The 3-1 New York Jets head back to MetLife Stadium to host the 2-3 Washington Redskins, who are coming off an overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Jets are 5.5 favorites but can they avoid a let down before their much anticipated trip to New England? Let’s break it down in this week’s edition of match-ups…
The Glass Half Full – The Jets are a better all around football team than Washington and get them at home. Kirk Cousins stinks and has to deal with a dominant Jets defensive line and secondary. Washington has a stout front seven but not the personnel in the secondary to handle Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker. Coming off a bye, the Jets should be rested, getting healthy and more than prepared for a likely 6-10 team. And…
The Glass Half Empty – The Redskins have speed at running back with Matt Jones and Chris Thompson to potentially hurt the Jets in the run game, similar to how the Eagles did. Washington’s defensive front could give the Jets offensive line problems. Ryan Fizpatrick remains inconsistent and could struggle against a better than average Redskins defense, leading to turnovers that may keep this game closer than expected.
Offensively – The Jets are always going to lean on Chris Ivory as the catalyst for their offense but they should be able to take advantage of the Redskins mediocre secondary. This is an ugly cornerback situation and Brandon Marshall should be able to produce outside the numbers, with a well rested Eric Decker producing from the slot. DeAngelo Hall and Chris Culliver are banged up and inconsistent, slot corner Kyshoen Jarrett is an undersized rookie.This is a quick synopsis of what we’ve seen from Culliver this year and his safety help over the top. Here is Riley Cooper, Miles Austin and Nelson Agholor running by him for huge plays…not exactly Rice, Largent and Moss.
Yes, Ryan Fitzpatrick is not a good deep ball thrower at all but the Jets still need to take their shots and there is no reason to think that Marshall and Decker won’t be able to utilize their size in the short to intermediate passing game.
Defensively – The Jets defensive line should be able to take advantage of an inexperienced Redskins offensive line and keep pressure on Kirk Cousins. Like most mediocre quarterbacks, Cousins accuracy and decision making falls off a cliff when pressured. Sheldon Richardson is the Jets best natural pass rusher and he will be back in the line-up for the first time this season to rush alongside Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams.
If the Redskins can’t lean on their running game and are regularly put in 2nd or 3rd and long situations, this game should quickly turn in the Jets favor. DeSean Jackson isn’t likely to play which should allow Darrelle Revis to concentrate on Pierre Garcon and Buster Skrine to focus on Jamison Crowder.
Overall – The Jets defense should be able to take advantage of the Washington’s offense considering their limitations on the offensive line and at quarterback. This is a game to flex their muscles at both defensive line and in the secondary. The only way the Jets slip up here is if they turn the football over or Ryan Fitzpatrick has a similar outing to the one he did in the Jets last home game. I wouldn’t shy away from the favorite or the under in this one. I also wouldn’t be surprised if this was a turnover heavy game.