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Right now Mark Sanchez is 10th in the league in passing yards with 886, and is tied for 7th in the league for passing touchdowns with six, coming into Week 4.
By this time last year Mark Sanchez threw for only 556 yards.
Sanchez has had to do a lot by himself without any running game. The Jets officially lost their ground and pound status which means Sanchez has had to carry the offense on his back.
The ground and pound is essential to the Jets for many reasons. It takes time off the clock, it helps ease a lot of pressure off of Sanchez for second and third downs and helps him establish the play-action pass.
Shonn Greene has had another disappointing start to the year. Through three games he has 134 yards on 41 carries and one touchdowns. That averages out to 3.3 yards per carry which is fifth worst among running backs with 40 or more carries.
Greene showed some promise last week on some runs, but he was playing the Raiders who gave up 217 rushing yards the previous week to the Bills.
Not all of it is Greene's fault, the Jets lost All-Pro center Nick Mangold which was a strong inside presence in the run game. This lead to the Jets not being to run the ball up the middle at all against the Raiders.
It's not going to get much easier this week either, the Ravens are sixth in the league in rush yards allowed per game at 86.0.
But the Jets are playing a 3-4 defense opposed to the Raiders 4-3, so it should be easier to run the ball this week up the middle.
I wouldn't expect much for Greene or the run game this week, but it would be very helpful to Sanchez if they can get the run game back.
Having the run game back would allow the Ravens defense to take less men off of coverage to try and stop the run, and open holes for players like LaDainian Tomlinson and Dustin Keller in the passing game.
If the Jets want to win against the Ravens getting some life in the running game will be vital.
Prediction: The Jets will try and rush it around 20-25 times, with Greene still not being able to find his grove with a 55 yard game.