New York Jets: 5 Players Who Will Stumble in Week 2
Jets: 5 Players who will stumble
The New York Jets will travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. to take on rival New England Patriots for Week 2 this Thursday. This rivalry has gone back as far as 1960, and the Patriots lead the series 53-52 overall. The Jets are off to a good start so far with a 1-0 record, but tonight's matchup won't be a walk in the park. The Pats have had the Jets' number in the last four meetings, especially in the last one, when the Patriots torched the Jets 49-19 and tied the NFL record for points scored in a single quarter with 35 on November 12, 2012. And let's not forget the birth of the infamous "Butt Fumble" that occurred during this game.
It is evident that the Jets are going to struggle in this game, and let's be honest, for the remainder of this season. New York will be without quarterback Mark Sanchez for the year, which now leaves the Jets' offense relying on rookie quarterback Geno Smith. However, the Jets have been fortunate so far, as they got an early Christmas present in Week 1 from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense, which committed a costly personal foul late in the fourth quarter and set up Jets kicker Nick Folk for his fifth game-winning field goal as a Jet.
As for the Patriots, They will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola, who was targeted by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 14 times against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. But that shouldn't stop Brad, who is one of the few quarterbacks in this league that can make any receiver look good. Regardless, he will find someone to throw to in this game.
There will be a number of players for the Jets who will without a doubt struggle in this game, so here is a look at those unfortunate few.
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5. Geno Smith
Geno Smith struggled in the first half against the Bucs in Week 1, but he eventually found his form in the second half, finishing the game with 256 yards through the air and a touchdown. But let's be real -- Geno Smith was lucky to get the win last week, and this week will be a different story. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick loves facing the youngsters as the Patriots are 13-4 against rookie quarterbacks. So, look for Geno Smith to develop a headache from trying to figure out the many disguises of the Patriots' defense.
4. Santonio Holmes
The Jets' receiving corps will struggle tonight. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes will be probable to start tonight against the Patriots. With Jeremy Kerley out, it leaves Holmes with more possible targets. However, Holmes is still recovering from a foot injury he sustained in August, so there's a chance he might not be his full self tonight.
3. Stephen Hill
Wide receiver Stephen Hillwill add to the Jets' receiving troubles tonight. Hill, who had six receptions in Week 1, will have to accept the fact he won't get many opportunities tonight, as this Patriots' secondary will cause a lot of problems for Smith.
2. Antonio Cromartie
Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is now without Darrelle Revis, and to add on to that missing element, Cromartie has to worry about Brady. Cromartie definitely has his work cut out for him tonight if the Jets' front four can't get to an immobile, but dangerous Brady.
1. Muhammad Wilkerson
Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who recorded a sack in Week 1 against the Bucs, guaranteed the Jets will win in Week 2, but sometimes not all guarantees are certain. The Patriots run a fast-paced offense, so Wilkerson will have to work twice as hard to get to the quarterback.