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How can the New York Jets end their losing streak at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Joe Caporoso – The Jets need to establish the running game, regardless of who is playing at quarterback. This offense and team overall is not built to win football games with the total absence of a ground attack. Similar to how Chan Gailey added a new wrinkle for the Washington game with the toss-iso, it is time to add another new wrinkle or two to jump start this stagnant attack. The Jets are likely to be boosted by the return of Nick Mangold, Bilal Powell and maybe the usage of Stevan Ridley, which should help.
Defensively…tackle. The tape from last week was every bit as disgusting as the players described it. Go back to Dion Bailey at strong safety, roll extra support to Antonio Cromartie’s side, begin integrating Erin Henderson situationally for Demario Davis, keep Quinton Coples glued to the bench and right the ship. They can’t play any worse than they did last week. This team hasn’t forced a turnover in 9 quarters…needless to say they are due.
Dalbin Osorio – Last week was the first game that you could honestly say the New York Jets got their asses kicked. The game against the Eagles was one they dominated in the second half and one many feel should have won. The Patriots game was just them making one more mistake than them, but again a game they feel they could have won. The Raiders systematically beat up on the Jets in every facet. If I told you the Jets would score 20 points with two opportunities in the red zone to add more had Brandon Marshall held on to the ball and had Geno not foolishly taken a sack, you’d think the Jets defense would’ve done enough to secure a victory. The Jets defense has been that good. Getting exploited by Tom Brady is one thing, but Derek Carr? No slight to the young signal caller, but he’s in the bottom third of QBs right now and it should’ve been easy pickings for the Jets defense. It wasn’t.With that said, it starts with them. The Jaguars have more explosion on offense than Oakland, and Blake Bortles has played much better this year. However, he’s still prone to mistakes and no one has been better at forcing mistakes than the Jets defense. They need to set the tone on Sunday because I think the Jets offense with whoever at QB will be fine. The Jets offense played similarly to how they’ve played all year. It’s on the Jets defense to bounce back from a terrible showing. Hit, pressure, and wrap up the Jaguars repeatedly. Be the aggressor.
John Hargaden – After suffering back to back losses, the Jets look to right the ship against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It has been a rough two weeks, a close loss at New England and a demoralizing loss at Oakland and the injury that happened to Ryan Fitzpatrick. If he is forced to miss some games, it will need to be the next man up.
On the offensive side of the ball, they are lead by 2nd year quarterback Blake Bortles, who has been sacked 19, that is right NINETEEN times so far this year. When is this Jets pass rush going to show up? It needs to happen on Sunday. The Jaguars do have two quality WRs in Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson, who will test Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.
This Jets team needs to get back to the basics on Sunday, do what you do best. Chris Ivory has only had over 50 yards rushing combined in the last two games, the Jets must get him established early. Depending on who is starting on Sunday, the Jaguars may force the Jets to throw putting 8 men in the box. If they do this, that is when you hit them over the top. It is time to end this losing streak and get back on track.Joe Malfa – Through the first six weeks of the season, the Jets were able to reach a 4-1 record through feeding Chris Ivory and playing fundamentally sound football. The loss to New England was promising, as the Jets played them tougher than any team has all year long. The loss to Oakland, however, was a punch to the gut and could have playoff implications down the road. If the Jets want to make a serious playoff push, they must win Sunday and Thursday against the Bills, and to get back in the win column this week, they need to get back to playing the way they did through the first six weeks.
The Jaguars are ranked near the bottom of the league against the run, and with questions surrounding the QB situation this week (at least Mark Sanchez learned how to slide), Chan Gailey will look to assert Ivory’s prowess early and often. I’ll leave the offensive line breakdowns to Tiny Nolan, but to the non-offensive line-savvy eye, it seemed as if Wesley Johnson was serviceable in relief of Nick Mangold — Mangold’s return would still be a tremendous upgrade, though that is stating the obvious.
When the Jets were winning (and even in the close loss to the Pats), they were playing fundamentally sound football — they made tackles, blocked well, and avoided making the basic mistakes. The game against the Raiders should be shown as a “How Not to Tackle” tutorial for youth football players. The Jets need to get back to the fundamentals, as cliche as that may sound, in order to have a strong showing and come away with a victory Sunday.