Jets vs. Ravens: New York's Running Game Key to Win

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 2, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets runs against Chris Johnson #37 of the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on September 25, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are a team that has their identity in a complex defensive scheme run by Rex Ryan.

The Jets are reliant upon their strong running game. The young quarterback Mark Sanchez is not strong enough of a player to get wins.

The Jets need to limit the attempts they allow Sanchez to make and give more carries to Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson vs. the Baltimore Ravens this week. The two backs will have to spearhead the offense if the Jets are to win.

The ball cannot remain in Sanchez’s hands for too long because his decision making and play in tight situations does not look like he is on the level to take over games.

Sanchez needs to be the accessory to a great running game. He will add the relief here and there that the backs need to keep the defense on its toes.

If Sanchez is kept to a minimal amount of attempts, the Jets will be able to succeed.

The Jets also need to kick-start their run attack. In a game where the secondary is so strong, the Jets cannot pass into it effectively, so they have to put their heads down and grind.

Greene and Tomlinson have shown signs of life in the past few games, but they have not looked to be on par with their production from previous years.

The Jets currently are ranked 25th in rush yards, and this is unacceptable for a team that relied so much on their backs the past few seasons when they got to the AFC Championship.

When the Jets take the field against the Ravens their game plan is going to be much different from last week against the Raiders.

The New York Jets will attack the gut of the Ravens defense and ask them to squander two backs that have the potential to explode on any given down.