This weekend, the Jets play their first 2013 game against a divisional opponent for the second time. One thing that both these teams seem to share this year is injuries that are adversely affecting the team. That said, the Jets if the Jets want to give themselves a leg up, the gameplan should be a simple smashmouth affair, writes JP Pelzman for the Record.
The Jets rushed for 129 yards in their 13-10 loss to New England last month, and again should try to establish the run to make things easier for QB Geno Smith, who tossed three interceptions in that game. New England is averaging a respectable 4.1 yards per carry, but the Jets’ excellent run defense has limited opponents to 3.0 yards per attempt. The Jets’ defense will try to disrupt the timing of Brady and his inexperienced receivers, but they’ll need to put the pressure on. He was sacked only once in the first meeting.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWe agree both offensively and defensively. The Jets will have some key players missing this weekend with injuries at many skill spots and with Winslow suspended for three more games, the Jets should run more through Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory and Alex Green. We feel like a broken record. No one wants to return to 2009, it’s clear that Geno is a much more talented quarterback. But the unnecessary turnovers are killing the Jets, and putting the ball too often in Geno’s hands will yield mercurial results, and this Patriots team even if injured is one of the most opportunistic defenses in the league.
Defensively, the Jets should be going against a depleted Patriots offensive line. Starting guard Dan Connolly looks like he will be sidelined with a head injury, and even as a starter, he was a terrible detriment to the pass-blocking game. Connolly was ranking 5th worst pass-blocker in the league among eligible guards, so one has to wonder how Marcus Cannon would fare in his absence. Did the four lane highway to Brady just get wider, or will Cannon be a traffic jam for the Jets defensive linemen?