Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) scores a touchdown past New Orleans Saints outside linebacker David Hawthorne (57) in the first half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Good morning Jets fans. The “Road to MetLife Stadium” continues in just over 24 hours, as Geno Smith, Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Mo Wilkerson, and the rest of the New York Jets head to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, NY to take on E.J Manuel, Mario Williams, and the rest of the Buffalo Bills, to finish up their 2013 seasons.
These two teams last met in September at MetLife Stadium, and the Jets clicked well. 27 was as high strong performance was an excellent job done by the Jets’ coaching staff? The Jets won that one by a score of 27-20, and they get ready to try to sweep the season series tomorrow.
Let’s look at some keys for the Jets to be successful tomorrow:
EXPLOIT THE WEAKNESSES: It’s not often that we actually come into a game with the upper hand via injuries, but all of a sudden we get exactly that. At the time of this post being written, both Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson have been declared out. The Jets need to exploit this. Do a lot of their complex coverage situations, leaving them a lot to think about.
Young receivers do not perform well when they are knocked off of their mark. It will make them uncomfortable, and it will make the quarterback feel the same way. Use the fact that their A+ receivers are not there. Dare Manuel to make some plays, and stop those plays.
WIN THE BATTLE UP FRONT: The game of football is not rocket science, ladies and gentelmen. To win the game you must win the battle up front. We have seen how successful the team has been when they can run the football. We have reaped the wonderful benefits as we have when we get the pressure on the QB. If you pressure a quarterback up the middle, that quarterback won’t play well.
So, pass rush and move the football on the ground. How? Win the battles up front.
PROTECT THE FOOTBALL: Again, this game isn’t hard to figure out. Don’t turn the football over. It sounds obvious, but there are still so many turnovers, all over the sport. Teams are careless with the football, so they beat themselves. Nine times out of ten, you don’t turn the football over, you are going to win the game.
We have seen the difference right here at home with our Jets as well. When Geno keeps the football on our side when we have it, the Jets have won. When they turn it over too much, they lose. NFL teams will not let you turn the ball over often without repercussions. The Jets have learned that in 2013, don’t be careless.
Protect the football tomorrow, and the Jets will win.