The New York Jets did not get off to the start that they wanted to. After having an abysmal first half Zach Wilson and company were finally able to put up 14 points, but that would not be enough to come away with a victory against the Carolina Panthers. One major part of the Jets offensive game that was lacking was their ability to run the ball. The New York Jets need to establish the run this week in all four quarters to come away victorious against the New England Patriots.
New York Jets Need to Establish the Run
Offensive Line Health Remains a Concern
One of, if not the biggest, factor to have a successful run game is the offensive line. The offensive line will need to dominate the trenches to help kickstart the running game and make it easier for the ball carriers. However, winning in the trenches has become a much more difficult task after Mekhi Becton went down with an injury during Sunday’s game.
Losing Becton does hurt a lot, but it will not be the end of the world. Thankfully, the Jets signed tackle Morgan Moses during the off-season, and George Fant can slide over and play left tackle. Having this flexibility allows the Jets to remain competitive even after losing their best linemen.
The interior offensive linemen will need to also perform at a higher level. Rookie Alijah Vera-Tucker got his first taste of the NFL and had some mixed results. Overall, it looked like he was still getting used to playing in the pros as he missed all of the preseason.
However, right guard Greg Van Roten needs to take a major leap in his play. Unfortunately, the Jets do not exactly have anyone to replace him at this point. Van Roten will need to provide consistent play on the right side of the line. If he cannot, then the Jets will have to make a trade to find a replacement.
Running Back Rotation
The second major factor for the Jets to have a successful run game is to have the right running back in. Tevin Coleman received the bulk of the Jets carries against the Panthers, while Ty Johnson and Michael Carter were rotating in.
Any of these three running backs fit into the new offensive system. The main thing is for the running backs to hit the hole and get positive yards. The Jets had a mere 45 rushing yards last week. If they cannot muster more than such a weak showing, then opposing defenses will not respect the run.
At the end of the day, the Jets need to establish the run against the New England Patriots. The Patriots allowed only 74 yards and a rushing touchdown against the Dolphins in their week 1 loss. They are not exactly vulnerable against the run, but they are not stalwart defenders either, and can be pushed off the ball. The right running backs rotating in a carefully called game could lead the Jets to a rivalry victory. However, if the running game flails about without purpose, then it will most likely be a long game for New York fans.