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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Week 2 Hope and Concern: Jets

By James Walker

The New York Jets will try to improve to 2-0 Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0). Here are the biggest reasons for hope and concern with the Jets in Week 2:

Reason for hope: Jets' run defense

Jets head coach Rex Ryan believes he has the best defense in the NFL. And his unit does a great job of stuffing the run. The Dallas Cowboys couldn't get anything going on the ground against the Jets last week. Dallas mustered just 64 yards on 26 carries (2.5-yard average). The Jaguars like to run. They did it 47 times last week in a win against the Tennessee Titans. Don't expect much through the air from Jacksonville starting quarterback Luke McCown. This will be a battle in the trenches. That plays right into the Jets' hands.

Reason for concern: Jets' running game

On the flip side, what happened to New York's power running game? Not only did it disappear in Week 1 against Dallas, but the Jets have been inconsistent running the ball at times in the preseason. The Jets averaged 2.8 yards per rush last week. Their longest run was for seven yards. New York plans to pass the ball more this season. Quarterback Mark Sanchez threw the football 44 times against Dallas. But that doesn't mean Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson can get away with being ineffective with their opportunities. New York needs to run well to win consistently. Week 2 will go a long way toward showing if last week was a fluke or this will be a trend worth watching in New York.