JETS VS. CARDINALS, at METLIFE STADIUM
When: 1:00 p.m.
TV: Ch. 2
LINE: Chargers by 7
The Jets are mathematically eradicated from the playoffs. They are going to attempt to play spoiler Sunday when the Chargers (7-7) go to MetLife Stadium. Listed below are three keys to a Gang Inexperienced victory.
TAKE MORE DEEP SHOTS
For a wide range of causes — sport plan, play-calling, coverages, and so forth. — Bryce Petty didn’t take many photographs downfield in his first begin of the season final weekend on the Saints. Offensive coordinator John Morton stated Thursday there’s “little doubt” he might and may name extra deep passes, so count on to see Petty air it out extra towards L.A. The Jets nonetheless must be cautious, although. The Chargers boast a deadly 1-2 pass-rushing punch of Joey Bosa (11.5 sacks) and Melvin Ingram (10 sacks). They might feast on Petty if he takes too lengthy to eliminate the ball. Discovering a stability might be key for Morton and the 26-year-old quarterback.
EXPLOIT CHARGER RUN DEFENSE
The Chargers’ most obtrusive weak spot is their run protection. By way of 15 weeks, they’ve allowed the third-most dashing yards within the league and are surrendering a putrid four.eight yards per carry. Solely the Patriots are permitting extra yards per try (four.9). The Jets’ run sport has been inconsistent this season, and that falls totally on the offensive line. However the Jets have rushed for at the very least 100 yards in three of their previous 4 video games, and so they’ll have a possibility to construct on that success Sunday.
KEEP L.A. PASSING OFFENSE IN CHECK
The Jets’ secondary is vastly improved this season. The unit will face one in every of its stiffest exams towards Philip Rivers and the Chargers’ aerial assault. Rivers is fifth within the league in passing yards (three,838), trailing Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford. He has a variety of weapons at his disposal, beginning with Professional Bowl extensive receiver Keenan Allen, who enters Sunday’s sport fourth within the NFL in receiving (1,197 yards). The Jets will get a slight reprieve, with tight finish Hunter Henry, L.A.’s third main receiver, being positioned on injured reserve this week. Nonetheless, the Jets’ go protection should be stout if Todd Bowles needs to emerge victorious.