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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.
New York Jets Desperate For a Win against Division-Rival Dolphins
The New York Jets travel to Miami this week for a tilt with the New York Jets. Despite coming off a 27-10 thrashing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week Two, the Jets are three-point road favorites against the Dolphins.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez and the Jets will need to put their Week Two loss behind them if they are to be among our NFL picks on week 3. Sanchez struggled mightily for most of the Steelers loss. He wound up completing just 10 of 27 passes for 138 yards. Backup quarterback Tim Tebow was again employed in the Jets ‘Wildcat’ package against the Steelers, but was largely ineffective. However, given Sanchez’s travails thus far, talk is increasing out of New York that Tebow should be given more of a role in the Jets’ offense. This growing quarterback controversy is exactly what critics of the Tebow trade had in mind when the deal was completed this offseason.
The Jets also may have to overcome a few key injuries when they travel to Miami. All-Pro cornerback Darrel Revis could miss his second consecutive game because of a concussion, while linebacker Bryan Thomas and tight end Dustin Keller are both dealing with hamstring injuries and are listed as questionable against the Dolphins.
The Jets catch a Miami team this week that is coming off a sharp 35-13 win over the Raiders as home underdogs in Week Two. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked much-improved against the Raiders in his second career start and running back Reggie Bush had a breakout performance with 172 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns.
The Jets have the look of a team on the verge of imploding. Coach Rex Ryan seems to have lost control of this team. Though it’s obviously early in the season, this week’s game could go a long way in determining what the Jets ultimately do this season. Miami has the looks of a team on the improve and seem highly capable of pulling the straight-up upset. Take the three points and Dolphins.
Football can be a strange game – take, for instance, the New York Jets.
The Jets just went through an entire pre-season, four games, scoring one touchdown total. And that touchdown drive was led by their third-string quarterback. Not Mark Sanchez, not Tim Tebow – Greg McElroy.
So there was great concern about New York going into its regular-season opener last Sunday vs. the Buffalo Bills. And just what did the Jets do against Buffalo?
Oh, how about six touchdowns, two in the first quarter, two more on interception and punt returns, and 48 points in a 48-28 romp?
Suddenly, New York is an offensive juggernaut, and a threat to score 50 as it readies to pay a visit on the 0-1 Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon (4:25 pm Eastern, CBS).
Week 1 Review
OK, hyperbole aside, the Jets did look vastly better offensively last week than they did during the pre-season, and last season. New York ran for 118 yards vs. the Bills, getting 94 yards from Shonn Greene, and even more importantly than the yardage was the fact that they attempted to run the ball 36 times. That was something NY got away from last year, which proved unwise.
Sanchez went 19-for-27 passing vs. Buffalo for 266 yards and three touchdowns; last year the Jets let Sanchez throw an average of 34 times per game. Which was also unwise. Sanchez passing is more effective in smaller doses.
Pittsburgh, on the other hand, dropped its season opener Sunday night in Denver 31-19. The Steelers led 10-7 at the half but had a tough time stopping Peyton Manning in his debut for his new team. Pittsburgh had a chance late, but Big Ben threw an interception that was returned for a game-clinching touchdown.
Week 2 Preview
As of Wednesday morning the Jets were listed as six-point underdogs for Sunday’s game on most NFL odds boards.
These teams last met two Januaries ago in the AFC championship game in Pittsburgh, a game won by the Steelers 24-19. Pittsburgh led 24-3 into the third quarter, before New York got into the act, pulling to within five points with a score with three minutes to go. But a full comeback was not to be.
With Sunday’s victory the Jets are now 29-20 straight-up and 26-23 ATS under head coach Rex Ryan.