Will the New York Jets, Detroit Lions game this Sunday become a war of the lines?
Defenses have not been kind to Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford of late and that will continue in their week four matchup against the Jets Sons of Anarchy and it’s contributing cast of stars.
The injuries in Detroit have them down both of their starting guards – a tell tale sign of things to come.
The New York Jets are tied for the NFL lead with 10 sacks heading into week four.
The Jets pass rush, led by 2013 Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson, defensive end Mohammad Wilkerson and linebackers Damon Harrison comprise the now infamous Sons of Anarchy defense.
Now add Calvin Pace, Demario Davis, Quinton Coples and David Harris and they’ve hit opposing quarterbacks another nine times, three sacks last week against the Bears.
But the Jets offensive line has some names of its own in Nick Mangold and Willie Colon, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Breno Giacomini.
Detroit Lions‘ 6’-4″ 305# DT Ndamukong Suh will have to face New York Jets’ starting right guard Willie Colon, who at 6′-3″ 315# has already stated that he has no intention of making life easy for Suh: “I won’t back down from a fight”.
“I’ll never back down from a fight,” Colon said. “I’m pretty sure he’s the same way. And we’ll handle all that Sunday.”
“He’s probably one of the best guys in the league doing it, playing at a very high level, He’s a menace. I know the type of power he has. It’s going to be a war. He’s just a load. He’s a powerful guy. He just brings it. He’s a dominant ball player and you’ve got to respect it.” Colon told the associated press.
Nick Mangold, the Jets pro bowl center, who faced Suh in his rookie year in 2010, said
“He seems focused, Before, it always seemed like he was just going a million miles an hour with no direction. Now that he’s got some experience under his belt, he now seems to have a much more concise plan, which I think makes him even more dangerous.”
The Jets players still feel they have something to prove. They feel they have not been getting the respect they deserve.
“Every chance we get, every time we get an opportunity, we’re trying to show that we have a point to prove,” said Jets’ ILB Demario Davis, who got his first multi-sack performance in Green Bay against quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “I feel like we’ve shown a lot so far, but we’ve got so much more that we need to show.”
Jets’ LB David Harris sees a pattern emerging after having several touchdowns negated by bad calls by Referee’s in their last two games:
“What else is new?” Harris said. “It seems like we’re playing against two teams out there sometimes.”
The Jets well need to play mistake free football and capitalize on turnovers.
All may not be well between the Lions front office and Suh as NFL.com’sIan Rapoport has reported.
Per Rapoport, the Lions may let Suh test the free agency market after the season. It’s possible the Lions are simply tired of the Suh experience, but he’s an irreplaceable presence up front. Jul 29 – 7:35 PM