The New York Jets playoff chances are still alive at 6-7. They will need to defeat a tough Carolina Panthers team on the road. The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the league. The Jets may look to take some of the pressure off rookie quarterback Geno Smith, by running the ball, but that won't be easy sledding.
Head Coach Rex Ryan has made an effort this season to get back to "ground and pound football," running the ball and playing tough defense. The only problem with that is Carolina is adept at running the rock and stopping opponents rushing attack as well. Carolina is ranked No. 9 in rushing offense and No. 1 in rushing defense. New York is ranked No. 11 and No. 2 in those categories.
Jets running back, Chris Ivory acknowledges the Carolina stout defense,
"(They're a) tough defense, but we'll be ready," noted Ivory. "We've put in the preparation and hopefully it will transfer on to the field on Sunday."
Ivory is known for his power running style and ability to break tackles.
"I just pride myself in making explosive plays. I just try to make plays when there's really not anything there," explained Ivory. "I feel like when you make a play, I think that's big, when you turn something out of nothing pretty much."
Gang Green's power runner takes what the defense gives him and if that means running over a defender so be it.
"If I have a little space to work with, I'll try to work with it," noted Ivory. "Other than that, my mentality is, ‘I just won't be denied.' So, I'm going to come at you and just try to make a statement."
If New York hopes to upset the Panthers, they'll need to protect Smith who is facing the league's fifth ranked passing defense in Carolina.