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MessagePosté le: Ven 9 Nov - 03:29 (2018)    Sujet du message: The Cheat Sheet: Lions must beat Jets’ blitz-heavy defense Répondre en citant

The first thing the Detroit Lions should do as they head into Week 1 is prepare for the New York Jets to blitz.And blitz a lot.Todd Bowles’ team is built around the idea of disrupting opposing offenses with five or more guys rushing on pass plays. In 2017 http://www.lionsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-taylor-decker-jersey , the Jets stuck to this philosophy, blitzing on 35 percent of plays (fifth most in the NFL). In fact, the Jet were a top five blitzing team on every down last season. All that blitzing didn’t always lead to success though. The Jets were just 18th defensive DVOA rank according to Football Outsiders.That should change this year as the Jets went out and signed the top free agent cornerback this offseason. They brought in former Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson on a whopping five year, $72 million deal—hoping it’s enough to turn around a mediocre defense.Johnson isn’t coming off his best season though. He had his worst season by both yards allowed and yards per reception per Pro Football Focus. And he ranked 35th in completion percentage (57.3 percent) and 36th in passer rating (79.Cool while in coverage. But that doesn’t mean he still can’t be an elite cornerback. Despite middle-of-the-pack numbers in other areas, Johnson only gave up one touchdown last season and he continues to break up more passes each year over the past four seasons.This should make for a great matchup against Marvin Jones Jr. Jones, who emerged as one of the league’s top deep threats last season, boasted elite numbers on contested targets in 2017.The key matchup this week is if the Lions offense can take advantage of an aggressive, blitz-heavy team right out the gates. I could see the Lions offense starting slow and then putting together a nice second half once they see what the Jets’ strategy is on defense.Opponent snapshotTodd Bowles is just 20-27 with no playoff appearances after three seasons with the Jets. This is most likely his make-or-break season as the head coach. If he can’t turn around the Jets this year, he’s mostly like going to be ousted for a young, up-and-coming offensive mind to pair with the Sam Darnold. Jets’ biggest threat Sam DarnoldI know he’s a rookie and he’s playing in his first NFL game, but he’s also the Jets’ best hope of winning the game. If the Lions let Darnold beat them with his arm, they’re in for a long night. And the rookie signal caller has been outplaying his peers so far this preseason.After joint practice sessions against the Jets earlier this summer, Washington cornerback Josh Norman came away impressed, and compared Darnold with some of the better young quarterbacks in the NFL.”It’s like, dang,” Norman said. “You get rookies in here, and you try to mess them with a little bit and bait them a little bit into thinking they’re throwing a route, and you can make a play and he’s not having it. It’s so crazy to see that at an early age. Dak [Prescott] has that, Carson [Wentz] has that...and he’s so far impressed me and I didn’t want him to.”The Lions don’t have much NFL film on Darnold, but I fully expect Patricia to dial up some looks to try and confuse the rookie. Look for offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates to add rollouts and bootlegs to the game plan in order to give his young quarterback only half the field to read.Jets’ weak linkNo defined pass rusherThe Jets lack a true pass rush at defensive end and outside linebacker. They just signed former 2014 second-round pick Jeremiah Attaochu, who was recently cut by the 49ers. There are a lot of similarities between the Jets and Lions here. The only difference is the Lions can (for now) tout a healthy Ezekiel Ansah. The Jets are going to struggle to create pressure with their front four and will almost certainly be forced to blitz to force the ball out of Stafford’s hand early. Bottom lineIf the Stafford is given time and the Lions can stay out of third-and-long situations, they can move the ball and score on the Jets’ defense. The keys for the Lions will be stopping the blitz and rattling Sam Darnold. If they can do those two things I expect Lions fans to go to sleep happy on Monday night. PredictionLions 24 Jets 16The Detroit Lions are already facing a must-win game vs. the Packers The Detroit Lions are in a must-win situation. I feel like this is something I’ve said before this early in the season. Actually it is. In 2016 Authentic Sylvester Williams Jersey , I wrote about why the Lions needed to beat the Packers early in the year. Now in 2018, the feeling is exactly the same. Last weekend was a crucial weekend for the Lions. They entered the week at 1-2 with the need to get to .500. They also needed all of their NFC North counterpoints to take losses as well. For a moment it looked as thought the Lions might get that second win of the year until Jarrad Davis found himself covering Ezekiel Elliott down the field for