Cleaning Up the Loose Ends: What the Jets Will Have to do Better Against the Pats
Added by Justin O'Connell on September 10, 2013.
The New York Jets started the season with a win, all-be-it a lucky win, but even with the victory, Jets fans should be weary. The Jets struggled on offense more than the Bucs did trying to get a play call in. If it wasn’t for the Bucs’ 13 penalties for 102 yards, the Jets probably would have lost the game. With the New England Patriots coming up, on a short week, the Jets will have to improve some key components of their game plan.
1) Offensive Line Problems…. Not the usual suspects
Vladimir Ducasse and Austin Howard showed up Willie Colon and D’brickashaw Ferguson in Sunday’s win. Ferguson struggled throughout the game and was badly beat by Gerald McCoy and Da’Quan Bowers. Willie Colon started off great in the first quarter, but after that, he missed some of his blocks and was pushed around. He allowed two wide open blitzers to get to Geno Smith. Ferguson’s struggles might have just been aberrations, so I would expect him to play better next week, but the Jets might have to slide some help over to Colon’s side if he cannot stop these faster defenders.
2) Powell, Ivory. Come On Man!
The Jets’ running game was pitiful on Sunday; you can’t even say they had one. Geno led the team with 47 yards on 7 carries. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell combined for 22 carries for 44 yards; thats an average of 1.9 yards per carry. Starting a young quarterback against the Patriots, normally spells trouble, and without a running game, it could be a blood bath. The Jets running backs didn’t get any help from their o-line, but they still have to do a better job of making the first defender miss. If they cannot get a consistent run game going, they will not win this game.
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3) Phone Holmes
The Jets #1 wide out, Santonio Holmes, only had one catch for 13 yards on Sunday. He has to find a way to get open, and get down the field, in order to help open up the run game. This was Holmes’s first game since his Liz Frank injury last season, so he does deserve a break, but the Jets need more out of the 8-year vet.
4) Ge-No Turnovers
Smith played well last week for his first game, but he still had two damaging turnovers; a fumble and an interception. The Patriots defensive is no juggernaut, but they can produce turnovers. They are also 14-4 against rookie quarterbacks under Belichick, including last week’s victory over the Bills. Geno will have to hold onto the ball and test the Patriots down the field, but in the process, make smart decisions. The Pats are masterful in hiding their defensive schemes, so Mornhinweg and Geno will have to come up with a creative game plan.
Muhammad Wilkerson was not his beast-like self on Sunday, as he seemed to tire after the first quarter. He ended the game with 2 tackles (1 solo) and a TFL. Wilkerson had to leave the game for a short time due to cramping, but he soon returned. Hopefully he was just working his way back into football shape, but they will need him to put pressure on Tom Brady. Wilkerson was good against the run, but was not able to get pressure on Josh Freeman.
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