Containing the run key to Jets victory in Week 4
By Michael Pallas
The New York Jets must stop the run in order to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars in their Week 4 meeting on Sunday.
During the first two games of the season, the New York Jets were run off the field. They allowed 5.4 yards per carry and four touchdowns on the ground. In the game against the Miami Dolphins, they allowed 2.0 yards per carry and zero touchdowns.
It’s not about stopping Leonard Fournette, the top draft pick of the Jaguars and their leading rusher. It’s about stopping the Jaguars as a team.
The Jets must bottle up all the Jaguars running backs in order to be successful on Sunday. Running back Corey Grant was the team’s leading rusher in their 44-6 trouncing of the Ravens on Sunday.
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Additionally, the team has averaged 4.2 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns in 2017. So, it’s not about one guy.
In 2017, as a team, the Jaguars have rushed for over 100 yards twice and won both games. In their only loss, they were held to 99 rushing yards among four rushers, even though it was an average of just a shade under 4.0 yards per carry.
They’re going to need the front seven to step up. Coming off his best performance of the season, Demario Davis will have to have another stellar game. He’s going to have to perform almost to the level of 12 tackles (three tackles for loss). The team had eight tackles for loss as well.
The Jets will also need help from their rookie safeties Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams. Maye didn’t find himself in the boxscore against the Dolphins on Sunday, but Adams did have two tackles for loss.
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It’s going to take another team effort from the Jets on Sunday. With that said, they showed us something against the Dolphins. They’re capable of so much more than they showed in the first two weeks. If they slow down the Jaguars running attack, they will put themselves in the right place to win.