Florham Park, N.J. - Heading into a tough Week Four matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Jets have a 1-2 record. They played well opening day against Cincinnati, but little mistakes hurt them. They were able to come out on top big time against division-rival Buffalo in Week Two. Last week, they couldn't get anything going in their loss to Kansas City. This could be in part to little mistakes, this could also be in part to certain players not showing up when need be. Here are the four players that need to show up in order for the Jets to have a chance on Sunday:
Eric Decker is someone who DEFINITELY needs to show up for New York on Sunday. Last season, Decker had 132 targets and reeled in 80 of those balls. So far in three games this year, Decker has 21 targets for nine catches. Right now he's on pace for his lowest total targets and catches since 2011, his second season in the NFL and when he just started to establish himself. Decker hasn't been able to capitalize on his opportunities so far this year, his one big game was Week Two against Buffalo where he had six catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. In Week One and Three, Decker was held to three catches for 68 yards and one score. Things need to change for Decker in order for the Jets to have success.
Matt Forte in the Red Zone
No question about it that Matt Forte has been one of the best players for the Jets so far this season. 67 attempts for 261 yards and three touchdowns while also adding nine catches for 67 yards. The numbers don't lie. What is intriguing about all this is the amount of carries he has in the red zone. Forte is 6'2" and weighs 218 lbs. so their shouldn't be a problem using him as a bruiser, especially within an opponents 20 yard line. In 43 plays in the red zone, Forte has had a total of 16 carries. That should not be right at all. In the game against the Bills, Forte had all three of his touchdowns inside the red zone. In last weeks loss, the Jets had 14 plays in the red zone, two being handoffs to Forte. That was the same game Ryan Fitzpatrick had two interceptions in the red zone, six total. New York has been known as running team, having the seventh-best rushing offense in the NFL, hand the ball off to Forte and good things will happen.
Sheldon Richardson is an interesting case. He was suspended Week One where New York sacked Andy Dalton seven times. You would think a player who sat out a game like that would want to get back on the field and just wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines. Well, Richardson hasn't really done so. The defensive line has been one of the tops in the NFL: 3rd in the NFL in rushing defense and tied-7th in sacks. Richardson joined the party late and hasn't caught up to speed just yet. In two games, he has nine total tackles and only half of a sack to go along with one QB hit. The expectations for him are high since his pro bowl season in 2014. If Richardson is on his game, the defensive line will be the best in the NFL
The Tight Ends
With the amount of targets the tight ends are getting, you'd forget that they were on the field. The tight end group through three weeks has been Kellen Davis, Brandon Bostick, and Braedon Bowman. Davis has had one target and the same goes for Bostick. Over the summer, New York cut Jace Amaro. In one game alone, Amaro had four targets and three catches for 59 yards. Granted that it's hard to get the tight ends involved when you have two of the best wide receivers in the league and one of the best receiving backs, but something needs to change. Adding a tight end to the already-dangerous offense can mean wonders for the Jets. Maybe that's why they went out and signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins earlier this week. In two games with Tampa Bay this season, he has three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. That right there is already better than all the Jets tight ends stats. Adding a tight end who has had success in the past is huge. This also means one of the three other tight ends can lose their job. Be on the lookout to see who emerges as the clear starter.null