded in 2001 when its first flight was launched at mach 9.


Finally, one of the most notable jets to date is NASA’s space shuttle. This jet’s engine exemplifies technology by propelling men into space. The power needed to push such a large, massive jet into space is astronomical. The solid rocket boosters of the space shuttle jet provide twelve million Newtons of thrust at liftoff. A unique advantage to these boosters is that they are reusable. Once the space shuttle jet has been propelled into a high altitude, they drop off the jet, deploy parachutes, and safely land into the ocean where NASA recovers them for use in future space missions.


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