I cannot tell a lie. This is one game I had circled back in April when the 2012-2013 Rams schedule was released. This and the London game against the New England Patriots. Hopefully this game will have much better results.
I even predicted that by week 11 the famed Jets back up QB/Punt Protector Tim Tebow would be the starting instead of Mark Sanchez.
Tebow may not get the starting nod but I’d bet my money on Jets head coach Rex Ryan using some sort of Tebow package. If the Jets watched any game tape from the Rams-49ers game they’ll know Tebow can run outside a la San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
1) What do you are the Jets’ biggest strengths and weaknesses?
Unfortunately, the Jets have a number of weaknesses right now in all three phases of the game. Also, as I am sure everyone is well aware, there hav been a number of off the field distractions in the past week, and I believe that this could potentially be the biggest weakness of old. Despite what Rex Ryan is saying, this team is in a tough spot right now and I am not convinced there are as strong a unit as Ryan and others want us to believe.
Obviously the offense hasn’t played well very — Mark Sanchez has struggled the past few games and as a result, the passing game has suffered. The Jets have been unable to score an offensive touchdown since they played New England a few weeks ago. As far as a positive, wide receiver Jeremey Kerley has played very well this season. If he is active (he is listed as questionable) he and Kerley would be the two threats in the passing game the Rams need to look out for.
The running game has improved in the past few weeks, mostly because the run blocking has been much better, and hopefully Joe McKnight will be back this week to provides the rush attack with some speed and illusiveness.
The defense is is in a far better place than the offense and I would point to them as the biggest strength. Antonio Cromartie is playing at a Pro Bowl level (BTW, I don’t think you’ll see him on Amendola — he’s not real strong vs. slot guys) and young guys like Quinton Coples, Muhammed Wilkerson and DeMario Davis have stepped up.
The struggles on defense remain the same — the Jets have not be great against the run this year (though they’ve vastly improved in past few weeks), the pass rush is still pretty much non existent (though was much improved last week)and continues to be issue for this defense and the age and lack of speed at the linebacker position is a borderline liability.
2) Which Rams players should worry the Jets going into Sunday’s game?
Names I’ve got my eye on:
I think Danny Amendola has a huge game. I am seeing a lot of people say that this will be a Amendola – Cromartie match-up, but as previously mentioned, Cromartie really isn’t great against slot receivers. You’ll generally see Darrelle Revis – not Cro – take Wes Welker (the obvious comp for Amendola) because they are just different players. Cromartie is better against speedy straight line types and I imagine he will cover Chris Givens.
The Jets also struggle in coverage in middle of the field and vs. tight end and Schotty knows it. Don’t be surprised to see Lance Kendricks get some increased targets.
Also, I think Robert Quinn and Chris Long are going to disrupt Sanchez and… we’ve all seen how Sanchez performs under pressure.
3) How do you think Schottenheimer is doing since he left the NYJ.
I think you are starting to see Schottenheimer’s offense take shape in St.Louis and honestly, I am glad to see it. People (in New York) will make all kinds of excuses and continue to blame Schotty for the past but the are missing what is going on in St. Louis — the Rams are working towards something…a brand of offensive football and an identity. It takes time to install a new offense, it’s starting to come together now.
Here is the link to the three questions I answered for her game preview.
If the Rams don’t beat themselves they’ll beat the Jets. The Rams have to eliminate the stupid penalties and they can’t allow this become the trap game that people are speculating it could be. They have to win against the teams they are expected to beat.
The Rams are better at just about every facet of the game save maybe the run defense. But even then Steven Jackson showed last Sunday that the Rams can run one of the toughest run defenses in league.
The Rams are expecting the return of both rookies, wide receiver Chris Givens and cornerback Janoris Jenkins, after their one game suspension from Coach Jeff Fisher. Shake it off rooks and get your heads in the game.
The Rams should win this one 30-14 if clicking on all cylinders.
Rams go 4-5 and the Jets fly home 3-6 where a rabid New York media will be waiting for them with pitchforks.
Turkeys aren’t going to be the only thing getting roasted next week in New York.