NY Jets to start with confidence
- Jets Defense (if Trevor Siemian starts)
- Michael Carter
- Garrett Wilson
If Trevor Siemian starts, then this is what Shaq would call 'BBQ Chicken' for the Jets' defense. I expect a bunch of sacks, maybe multiple picks, and perhaps a pick-six that doesn't get erased by a penalty.
With the Jets' track record this year of knocking Teddy Bridgewater out of the game, it's possible that the team's hard-hitting tackles aggravate Fields' injury and do the same to him. Absolutely no one is wishing for that whatsoever — if it were to unfortunately occur, Siemian would be thrown to the wolves.
Back on the offensive side of things, with the defense allowing so many points recently and the Jets' track record last year with Zach Wilson, I think it's fair to expect 20+ points out of the Jets this week. Those points will have to come from somewhere, and Michael Carter and Garrett Wilson figure to be the safest bets to be the solution.
Carter had a killer game against the Cincinnati Bengals last year, with 172 all-purpose yards, nine receptions, and a touchdown. White will certainly use his check down when he has to, and as RB1, I expect Carter to have at least five catches in this one.
Even when Breece Hall was around, Carter was among the most reliable red-zone rushers on the team so I expect him to continue that this week. Again, the Bears also are fourth-worst at stopping the run this year, so he should be getting points at a premium in both the passing and rushing games.
It's no secret Garrett Wilson is the Jets' most dynamic weapon on offense now that Hall is gone, so he will probably be toggled between 'start with reservations' and 'start with confidence for the rest of the year. Here, we can be pretty confident because we expect this one to be one of the Jets' best offensive outputs of the season.
A porous defense with an explosive offense going up against a QB who couldn't be more motivated to prove that he is worthy of the position he's in is a surefire recipe for a high-point total. There is no receiver on the Jets who is a safer bet to figure to be involved than this explosive weapon.
We saw Garrett Wilson's frustration during the game. We heard his comments after the game. They will certainly be dialing up plays his way and with White being much better with his pre-snap reads than Zach Wilson, there is a much higher probability that on those plays the ball will actually find its way to Garrett Wilson.