Although they flourished for much of the playoffs at times last season the Jets offense left much to be desired. Now with a new receiving core Gang Green looks to avoid the field goal festivals that occurred against the Packers, Ravens, and Dolphins, beginning this Sunday night against the Cowboys, a team that also went through some major offensive changes this off-season. Here’s a look at who has the edge offensively going into Sundays week 1 match up.
Quarterback- Definitely a tough call when you consider the question marks surrounding both quarterbacks. Tony Romo broke his clavicle against the Giants and played in only 6 games. He was very average in the games he played in, with 11 td’s and 7 picks, but then again stats can’t define a player who missed most of last year, and only won once. For Mark Sanchez this is hopefully the year that he blossoms into a star in the NFL. He was anointed captain and Rex has said repeatedly that this is the year that they really open up the playbook and take to the air, as opposed to the ground and pound offence of last year. This is an audition for the Jets new offense and I expect Sanchez to shine on Sunday
Running Backs- The Cowboys running back tandem of Felix Jones and Tashard Choice is hardly impressive, but the Jets also have questions with an aging LT, and Shonn Greene, who underperformed at times last year. The Cowboys released Marion Barber, and have now put the pressure on Felix Jones to take the load off Tony Romo. Jones impressed Dallas enough for them to keep him and not go after more proven backs, and he did start off strong last year before fading as Dallas did towards the end of the season. LT still looked like he had a spring in his step during camp, and should burst out of the gates much like he did last year. The Jets offense has adapted to include more passes and this should help the backs who will hold up better during the game. Oh and it does help that they have a very good offensive line in terms of run blocking, as well as not one but two great fullbacks.
While the Jets rely on the blossoming Dustin Keller the Cowboys will have Jason Witten, only, Martellus Bennett likely out. Witten is a star, with 10 pro bowls and the most receiving yards amongst tight ends last year. Keller has always been a go to guy for Sanchez, and although he is very good and could grow to be one of the best tight ends this year, at this point you have to go with one of the best tight ends in the game, and one of Romo’s biggest targets.
Receivers- Roy Williams is gone for the Cowboys, leaving Miles Austin, and nutjob Dez Bryant the threats for Dallas. Although Austin is the best receiver on the field on Sunday, he will be paying his first visit to Revis Island, and the rest of Cowboy receivers are very weak. Terence Newman is most likely out for the Cowboys, and with their banged up secondary Jets receivers should be able to have big numbers. Even though he is old Mason should be in tiptop shape considering it is early in the year, Burress should be solid, at least in the red zone, and Santonio is Santonio.
O Line- The Cowboys especially are really inexperienced with Dallas starting second year Center Phil Costa, seventh round left guard Bill Nagy, and first round tackle Tyron Smith. With Rex’s penchant for blitzes they should face pressure, especially from the linebackers if the front three can’t generate a ton of pressure on their own. Jets O-Line stars Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson should give them a leg up, but the lack of depth does concern me. Vladimir Ducasse, and Slauson have both worried me from what I've seen in the preseason.