What Gang Green has to do to beat Tampa in a game they need to win to have hope for the playoffs
Sunday December 13
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Keys to Victory:
1. Depend on the run- With starting quarterback Mark Sanchez out, the Jets are going to put the ball in the hands of Thomas Jones as much as possible in this one. Tampa Bay gives up the second most rushing yardage per game on average in the entire league, so keeping the ball on the ground should be a successful venture. Shonn Greene should spell Jones frequently as the Jets will probably run the ball upwards of 40 times.
2. Take the occasional deep shot- Obviously, the Jets are going to want backup quarterback Kellen Clemens doing as little as possible in the game and, considering how poor he lokked in his previous outing, that's not a bad idea. However, both Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards present significant mismatches more the Tampa cornerbacks. After lulling the defense to sleep with numerous running plays, a deep play action should be just the ticket.
1. Force bad decisions- Tampa has rookie Josh Freeman starting as their quarterback. While he has shown brief moments of excellence, he is still a neophyte and Rex Ryan's defense needs to pressure him into throwing interceptions. With Kerry Rhodes taking back the starting safety job, the secondary is much more lethal.
2. Don't get cocky- On paper, this is an ideal matchup for the Jets defense. However, they have shown alarming lapses in concentration this year and must guard against them happening again. Tampa doesn't have anything to play for, but they do have some talent and could burn New York if they're not careful.
Notes: The last game Clemens started was December 30, 2007 against Kansas City…The Jets are 8-1 against Tampa lifetime.
Jets 28, Tampa Bay 10
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Written by Frank Mazzola