some reason. The Lions dropped to 1-3 before the excitement from Golden Tate’s second touchdown could wore off. To make matters worse, the Packers and Bears both walked away with big wins. The Rams did do the Lions a favor with the Vikings, though. Adjust your Christmas cards accordingly. So after a tumultuous weekend, the Lions find themselves with the worst record in the division. Worse yet, if the season ended today, the Lions would have the second pick in the draft. Believe it or not, things could get much worse from here. The deck is stacked against the Lions for the rest of the season. Starting at 1-3 is not good. But how bad is it? Since 1990, only 24 teams have started 1-3 and went on to make the playoffs. The last team to do it was actually the 2016 Lions. So the Lions have experience in doing this sort of thing already. If that weren’t bad enough, the Lions have still yet to play against any of their division rivals and still have two tough NFC opponents in the Panthers and the Rams left to play. Did I mention how stacked this deck was? Here’s what the Lions have going for them. They have beaten the Bears a ton over the years. That may not mean anything now because their defense is tougher than ever, but hey, who knows right? The Lions have also played quite well against the Packers and Vikings in recent years. Both teams haven’t done anything spectacular this year. The Vikings look to be taking a step back despite everyone thinking they would be the team to beat in the division. Of course, the other thing in the Lions favor is that this division constantly changes. Every single time we think we have a grasp on what things are going to look like at the end of the season, the entire layout changes three times before we get there. I can completely see that happening again. As far as outside the division, the Lions are going to get some help on their schedule soon. If there was a time to expect a run of wins, regardless of if it helps or not, it’s right after the bye. The Lions will take on the Dolphins, who are the kings of looking better than they are right now, a bad Seahawks team, and then the Vikings. The Lions could potentially get themselves to 5-3 or at least 4-4 by the time they go on the crazy run of Bears, Panthers, Bears and Rams. If the Lions make that initial run Youth Jarrad Davis Jersey , those next four games will be the buzzsaw that will determine Detroit’s fate.So with all of this in mind, we return to our first point. The Lions are in a must-win situation this weekend against the Green Bay Packers, and for multiple reasons. The first is obvious: The Lions can’t afford another loss. Digging yourself out of a 1-3 hole has to be easier than a 1-4 hole, right? At least in the 1-3 hole you might have half of a broken shovel. At 1-4 you’re crawling out with your hands. At 1-5 you’re buried in the hole forever. The other reason is also obvious: The Packers are a division foe. The season may be over to most people, but there’s still a chance for the Lions to make some noise. We mentioned that the division is ever changing as the season goes on. Well if you’re the Lions, you have to go out there and get these division wins just in case you do go on some sort of unprecedented run. They’ll come in handy later. Plus, the chance to knock one of these teams down to your level is an opportunity you have to capture. The last reason is because the schedule for the other division teams really helps the Lions in this upcoming chunk. For example, on the way to the Lions, the Bears have to play in Miami, then welcome the Patriots—a team they haven’t beaten in 18 years—then round it out withthe Bills and Jets. That’s probably two gimmes for them, but, hey, those other two games are good. In route to the Lions game with the Vikings, the team from Minnesota will have to play in Philadelphia and take on the high scoring Saints offense. They do get the gimmes against the Jets and the Cardinals, though. Lastly, after the Lions play the Packers on Sunday, Green Bay plays the 49ers, then heads to Los Angeles to play the Rams and then Plays the Patriots on the road the next week. The Packers have it harder than anyone in the coming weeks. So. If things work out the way you hope they will, here’s what the NFC North standings could realistically look like going into the Lions Week 10 meeting with the Bears. Bears: 5-3Lions 5-3Vikings 3-4-1Packers 3-4-1A lot would have to go right there, but if all that stuff does go right, the Lions are somehow playing the Bears for ownership of the division in Week 10. Just as the prophets have foretold they would. None of this means anything if the Lions don’t win this weekend. We are standing on the precipice of the Lions either turning the season around or searching for the best mock drafts this time of year. I don’t know if the Lions can do it or not. I have all the faith in the world in their 11th ranked offense right now. I have zero faith in their defense though. This is all going to take a lot of wishful thinking. Fortunately I’m the king of wishful thinking.



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