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Jets vs Giants: Four Keys

By Tyson Rauch

The New York Jets will play the role of visitor as they take on the New York Giants at the Meadowlands on Saturday (8pm). While the result of the game really does not matter there is a reason to watch, as the starting units will be playing at least 2 quarters of football. Here are some things to look for from a Jets perspective:

1) Chemistry on offense- Now that rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez has been entrenched at quarterback it is essential for the offense to begin establishing some chemistry. Sanchez will need to establish a rhythm with his receivers and keep the aggressive Giants defense honest with a crisp passing game. In addition Mark will need to keep his composure in the pocket and identify early where the Giant blitzes are coming from in order to avoid costly interceptions.

2) Vernon Gholston grasping the defense- Linebacker Vernon Gholston will start with the first string defense in replace of the soon-to-be suspended Calvin Pace. Gholston needs to show that he can adequately handle the position and can make an impact on this defense.

3) The play of David Clowney – Wide receiver David Clowney is going to be given the start alongside Jerricho Cotchery. While Clowney has been a preseason star, it is now time to see what this player can do on a consistent basis. It is no secret the Jets are desperate for help at the receiver position, maybe David can fit one of their needs.

4) Weather the storm, literally–  There is a good chance this game will be played in very poor conditions.  While it is important for the Jets to get the starters substantial playing time, Rex Ryan and his staff must be wise when it comes to players like Pro-Bowlers Kris Jenkins and Darrelle Revis.  Both of these players are very valuable to the defense and are recovering from injuries.

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