I am normally a major advocate of the New York Jets not drifting too far away from their “Ground and Pound” approach. However, in this week’s regular season opener it is time for the Jets to spread the field and attack a suspect Dallas Cowboys secondary with their array of weapons in the passing game.
Dallas starting corner Terrence Newman is out with a groin injury. The other starter, Michael Jenkins, will likely play but has missed a ton of time this pre-season and is still banged up with a shoulder injury, which means the Jets should see plenty of Orlando Scandrick, Alan Ball, and Bryan McCann at corner. Beyond that, the Cowboys are starting Abram Elam and Gerald Sensabaugh at safety. Time to take advantage of that Mark Sanchez.
There is no way Dallas should be able to handle Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Derrick Mason, Dustin Keller, and LaDainian Tomlinson as a receiver out of the backfield. The Jets must be aggressive early and often, while looking to take advantage of any one on one match-ups. Holmes, Burress, or Mason singled up Jenkins, Ball, or McCann is a major advantage to the Jets. Keller singled up on Elam or Sensabaugh is a major advantage to the Jets. Schottenheimer needs to call the plays and Sanchez needs to put the ball up to take advantage of those mismatches.
I am normally not a huge advocate of Sanchez throwing 25 or more times in a game. Yet, it is year three now for him now. The match-ups will be there. Put the ball up and let’s see a 21/30, 275 yard, 2 touchdown performance. The training wheels are off.