The Jets travel to St. Louis for a week 11 matchup with the st. louis rams. this is the jets second game in a row on the road against a nfc west opponent. The rams have improved under their new head coach jeff fischer and are certainly headed in the right direction. unfortunately, the same can't be said for the jets, who seem to be coming apart. back biting in the locker room...anonymous quotes...it's not been a good week for gang green. here is a scouting report on the rams.
rams offense vs. jets defense
The rams offense is led by 3rd year qb sam bradford. Bradfords numbers are not going to blow you away (10 tds, 7 ints) but he completes 62 percent of his passes and is generally pretty smart with the ball. he runs brian schottenheimers offense pretty efficiently, limiting the mistakes he makes.
bradford has a very good running back in steven jackson behind him. jackson is a tough downhill runner who when he gets a head of steam can be tough to bring down. jackson's best days are probably behind him, but he can still carry the load for this offense. In order to save jackson a bit, schottenheimer has worked daryl richardson into the mix a lot, and he can hit some big gains. he's a speed back who, if he finds a hole, can hit you for a big run or two. richardson is also the more difficult of the two to cover out of the backfield. this is a very good twosome the rams have in their backfield.
in the passing game, the jets need to have antonio cromartie shadow the rams best receiver, danny amendola. amendola, whose health has always been an issue, is easily the rams best wideout. he's like a speedier version of wes welker. amendola lines up all over the field and just has a way of getting open and making plays. he has sure hands and is an excellent route runner. Cromartie shouldn't leave his side on sunday, whether he's in the slot or on the outside.
the other wideouts are brandon gibson, austin pettis and chris givens. none of these names are going to strike fear into anyones heart, but they are guys that can make plays...gibson can especially get down the field for long gainers. the rest of the jets secondary needs to play these guys tight, making sure no one goes off on them.
jets offense vs. rams defense
The Jets offense has struggled MIGHTILY THE LAST 2 GAMES, NOT SCORING AN OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWN. MARK SANCHEZ HAS UNDERWHELMED EVEN BY THE LOW STANDARDS PEOPLE HAVE FOR HIM. SANCHEZ WAS ONLY 9-22 LAST WEEK IN SEATTLE. HIS COMPLETION PERCENTAGE (52 %) CONTINUES TO BE THE WORST IN THE LEAGUE BY FAR. UNLESS SANCHEZ SNAPS OUT OF HIS FUNK SOMETIME SOON, WE COULD VERY WELL BE SEEING TIM TEBOW TAKE THE REIGNS OF THE OFFENSE.
WHILE SANCHEZ HAS NOT BEEN GOOD...HE'S HAD VERY LITTLE HELP. THE JETS RECEIVERS HAVE GOTTEN NO SEPERATION RUNNING THEIR ROUTES. OUTSIDE OF JEREMY KERLEY, WHO CAN BE AN EFFICIENT SLOT RECEIVER IN THIS LEAGUE, NONE OF THE OTHER JETS WIDEOUTS ARE STARTING CALIBER NFL PLAYERS RIGHT NOW. CHAZ SCHILENS AND ROOKIE STEPHEN HILL WOULD BE 4TH AND 5TH WIDEOUTS ON ALMOST ALL OTHER NFL TEAMS. NONETHELESS, THEY ARE PLAYING AND THEY NEED TO START DOING THEIR JOBS BETTER. GETTING OPEN MAY MAKE IT EASIER FOR SANCHEZ TO GET THEM THE BALL.
THE OTHER DISAPPOINTMENT SINCE HE'S BEEN BACK HAS BEEN DUSTIN KELLER. KELLER HAS NOT HAD A MAJOR IMPACT ON THIS OFFENSE SINCE HIS RETURN FROM THE HAMSTRING INJURY. HE HAD A DREADFUL GAME LAST WEEK IN SEATTLE, WITH A FEW DROPS AND COSTLY PENALTIES. IN MY OPINION, KELLER CAN FINISH OUT THIS YEAR AND MOVE ON. TIME TO GO IN A NEW DIRECTION THERE AS WELL.
The Rams defense will present the jets offensive line with some issues. the rams front 4 can really rush the passer. defensive ends robert quinn and chris long are young and fast and can get to the qb. defensive tackle michael brockers is a load to move in the middle. The Jets offensive line needs to get some push and give shonn greene, another disappoinment, some holes to get some big gainers in.
the rams linebackers are led by mlb james laurinaitis. He is quick and strong, filling running gaps very smoothly and is an excellent cover backer as well. the jets will do themselves some good to stay away from him as much as they can. rocky mcintosh is a solid veteran outside linebacker, but he can be tested. that's the guy to go after in the passing game with keller.
the rams secondary is led by always irritating cornerback cortland finnegan. finnegan is a tough as nails, in your face kind of player, always trying to get a rise out of you with a little extra push and some trash talk. the jets can not be goaded into taking a dumb penalty because of finnegans antics. they need to keep their heads on straight. the remainder of the rams secondary is iffy at best. if the jets had an offense that gave me any confidence, i'd say they could get some big shots in here against this defense. with the way they've played lately, i have no such feelings about that whatsoever.
the jets have given me no reason to think they're going to win this game. The offense is an abomination right now, the team is too busy taking shots at other teammates....i don't like the feeling of this team right now. the rams are coming off a very tough 24-24 tie in san fran last week and are trending up