What to Watch For in Tonight's Jets vs. Panthers Preseason Game

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The Jets also haven’t made a visit to that painted area of the field known as the endzone since last season. They are the only team in the league not to have scored a touchdown so far in the preseason. It’s been bad, we can just leave it at that.

If this is going to change, it is going to start up front. The line has to improve tonight, and get the running game going. I say it over and over again, but when the offensive line goes, the rest of the team goes. Conversely, when the offensive line plays well, everything else looks better.

Getting the running game going will get the ball moving downfield, toward that so far forbidden area known as the endzone, which will lead into the next point we’ll be watching.

CAN THE JETS GET THE BALL DOWNFIELD?

4.7. That’s the number of yards per pass that Mark Sanchez has amassed so far in the preseason. Tony Sparano has emphasized the fact that a vertical passing game is essential to his offense. 4.7 yards per pass is clear evidence that it just isn’t happening, at least not yet. That has to change.

Again, this will improve with the offensive line play. As we have talked about before, the quarterback needs 3-4 seconds to allow a downfield pass to develop. If you are under siege every time you drop back, there will be no other options besides dump off passes. Mark needs time to get his guys involved. Dustin Keller needs to get involved. He needs to get Stephen Hill and the guys on the outside involved. The protection will help.

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