NFL: New Orleans Saints at New York Jets

Gamethread: Lions at Jets, 1:00 p.m.

Game: The Jets host the Lions Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Time: 1 p.m. on Fox.

Injuries: Eric Decker, again a game-time decision, is active. Dee Milliner, Jalen Saunders and Kendrick Ellis are out.

For the Lions, Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is active. Tackle LaAdrian Waddle (calf), tight end Joseph Fauria (ankle), safety Don Carey (hamstring), CB Cassius Vaughn (ankle) and MLB Travis Lewis are out. Safety James Ihedigbo (neck) and wide receiver Ryan Broyles are making their season debuts.

Previous meeting: Mark Sanchez rallied the Jets from a 10-point deficit with three minutes left in regulation to a 23-20 overtime victory in 2010.

Jets Post Game

Outsider’s View: Detroit Lions Week 4 (Defense & Special Teams)

USATSI_8094716_110579513_lowresI know some of you are fond of Football Outsiders, so once the season gets underway and trends start developing, looking at an opponent’s rankings on Football Outsiders helps to give fans some perspective.

(As a heads up, negative percentages are good on defense, bad on offense & specials)

Pass Defense: -8.3% (6th)
Rush Defense: -45.8% (2nd)
D-Line Ranking: Run 1st / Pass 5th

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Analysis: In year’s past it has been the offense that has needed to carry the Lions — not surprising consider the talent of Stafford on Johnson on the offensive side of the ball.  But a funny thing has happened on the way to Week 4 of the 2014 season; the Lions defense is scary, Scary, SCARY good.  In Week 1 they embarrased the Giants on Monday Night Football.  Say what you want about the Giants and Eli but the Week 1 overraction on the Giants is proving out – their offense has seen signs of life from in Weeks two and three and which exploded on a good Washington team on Thursday.  In Week 2 the Lions then curb-stomped Cam Newton and the Panthers before shutting down Eddie Lacy and Aaron Rodgers to just one touchdown.  The Packers were only able to gain 223 total yards on the Lions defense, 147 of which came in the air.

So how do the Jets counter the Lions’ defense?

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Outsider’s View: Detroit Lions Week 4 (Offense)

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I know some of you are fond of Football Outsiders, (as am I) so once the season gets underway and trends start developing, looking at an opponent’s rankings on Football Outsiders helps to give fans some perspective.

(As a heads up, negative percentages are good on defense, bad on offense & specials)

Pass Offense: 25.0% (14th)
Rush Offense: -25.0% (27th)
O-Line Ranking: Run 21st / Pass-Protection 14th

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Analysis: Don’t let the numbers fool you, this offense might look like it is in the middle of the pack, but it’s been good enough thanks to Matt Stafford (ranked 9th among QBs by F.O.) and new addition at receiver Golden Tate (39th among WRs) along with the one of the game’s greatest in Calvin Johnson (4th) not to mention the help of Reggie Bush and Joique Bell out of the backfield.  The offensive line play is nothing to brag about, but it’s been a neutral factor in their wins and is helped by Stafford’s ability to elude pressure and quick release.

So how do the Jets attack this offense from a defensive standpoint?

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BGA Preview: Lions at Jets

During the season, Bent’s Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets’ upcoming opponents, enabling a break down of what to watch out for on gameday…

For the third straight week, the Jets face NFC North opposition for the first time since 2010. In their last meeting, the Jets erased a 10-point deficit with less than three minutes remaining to win in overtime thanks to some heroics from Santonio Holmes and Nick Folk. The Lions are 2-1 with solid wins over the Giants and the Packers (who of course came from behind to beat the Jets in week two). Their one road game, however, was a 17-point loss to the Panthers.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for. To read more of this story, click here

Daily Links: Bring the noise

  • Protecting Matthew Stafford will be the key today [Detroit News]
  • There is a plan in place regarding RB rotation [NY Post]
  • Jets #2 defense looks forward to the challenge of matching #1 Lions [Newsday]
  • Mangold, Ivory, Kerley have some good numbers entering this week’s game [PFF]
  • Anthony Schlegel realizes his potential at last [Deadspin]

GEICO SportsNite: Keys to Victory

Rex Ryan and David Nelson discuss the keys to victory and the importance of winning at home against the Lions on Sunday.