NY Jets: It's do or die for Gang Green in London this week

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The NY Jets and Atlanta Falcons both have experience in London

The most recent games across the pond for the Jets and the Atlanta Falcons are really the tale of two stories. The last game for the Jets in London was at Wembley Stadium in 2015, wherein the Jets were victorious against their division foes, the Miami Dolphins.

On the other hand, the Atlanta Falcons blew a 21-0 second-half lead (stop me if you've heard this before) to the Detroit Lions in 2014, and lost 22-21 — absolutely brutal.

As for the (mostly) rookie coaching staffs especially at head coach, Saleh played in London three consecutive years as the Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers coach.

And he noted that, after experimenting with three different travel days in his previous tenure, the Jets are prepared for their business trip to London. On the other hand, the Falcons seem to be struggling with the time difference.

The 2021 Jets and Falcons are sporting the same record (1-3), despite these two franchises remaining on different trajectories (rookie QB vs. veteran), but the outcome to this Week 5 matchup will have dire consequences for the remainder of the season for both teams.

It is truly a "loser goes home" type of game. And the Jets are prepared, just ask free-agent signing and veteran special teams specialist Justin Hardee.

The Match on the Pitch

The Falcons are currently allowing 32.0 points per game, which ranks dead last in the NFL as opposed to the Jets who are trending toward the middle of the pack in this category, and almost all defensive stats, including total yards per game.

Specifically, in the trenches, these two teams have huge disparity wherein the Jets are top-five in sacks and top-seven in QB hits, as opposed to the Falcons who are bottom-five in both of these categories.

It is necessary to mention that the Jets have had luck on their side in terms of opponent injuries — in the likes of Jerry Jeudy, Julio Jones, and A.J. Brown (No. 1 Elijah Moore fan).

However, in the same vein, New York has been sustaining devastating injuries before it was in style. Starting with free-agent signings Jarrad Davis, Vinny Curry, and the highly-touted Carl Lawson.