The New York Jets are 0-2 on the road (2-2 overall) and have a tall task to get off the away schneid at New England (3-1, 1-0 at home) in NFL Week 5 play.
If they have any chance of pulling off the upset, here are five adjustments the Jets will have to make at the half to be successful.
5. Defense needs to bend, but not break. Tom Brady is going to get his yards. He's done a nice job of finding Wes Welker in soft zone spots over the middle. But when the Patriots get near the red zone, the Jets' D needs to tighten-up and not let things like Benjarvus Green-Ellis break through for touchdowns.
4. Offense needs better creativity. With three-and-outs on the team's first four possessions, it's apparent that the Jets started too conservative. Rex Ryan won't want to lose on mistakes or make Mark Sanchez try to do too much. The yards per attempt hovered below four until late in the second quarter.
3. Mark Sanchez needs to show better touch with his passes. Whether gunning uncatchable balls to his fullback, or nearly giving up deflected interceptions by throwing behind a wide receiver, Sanchez needs to put proper touch on the ball to help his offense make plays.
2. Continue to play physical against the Pats' defensive front. The Jets' offensive line started to manhandle the Patriots' front seven in a 13-play, 78-yard drive that took 7:54 of time and resulted in a Shonn Greene three-yard touchdown run late in the second half. If the Jets pick up where they've left off here late in the half, it'll lead to a tired Patriots defense late in the game.
1. Limit Tom Brady's throws downfield. The Patriots are capable of scoring points in a hurry, so Darrelle Revis and Co. need to continue taking away opportunities for big plays downfield. A Cover 2 defense focusing on Wes Welker, with enough pressure coming from the front four, is the Jets' best chance of making it happen.
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