As the Jets prepare to play in their house of horrors they do so without their best player Darrelle Revis. Revis is out Sunday with what is being diagnosed as a mild concussion.
It does not come as much of a surprise that Revis will be out tomorrow with the emphasis on head injuries. I am not concerned that this will be an extended problem as of now. Playing him this Sunday may have risked losing Revis for months, something the Jets can ill afford. It will be a big blow to the Jets defense as they face one of the best pass offenses in the AFC.
Normally with Revis on the field you automatically take out the oppositions number 1 receiver because Revis will not allow to breath, let alone catch a football. The question now is how do the Jets stop Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sanders shorthanded. It is going to be a tall task but not one that this defense cannot stand up to. You would have to think that Cromartie will be on Wallace for a majority of the game as they are similar type players. Cromartie usually does not fair well with physical receivers but can slow down the speedsters. After Cromartie is where things become dicey. Kyle Wilson has yet to live up to expectations since being taken in the first round 3 years ago. Sunday could be his coming out party. Wilson showed promise of improvement with a heck of a play on a Fitzpatrick throw in week 1. The Jets have said they want to keep Wilson on the slot receiver where he is comfortable as much as possible.
So this leaves the Jets with Ellis Lankster, and Isaihi Trufant. Not exactly Darrelle Revis. The Jets will definitely be playing more zone coverage without their all-pro. A key to the Jets defense is normally Revis eliminating the number 1 receiver but without him it turns into pressuring Big Ben. If given time he will exploit the secondary’s weaknesses time and again. This falls on Muhammed Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, and Maybin. These guys need to get more pressure then they did last week and when they get there do something a lot of teams struggle with, tackle Roethlisberger.