Jets (2-1) are set to take on the San Fransico 49ers (2-1) today at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m Eastern)
Coming off a sloppy win against the weak Miami Dolphins the Jets are trying to lay a second punishing blow to the 49ers after their shocking defeat to the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday. Before the game starts lets take a quick look at what needs to happen this game for the Jets to walk away with a W.
The Jets are gonna have to buckle up their chin straps and put in their large cups against one of the leagues best defense’s in the 49ers. It is going to be crucial for the Jets offensive line to play very physical in the trenches letting the running backs pound the 49ers in the mouth. Gang green has to match the intensity of the 49ers.
This is going to be a physical game there is no doubt about that and that is exactly the type of environment Tebow thrives in. New York needs to break out the wildcat formation early and often to keep the 49ers defense confused and hopefully expose some cracks. If Rex Ryan does not use Tebow in this game I simply do not understand why he is on the team.
Sanchez staying patient:
The goal of San Francisco will be to shut down the Jets running game, forcing Sanchez to make split second decisions when passing the ball. This game will be a true test of whether or not Sanchez is mentally prepared to lead an NFL team into the playoffs. If Sanchez can remain patient, take what the defense gives him, and make smart decisions with the football the Jets stand a good chance of making this game close. I would expect to see quick slant routes, bubble screens to keep the defense off balance, and a consistent rushing game.
Stop the Run:
In order for an success today the Jets defense must shut down San Francisco’s group attack. Frank Gore is a physical beast, capable of breaking multiple tackles and working his way down the field in hardly no time. Its time for the Jets to put those tackling skills to practice!
San Fran’s stellar tight end Vernon Davis is by far one of the best in the game. New york has had issues in the past covering tight ends, so this is a major concern.
The Jets are going to need every position to play its best. The 49ers are an excellent football team that is coming off an embarassing loss last week to the Vikings. You can bet they are going to make this game physical on both sides of the ball, and apply a great amount of pressure on Mark Sanchez. If the Jets get good productivity out of the ground game this could easily go either way.
Coach Ryan needs to deliver a “now or never” speech to bring out that ferocious spirit the Jets must have.
I’ll go out on a limb here: Jets 23 – 21