We’re into week 15 of the NFL folks and the New York Jets are going to be traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina and tangling with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
According to the National Weather Service, here’s what the Jets and the Panthers will face at 4:05 pm at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte:
“A chance of rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 50%. At Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30″
So, it seems like another potentially nasty day is on the horizon for the Jets.
Last week was a good week for the team especially getting the ground game going. Thanks to some friends in high places — Chris Ivory, Geno Smith, Bilal Powell, and Jeremy Kerley had a combine 143 rushing yards and scored twice. Here’s my only problem. Smith was the second leading rusher. As much as I like the fact that he can scramble out of the pocket, Smith can’t be your second leading rusher.
In game like this where the Panthers are such a good offense led by Cam Newton, you need have another strong offense and that starts with the ground game.
The offensive line needs to keep Smith upright in the game on Sunday. Defensive end Charles Johnson is tied for 6th in the NFC in sacks with 8.5.
One of the other positives that I saw in the game was the interception by Ed Reed. More takeaways from the defense would be great.
The defense needs to step up and play well against a really good Carolina offense. The Panthers are 5-1 at home and the defense needs to show some of its might again. For a team that’s 26th in the league in total yards (nfl.com), Cam Newton is still a good quarterback. You get him off his rhythm and keep him contained, the Jets have a great shot to win the game.
Now, do the Jets win on Sunday? Don’t think so, they really need to play the perfect game and they haven’t proven yet that they could.