Keys to a Jets victory
Win the turnover battle:
Turnover ratio is a stat that has plagued the New York Jets during this disappointing season. The Jets sit only ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the turnover ratio department sitting at -15 on the season.
Although the 49ers aren’t exactly stellar in this area either, -4 is much better than -15. An inexperienced quarterback sitting behind a makeshift offensive line isn’t going to help matters, but the 49ers offense struggles, and if the Jets are able to keep turnovers at bay, it will limit the 49ers scoring chances.
Keep Colin Kaepernick in the pocket and apply pressure:
Although Colin Kaepernick isn’t much of a threat in the passing game these days, he does punish opposing defenses with his ability to tuck the ball and take off. Kaepernick averages nearly 50 yards on the ground per game.
The Jets defense has been successful against the run this season, ranking fourth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game. Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson need to seal the edges and not let Kaepernick run outside of the tackles. Williams also needs to be in Kaepernick’s face all afternoon to force him into a mistake. The second-year defensive end out of USC currently leads the Jets with six and a half sacks on the season.
Muhammad Wilkerson pointed out this week what if the secondary can do a better job covering receivers downfield, the sack numbers will grow. The 49ers throw out a mediocre cast of wide receivers at best, and the Jets secondary should find a way to contain receivers more than last week when the Colts receivers had enough space to sit down and have a picnic while making catches.
Wilkerson stated the extra second would lead to more success by the defensive line. Time to prove it.
Keep Bryce Petty upright:
This may be the most important and most difficult key to obtain. The offensive line providing Petty to go through his progressions and make reads will go a long way towards securing him with the opportunity to be under center in the future. If the offensive line can not keep him upright and he is forced to run for his life all afternoon, the Jets faithful will be all over Petty.