Jets TakeOff! Week 11 Preview: New York Jets vs St. Louis Rams
By Alan Schechter
Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the 1st half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
It’s week 11, and that means another must win game for the much beleaguered New York Jets. They come into the game fresh off the beating at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, 28-7. The Rams enter the game 3-5 and a very interesting 1 tie. Last week, the Rams and the tough San Francisco 49ers played to a 24-24 tie. Danny Amendola’s return provided a huge boost to the Rams offense, adding 11 carries for 102 yards against the 49ers. Sam Bradford had an efficient game, going 26-39 for 275 yards and 2 TDs. The Rams will be no pushover, despite the record.
Over the last 2 games, the Jets have scored a whopping 8 points per game, and only one offensive touchdown. However, as we mentioned yesterday, there are some positives. Here is what the Jets can do to win this football game.
RUN THE FOOTBALL
The Rams have been susceptible to the ground game. For the season, the Rams are ranked 18th in the league in stopping the run, giving up 114.1 yards per game, and allowing 4.3 yards per carry. As we discussed yesterday, the Jets have been running the football better of late, running for an average of 3.88 yards per carry over the three game losing streak. There is evidence that the offensive line is starting to come around to the new scheme. Kahlil Bell should see some action tomorrow, splitting time with Shonn Greene. We know how Shonn Greene has performed this year, which is mediocre to say the least. But the line is starting to open up the holes, and the Rams can be run on. The Jets will have a chance to get the ground game going, and they will have to.
Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Chaz Schilens (85) is tackled by Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll (28) during the game at Met Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
GET STEPHEN HILL AND CHAZ SCHILENS THE BALL
The Jets passing game has been miserable, but this could be a week to get it going. The Rams have two small cornerbacks in Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins. Finnegan, the veteran, will likely be set to shadow Jeremy Kerley, the Jets best outside threat, all game long. That will leave Jenkins to cover either Stephen Hill or Chaz Schilens. At 6’0″ and 6’4″ respectively, Hill and Schilens will tower over the 5’10” Jenkins. Both of these guys have underperformed, and have had their share of dropped passes, but this could be the day for them. Get them downfield and let them use their height.
STOP THE RUN
We all know how tough this has been for the Jets in 2012, although they have been better lately. Before they were rendered tired last week and ran out of gas, Marshawn Lynch was made to a non-factor in the game thanks to the Jets run defense. The Jets need to feed off of that as they move into the game tomorrow. Both of the Rams running backs are performing well of late. Stephen Jackson, even though he hasn’t had a great season overall, is coming off of a 100 yard game against the 49ers, and we all know how tough it is to run against that team.
STOP DANNY AMENDOLA
Believe it or not, the Jets have been very good against the pass, with the 6th ranked defense through the air. Danny Amendola, as we mentioned before, is coming off his injury with a huge game, 11 catches for 102 yards. Cromartie will likely see the Amendola assignment for the game, and it will be a key one to Jets success.
Those are your keys to the game. Thanks for reading.