Redskins vs Jets – Jets’ Defense Looks to Impose Will on Redskins
By Charles Jay
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The New York Jets have surprised many people in the football world by winning three out of their first four games this season, and they have done it with defense. On Sunday they will oppose a team that has struggled to get its offense going, as they play host to the Washington Redskins in an inter-conference game that will get underway at 1 PM ET at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. After the opening kickoff, BetAnySports customers can stay right in the NFL betting action as they wager in real-time through the awesome facilities of Live Betting Extra.
The Jets, as football fans know, lost their starting quarterback in the pre-season, as Geno Smith got his jaw broken in a locker room altercation. Smith could be active sometime soon, but as long as the Jets keep winning, he’s not likely to get his starting job back. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who knows the system installed by offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, has been an adequate caretaker, and for the most part, the stop unit has carried the day. New York is coming off a bye, as they had played in London previously, knocking off Miami 27-14 in a game that ultimately cost Dolphin head coach Joe Philbin his job.
The Redskins are coming off a disappointing overtime defeat in the Georgia Dome at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons, and there is once again a lot of talk about the shaky nature of quarterback Kirk Cousins. Washington is another team, however, which has gotten some pretty good service out of its defensive unit, and in the NFC East, which appears to be wide open at the moment, they are still a contender, even with a 2-3 record.
Redskins vs Jets – BetAnySports NFL BETTING LINE:
In the NFL betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Jets are favored at home by almost a touchdown:
- New York Jets -6.5 (-120)
- Washington Redskins +6.5 (+100)
- Over 40.5 points -110
- Under 40.5 points -110
It’s very clear what the Redskins need to do in this one; they have to be able to establish a running game so that Cousins, who has thrown six interceptions, can work off play-action. That means of the tandem and Alfred Morris and Matt Jones will have to help this team move the chains. They have combined for 496 yards thus far, and have propelled the Redskins to a rather respectable 44.6% conversion rate on third-down.
Of course, the Jets are going to offer some resistance. They are allowing only 3.8 yards per rushing attempt, and they come up big in a lot of the drive stats that are available. For example, they have allowed only one point per opponents’ drive, which is the best figure in the NFL. They are second in yards per drive permitted (24.46) and have forced turnovers in a higher rate than anybody (25% of drives, in fact). Another interesting stat that BetAnySports customers should take note of is that the Jets have forced three-and-outs 35.4% of the time, which is second league-wide to the Tennessee Titans.
Washington’s defense does not really have all those impressive figures, but they have been more than respectable nonetheless. The Redskins have allowed their opponents to convert only 33.3% of third downs, and they have 13 sacks. Thus far the Jets have protected Fitzpatrick very well, as he has sustained only two sacks in their four games. But the key for Washington will be shutting down New York’s ground attack, led by Chris Ivory, who has logged the ball for five yards per carry. Don’t be surprised if this one is fought very close to the vest, so in this passing league, the team that runs it better could well emerge victorious.
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