A Look at the Jets Game Plan vs the Patriots Heading Into Sunday

By Jack Sitt

Jets offensive tendencies

The Jets run a relatively simple offense. In the passing game, their receivers often run hooks and slant patterns, and in the running game they pound the ball inside on blast plays. You can often dictate the direction they are rushing in because they often run to the opposite side of the hash mark that they are aligned at, and to the strong side of their formations. I know the Pats defense is vulnerable but I don’t think that this Jets offense will do enough to get the job done against the Pats.

The perception around the media is that the Jets have now returned to the ground and pound offense. Last week, they were able to gain 252 yards on the ground as they attacked the Colts defense. Their running game looked unstoppable, but I think that this performance dictates more about the Colts defense then the Jets offense. The Colts defense is listed as a 3-4, but it is really a 5-2.

They have two linebackers in Freeney and Mathis who play as pass rushers the entire game. This basically leaves only two linebackers to stop the run. When you then consider the fact that they have to play 2 deep safeties because of their lack of talent at the cornerback position, it is no surprise that they are giving up 159 rushing yards per game. New England will not play this type of defense. They are currently the 7th ranked run defense, and they will be focused in on stopping the Jets rushing attack. This will force the Jets to put the team on the back of Mark Sanchez, and I am not sure he is ready for that challenge.

Defensive tendencies

Antonio Cromartie is playing a Darrelle Revis like role for this defense right now. I have been very impressed with what I have seen from him on fill, as he has really stepped up in the absence of Revis. The only problem is that the role that he plays allows the quarterback to be able to read the Jet’s coverage. Last week, when Cromartie followed Reggie Wayne in the slot, the Jets were almost certainly playing man coverage. When Cromartie aligned on the outside, however, the Jets were usually in zone coverage.


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