4 things to look for in the Jets Vs. Patriots game.
- The move to start Austin Howard at RT has paid off as the pass protection for the Jets this season has been much better. Mark has been pressured at times but overall the protection has been sound, but it will be interesting to see how the O-line responds against the Patriots pass rush. Their first round pick, Chandler Jones, has played well and is a favorite for the defensive rookie of the year. He has already compiled 5 sacks and 27 tackles in the first 6 games and it will be interesting to see how the o-line fares against him.
- The Jets secondary has a huge task ahead of them in Sunday’s game. They will be facing one of the most potent offenses in NFL and how they respond will dictate the outcome of the game. The Jets safeties will have to play aggressive and make sure that both the Patriots tight ends don’t have another huge game. I feel that should not be an issue because both Landry and Bell are physical players and should be able impose themselves. What really concerns me is Kyle Wilson and how he will respond to covering either Welker or Loyd. Both of these players are huge play makers and Welker has been Brady’s go to guy for a long time. I expect the Jets will struggle to contain Welker but it remains to be seen how much the Jets can limit his big plays.
- The Jets defensive line will have their hands full against the Patriots running game. Their up-tempo offense allows them to run a ton of plays and the Jets will need to make sure they don’t give up huge chunks of yards to the running backs. The tackling and run blocking will have to be as superb as it was last week to limit the Patriots control of the game clock.
- The Jets’ offense is down to only 2 healthy running backs and they will need a good performance from Greene to make sure they can stay in this game. I expect the Jets’ to run the ball at least 20 times to help open up the passing attack. There will be some big explosive plays in this game and it remains to be seen whether the Jets avail those chances.
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