This NFL season has been wacky early on to say the least. When Week 5’s Monday Night Football contest between the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets was first announced, I am sure the road team was not figured to come in with a superior record.
Despite all expectations (or lack thereof), head coach Rex Ryan has his Jets standing at 2-2. Defense has been their trademark of course, even after a 25-point thrashing last week against the Tennessee Titans. Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples currently lead Gang Green’s tremendous front seven that create pressure against opposing quarterbacks.
Bilal Powell helps bring a surprisingly dynamic running game and control the tempo. Rookie signal caller Geno Smith provides every physical trait one could every want from their franchise player. All of these points would make for a formidable matchup, at least on paper.
Well in most contests, this would probably be correct. Their defense can keep them competitive. Monday night, however, represents an entirely different animal. Atlanta enters 1-3, but records sometimes lie.
Quarterback Matt Ryan enters Week 5 having racked up eight touchdowns against only three interceptions. He is the total package with a strong arm and accuracy. Ryan also constantly displays sound decision-making that has helped him reach a passer rating of over 97.
Having dynamic receivers also does not hurt. A receiving corps limited by injuries to Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes will also hinder New York’s ability to match score for score.
Julio Jones and Roddy White still form a solid tandem despite an injury issue. White continues to deal with an ankle sprain that has limited him from his usual form. Jones is an exciting playmaker who creates problems. Despite their defense surrendering late scoring drives in their losses, this remains a solid team who I believe will start turning things around on Monday night.