MNF Preview: Jets – Bears
The New York Jets and Geno Smith will look to keep pace in the AFC East as they host 1-1 Chicago Bears in a Week 3 Monday Night Football meeting at MetLife Stadium tonight.
The Jets (1-1) boast a league best 176 rushing yards per game after just two short weeks and hope to find holes for the two Chris' - Johnson and Ivory - in the porous Bears defense that has allowed an average of 160 rushing yards per game.
Geno Smith won't have to be on the lookout for veteran corner Charles Tillman - whose season ended with a torn triceps muscle last week in San Francisco - but he will have to be mindful of rookie CB Kyle Fuller. The 5''1'1 Virginia Tech product filled-in heroically, reeling in two second half interceptions to help the Bears to a surprise road win over the 49ers.
Defensively, it comes as no surprise to Gang Green that the Bears can move the ball through the air. Jay Cutler's sometimes erratic accuracy is quickly forgotten when he's in sync with Brandon Marshall (6''4') and Alshon Jeffrey (6''3') - his two tall and quick targets that create matchup troubles base on their size alone. But, loosing track of RB Matt Forte can cause the most harm.
While Chicago has only averaged 66 yards on the ground through two games, Forte does a large chunk of his damage catching passes out of the backfield. In 2013, he ranked in the top four among all running backs for receptions (74), yards (594) and receiving touchdowns (3).
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