Opponent Preview: NY Jets (2-1)
The New York Jets are 2-1, yet off to a somewhat of a shaky start. In their home opener, the Dallas Cowboys had the upper hand, but an ill advised pass by QB Tony Romo was intercepted and changed the outcome of the game, the Jets came back to win. In game two the Jets easily handled Jacksonville. But last Sunday the Jets suffered one of their worst losses in terms of defensive performances under head coach Rex Ryan. The Jets defense allowed 171 yards rushing to Raiders running back Darren McFadden.
Offensively what stands out is that the Jets running game hasn’t been as dominant this season and that might be by design because of their talented receiving core. The unit has 111 passing attempts to 73 rushing attempts. Quarterback Mark Sanchez has thrown for 886 yards, 6 TD’s and 4 interceptions.
The Jets feature a number of weapons on offense in TE Dustin Keller, WR Santonio Holmes, WR Derrick Mason and WR Plaxico Burress. Running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene are an effective tandem. Second year player Joe McKnight is effective out of the backfield and has been excelling in the kick return game with 38.5 kickoff return average.
The defense has a talented unit. Notables are linebackers Bart Scott, Calvin Pace and David Harris. Standouts on the defensive line include DT Sione Pouha, DT Kendrick Ellis and rookie DE Muhammad Wilkerson.
Their secondary has one of the best corners in the NFL with Darrelle Revis. Opposite Revis, is corner Antonio Cromartie who has also been the primary kick returner. The Ravens are familiar with safety Jim Leonhard who has a good nose for the football. Of course with Rex Ryan the defense usually throws exotic blitz packages at opposing offenses with the corners taking on the one-on-one match-ups.
- Running back Shonn Greene has a 3.3 rushing average and LaDainian Tomlinson has a 3.6 rushing average.
- QB Mark Sanchez has been sacked 9 times in 3 games.
- The Jets rank 6th against the pass and surprisingly next to last versus the run.
- While opposing defenses have focused in on containing the outside threat of receivers Holmes and Burress it has opened things up underneath. TE Dustin Keller leads the team with 16 receptions/249 yards, 2 TD’s and veteran RB LaDainian Tomlinson has 12 receptions/196 yards, 1 TD.
What To Expect:
- Jets Defense: Expect the Jets to be focused defensively versus the Ravens. The Jets front seven will look to bounce back from their poor performance in Oakland last Sunday.
- Jets Offense: Expect the Jets offense to challenge the Ravens young corners.