Interior Offensive Line (Primarily Rob Turner)
The Jets are coming off a game where they had eight sacks on Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel. Since 2009, Rex Ryan has coached inside an AFC East division that includes Tom Brady. His defense beat Peyton Manning in a 2011 AFC Wild Card game. Ryan understands how to get the most out of his defensive players with exotic schemes
The Jets have no lack of talent on their defensive line. Leading that group is Muhammad Wilkerson, who has three sacks in three games. Will Damon Harrison, Sheldon Richardson, Wilkerson and the rest of the front seven provide an overwhelming amount of pressure on Rob Turner and Chance Warmack?
REALITY: Chris Johnson had nowhere to run. Locker was knocked out of the game. Pass protection just isn’t where it needs to be. Unlike previous weeks, there wasn’t much positive to say about run-blocking. It’s a talented group of offensive linemen but the chemistry is a work-in-progress.
FAILURE (1 of 2)
Strong Defensive Start
Two opening-possession touchdowns in the first three games. The Titans were a Ben Roethlisberger fumble inside the goal line away from teams scoring touchdowns in each of the first three games on opening possessions. They mustn’t let that happen here. If it does happen, it’s critical that the offense retains its composure because fans will panic if the team falls behind 7-0.
REALITY: Geno Smith’s first pass attempt gets intercepted. The Jets don’t scored their first touchdown until the fourth quarter. At that point, the score was 31-6.
A few missed tackles led to big plays. Other than that, a wonderful performance that included 11 quarterback hits and five sacks.
SUCCESS (2 of 3)