To start off a three-game stretch at MetLife Stadium, the Jets will be playing host to the San Francisco 49ers, who were recently shocked on the road by the Minnesota Vikings.
Even a surprising loss hasn’t shifted the minds of oddsmakers, as the 49ers are favored by four points on the NFL odds board for this Week 4 matchup.
That’s because the Jets have been incredibly inconsistent to start the season, first smashing the Buffalo Bills, then getting stomped by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and barely getting by the Miami Dolphins in overtime last weekend.
We had our hopes high for the Jets offense following their 48-point explosion versus the Bills, but they’ve certainly come back down to earth.
Last week they needed a field goal from Nick Folk to win in overtime against the lowly Dolphins. Mark Sanchez was picked off twice and finished with a rating of 58.2. The Jets running game sputtered its way to only 88 yards on 33 rushes, a miserable average of 2.7 yards per carry.
One of the few saving graces was Santonio Holmes, who made play after play in the win. He hauled in nine catches for 147 yards on 14 targets.
Still, changes have to be made ahead of this matchup with the 49ers, who despite losing last weekend have one of the NFL’s most fearsome defenses.
New York will be without star corner Darrelle Revis, who tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. We shouldn’t have to tell you how big of a deal that is for the Jets defense. Kyle Wilson steps into the starting role and he’s nowhere near the talent of Revis, meaning New York could be very vulnerable in their secondary play going forward.
We’ll see how the 49ers decide to approach things, but the Jets are going to have to play lights out to send San Francisco back west with a loss.