The New York Jets have a tough matchup in Week 12 at home against the New England Patriots as they should feed the rock to running back Elijah McGuire all game long.
At 3-7, the New York Jets are at the very bottom of the AFC East. They’re nowhere near being a playoff team and just got dropped in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills. Yes, they indeed got blown out by one of the worst teams in the NFL which goes to show where this team is headed this season.
As the Jets had an extra week to prepare for the New England Patriots in Week 12 action at home in MetLife Stadium, it will be hard to imagine this team beating the best of the best in the AFC East. If the Bills scored 41 points against the Jets, can you imagine what quarterback Tom Brady can do against this defense?
That is why it’s imperative to just change things up this week. Running back Elijah McGuire is healthy and should be able to rise and deliver at the task at hand. Running back Isaiah Crowell hasn’t gotten the job done in weeks as maybe offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates should feed the rock with McGuire over Crowell.
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In the grand scheme of things, the Jets have nothing to play for except pride as they should just put McGuire in a position to thrive and commit to him and the run. It’s uncertain if quarterback Sam Darnold will suit up on Sunday as he’s still dealing with an ankle injury and missed practice earlier this week.
With Josh McCown likely starting under center on Sunday against the Patriots, it’s best to unleash McGuire and see what he can do in the spotlight. For all the Jets know, he could provide that much-needed spark to at least have the offense play competitively.
Of course, the Jets offensive line has a huge test ahead against the Patriots but there is nothing to lose in giving McGuire the most amount of reps to possibly ignite a failing offense. The Jets might as well give him the bulk of the workload and hope for the best against one tough Patriots team.