LRU Roundtable: Monday Night Football Preview and Prediction

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Locker Room Update New York Jets writers Robert Melofchik, Christa Levitas and Ryan Gopen present your 2014 Jets predictions roundtable for Week 2.

Injury Report as of Friday:

JETS:

Probable: LB Nick Bellore (hip), DB Josh Bush  (quadricep), OL Willie Colon (calf), LB Quinton Coples (probable), LB AJ Edds (hamstring), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), OL Nick Mangold (shoulder)

Questionable: Eric Decker (hamstring)

Doubtful: Dee Milliner (ankle/quadricep)

BEARS:

Probable: DE Jared Allen (back), S Chris Conte (shoulder), WR Josh Morgan (groin)

Questionable: Jeffery (hamstring), Marshall (ankle),

Doubtful: DE Trevor Scott (foot)

Out: C Roberto Garza (shoulder), LB Shea McClellin (hand), CB Sherrick McManis (quadricep), DT Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion), G Matt Slauson (ankle)

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Offense:

3 Keys to Attacking the Defense:

Christa Levitas: 

1. Currently the Bears have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, since they struggle to stop the run. Jets are stacked at running back and should take advantage of this weakness by using Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell efficiently. 2. The Jets offensive line have to protect and block so Geno Smith has time to complete his passes. 3. The Jets have three good tight ends in Cumberland, Amaro, and Sudfeld three big reliable targets. I think Marty Mornhinweg should find a way to incorporate them into the play and take advantage of using these three weapons to help Geno Smith get downfield.

Robert Melofchik: 1. Run the ball and put Geno Smith in manageable 3rd downs. They need to use Powell more in the running game. 2. This sets up Geno Smith for big plays 3. Smith needs to spread ball around, including getting the tight ends and Nelson involved. Use the running backs in the passing game.

Ryan Gopen: The ways the Jets can attack the Bears defense is through the run game. Even though Jared Allen is there, the Jets’ run game is strong. Next is the passing game. Charles Tillman is out and Rookie Kyle Fuller is in. Jets should try and take advantage of that. Lastly, make the PA pass work. Eric Decker will have a great game against the Bears defense. The Bears line is one of the better in the league, so the Jets’ O-line has to be almost perfect.

 What Jets offensive player is set have big day?

Christa Levitas: Jace Amaro

Robert Melofchik: Geno Smith

Bears Defense Report:

Christa Levitas: The Bears struggle with stopping the run and currently have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Their first round draft pick, Kyle Fuller, has been an impressive cornerback for the Bears, which may be a challenge for the Jets.

Robert Melofchik: The Bears average 21 points allowed per game. The Bears also give up 160 yards on the ground and 199 yards in the air.

 

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Defense:

3 Keys to Stopping the Bears Offense:

Christa Levitas: 1. One of the biggest strengths of the Jets defense is their ability to stop the run. They are currently ranked 1st in the stopping the run. Matt Forte is a valuable asset to the Bears offense who can catch passes off the backfield. Jets must contain continue stopping the run and contain Forte from gaining major yardage. 2. The Jets are currently ranked as the third best defense so far on the NFL. Their biggest challenge will come Monday when they are faced to cover the dynamic duo of Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall two great wide receivers who are great weapons for Jay Cutlers. Despite injuries both of these wide receivers have the ability to produce and the Jets defense must cover these two weapons. 3. The Jets have to put pressure on Jay Cutler. Jay Cutler has a lot of weapons to work with and that not should be overlooked.

Robert Melofchik: 1. Jay Cutler has started out on a career-year pace with 68.7% accuracy, 6-to-2 in TD-to-INT ratio and a 99.7 passer rating. Cutler can make mistakes with pressure. The best way to get to him is hit him. He can’t find his targets on the ground. 2. The Jets have the best run stop defense. They have to maintain that and hold Matt Forte to limited yards on the ground. 3. In the secondary they need a bend-but-don’t-break coverage. Keep the receivers in front them and have tight coverage, be there for interception chances. Cutler gives three interception chances a game and the Jets have to capitalize on them.

Ryan Gopen: Wilkerson, Richardson and company must be on high alert all game as RB Matt Forte is a beast. The good news is that Marshall and Jeffery are struggling with injures, however, they will probably play. Calvin Pryor will have a very good game.

What Jets defensive player will make largest impact:

Christa Levitas: Quinton Coples

Robert Melofchik: Antonio Allen

Bears Offense Report:

Christa Levitas: The Bears have a lot of weapons on offense. First, they have a great duo in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, two great weapons for Jay Cutler. Even when injuried these two can produce major yardage. Second, a free agency signing and former Jet Santonio Holmes is another weapon for Jay Cutler. Holmes is a speedster wide receiver who can spread out the field and can get open. The Bears also have Bennett who is another added weapon to the Bears offense.

Robert Melofchik: The Bears have huge amount of weapons. A gunslinger quarterback in Cutler, a great duo of wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, a solid tight end in Martellus Bennett, and a running back, Matt Forte, who is good in the pass and run.

Prediction:

Christa Levitas: Jets win, 24-17

Robert Melofchik: Jets 27, Bears 21

Ryan Gopen: Jets win, 30-21

 

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