One of the Jet’s bigger weaknesses this season has been their inability to contain running back. Against Jacksonville and Baltimore, they held Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice, respectively, to human performances. Unfortunately, the running gains of Darren McFadden of the Raiders and BenJarvus Green-Ellis helped decide those games.
This week, they’ll have a tough matchup in Fred Jackson, the resurging Bills running back. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is prepared:
“He’s found an extra gear,” said Pettine. “He breaks a lot of tackles, he rarely goes backwards, knows how to finish off a run, and is a legitimate receiving threat.”
“It’s kind of a deceiving offense because you get lulled into the spread,” he said. “But we have to be at our best up front to stop the run. That sets up everything they do.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Bill’s Harvard-educated quarterback, currently owns the NFL’s top completion percentage and will likely pose additional defensive challenges.