The New York Jets are out for some Wildcat revenge.
Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace was incredulous after the Miami Dolphins ran riot with the Wildcat three weeks ago. Pace couldn't believe a self-respecting NFL team would run what he considered to be an absurd offense.
"I can't respect that stuff, all that Wildcat," Pace said at the time. "We're in the NFL. Don't come here with that nonsense."
The Jets will get another crack at stopping it Sunday at the Meadowlands. Pace and his defensive mates are surging after a 38-0 victory over the Oakland Raiders snapped a three-game losing skid that began in Land Shark Stadium.
"There are so many different motivational factors," Pace said Monday, a day after recording three sacks in Oakland. "It's a division opponent, a rival, the way the defense played in the first game. There are so many different ways you can look at it and get motivated.
"It's going to be a tough, physical game, bottom line. Whoever establishes the run and sticks with it is going to probably win. You have two teams that pride themselves in running the ball. Something has to give."
The Jets rushed for 318 yards in Oakland and 316 yards against the Buffalo Bills the week before. No team ever has rushed for 300 yards three straight games, and the last team to have at least 316 run yards in consecutive games was the 1934 Detroit Lions with Ernie Caddel and Dutch Clark.
You know a record is old when a guy named "Dutch" was involved.
But the Jets know they can't simply pound away and win. The Bills beat them in overtime, after all.
The Wildcat must be contained if the Jets have any hope of winning. The Dolphins ran it 16 times for 110 yards and the winning touchdown.
"We put a lot of things into the game plan that we thought was going to destroy the Wildcat," Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "Obviously, it didn’t."
Said Pace: "It's about just stopping it, reading our keys and really getting a lot of hats to the ball, especially with the two real good backs that they have. I don't know if there is a better duo in the league than [Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams]. We really have to go out there and get a lot of hats to the ball and try to get them away from the Wildcat."