(2-5) Jets (3-3)
Jets are coming off a bye week after a game where they defeated the Philadelphia
Eagles. They were down 14-3 late in the second half, but didn't allow the Eagles
another point in their 20-14 win.
The Giants ended a four game losing streak
with a 14-7 win over the Washington Commanders. It was their first win of the
season at MetLife stadium, and their fans will be looking forward to another when
they play the Jets this Sunday.
The Jets have missed the playoffs
for the last 12 years, posting a winning record just once during that time. They
had 7 fourth place finishes, including last year and the two right before that.
Things had been looking good, but they finished off last season with 6 straight
losses to finish once again in the AFC East cellar. In the offseason they somehow
convinced Aaron Rodgers that New York was the place he should be, and did everything
they could to make that happen.
The Jets traded various draft picks with Green
Bay, including either a first or second round selection in 2024, depending on
Rodgers playing 65 percent of the Jets offensive snaps this season. The Jets felt
they had overcome one of their biggest problems on offense, the quarterback position.
Rodgers tore his Achilles tendon just four plays into his first start with the
Jets, and looks to miss the rest of the season as well. Zach Wilson, who was expecting
to be sitting and learning behind Rodgers, was suddenly the starter in that game,
and has been since. Last year Wilson had thrown 6 touchdowns and 7 interceptions
in the nine games he played. This year doesn't look much better, with 4 touchdowns
and 5 interceptions.
.The Jets have a problem at the running back position,
but it's a good one. There's an excess of talent. Breece Hall was a rookie last
year, averaging 5.8 yards a carry for 463 yards until he tore his ACL and meniscus
in Week 7. The Jets signed Dalvin Cook coming off four 1000 plus yard seasons
with the Vikings, but Hall has performed so well in his return, that Cook's role
has diminished. Both running backs are good at catching the ball, and Cook is
9 for 9 with his opportunities.
The Jets top receiver is Garrett Wilson with
two touchdowns and next is tight end Tyler Conklin. They finished in that order
last season as well. Allen Lazard is next in line, with 1 touchdown catch. The
Jets offensive line has dealt with some injuries. The Jets rank last in the NFL
on third down conversions. They have scored only one touchdown in their last nine
trips into the red zone. That one was in the Jets last game when their defense
took an interception down to the Eagles 1-yard line, and the offense took over
and scored a touchdown.
year the Jets were ranked third in their passing defense, fourth in points allowed,
and they were a top ten team with 45 sacks. They have slipped a bit in those categories.
They use a four man rush, and don't blitz much, and though their sack rate is
low, the Jets have the second best pressure rate in the NFL. The Jets have 13
sacks, led by Quinton Jefferson with 3, and followed by Bryce Huff, who came up
with 1.5 last game, to bring his total to 2.5. They have been giving Huff more
playing time, and despite his limited action, Huff is tied for the team lead in
quarterback hits with 8.
The Giants have allowed 37 sacks this season, but
before the Jets defense gets too eager, they will have to respect the running
game. Things have been improving for the Giants with Saquon Barkley back in the
lineup. C.J. Mosley will be on top of that, along with Quincy Williams who also
has 2 sacks. Those two lead the team with 119 total tackles. Last outing the Jets
defense did a good job against the Eagles, limiting then to just 80 rushing yards
with quarterback Jalen Hurts accounting for 47 of that total.
The Jets also
have to be aware of Barkley in the passing game, as they are allowing the fourth
most receiving yards per game to running backs. The Jets will have both their
starting cornerbacks, Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed, available for this game, after
Reed was out for two games and Gardner missed the last. The Jets have been tough
on opponents with takeaways. They have 13, which is the third most in the NFL.
The Jets also rank fourth in the NFL in red zone efficiency, allowing touchdowns
less than 37 percent of the time, which accounts for teams scoring just under
20 points a game against them.
There were ups and downs for Tyrod
Taylor filling in for Daniel Jones last Sunday. The ups were mostly in the first
half, when Taylor completed 14 of 22 passes for 209 yards and threw touchdown
passes to Darren Waller and Saquon Barkley. The team was up 14-0, but they couldn't
build on that lead in the second half. The offensive line is still a work in progress,
and it got a boost from having Justin Pugh in the lineup the past two weeks. Also,
Mark Glowinski, who was benched after Week 1 for his poor performance, has stepped
up since against the Bills and Commanders. Led by Glowinski's efforts, the Giants
offensive line was ranked seventh in the NFL's pass blocking efficiency rating.
Giants will be facing a pressure defense, and Taylor will have to make good use
of the opportunities afforded him. Last week Jalin Hyatt caught just two passes,
but both were big, going for 42 and 33 yards. Taylors's had success with some
deep throws, but the Jets are good at creating turnovers, and now they are back
at full strength in their secondary. The offense will be relying on Barkley to
establish a good running game to slow down the Jets pass rush on Taylor.
Giants in their last two games held the high scoring Bills to just 14 points,
and the Commanders to 7. Both their quarterbacks, Josh Allen and Sam Howell, were
held to their lowest completion averages on the season. Howell, who has better
overall numbers than Zach Wilson, saw his completion percentage drop down to 52.4.
The Giants had just five sacks on the year going into their game with the Commanders.
They more than doubled their season total last week, picking up six sacks on Howell.
Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence picked up his first two sacks of the season
to go with four quarterback hits, while Leonard Williams recorded a sack, two
quarterback hits and a he blocked a field goal.
Sacks won't come as easy this
week as Wilson has better pocket sense. Their problem will be throws from Wilson
to wide receiver Garrett Wilson, and that will be a task for rookie corner Deonte
Banks. Running back Breece Hall will also have to be contained, and the Jets will
likely be leaning hard on their running game up against the Giants defense. It
took some time, but the Giants are creating turnovers. In the first four games
of the season they had none. In the last three games they came up with six.
The Giants showed they can win a game at MetLife Stadium. They had lost their
first two playing at home until they beat the Washington Commanders last Sunday.
Designated as the visiting team, the Jets don't have very far to travel, and they
know the playing field very well. Coming off their bye week, the Jets have had
an extra week to prepare for the Giants.
That all seems like a nice advantage,
and the odds makers have made the Jets their favorite to win this game. Each team
has a struggling offense, and a defense that is good enough to limit the opposition.
The Giants have better coaching, and that factor should help them get a win over
NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Jet (3-3) at Giants (2-5)
at 1:00pm Rams (3-4) at Cowboys (4-2)
Sunday at 1:00pm Eagles (6-1) at Commanders
The Cowboys and Eagles are the NFC East teams favored to win in these
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