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New York Jets: What to Make of Sunday’s Game Versus St. Louis Rams

November 17th, 2012 at 3:59 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets are in the midst of a true tailspin having lost three games in a row, the last two by 21 points apiece. Despite the injuries and all of the hoopla surrounding this team, the Jets have to feel that their game tomorrow against the St. Louis
Rams is a winnable game and an opportunity to turn things around. What can the Jets do to grab a much-needed win tomorrow?

'Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets - 2011' photo (c) 2011, Daniel Spiess - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

What do the New York Jets need tomorrow to beat the St. Louis Rams?

Antonio Cromartie: The Jets need a big play from Antonio Cromartie on defense. In two of the team's three wins Antonio Cromartie had an interception, his other pick coming in the tight loss to the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. Antonio Cromartie is one of the few playmakers still left on the field for the Jets and they need him to make something happen.

Mark Sanchez: The Jets need Mark Sanchez to make good decisions and play with some confidence. He has been bad for the majority of the season and seems to be struggling with his progressions. In week one versus the Buffalo Bills we saw a very confident Mark Sanchez, but we haven't seen much of that since.

Front Seven: The Jets need their defensive line and linebackers to contain Steven Jackson to force the Rams offense into some third down and long situations. That would allow Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine to exploit their familiarity with some of Brian Schottenheimer's tendencies on third down to their advantage. It will be no easy task.

That's the formula for the Jets – dominate on defense, don't shoot yourself in the foot on offense. For most of the season the defense has held up its end only to be sabotaged by the offense. Turnovers will kill most teams, but especially teams that struggle to score a lot of points. The Jets need to make this a grind-it-out game and hope for a big play on defense or special teams.

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Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Brian Schottenheimer, Football, Mark Sanchez, Mike Pettine, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Rex Ryan

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