|Conerback Darrin Walls will be a key in tonight's game, going up against either Julio Jones or Roddy White for four quarters. Photo from jetnation.com|
Jets: OL Oday Aboushi (knee), WR Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring), CB Dee Milliner (hamstring)
Falcons: T Sam Baker (knee), LB Akeem Dent (ankle), RB Steven Jackson (hamstring)
Jets: WR Clyde Gates (knee), TE Kellen Winslow (knee)
Falcons: TE Chase Coffman (knee), WR Julio Jones (knee), CB Asante Samuel (thigh), WR Roddy White (ankle), LB Paul Worrilow (knee)
Jets: Another game, another unneccesary amount of Jets listed as probable. The only two that you care about, WR Stephen Hill (concussion), and QB Geno Smith (ankle)
Falcons: DT Jonathan Babineaux (foot), WR Drew Davis (ankle)
We all know that the Jets don't have a good offense. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that Santonio Holmes will be missing this week, meaning that Clyde Gates will be the third wide receiver, which spells doom for the Jets. An already bad offense just got even worse.
We all know how great the Falcons offense is. Matt Ryan throwing to Julio Jones, Gimpy Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez, with some decent running backs. They can throw it all around against most teams in this league.
And yet, I believe that the Jets have a chance to keep this one competitive. The biggest issue with the Falcons is their offensive line, which is a weakness that the Jets can exploit. The best unit on Gang Green in their defensive line, and when you include their linebackers, the pass rush is really good. That will cause a lot of trouble for Atlanta, and for that reason they may struggle to pull away.
As for defending the wide receivers, Darrin Walls was pretty impressive last week filling in for Dee Milliner, and finally I think that the Jets have found a way to quietly kill of Kyle Wilson's career, which is best for all parties involved. Cromarties will Cromartie: we know what he is, a really good, but not great corner with a penchant for the big play.
So what will keep the Jets from winning? Their comically undisciplined play and their dearth of offensive talent will handicap them all season, which is why, as you can see by the the title, I'm bitter about these guys again. It will be closer than you might expect, but don't get your hopes up.
Jets (+10.5) over FALCONS.
Falcons 24, Jets 15