Can the New York Jets Establish a Running Game in Week 4?

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New York Jets
BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Sep 28, 2021, 9:33 PM

The New York Jets have had a challenging start to the season. In Week 3, they were shut out by the Denver Broncos and fell to a 0-3 record. This week, they’re playing a tough Titans team at home and are seven-point underdogs. When teams are evenly matched, NFL betting odds usually give a slight edge to the home team, meaning that oddsmakers actually think the Jets are worse than the -7 spread implies.

However, you never know when a team will explode offensively. So here, we take a look at whether the Jets can establish the running game in Week 4.

Can the Jets Turn It Around in Week 3?

While the Jets are in last place in the AFC East, there is hope for turning it around. The Jets’ running game is better than the team’s record indicates.

The Jets have the 19th most rushing yards in the league through three weeks, despite the team having the 3rd fewest attempts. Because the Jets have fallen behind early in previous games, they’ve had to abandon the running game.

When the Jets do run, they average nearly 4 yards per attempt. However, they have three running backs that are capable of breaking out.

Both Stephen Carter and Ty Johnson are closing in on 100 yards rushing. Tevin Coleman was a free-agent pickup from the San Francisco 49ers. In 2019, Coleman was an essential part of the 49ers rushing attack that carried them to the Super Bowl.

The Jets also have a rushing threat in quarterback Zach Wilson. In limited attempts this year, Wilson is averaging more than 5 yards per carry.

The Jets do have some problems with their offensive line. Starting left tackle Mekhi Becton is on the injured reserve list. His injury makes the quarterback’s blind side a vulnerability.

How Good Is the Jets Week 4 Opponent?

The Jets are home in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have a 2-1 record and are sitting in first place in the AFC South.

While the Titans have started the season strong, there are some reasons for concern. First, the Titans defense has allowed 84 points in the past three weeks.

This amounts to 28 points per game and is not indicative of a dominant defensive performance. In the first two weeks, the Titans allowed 38 and 30 points, respectively.

The Titans also have multiple defensive starters that are questionable going into Week 4.

What Are the New York Jets Prospects Going into Week 4?

In three games so far this season, the Jets have only scored 20 points. Last week, the Denver Broncos shut them out.

While the season is not lost yet, I don’t think that this is the week that the Jets will right the ship offensively. Instead, the Titans are likely to stack the box and force Zach Wilson to throw. So far this season, Wilson hasn’t shown the ability to beat teams with his arm.

The Jets offense certainly faces a stiff challenge in Week 4 against a playoff-caliber team in the Titans.

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