EA: The Jets go into every game with the same goal defensively and that's to make the opponent one-dimensional. The Green & White rank No. 1 in the NFL against the run (84.4 ypg) and the Giants have dealt with a number of injuries along the offensive line and they are struggling to run the football. Last week, the Giants got down against the Redskins and ran the ball just three times in the second half. While Eli Manning has been sacked 18 times this season, three of those came against Washington and he was hit on numerous other occasions. Can the Jets speed Manning up more than usual this week because he gets the ball out of his hands quickly? If you speed him up, then those longer vertical routes are going to be taken away. The Jets mixed in more zone coverages against the Dolphins and it will be interesting to see how they go about defending Odell Beckham Jr. As of Wednesday morning, Darrelle Revis remained in concussion protocol. The Jets don't have to be reminded how big of a threat Shane Vereen can be in the pass game as well. As far as the offense is concerned, the Jets have to take care of the football against a defense that is T2 with New York's AFC representative in terms of takeaways (22). I love the WR-CB matchup nobody is talking about just yet and that's Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker vs. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara.
EA:Five games remain. The Jets just have to win. There are five teams in the AFC with 6-5 marks (Jets, Steelers, Colts, Texans & Chiefs) and a pair of clubs with 5-6 records (Raiders & Bills). Win as many as you can & count 'em up in the end.
EA:Yes. In 1998, Keyshawn Johnson (1,131) and Wayne Chrebet (1,083) reached the 1,000-yard plateau. After 11 games, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are on pace for 1,354-yard and 1,018-yard campaigns respectively. The Jets/Titans have actually had 4 duos reach 1,000 yards in the same season: Don Maynard & Art Powell (1960 & '62) Maynard & George Sauer (1967 & '68), Al Toon and Wesley Walker (1996) and Key & Chrebet. The Green & White haven't had a 1,000-yard WR since 2007.
EA:With the Jets, it's simple: play well in the red zone, excel on third down, win the turnover battle and outrush the opponent. In order to do that, Ryan Fitzpatrick must make good decisions with the football and the Jets have to continue to make explosive plays down the field. Defensively the Green & White have to tackle well, create some edge pressure and keep the ball in front of them.
EA:I just thought the Jets were comfortable taking what the Dolphins gave them. In this ball game, it was clear the Dolphins wanted to neutralize the Jets on the ground. The Jets just kept after it, running for 41 yards on 16 carries in the first half but tacking on 96 yards in the second half. The Jets offense is predicated on balance. While Ryan Fitzpatrick took advantage of his matchups through the air, the Jets still finished with 37 pass attempts and 34 rush attempts.
EA:As of Wednesday morning, Darrelle Revis remains in concussion protocol. The Jets are going to change up their game plan week-to-week and they mixed in some more zone coverages against the Dolphins. Could that be successful against Shane Vereen and those Giants TEs? Revis can always play man-up on the opponent's No. 1 receiver or the Jets could elect to double a team's No.1 and have Revis stick with the No. 2 target. There are options and this coaching staff will continue to explore all possibilities.
EA:A full redesign? No. I'm in favor of a classic, traditional look. But I think there are some cool things you can implement down the line that would enhance one of the best uniforms in pro sports.
EA:Coach Bowles said both players are day-to-day. Calvin Pace has a strained abdomen and Marcus Williams has a sprained MCL. The latter, who started in place of Darrelle Revis last Sunday, recorded his team-leading fifth interception against the Dolphins. He only appeared in eight defensive plays, so Darrin Walls got in a lot of work on the outside.
EA:Look good, feel good? I thought the beard trim gave Fitz a classic look as opposed to the beard our application developer Paul Marsh has sported the past couple of years. New look aside, Fitzpatrick admittedly stayed away from trying to make too much happen and force balls. He didn't panic after the Jets turned the ball over on downs in their own territory and followed that up with a three-and-out. Fitzpatrick has been dynamite in the red zone throughout the year and he threw four scoring passes against the Dolphins. The Jets' 73% conversion rate inside the 20 more than doubles their percentage (36.2%) last season. He has never made the postseason, so this December could be a special month.
EA:The Jets love their multiplicity, so it might be an oversimplification to say more of the same. But the Jets went with some more speed in their lineup on the edge with both DE Mike Catapano and OLB Lorenzo Mauldin seeing extended action. Veteran ILB Erin Henderson also rotated in with Demario Davis and head coach Todd Bowles said the former has earned more time on defense. We'll have to see about the availability of both Darrelle Revis (concussion protocol) and Marcus Williams (knee, day-to-day) as the week progresses. Stop the run, tackle well, get to Manning, keep plays in front and make a play when it's presented. Manning is an elite QB who is not afraid to bet on himself.