49ers vs. Jets NFL Week 4 Preview

By Phil
Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE


The 2-1 San Francisco 49ers will face off against a 2-1 New York Jets  fresh off the news of star cornerback Darrelle Revis‘ season ending injury.

Some say that the Jets are finished without the services of Revis and I wholeheartedly agree. This isn’t a Jets team fighting for a playoff appearance or victory. Head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum crave a championship ring.

Remember, this Jets squad appeared in consecutive AFC Championship games (2009 and 2010).

Revis was a huge part of their success in those deep playoff runs, and without his presence in the secondary, expect the Jets defense to struggle.

Cornerback Kyle Wilson will likely receive the start, in relief of Revis, opposite Antonio Cromartie. Wilson, who was a first round selection in 2009, has struggled playing in the slot. He has talent, but the young cornerback often looks lost in coverage.

With Revis out, Wilson moves up and will now play outside. Opposing teams will attack Wilson early and often. His play must improve for the Jets.

Usually when a star player is injured or out for a long period of time, teams rely on other aspects to win. The Jets have no secret weapon waiting in the wings.

Offensively, the Jets have been subpar, as expected by many. The only exception was the Jets’ overwhelming win in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills.

The Jets’ offensive struggles will likely continue this Sunday against a stout 49ers defense. This game could turn ugly for the Jets. If their defense doesn’t show up, the 49ers could walk out of MetLife stadium with a big win. Not sentimentally, but with a huge blowout, in favor of the 49ers.

Of course, the 49ers have mistakes of their own to fix. While the Jets walked away with a victory in Week 3, the same can’t be said for the 49ers.

In what many considered to be the most shocking victory of the week outside the Seattle Seahawks win (loss) against the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings humbled the 49ers with a 24-13 shell shocker.

Many didn’t even expect the Vikings to put points on the board, let alone 24 of them and a victory.

Can we expect the same performance out of this 49ers defense in Week 4? I would bet against this happening again, but you never know.

That’s the great thing about football. Any team can win on any given Sunday.

The 49ers hope their Week 3 performance was an anomaly, but don’t be surprised if this game is close.

This Vikings offense was effective against this 49ers defense in large part because of Christian Ponder’s mobility. Mark Sanchez is not as mobile, but he can move the chains with his feet if needed. In addition, the Vikings stayed diligent with their run game.

Adrian Peterson was struggling, especially early on in the game, but they kept with it. Why? In order to keep this 49ers defense honest. This 49ers defense loves to make you one-dimensional. If you play into their trap, their defense eventually becomes overwhelming.

The Jets must stay consistent with the running game if they have any hope of defeating this 49ers team.

Ryan will leave the offense game plan up to offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, but his defense will have to show up against a vigorous 49ers run game.

The 49ers passed far too often, especially early, in their defeat to the Vikings in Week 3. Expect the 49ers to pound the rock early and often with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. I’m sure the 49ers saw what C.J. Spiller and Reggie Bush (when healthy) did to this subpar Jets line.

The strength of the Jets used to be their ability to stop the run, but opposing teams are finding it easier to counter their schemes.

While the 49ers are hoping to get their running game back on track, Alex Smith on the other hand will look to improve his accuracy.

Smith was inaccurate on several throws last week against the Vikings. He missed Randy Moss several times, including a potential touchdown pass. Smith even threw a interception. The last time he threw an interception was Thanksgiving of last year.

Both teams are fighting for something this week. The 49ers want to prove that they’re still the team to beat in the NFC. On the other hand, the Jets want to prove that their team can still survive without the services of Darrelle Revis.

Who has the edge? Give me the 49ers in a close one, 20-17.

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