New York Jets: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 5
Gang Green looked like a team that could make a shocking run through the first three weeks, as the team beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills at home and were perhaps a turnover away from defeating the New England Patriots in Foxborough.
However, with this Sunday's blowout, expectations for the team have sunken dramatically. A quarter way through the season, here are three things you need to know about the 2013 Jets.
1. Wins are going to be hard to come by from here on out.
Unfortunately, New York has little to no chance of making the postseason for the first time in three seasons this year.
The Jets may be off to a respectable 2-2 start, but the team's schedule over the next two months is brutal.
The combined records of New York's remaining opponents is 25-22. In fact, if you take away the team's next two games against the 1-3 Atlanta Falcons and the winless Pittsburgh Steelers, the remaining record of New York's opponents is a ridiculous 24-15.
With a solid defense, the Jets should manage to stay competitive against even the toughest of competition, but it's difficult to see them winning more than six or seven games.
The 2013 Jets may be a team that is better than its final record suggests.
2. The Jets turnover differential could be the worst in the league.
Gang Green could easily be 4-0 if it wasn't for one thing—turnovers.
With at least a pair of turnovers in every game, rookie Geno Smith has given the ball away an unfathomable 11 times a quarter way through the season. That translates to a record-breaking 44 turnovers over a 16-game season.
Smith's decision-making is subpar, to say the least, and he consistently underthrows his receivers deep. He may be a rookie, but he needs to take care of the ball if he is to maintain his starting job over the duration of the season.
Additionally, New York's defense may be a solid unit, but it fails to pressure the opposing team into turning the ball over. The Jets have managed just two takeaways through the first four games, despite facing rookie EJ Manuel and turnover-prone Josh Freeman in two of those contests.
The Jets turnover differential currently sits at negative-nine, just one ahead of the Steelers for last in the league.
Don't be surprised if they dethrone Pittsburgh from the last spot by the end of the year.
3. New York's run defense may be the best in the NFL.
They each ran for over 1,240 yards last season, and they were each shut down by a stout New York run defense through the first four weeks of the season.
The four elite running backs combined for just 135 yards on 45 carries against the Jets. For those of you who aren't mathematicians, that translates to a minuscule 3.0 yards per rush.
Gang Green's defensive line, anchored by Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison, is one of the best in the league, and the linebacker corps is nothing to scoff at either.
The Jets, who struggled defending the running game last year, will be elite in that department this season.
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