The Jets are 1-8 against the Redskins, their only victory coming Dec. 11, 1993. The final score was 3-0, a first-quarter field goal by Cary Blanchard at old RFK Stadium. I covered that game, and it was brutal. Let's hope Sunday's game is more entertaining.
A closer look, with help from ESPN Stats & Information:
[B]REX APPEAL [/B]
No, not Ryan. We're talking Redskins QB Rex Grossman -- aka interception machine. The Jets have gone three-plus games without an interception, and this is the game to end that slump. Grossman has 14 interceptions (third-most in the league), with a pick in seven straight games. His 14 INTs have come in 270 attempts, the highest INT rate in the league.
[B]Highest Interception Pct. [/B]
Rex Grossman ...... 5.2
Kyle Orton .......... 4.5
Philip Rivers ........ 4.1
Tarvaris Jackson .. 3.9
Josh Freeman ...... 3.9
[B]BLITZ GROSSMAN? NOT NECESSARY [/B]
Based on Grossman's track record, the Jets shouldn't have to do anything exotic to force him into mistakes -- a four-man rush should do the trick. When rushed by four or fewer players, Grossman has a 65.0 passer rating, worst in the NFL. Check out his numbers:
The Jets are 1-4 on the road, which means if they lose, they'd equal their total from the previous two seasons combined -- a strange and dramatic turnaround to say the least. Without a doubt, the key in this game is to run the ball effectively, taking the crowd out of the game and neutralizing the Redskins' pass rush. The Jets are 3-0 when they have at least 30 rushes, including 39 in their only road win (at Buffalo).
Here's one way to slow down a formidable pass rush: Hit 'em with some screen passes. The Jets aren't a big screen team, but they've actually been effective when using it. With RB LaDainian Tomlinson and WR Jeremy Kerley returning to the lineup, there should be more screen opportunities. Kerley can make plays in space, and they should try to set him up with a bubble screen.
QB Mark Sanchez is one of the most efficient screen passers in the league. In fact, his yards-per-attempt (10.4) is more than two yards better than the next QB, Tom Brady (8.2). Here are his numbers:
Redskins rookie RB Roy Helu hasn't generated much pre-game buzz in New York, but he could be the X factor in this game. The fourth-round pick from Nebraska has 4.4 speed and he has the ability to break tackles. In fact, his yards-after-contact average is 2.3, tied for 12th in the NFL. Helu, coming off a career game against the Seahawks, has rushed only 74 yards, so he should be fresh -- and that could be a factor in a late-season game.[/quote][url]http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/9303/inside-the-jets-redskins-matchup[/url]
Hopefully we can grab and INT or two tomorrow. I think we're going to need it.
I hate the 1-8 stat people keep referring to. As pointed out by several people, we had terrible teams most times we played the Skins. The team isn't terrible this year (not great either).
Last edited by My.Favorite.Martin; 12-03-2011 at 04:14 PM.
[QUOTE=lovethejets;4261205]Thanks for the matchup info.
I read a stat that the Redskins have only allowed something like five passing touchdowns to opposing WRs all season.
I wonder if that's due to the fact that their pass rush is just THAT disruptive. Or if their corners are that good, in conjunction. I don't really watch them, but their pass rush really concerns me.[/QUOTE]
Good point. I really hope that we don't leave Wayne on island, and I hope that Mulligan, etc. are ready to go.
I'm glad LT will be back, for pass protection purposes, so that should help some. Although, Shonn made a great block on the game winning TD against Buffalo.
Also, it wasn't the most encouraging reading Slauson talking about the guy(s) we'll be going up against used to give him nightmares. Makes me a bit nervous for this game and the pass rush, all the more.
But, hopefully the defense forces turnovers non-stop. Although, Shanahan, said he wanted to try to limit that possibility, and implied he would not be picking on Revis, like the Bills did.