Jets run defense has big challenge
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Bills RB Marshawn Lynch
Bills RB Marshawn Lynch

Posted Sep 27, 2007

Given the Jets early inability to stop the run, they should expect to see a healthy dose of rookie Marshawn Lynch on Sunday.

Lynch, the twelfth overall pick of April's draft, is having a strong rookie campaign. He is averaging over seventy five yards on the ground per game, and has scored two touchdowns.

More impressive than the early stats has been his ability to come in at the young age of twenty-one and quickly emerge as the featured weapon for the injury riddled Bills.

The Jets have continued to regress in their ability to shut down the run, with the latest debacle being Ronnie Browns' 112 yards rushing last Sunday.

Given the inability of the Bills air-attack to get on track thus far, Lynch has emerged as one of the team's offensive bright spots. A bright spot that, if not countered properly, could create a big problem for the Jets this weekend.

"He's a very good running back," Jets linebacker Victor Hobson said of Lynch. "And he will be a very good running back for years to come in this league. He runs the ball very well, has great vision. He's a great cut-back, bounce out type of running back and he's a guy that has created a lot of problems for the team's he's faced already."

Aside from the well-documented litany of injuries to the Bills defense, they will also be without starting quarterback J.P. Losman who was injured during last week's loss to the Patriots. Although Losman had been far from prolific through the first three games of the season, the starting rookie Trent Edwards adds yet another element of instability to a Bills offense that already ranks last in the league in yards per game.

The Bills drafted Edwards in the third round and are high on his long term potential. However, Sunday will be the first start of his career and offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild likely will do whatever he can to make Edwards' transition go smoothly. This, coupled with the Jets' fragility defending the run, should lead to an even larger role for Lynch.

The Jets ability to stymie Lynch will likely go a long way towards determining Sunday's outcome.

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