Monday, September 28, 2015

GEICO Week in New York: Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Oh the difference a week can make in sports.

Last week around this time, Mets fans were panicking after a 2-4 week against the Marlins and Yankees. The Nationals had won six of seven and were lurking six games back in the NL East. Two weeks is rarely enough to make up that kind of ground, but Mets fans had seen this script before.

Fast forward a week later, and New York is coming off a four-game sweep of the Reds which saw their bats wake up to the tune of 36 runs in four games. The hitter-friendly environment of Great American Ballpark and the hitter-friendly quality of the Reds' pitching staff didn't hurt matters, but the Mets have their swagger back after clinching the NL East with a 10-2 win Saturday. Even with most of their regulars resting Sunday, the Mets completed the sweep with an 8-1 victory, all while the Nationals won just once and watched Jonathan Papelbon attack Bryce Harper in the dugout.

The Mets weren't the only New York team to watch their fortunes flip in the span of just seven days. The Giants sat in an 0-2 hole after blowing their second consecutive fourth-quarter lead with a key division game against the Redskins on Thursday night. In a typical Thursday Night Football slopfest, the Giants built an early lead on their way to a 32-21 victory. Just a week after sitting two games back of Dallas in the NFC East with fans wondering if they could avoid an 0-3 start, New York is just a game back of the division lead with the division's best quarterback.

The Jets were riding high after a big Monday night win over the Colts, but came back to Earth in a big way Sunday against the wounded Eagles. Philadelphia had struggled to run the ball through two games, but DeMarco's Murray injury opened the door for Ryan Mathews to shine. The Eagles gashed the perimeter of the Jets' defense on the ground and found themselves with a 24-0 lead late in the second quarter. Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn't lead the Jets to a comeback, and a team that had high aspirations after two weeks was sent back to the drawing board.

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