For this week’s edition of Pick Six, we take a look at 6 matchups that will determine whether the New York Jets head into their bye at 3-1. Let’s jump right into it…
1. Jarvis Landry vs Buster Skrine
Todd Bowles came out this week and said that Buster Skrine will probably draw Jarvis Landry more than Darrelle Revis just because of Landry being the Dolphins primary slot WR. Landry has 24 receptions on 35 targets for a catch rate of 60%. Skrine has allowed 11 receptions on 14 targets. If Skrine can neutralize Landry, this will allow the Jets to essentially cut off the head of the Miami offense and will go a long way towards helping the Jets win since Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills have done nothing so far.
“Eat your wheaties” was Bowles’ words of wisdom for the former 3rd round draft pick as he prepares to face one of the premier defensive linemen in the game. However, Winters might be getting Suh at the opportune time because Suh has been struggling. Suh can wreck havoc on an offense’s game plan, so Winters will have his hands full tomorrow morning.
3. Brandon Marshall v Brent Grimes
Marshall, ridiculous lateral aside, has been on a tear to start the season and now gets matched up with the smaller Grimes. Last time the Jets saw Grimes, Eric Decker was abusing him up and down Sun Life Stadium for a franchise record number of receiving yards. Grimes is simply too small to cover Marshall. Last year against the Bears Grimes covered Alshon Jeffrey, but this year he’ll get a healthy Marshall one on one. The Jets need Marshall to continue his great start to this season.
4. Muhammad Wilkerson v Dallas Thomas
Mo Wilkerson has began his contract year on a tear. He doesn’t have gaudy stats but he’s been a presence up front as he constantly faces double and triple teams since the Jets are missing anyone that can consistently beat a one on one. With Brandon Albert out, Wilkerson gets a favorable matchup against Thomas. The Dolphins OL has really struggled this year allowing 7 sacks, and this is the game that the Jets need Wilkerson to get a couple of his patented strip sacks to jump start a unit that has struggled in sacking the QB. Tannehill doesn’t normally make mistakes, but with pressure he will throw up some ducks as evidenced by his performance last week.
5. Marcus Gilchrist v Jordan Cameron
If Cameron plays, Gilchrist will draw him like he’s drawn all the TEs so far. He’s done a great job covering them one on one, as Bowles has employed man to man coverage for Revis, Cromartie, Skrine, and Gilchrist with Pryor in run support. There has been minimal use of cover one looks, which I admit I expected a lot more of. Cameron is Tannehill’s safety valve when there’s pressure in his face, and it’s going to be up to Gilchrist to limit these plays as he’s done through the first 3 games.
This battle between two guys trying to fight off their declines might arguably be the most important of the game. Wake, like the rest of Miami’s DL, has been very disappointing. He is still a very good pass rusher, and Ferguson has struggled against him in the past. Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to need to help the Jets OL in general by getting rid of the ball fast, but the OL will have to make sure they hold up their blocks so Fitzpatrick doesn’t take any unnecessary shots.