Jets will face Cowboys defense just like theirs

By Marc A. Greenberg

Opening night, September 11, 2011 – The New York Jets will line up against a Dallas Cowboys defense that will look very familiar.

It should, because it’s a version of Gang Green’s defense that features blitzes, different formations and the idea of confusing the QB.

Just like his brother in New York, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan uses multiple defensive looks to disguise his formations, making it a guessing game for opposing quarterbacks.

The plus side to this:  Jets QB Mark Sanchez is prone to throwing INTs.  Dallas will be counting on this.  Throw in a shaky offensive line for the Jets this preseason, and Dallas may get some good shots in on the QB.

Now the negative:  With a shortened preseason, the Cowboys are learning a new defense with Ryan as a first year coordinator in Dallas. Will the team adjust properly and cover all their holes, or will Sanchez see openings and be able to hit WRs Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Derrick Mason and TE Dustin Keller.

In addition, the Cowboys have been without their starting cornerbacks, Terrence Newman and Mike Jenkins for the entire preseason.  Their rust should show Sunday Night.

Mark Sanchez better be ready for opening night.