What a great day despite the awful weather. My fiancee and I tailgated with one of my otherwise intelligent friends who somehow roots for the Jets, along with his dad and a big group of other Jets fans. The weather could not have been worse...barely warm enough for it not to snow, and it rained all morning and afternoon long. Naturally, it stopped once we were in the car on the way home.
It was my first time seeing Denver victorious at the Meadowlands...I had seen the '98 crusher vs the Giants and the game vs. the Jets in '02. This one certainly felt a whole lot better.
As for the game...in no clearer terms can I say this - Jets fans are truly pathetic. It's something I've known my entire life and have witnessed almost everyday at work. But this game took things to a new level for me. With the Broncos leading by 13 going into halftime, the Jets fans treated their 8-3, first-place home team to a hearty round of boos. What a joke! We're not talking about a 25 or 30 point game, we're talking about a game where the Jets were still within two scores and a small momentum change from being right back in it (and surely, they would have their chances come the second half). On the Jets' 4th-down attempts, you would not believe how loud the crowd was. It was like they'd never been to a football game before. Making noise while the home team is lining up for a 4th-and-short? HA!
The boos that accompanied the Broncos' numerous injuries were practically the loudest noise the crowd made all day. Again, an amazing lack of football intelligence. With a two-score advantage and all of the momentum, the Broncos are trying to stop the clock and essentially give the Jets an offensive timeout after nearly every play? Blew my mind (Plus, I'm still hearing complaints about this stuff at work from my Jets fan colleagues). If the Broncos have the ball, I want them to have an extra 30 or 40 seconds between each play to talk things over, too!
Well, enough about the Jets fans. What an impressive win! Shanahan, Bates and Dennison gameplanned the snot out of the Jets. There was simply no answer for the two-TE packages. Once again, this offense is so much more effective with a healthy Tony Scheffler. Can we all chip in for a T.O.-recommended hyperbaric chamber? Guy needs to try everything under the sun...I was thrilled to see how aggressive the play-calling was and Cutler's brilliance on such a wet and dreary day.
As for the Broncos fans, what a great turnout! We could not believe how many Elway, Cutler and Bailey jerseys we saw. Even saw an Atwater, a Rod Smith and a McCaffrey or two. Well done, folks! As sidenotes, we had great seats at the 35 yard line, 18 rows behind the Denver bench. Plus what a great way to start off the biggest week of my life - we're heading down to San Juan today to get married later this week in front of our closest friends and family. Amazingly, my fiancee came along for seven hours of cold and wet to see the Broncos with me, with nary a complaint. She is a Wisconsin native and was raised in a Packers household, but she is well on her way to being a true Broncos fan.
I realize I'm getting into more details than most of you will care to read, and for that I apologize. However, as I head off to get married I wanted to share my experience with all of you and say that I will miss reading your posts and brilliant insight over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully the Broncos will not overlook the Chefs as they did the Raiders, and perhaps the division will be sewn up by the time we've returned home (just in time to watch the rescheduled game vs. the Panthers!). What a crazy season, let's not expect too much but hope for everything...the future is so bright!