Patriots vs. Jets: New York Using 'Ground and Pound' Effectively, Running Hard
The Jets have gotten back to their former ways, and are starting to look more and more like the team who has made deep playoff runs in the last two seasons.
Through the first half against New England, the Jets running game has combined for 78 yards in the first half, a much better total than they have been averaging so far this year. Even though the team started off with the ball in Mark Sanchez’s hands, they have settled into s steady rushing attack that has the Pat’s defense on their heels.
Shonn Greene is averaging over 5 YPC, and if he can keep this up in the second half it will cause even more trouble for the New England defense.
Combine Greene with LaDainian Tomlinson’s 7 YPC, and the Jets are finally following Rex Ryan’s Mantra. He has always wanted New York to be a run-first offense, and they are doing that against the Patriots.
During Ryan’s first season, the Jets averaged over 170 rush yards per game and made it to the AFC Championship game. Last season, the Jets averaged nearly 150 rush yards per game, and once again made it to the AFC Championship. This season, a lot of the Jets’ struggles can be attributed to their rush yard per game, which sits just under 97 yards per game.
The Jets are ready to “ground and pound” their way to an AFC east title, and it starts tonight against the Patriots. Shonn Greene or LT will find the end zone, and lead the Jets to a comeback victory in the second half.
This is Rex Ryans team. The defense is starting to play like it is Ryan’s team, and the running game is soon to follow.
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