Friday, December 24, 2010
Do Jets prefer to play away from home?
The New York Jets are 4-3 in their new stadium and 6-1 on the road.
ESPN analysts Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi give their thoughts on the discrepancy, and this week's events would seem to be a perfect example of Bruschi's theory. The Jets will play the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.
"It's New York," Bruschi said. "It's the bright lights and big city, and when they play at home they feel the pressure. That city is a pressure cooker. You feel it in the locker room. You feel it when you drive to the game. You feel it when you walk into that stadium. There's a lot of pressure, especially on the home team, to win because if you don't that's when you really hear it.
"When you go on the road, all of that's gone. It's you against that away team, the venue, the fans. You feel like it's you against them. All that pressure's gone and you play a little bit more free. I think that's why they're playing better on the road because I think Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez and a lot of those players, they feel that pressure in New York and they like to get away."
The Jets likely will have to win on the road in the playoffs because they have only a remote chance of winning the AFC East.
They did win their first two games on the road last postseason and took a lead into the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts before losing the AFC Championship game.