The New York Jets have been one of the hardest teams to take serious over the course of the 2013 NFL season. Not only is there the always-present media circus surrounding this team, but there’s also been the incredibly inconsistent play of rookie quarterback Geno Smith, the polarizing stories regarding Rex Ryan, and the fact that this team simply hasn’t been good at all.
Despite the fact that this team has looked awful on more occasions than not this season, they still have a chance at finishing the year at .500 as they head into week 17. With a surprising 7-8 record, the Jets need a victory over the Miami Dolphins in the final week of the regular season to finish at 8-8, despite how improbable that may seem.
The Jets’ defense is going to be vital to any success that this team has against Miami as they’ve really been the team’s lone bright spot for much of the year. However, the other side of the ball also needs to remain solid and exploit a weak Dolphins’ defense. Specifically, the Jets need to run the ball and run it often.
Not only are the Jets facing off against the 25th ranked rushing defense in the league on Sunday, but they have also found success giving the ball to Chris Ivory as of late. Over his last four games, Ivory has averaged more than four yards per carry in every contest and has gone for more than five yards per carry in three of them. That success has been sustained all season as well as Ivory is averaging 4.6 yards per carry on the year.
With the unreliability of Smith at quarterback, the Jets need to find a way to consistently move the ball against Miami and not rely too heavily on their defense if they want to save face for the year. Who knows what to expect with this Jets team, but utilizing their rushing attack is surely what they should do.