WIN THE RUNNING ATTACK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL
This is the major key to the football game. Forget about Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes, and anything else. The key to this game is going to be the battle in the trenches. The front seven of the Houston Texans vs the front seven of the New York Jets will the determine the winner of this football game. It starts with the defense for the Jets.
The Jets are ranked 31st in the NFL against the run. Very un Rex-like, and coach is not happy out it, and neither is this team. Arian Foster has racked up 2 100 yard games in the first four. Ben Tate has chipped in 3.9 yards per carry as well, although he is listed as questionable for the game at the time of this report. If the Jets defense can play back to form, get off their blocks, and make tackles against the run, they can keep the team in the game. If they continue with their new practice of arm tackling, this game will be over fast.
Same thing goes for the Jets running attack. We all know how bad it has been to date. Shonn Greene has averaged an eye-popping 2.8 yards per carry. Bilal Powell has been better, with a 3.8 yard per carry average, but hasn’t gotten enough time to make a real difference. The offensive line, as we have talked about previously, is not firing off the line and opening up any holes for the backs to run through. The “Ground and Pound” attack has been anything but. For the Jets to have any chance in the ball game, it has to start working.
The Jets can’t get into a shooting match with this team. If that happens, this game will get ugly, probably uglier than last week. The Jets will have to be able to run the football in order to have a chance in this one.
There are your keys to the game. We shall see tomorrow night.