Statistically, the Lions are one of the league’s worst teams when it comes to stopping the run. Detroit ranks 26th in rush defense, allowing 139.8 yards per game. The Jets passing offense has been better recently. However, Gang Green needs to get back to its bread and butter, running the football to set up the pass. Zonovan “Bam” Knight has been a revelation after Breece Hall’s ACL injury and the James Robinson trade not working out the way the Jets expected it to. Knight and Michael Carter need big games to keep the Lions’ high-powered offense off the field and open up passing lanes for Zach Wilson and the rest of the team.
Last weekend, Mike White was getting tattooed by the Bills defense, which forced him out of the game twice. Despite Zach Wilson getting the start this week, the Jets’ offensive line has to play better than they did against Buffalo. Rookie Aidan Hutchinson has registered seven sacks in 13 games. With the musical chairs on the O-line this year, it is essential for the team to be on the same page to avoid another game like last week.
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In their last six games, the offense has only scored one first-half touchdown. During its previous two games against Minnesota and Buffalo, Gang Green recorded just six combined points before halftime. Against an offense like the Lions, it is crucial for the Jets offense to get off to a faster start. Detroit is averaging 26.8 points per game, which is the fifth-best in the NFL. The Jets are 22nd in scoring offense, as they’re averaging 20.3 points per contest. The best way to combat a team with a great offense is to keep them off the field and score points yourself. Field goals against Detroit aren’t likely going to be enough.