Wednesday, September 7, 2011
By Rich Cimini
Stuff to chew on as the Jets-Cowboys hype gets ready to kick into high gear:
• The Jets will be re-visiting the Mark Sanchez trade on Sunday night -- well, most of it, anyway. Two of the three players the Jets sent to the Browns to trade up for Sanchez in the 2009 draft -- DE Kenyon Coleman and S Abe Elam -- are starting for the Cowboys. Anybody remember the third player? It was QB Brett Ratliff, currently not on an NFL roster. They also gave up a second-round pick.
• This is Ryan Bowl IX, Rex vs. Rob. This sibling rivalry dates back to their college coaching days in the late 1980s, with Rex holding a 5-3 lead. In NFL matchups, though, Rex owns his twin 'bro -- 3-0. The last meeting was last November, when the Jets stole an overtime victory from the Browns.
• OLB DeMarcus Ware is the Cowboys' best defensive player, but their other OLB isn't bad, Anthony Spencer. The Jets could've had Spencer. In the 2007 draft, they were targeting Spencer with the 25th pick. They traded up to the 14th spot, where they selected some guy named Revis. That hasn't worked out too badly. Spencer ended up going 26th. If the Jets had remained at 25, he would've been their man, according to sources.
• The Jets are 2-7 lifetime against the Cowboys. The last win was 1999, when understudy-turned-starter Ray Lucas beat them in Dallas. Now Lucas is an analyst for SportsNet New York.
• Plaxico Burress, preparing for his first NFL game since November, 2008, is no stranger to the Cowboys. The former Giants has faced them nine times, racking up some pretty decent numbers -- 36 receptions, 494 yards (13.7 avg) and six touchdowns. He torched them for 144 yards and three touchdowns in a memorable game in 2007, the Giants' Super Bowl season.
• This game probably has a lot of personal meaning for PK Nick Folk, a sixth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2007. He became a Pro Bowl kicker, but lost his way in 2009 and was fired by the Cowboys late in the season. Meanwhile, the Cowboys still are struggling to find a consistent kicker.