Keys to the Game: The New York Jets Will Have to Find a Way to Slow Down J.J. Watt
Of course, none of that will really matter if the Jets score as many points as they did last week. Which, if you recall, was just as many as you or I scored.
With Santonio Holmes out for the season, and rookie receiver Stephen Hill and starting tight end Dustin Keller both doubtful for Monday’s game, Sanchez will have a tough time finding someone to throw to again this week.
Jeremy Kerley, who was supposed to be the Jets’ third receiver, is now the top available target. Veteran Jason Hill, just signed this week, will probably see time alongside Chaz Schilens on the outside.
Regardless of the personnel on the field, nobody is going to feel sorry for the Jets. Defenders will smell blood, and they will try to attack that weakness week in and week out.
Watt has been as dominant as anybody in the game, and while he’s far from the only elite defender the Jets will have to deal with, he’s the most likely to cause absolute chaos in the Jets’ offensive backfield.
Right tackle Austin Howard has struggled this season, and he’s going to need a ton of help against Watt. Otherwise it won’t matter who’s taking the snap, because Watt will pile-drive whoever’s back there.
How do the Jets slow down Watt without compromising another spot on the field? It’s a heck of a lot easier said than done.
But if the Jets want to steal a game from one of the NFL’s best teams, they might need a little bit of luck.
And maybe some pass protection.