Sunday’ game will be a classic battle of ground and pound teams-except that the Jets have still not found their identity on either side of the ball. Here are my 3 key things to look out for in Sundays showdown.
1. The Jets secondary has to elevate their game and make sure they respond with a strong performance. It is going to be really important that Kyle Wilson finally steps up and makes the most of his chance as a starting CB, but it will also mean that Cromartie needs to step up as well. Of course there wont be anything close to a Revis Island and the safeties will have to help out more often. One you lose your supremely talented player, there is an adjustment period.
2. The Jets running game will need to be more physical and agressive. It will be really important for the Jets to give Powell more touches so that they can establish that run game early on. Also, Greene needs to follow his blocks better and he needs to go after those openings with the help of the offensive line. I am really looking to have the Jets running game come out strong on Sunday if they really let Powell or Tebow get more touches.
3. I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to see McKnight come out and play as a DB. He is a freakish athlete with amazing speed and is very talented. I feel like with time he will ease into the role and I have a feeling he will make a play or two for the Jets in Sunday’s game.
4. Mark Sanchez is due for a big game and I know he is playing against a great defensive team, but hear me now and believe me later, Mark will play one of his best games this Sunday. I am saying this because after the first game he will finally have all his 3 main pass catchers on the field at the same time. The addition of Keller cannot be over looked as he was the leading pass catcher last year and shares an amazing chemistry with Sanchez.
My prediction for the game: Jets 17 – 49ers 14
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