On Sunday afternoon, the New York Jets will be taking on the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. If you're looking at records, the 1 p.m. ET game seems like it would be in favor of the Jets since they are 5-7 on the year opposed to the Raiders' 4-8. However, Twitter has spoken. The verdict? Things are bleak for New York for now.
Geno Smith and his offense are one of the worst offenses in the league.
In each of its past two games, the team only scored three points. On Sunday, the Jets will get more playing time from their returning wide receivers. But if Smith doesn't commit to throwing the ball, things are unlikely to change.
Still, there are bright spots such as the fact that their workhorse offensive linemen will continue to lead by example for the team's youngsters and veterans alike.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson will continue his streak of the longest consecutive starts from day one of his NFL career. His streak is the most among all active NFL players.
The only other players with streaks as long or longer than Ferguson are Eli Manning with 147 starts, Philip Rivers with 124 starts and London Fletcher with a whopping 211 starts.
Don't know enough about Ferguson?
Well, he is like a sponge who loves to soak up as much information as possible. It is usually something along the lines of business and politics. He helps out teammates on the field. Oh, and he also assists them in life's little struggles, such as finding suits to fit a 6'6", 310-pound frame.
And while Ferguson will be starting his 125th game, another Jets player was just placed on the injured reserve. After hurting his shoulder in the embarrassing 23-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins on December 1, Josh Cribbs will be out for the rest of the season. It's an unfortunate situation. Especially since he was only signed to the Jets in October (to replace Clyde Gates, who also suffered a shoulder injury).
And then there is the player who will be on the field although the fans don't want to see him there. It looks as though Smith will be the starting quarterback against the Raiders.
That is quite problematic. Especially when you realize that he hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since the October 20 win against the New England Patriots.
Twitter hasn't been shy about Smith's struggles.
ESPN's Skip Bayless also joked about the quarterback situation that has been plaguing the Jets for seasons.
So with a struggling quarterback, a depleted offensive line and a missing wide receiver, the Jets may struggle against the Raiders, right?
But there is hope, Jets fans.
Whether you like them or not, Jeremy Kerley and Santanio Holmes can provide the offense with some...offense.
Kerley, who hasn't played in over a month, is successful at ditching coverage on the outside of the field. If he connects with Smith, we can possibly see big plays throughout the afternoon. Holmes, who pleads with quarterbacks for more catches season after season, can be good for third-down catches. Just having Holmes play more in Sunday's game will give the offense more chances to drive the ball down the field rather than punt it away.
Both players can free themselves up from coverage and get past Oakland's defense. Plus, since cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins are not really interception threats, it's not likely they are going to try to pick off Smith. So, Smith should try to aim the ball outside and/or deep down in the field.
And Smith must be comfortable about the passing game or else the Jets will not have made any improvements from their two previous losing weeks.
When the offense only scored three points in your last game, you'll have to take help whenever you can get it.
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