Jets vs. Vikings: Game Breakdown

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First a few updates:

1. Calvin Pace practiced full today and should be back in the starting line-up Monday night. Darrelle Revis was limited and his status remains somewhat in the air. The Jets should also be getting backup tackle Wayne Hunter back from a shin injury.

2. Brett Favre is taking his talents to South Beach all over Deadspin today…proceed with caution.

Jets vs. Vikings: Game Breakdown

Offense: Is do what you been doing the past three games too easy? Seriously, the Jets seem to have found a nice balance between their rushing and passing attack, along with a good division of touches between their various playmakers. Minnesota is a tough defense to run the ball on but that doesn’t mean they should shy away from having LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene combine for 35-40 touches. The Jets offense is most effective when the running game gets going, opening up the play action attack for Mark Sanchez.

The big news on this side of the ball is obviously that Santonio Holmes is returning to the line-up. It will be very interesting to see how many snaps he plays and his integration into the offense. I would imagine the smoke screens and quick receiver screens the Jets usually like throwing to Jerricho Cotchery, will now be going to Holmes. Yet, the Jets don’t want to just use Holmes run after the catch ability. He is the most complete receiver on the roster and I expect Brian Schottenheimer to be excited about his new toy, and hence take an early shot down the field to him.

I would say Minnesota will likely focus their coverage on Dustin Keller, but really how could they? If they want to consistently leave Braylon Edwards and Holmes in single coverage with their corners, then good luck. Don’t forget Lito Sheppard plays major reps for them at corner and even if he gets matched up with Jerricho Cotchery in the slot, the Jets could do some damage.

Beyond that, there is also that Brad Smith guy running around on reverses, options, and quarterback draws.

Defense: The Jets need to put this game in Brett Favre’s hands. Adrian Peterson has been a monster this season (as usual) and even though the run defense has been stout so far, he has the ability to change that quickly. Worry about stopping AP first and then let the old gunslinger (aka dongslinger as Jason Whitlock is now calling him on Twitter) take his shots on our secondary.

If Darrelle Revis does play, he shouldn’t be tracking Randy Moss all over the field. Antonio Cromartie already showed he can shut him down. Let Revis get a few shots at him to keep him off balance but for the most part let Cromartie man him up. Revis can work on Percy Harvin, while Kyle Wilson will probably primarily be matched up on Vishante Shiancoe, which he better have safety help on. Shiancoe has been banged up though and could be less than 100 percent.

Favre can take his chances on our secondary and I wouldn’t be shocked if he hit one big play to Moss. As we saw in week two, the Jets can survive one big play by Mr. Play When He Wants To. I’d be shocked if Favre didn’t throw at least one interception into the hands of Cromartie this Monday and maybe a few more to our other DBs to boot.

Special Teams: Be wary of Harvin on returns and keep Jim Leonhard going on the punt returns, he looks much better than Kyle Wilson. Nick Folk, forget that 30 yard miss from last week.

5 thoughts on “Jets vs. Vikings: Game Breakdown

  1. I would suggest, using Greene over LT for a while during this game. Limit LT’s reps until they can better gauge the defense. Greene is fresher, and can afford to use his body to blast a few of them so we don’t keep abusing LT’s godlike rebirth.

    Just heard Revis is probably for Monday, again let him fight Harvin for a while if he’s only 99%.

    Ten bucks says one of the first plays out of the drive will be Sanchez big throw to Holmes.

  2. Cro on moss? I’m not against it but IF revis does in fact play I can’t see him not taking moss. With this possibly being the last revis-moss battle you know relle will want to prove moss is still a sloch. I mean even though revis has basically owned moss holding him to 3 tds for his career, you know that 1 handed catch is still fresh in every ones mind including his. Monday night revis makes 1 last stand and it’s back to reality for moss on revis island

  3. Yes, but until I know that Revis is locked ready to go, hammy fixed and no chance for a stress injury to it. Than I’d rather have him on Harvin, I don’t give a damn about that pissing match between those two, I just want to see the Jets with a damn ring on their fingers and if that means that Revis has to sit and get angry he’s fielding Harvin and not Moss than good, he’ll effing learn not to sit out on his contract and stress out his muscles from lack of use.

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