After coming off Sunday night’s debacle against the Baltimore Ravens, the schedule gets no easier for the New York Jets as they are set to take on their most hated rival, the New England Patriots. The Patriots are surely out for revenge after being eliminated from last season’s playoffs at Foxborough by the hands of the Jets.
The Jets switch from their ground and pound offense to more of a pass-friendly attack seems to have been a mistake. Third-year Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez does not seem to be ready to take on the responsibilities just yet.
It all cannot be blamed on Sanchez however, without Nick Mangold, who arguably is the best center in the NFL, the offensive line, once the Jets strongest asset, was left in complete disarray. The new makeshift offensive line led to fumbled snaps, sacks and plenty of QB rushes leaving Sanchez with no time to make the proper reads.
It’s hard to imagine how one man, Mangold, can make such a difference, but it is clear to see that he is the offensive line’s anchor, and with him in the lineup, the Jets offense is astronomically improved. The great news is that Mangold is practicing and may be good to go by Sunday.
The Jets already have the blue print to beat Tom Brady and the Pats, whether they can execute again remains to be seen. It’s easier said than done, but they have to get to Brady, sack him, rush him, hurry him, knock him down, just be physical with him.
He needs to be out of his comfort zone. Rex Ryan wrote up a brilliant game plan against the Pats in last year’s divisional playoffs. He put Darrelle Revis on Deion Branch, Donald Strickland on Wes Welker.
Ryan would drop seven into coverage, which stalled Brady, leading him to be sacked five times and hurried even more.
Bill Belichick, Brady and co. obviously watched the game tape and will counter with their own, new plan. The Jets are in desperation mode after just four games and in order for them to win this desperately needed game, these four players will have to come up big.