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The New York Jets seem to like their controversy, specifically quarterback controversy. Mark Walton Bengals Jersey . In 2012, much of the Jets faithful were bargaining for the popular Tim Tebow to get a start behind centre over Mark Sanchez after he led the Denver Broncos on a magical run to the playoffs the previous season. Well, that never happened and Sanchez had his worst year as a pro amid all the controversy resulting in a miserable 6-10 season for New York. In 2013, the Jets drafted quarterback Geno Smith and he started the entire season - albeit he struggled through a lot of it - after Sanchez suffered a shoulder injury during the preseason. The team managed to put together a .500 record and it was believed Smith would get the ball again in 2014 to continue his progression. That might still happen, but the 23-year-old will have stiffer competition than Matt Simms for this go-around. Philadelphia and New York swapped pivots in the off-season as the Eagles signed Sanchez to a contract while the Jets picked up Michael Vick who had fallen out of favour in the city of brotherly love. Not only does Vick bring over a decade of NFL experience, but at one time was one of the most exciting players in the sport. "I look at him (Vick) as a big brother" Smith said to TSN. "I look at him as the veteran that he is, a guy that can definitely lend a helping hand to us all, all of us younger guys in this locker room. Especially myself, you know, being that hes played in this system and been a quarterback in the NFL for 11 years now. Just learning from him as well as competing with him and us helping one another get better is definitely something thats helping me out." Even though head coach Rex Ryan, who was signed to an extension through the 2015 season in January, and the Jets have said the job is open for competition, it seems that its Genos to lose and hell probably get the Week 1 nod. Vick has also suggested he understands that this is Smiths team and expects to play a backup role this season. Nevertheless, the 34-year-old Vick should still have plenty left in the tank and if the Jets are struggling early on with Smith racking up the picks like he did last year, the fans will want change and fast. Unless Smith can prove quickly that hes better than the 12 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions he finished with in his rookie campaign, Ryan should expect daily questions regarding his quarterbacks. Cue the controversy. The Jets were second worst in the NFL last season in passing yards per game with 183.2 and dead last in passing touchdowns with just 13. Smith - and possibly Vick - will need to improve those numbers considerably if the Jets want a sniff at playoff football. New York signed wide receiver Erik Decker to a five-year contract during the off-season. The 27-year-old is coming off two stellar seasons in Denver where he played with the great Peyton Manning. Decker almost doubled his numbers when he had Manning throwing him the ball compared to Kyle Orton and Tebow. You have to wonder if hell be able to put up solid numbers without a stud quarterback. The Jets have the ninth toughest schedule in the league with an opponents winning percentage of .520 from last season. Finishing with another 8-8 record might be viewed as a successful year for J-E-T-S in 2014. Notes Running Rampant Running back Chris Johnson will play his inaugural season in New York after spending the first six years of his career with the Tennessee Titans. The 28-year-olds best days are probably behind him, but hes still recorded over 1,000 rushing yards every year in his career and has stayed relatively healthy throughout. With the return of Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell alongside the addition of Johnson (who has a knack for breaking out long scoring scampers), the Jets ground game could really be impressive in 2014 which might make up for the lack of passing productivity. Run Stoppers The Jets did a great job at stopping the run last year, allowing only 88.2 yards per game, good enough for third-best in the NFL. That part of the game might be getting a boost with the addition of veteran linebacker Jason Babin who signed a two-year contract during the off-season. The 34-year-old is a two-time Pro Bowler and recorded 7.5 sacks with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. Rookie Watch New York, to the surprise of some, drafted hard-hitting free safety Calvin Pryor with their first pick (18th overall) out of Louisville. Many thought theyd go after a talented receiver to help out Smith, but decided to go with the man known as the Louisville Slugger. It will be interesting to see how the youngster pans out, as the Jets have a history of making questionable choices on Draft Day. Andrew Billings Bengals Jersey . -- The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to a $25 million, five-year contract Saturday. Custom Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys .Y. - Brooklyn Nets centre Brook Lopez has a strained lower back and will miss at least a week. . As the schedule flipped from November to December, they would go on to drop five straight, falling six games below the .500 mark before a franchise-altering trade turned them into an unrecognizable team.CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks are trying get into a groove so they can head into the playoffs firing on all cylinders. Even without star forward Patrick Kane, the defending Stanley Cup champions showed signs of moving in the right direction Tuesday night. Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith each had a goal and an assist, and Chicago held on for a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars. "We did some good things throughout the game," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "All four lines were contributing and our special teams were good as well. Good win." Kris Versteeg and Marian Hossa also scored for Chicago, which needs just one more point to clinch a playoff berth for the sixth straight season. Patrick Sharp added two assists to help Chicago finish 4-1 against Dallas in the Central Division rivals regular-season series. "It was a big win tonight," said Keith, second in scoring among defencemen with 57 points. "Theyre a hungry team, fighting for their playoff lives." Ryan Garbutt scored twice for the Stars, who fell three points behind Phoenix for the final Western Conference playoff berth. Dallas matched Chicagos speed and effort early, but eventually the Blackhawks took over and built a 3-1 lead. Garbutts second goal cut it to 3-2 late in the third, but Hossa empty-netter sealed the Blackhawks solid effort. Chicagos Corey Crawford made 25 saves, while Dallas Kari Lehtonen blocked 38 shots. "Theyre a fast team, can really skate," Crawford said. "They got the jump early and then our D were able to shut them down really good. "They really shut down everything in the third period." Dallas Tyler Seguin set up Garbutts goal in the second period to extend his point streak to 10 games. He has seven goals and 10 assists during the run. Blackhawks top prospect Teuvo Teravainen didnt record a point in his NHL debut, but logged 11 minutes and 39 seconds of ice time. The 19-year-old forward was Chicagos first-round draft pick in 2012 and led his team in Finland, Jokerit, in scoring this season. Chicago played its third game without Kane, who is on long-term injured reserve and may miss the rest of the regular season. Dallas had several good chances early, including Garbutts breakaway just over 2 minutes in. Crawford stopped his close-in rising shot with a glove save. "We hung around the first 10 minutes and Garbutt had the breakaway,"t; Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. Sam Hubbard Bengals Jersey. "But I thought they slowly started taking it away from us. "We slowed the game down and they sped it up all the time." Chicago took charge as the period progressed, then Shaws power-play goal with 18 seconds left in the first opened the scoring. Shaw swept in a rebound of Sharps shot from the blue line with a highlight-reel effort. Shaw was knocked to the ice by Dallas defenceman Trevor Daley in the crease, but backhanded in the loose puck as he fell to his knees and while facing away from the net. Versteeg was credited with a goal at 4:12 of the second that made it 2-0. After Dallas Antoine Roussel failed to clear the puck, Versteeg slid a pass toward Hossa who was cruising in down the slot. Rousell reached with his stick to break up the pass, but deflected the pucks past Lehtonen. Garbutt didnt miss on his second breakaway of the game, and cut it to 2-1 midway through the second. He skated in behind the Blackhawks defence after Seguin banked a pass off the left boards from the Stars zone. Garbutt cut across the crease and slipped a backhander between Crawfords pads. Keith restored Chicagos two-goal lead at 3-1 with 5:45 left in the period on a fluttering screened shot from the left point. Garbutts second goal cut it to 3-2 with 5:40 left in the third. Following Nick Leddys turnover in the right corner of the Chicago zone, Garbutt carried the puck to the net. Crawford stopped his first shot, but Garbutt stuffed in the rebound from right side of the goal. "Its too bad we couldnt get the third (goal) there," Garbutt said. "Its doesnt matter if its pretty or not this time of year. "Well just take what we can get and need to start scoring more as a team." Hossa fired into an empty net with 33.3 seconds left to complete the scoring. Notes: Keith has six goals and 51 assists for his 57 points. ... The Blackhawks won 49 of 71 faceoffs on Tuesday. Captain Jonathan Toews was 23-for-28 and Teravainen was 7-for-7. Blackhawks F Bryan Bickell (upper-body) and D Michal Rozsival (lower-body) each missed their third games with injuries. ... Dallas F Erik Cole sat out his third game with an upper-body injury. ... Long-time Blackhawks beat writer Tim Sassone, who passed away Tuesday, was honoured with a moment of silence before the game. He covered the team for the Arlington Heights, Ill. Daily Herald for the past 26 years. 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