In our weekly In The Trenches series, we’ll focus on the performances of the Jets’ offensive and defensive lines throughout the season. In this edition, Dan discusses the performance of the defensive line in the Jets’ week 7 loss to the New England Patriots and preview their week 8 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Week 7 Summary
The Jets defense continued their string of poor performances on Sunday in the 54-13 blowout against the Patriots. Once again, the defensive line was neutralized with a familiar gameplan of quick passing, and screens. Without a reliable compliment like C.J Mosley behind them, the Patriots took advantage of the Jets aggressive defensive line scheme and carved them up.
Run DefenseThe Patriots racked up 148 yards on 32 carries for an average of 4.6 yards per carry. They couldn’t stop the run for the majority of the game. The Patriots out-schemed them up front and then as the score got worse they out-willed them.
Jets keep getting cooked with these screens. Did anyone call it out while it was developing?? At least from the sidelines? LBs look like they're in punt coverage. pic.twitter.com/tw99Lrqnh1
— Dan (@JetsAndJollof) October 28, 2021
The Patriots did not draw up too many plays that had Mac Jones holding on to the ball for too long and when they did, they often had extra protection. The Jets had 1 sack and 4 QB hits for the game. The Patriots victimized them with quick passing and screens similar to the Falcons gameplan a few weeks ago. If the Jets can’t figure that out, they should be prepared to continue to see that. The worst possible side-effect for this defensive line is for them to become passive because of the screen game. That will only make things worse. The Jets need better strategy from their coaches and better instincts from their linebackers and secondary to stop the screen game.
Week 8 PreviewThe Jets defensive line faces off against an average offensive line with the Cincinnati Bengals. They’re ranked 10th in run block win rate and 8th in adjusted line yards for rushing. Pass blocking is where they’ve struggled. They rank 22nd in pass block win rate, and 22nd in adjusted sack rate. The Jets defensive line should be able to create pressure but they need to snap out of their streak of poor output.
The Jets should have advantages inside and at right tackle. Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, and John Franklin-Myers should be able to have consistent success creating havoc in the backfield and disrupting Joe Burrow. The Jets just need them to play like they are capable of.
X-Factor: Bryce Huff
Bryce Huff against Jonah Williams should be a fun matchup on Sunday. Huff has proven he can beat anyone around the edge and if he can give Williams problems with the advantages the Jets have everywhere else, it should give the Jets a chance.