Week 7 is here and this is the game that could be game-changer for the New York Jets. The Patriots come into MetLife Stadium Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. and the Jets have a chance to get this team after the disappointing 13-10 loss in Week 2.
Here’s a look at the weather they’ll be facing according to the National Weather forecast:
“Sunny, with a high near 60.”
This is going to be the perfect fall day on Sunday so weather is makes both teams playing on an even playing field.
The bottom line of this game for Gang Green comes down to the offense and the guy featured to the left… Geno Smith.
From the Jets website, these were Smith’s stats from the Week 2 match up at Gillette Stadium (15 for 35, 214 yards, 3 interceptions) but what stood out for me the most in that game is that in the fourth quarter when the defense gave you chance after chance to take the lead in the ball game, there was a three-and-out and you sent your defense back on the field.
That simply cannot happen Sunday afternoon. I know that Smith will be pretty much going into the game without some of the same compliment of wide receivers as you did in the week two game (ie: Santonio Holmes, Clyde Gates, Kellen Winslow) but the quarterback’s job is to make the players around him better. Right now, he simply needs to do that. Yes, I know you are adding in Josh Cribbs into the mix but you still have Stephen Hill, Jeff Cumberland, and you have Jeremy Kerley who didn’t have in the week 2 game.
The best way to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots is to have strong methodical drives eat up the clock. In the week two game, the Jets were 6 for 18 on third down… yes they were better than the Pats that day but you need to do better than that. If we learned nothing else from the Saints game last week it’s this… in the fourth quarter, if the clock has three digits on it, don’t give the ball back. You give Brady at least a minute on the clock, he will burn you.
And now this brings me to the defense, for the most part, I’ve given you guys nothing but flowers and kisses in praise because you have deserved it. But there is one thing that I ask of you guys on Sunday, if the offense gives you the lead; please figure out away to close out the game. Don’t make the same mistakes that New Orleans did. That’s all I ask.