- Kevin Lidlow
Jets look to get back in the win column against the Bears
Brace yourselves Jets fans as we could witness a very ugly game for the green and white because they would be without majority of their starters when they head to the windy city against a very promising Chicago Bears team that is loaded on both sides of the ball. But even without some of their starters, I still believe that the Jets can win this game and here's how:
Slow down Khalil Mack: You’ll probably look at this and say how can they do that? The Jets would have to keep him guessing, like how the Patriots did a week ago and how the Jets did against Von Miller. One of the things that Sam Darnold is good at is getting rid of the ball on time, that is how he is going to beat the all-pro defensive end. Also not to mention that they are very good at running the football.
Make the Bears one dimensional: Last week against the Patriots, the Bears wanted to take a more vertical passing game approach and when they did that, Trubisky only completed under 50% of his passes and he holds the ball too long. The defensive line will have some opportunities to get to the second year quarterback.
Win the field position battle: There's no question that this Bears defense is very good, however if the Jets can get excellent position it may give them an advantage. They would also have to score in the red zone as well, per pro-football reference they are averaging 34.8% in the red zone and they will need to rely on it tomorrow against the Bears.
Trumaine Johnson (quad), Spencer Long, and Robby Anderson are listed as doubtful, meaning that there is a good chance they won’t play and both Bilal Powell (out for the rest of the season), Quincy Enunwa, and Marcus Maye are out for tomorrow's game. That means that Jets will have to rely on their young guys to step up. Regardless of the stats, I thought Darryl Roberts did some good things against Adam Thielen and look for the young running backs Cannon and Henderson (promoted from practice squad) to step up for the injured Bilal Powell.