Well, first off, let us hope and pray that Mark Sanchez is in fact able to play on Sunday. I have no doubt that he will tough it out and the news from practice today has certainly been encouraging. That being said, in no way whatsoever are we in good shape at all if Mark Brunell takes the field. I have no idea what the coaching staff sees in him to make him the #2 ahead of Clemens. The man's arm makes Chad Pennington look like Jay Cutler. It's embarrassing. At the very least I think that Clemens could do a lot better.
Now with that behind us, I feel the Jets really have to attack the Bears running the ball. They were very effective against a great defense last wk and I believe the reason is that they were way more unpredictable than they had been in previous wks. Against Miami we pretty much rushed on every single 1st down possible and gained max 3 yds. This caused Sanchez to be in a pressure situation of 2nd and long virtually every drive. Against Pittsburgh we threw easy completions on 1st down (when its less pressurized) setting up short runs on 2nd down which were able to be more effective. The types of runs being called also seemed to have a little more creativity than wks past> Especially with Sanchez ailing and the Bears having such a good pass rush, we need the running gm to be at it's best and I'd like to see Schotty use Shonn Greene to full effect. I think as well that we will once again see big gms from both Holmes and Edwards.
On defense I'm not at all worried about the Bears running gm although Forte catching passes scares me quite a bit. Unfortunately, since the Jets pass rush stinks I'm not sure we'll be able to attack the Bears putrid offensive line so much although I'd like to see plenty of exotic blitzes this wk to at least attempt to inflict some damage. Luckily, Mike Martz is not very into integrating his tight ends into the offense so I dont think Greg Olsen will have a big day. That being said he's had a knack this yr for having his one catch a gm be a huge one so we'll have to watch out for that. The Bears wr's also are not particularly good although I'd worry about any one of them being taken by Drew Coleman. I can see him getting killed out there much as he was in the Texans gm. And please please Steve Weaterford do no not kick the ball anywhere near a certain Mr. ester. If you do we might need to send over a certain Mr. Coughlin to rip your head off in public or force you to watch painful Michelle Ryan reruns. Please dont make us do this. Prediction: I think that this is a pretty favorable matchup for the Jets, assuming that they execute like they did last wk. However, since these are the Cardiac Jets they will make our hearts palpitate as much as possible before pullin one out at the end 23-16. The jets will be down entering the 4th but a Sanchez pass to Edwards will give the Jets the lead late and Drew Coleman will pick off Cutler in Jets territory to seal it