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Bump and Run with KT: Jets and Rutgers with Huge Wins, and a look at LIU

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With the Giants playing on Monday night against the Eagles, that left Sunday open for the Jets for New York football fans, who were returning to action after having a bye week.

In college, Rutgers was looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss last week while the Top 25 seems to be at a standstill for at least another week.

We begin with the best NFL team in the tri-state area…by record that is.

Jet Offense Explodes Against Washington

During the first four games of the season, everyone was raving about the New York Jets defense and how good they are under Todd Bowles’ aggressive scheme. The offense was an afterthought although Chris Ivory was well on his to a career year and Ryan Fitzpatrick managing the offense competently.

On Sunday the Jets offense took center stage as they racked up 474 yards of total offense as they ran through the Redskins 34-20 at MetLife Stadium. Ivory continued his big season with 146 yards and one score as the Jets moved to 4-1 for the first time since the 2010 season. Fitzpatrick threw for 253 yards, two touchdowns and even ran for a score while Brandon Marshall had another 100 yard receiving day. The defense forced two turnovers but the Jet offense also gave up the ball three times, which could become a problem if this isn’t a one-week issue. Just an amazing game played by the Jets as they move towards a possible playoff spot…but it is still early.

Rutgers Scores 55…But Gives Up 52

A week after the heart-breaker against Michigan State, Rutgers traveled to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers and to say the game was an offensive game would be an understatement.

The Scarlet Knights and Hoosiers combined for 1,223 yards, 15 touchdowns, and a ridiculous 43 plays of 10 yards or more.

Down 52-27, Rutgers scored 28 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters to have their largest comeback win since their 25-point rally against Maryland last fall.

This was the first game back in charge for Kyle Flood after serving his three-game suspension for improper contact with a professor and you knew Rutgers wanted to win this game for its coach.

At 3-3, Rutgers kept their bowl hopes alive with the win but the next three weeks will be a challenge as they go deep into Big Ten play. If the offense can continue to put up points and the defense begins to stop some teams and not give up 52 points per game, the Scarlet Knights may be able to finish the upset job they could not finish last week against one of their upcoming foes.

LIU Post Garners 5th Win Against Pace University

In the weekly feature where I look at a different tri-state area team, I look at the defending Northeast-10 Conference champions LIU-Post from Nassau County. The Pioneers improved to 5-2 on the season after their 30-7 win at Pace on Saturday night. LIU Post ran for 261 yards with both David White and Malik Pierre running for over 100 yards on the ground. Quarterback Jeff Kidd threw for two touchdowns and ran one in as well as Post moved to 4-2 in Northeat-10 conference play. A balanced offensive attack had Pace all over the field as Post held a 36:48 to 23:12 advantage in time of possession. Next up for LIU Post is a trip to Connecticut and another conference foe in the University of New Haven on Saturday afternoon.

Around The Country

  • Here’s a thought NFL, it may be time for the three year rule for entry to the NFL Draft to end. Leonard Fournette continued running over SEC defenses on Saturday night against the Florida Gators while Ole Miss junior defensive end Robert Nkemdiche left his game due to a concussion (while playing offense, which is dumb). In Fournette’s case, he has to return to LSU next season and risk major injury. Nkemdiche’s concussion, while seemingly no big deal, could always turn into an issue with head injuries being a major issue in today’s sporting landscape. Players like Fournette and Nkemdiche, who do not come along everyday, are forced to stay in college for three years because college football is a developmental league for the NFL and the league knows it. It’s time to stop having these players risk injury and lose millions for a rule that is outdated and unfair.
  • After a long and storied career, I think it may be time to say Peyton Manning is done. While his numbers don’t reflect it, just watching him throw the ball is painful. Manning’s passes are shaky and without any force or strength to them and every secondary in the NFL are starting to notice. Manning threw three interceptions against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday and has thrown 10 interceptions so far this season. It started late last season and it has gotten worst up to this point. We may be looking at Peyton Manning’s last season in the NFL.
  • Finally I want to discuss something very important to me…Jim Nantz’s voice. His lack if inflection in his voice during football games is really starting to bother me. He announces NFL games like he is broadcasting on Amen Corner at The Masters every week and it’s something that has to stop. I’m pretty sure CBS does not have any replacements in place but maybe it’s time to start getting a backup ready. I have yet to watch one Thursday Night Football this season (with the exception of the Giants game) because of it. Sorry to turn this into my bully pulpit but I figure I put it out there. If you agree or just dislike Jim Nantz, leave a comment for us here at Double G Sports.

But Joe Buck is so much worse, am I right?

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Kahlil Thomas

Kahlil is the College Sports Editor for as well as a columnist, hosting the Bump 'N Run column once per week. He also co-hosts a weekly basketball podcast, The Box Out, every Thursday evening with fellow writer Jason Cordner.
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