Are you ready for it? Sunday Night Football awaits the New York Jets in week 4 and a date with the Kansas City Chiefs (and, apparently, Taylor Swift). Gang Green comes into week 4 with a feeling they know all too well—being underdogs since Rodgers went down. There are plenty of storylines going into Sunday night and here is "Bobby's Version."
Shake it Off
Earlier in the week, Joe Namath had some choice words to say about starting quarterback Zach Wilson. Namath made an appearance on the Michael Kay Show and stated that the Jets need to move on from Wilson and clean house.
When asked about it this week, Wilson told Steve Serby of the New York Post: “All I can do is just progressively keep trying to work to improve and get better, and I think it comes down to just that, ignoring the noise and focusing on the things I need to focus on.”
While Wilson's reputation has taken a hit, he must be fearless in each drive and let it rip in order to win the game.
Key Matchup: Jets Defense vs. Chiefs Offense
There is no hiding that the Kansas City offense has taken a step back this year. Their depth at wide receiver has been tested, and it is something this Jets defense can take advantage of. The front seven will need to find a way to keep Patrick Mahomes from making any extra plays with his legs and keep him in the pocket.
While everyone's eyes will be on Travis Kelce, look for Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon to play huge factors in the passing game. If the Jets bring pressure, Mahomes will absolutely bait them in and dump the ball off to his running backs.
Love Story or Bad Blood?
This may be one of the last opportunities Wilson has to gain some traction with Jet fans. Through all the scrutiny he has remained “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” but he may need a getaway car if the defense shows up Sunday night and he does not.
Even if Wilson does play well, the team still needs to know that band-aids don’t fix bullet holes. There will need to be changes to the QB room, even if Rodgers is back next year.
This game will be a lot closer than everyone thinks. While it will take a lot for the Jets win, it still could be a one-score game if the defense is able to get stops and keep the Chiefs out of the endzone.
On a night when Swifties will be watching, one big X-Factor will be Mecole Hardman looking for something better than revenge in this matchup against his old team. If the Jets can get in the endzone at least twice Sunday night, it'll be a good ball game. If they can’t, it will be just another game film to burn.
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