3. Get To Luck
And the award for most obvious key to victory goes to me. Still, it’s the most crucial key for the New York Jets this coming Monday night.
We all know how beastly the Jets defensive line is. Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams and Damon Harrison (the guy’s nickname is snacks for goodness sake) are dominant. So dominant that they limited Cleveland to just 3.7 yards per rush on the day, and if Josh McCown’s 7.7 YPC and Johnny Manziel’s 7.0 YPC were taken out of the equation the Cleveland run game would’ve been non-existent.
New York’s defense also exhibited something special in comparison to Rex Ryan’s defense. They actually turned the ball over. With a Marcus Williams interception and three fumble recoveries, the Jets defense took the will right out of Cleveland’s offense.
They also sacked McCown and Manziel a combined three times.
Andrew Luck was brought down two times himself against a Bills defense who was flying all over the field.
With Antonio Cromartie’s status still up in the air (knee), and the fact Luck is going to be ultra pissed off, Todd Bowles’s defense better come up with pressure. The reason the Jets’ pass rush is always a question has very little to do with their defensive line. They do a fantastic job every Sunday. It’s the edge rushers that’ll have to be active and disciplined against the Colts offense.
Quinton Coples, Calvin Pace and Trevor Reilly will all have to come up huge. Should that happen, they’ll team up perfectly with the stud interior of the Jets defense to put enough pressure on Luck.