How can the Jets steal a win from the 49ers?
After an embarrassing season opening loss to the Buffalo Bills last week, the New York Jets will look to avoid an 0-2 start against another tough opponent in the San Francisco 49ers. With a tough defense like the 49ers, it will be tough for this offense to get on track. The way last week went and by how they performed, the team needs a stroke of confidence.
Believe it or not, the Jets do have some advantage against the 49ers. Kyle Shanan’s offense likes to involve their running backs in a power run scheme. Raheem Mostert, Jerrick McKinnon, and Tevin Coleman have been a three headed monster for NFC champs, which also helps them with play action that involves all-pro tight end Greg Kittle. Fortunately for the Jets is that their run defense is up for the challenge, they only held the Bills to 85 yards with a 3.7 YPC.
On top of that, the Jets defense won’t have to worry about Greg Kittle at all either since he is out due to a hamstring injury. Even though the pass defense was horrific against the bills, there is no big name receiver that they should be scared of. Without a doubt the defense could definitely keep them in the game as long as they contain the run attack and force Jimmy Garpopollo to throw the ball.
Sam Darnold and the offense need to bounce back after putting up an embarrassment last week. The team couldn’t stay on the field, with the three first drives resulting in a three and out. It’s bad enough that the fan base wants Gase out as a head coach, if he wants the fans to see how much of a “genius” he is then show up.
The team will be without Le’Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder this week, which means we will see Frank Gore and Braxton Berrios in the starting lineup. Expect to see a more heavy run style approach to try and take some pressure off on Darnold, because they’ll be going up against a dominant front seven that includes second year pro Nick Bosa.
My matchup to watch for would be rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton going up against Nick Bosa, Bosa has the speed and strength but so does Becton. Becton held his own against Jerry Hughes last week but now he will face a much bigger test.
The 49ers will not only be without Kittle but will also be without Dee Ford and Richard Sherman as well. The Jets have the opportunity to take advantage of it, now let’s see if they can execute it.
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