Road Grinders: Jets Face Tough Stretch on the Road
Added by Marvin Turner on September 23, 2011.
This will undoubtedly be the telling point of the season for the New York Jets in my opinion. These next three weeks will give Jets fans reason to believe in what the team can accomplish in the 2011 season.
People are going to read this article and say things like, it’s still too early to determine what this team will do moving forward, regardless of the outcome of these next three weeks. There may be some truth to that, but this three game span will tell a lot about readiness and character of this team moving forward, here’s why:
Being on the road against teams of this caliber, (and yes people, The Raiders are in that conversation too), this Jets team will face lots of adversity offensively. From what we have witnessed in the preseason and in the first two games of the season, Sanchez, Shotty and this offensive line seem to all be going in the wrong direction at times. In other words, they don’t seem to be on the same page as a collective unit. This could become a big problem if they can’t come together and find some consistency and get on the same page.
We look at the defenses they will face over the next three weeks. The Raiders front seven led by Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Lamarr Houston, Kamerion Wimbley and Rolando McClain, could give the Jets offensive line serious problems. Then you have the Ravens with H, Ngata, and T-Suggs who always give us issues. The Patriots with Haymesworth and Wilfork in the middle of that defense could amount to serious break-down along the Jets O-line. These are some the top defensive lineman in the NFL that we have to face over the next three weeks. And oh by the way! We are starting a rookie at center.
So, as I said, we will find a lot out about this team over the next three weeks.
As for this week, the Jets defense will have to be ready for the Raiders and that running game. Both running backs are averaging over four yards per carry. The Raiders will try and run the ball at the Jets early and often. What I expect the Raiders to do is use McFadden to attack the Jets on the edges. They want to get McFadden wide so that he can use his speed, and get into the secondary. Bush will be used to attack the middle, they will try and get him running down hill, and especially in goal-line situations.
I believe the Jets can pull this game out if they can control the clock running the football. If however the game plan is to attack the secondary of the Raiders as the Bills did last week in a comeback win, Sanchez will have to find a way to get Plax involved early. That could open up the run game and allow the Jets to to attack the middle of the field against those big linebackers of the Raiders, who just don’t match up well against Keller, LT and Mason.
I believe this is a game the Jets can pull out if this offense can fine necessary continuity it will take on the road, against these three top AFC opponents.