1. ESTABLISH RUN GAME
One of the areas the Jets were looking to hit on against the Lions last weekend was running the ball effectively. That didn’t happen as Gang Green only registered 50 rushing yards.
This week, the task is simple for the Jets and their offensive line, run the ball and take pressure off quarterback Zach Wilson. In their last two victories, the Jets averaged 166 rushing yards. During their three-game losing streak, the Jets averaged just 82 ypg.
If Gang Green can’t run the ball, it will be difficult for its offense to put points on the board and win the game.
2. CREATE TURNOVERS
When the Jets were having success during their 5-2 start, they forced a number of turnovers, giving their offense a short field to work with. During their losing streak, the Jets defense hasn’t had a single TO.
The Lions avoided throwing at Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner’s way in the secondary and the Jaguars could certainly do something similar. But it will be up to other players like D.J. Reed, C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams to put their force strips and make Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence feel uncomfortable.
3. BETTER SPECIAL TEAMS
The special teams unit is an aspect of football games that doesn’t get talked about enough. The Jets group, including punter Braden Mann last week, put their defense in some tricky spots. Mann averaged 50 yards per punt attempt, but he had three touchbacks and hit a punt off the side of his foot in the third quarter that went only 40 yards.
Against a high-powered offense like this, the Jets’ special teams need to give them every advantage they can get, especially with expected rain throughout the game. That also includes fielding kick and punts returns properly as Braxton Berrios also muffed a kick return.