A look at how Gang Green can halt their losing ways against Carolina
Sunday November 29
Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
Keys to Victory:
1. Run all day long- The Panthers give up 130 rushing yards per game on average. The Jets have to find a way to ease the pressure on Mark Sanchez's shoulders, so it doesn't take a genius to figure out the Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene ought to be busy all game. Expect the Jets to run the ball upwards of 35 times.
2. Utilize Keller- With Mark Sanchez struggling with confidence issues, the Jets are going to want to implement a short throwing plan for him. Few linebackers have the athleticism to keep up with the Jets second year tight end and Carolina's unit is compromised by injuries. Watch for the Jets to exploit this.
1. Revis on Smith- Steve Smith is the only viable threat in the Panthers' passing offense. Darrelle Revis has proven that he is one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the league. Smith should not find himself alone the entire game.
2. Contain the running game- The Panthers running game is too strong to expect the Jets to be able to completely shut it down. However, they cannot allow DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to run wild. They will be bringing up safety help the whole game to stack the box.
Notes: The Panthers won 30-3 the last time these two teams played back in 2005.
Jets 20, Panthers 17
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Written by Frank Mazzola