TE Josh Baker - New York Jets
|6-2, 244||Born: 12-25-1986||College: Northwest Missouri State||Drafted: ---|
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Week 3: vs Chicago Bears
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Geno Smith had the Jets in position to win at Lambeau Field, with a 21-3 lead well into the second quarter. However, the Jets' pass D crumbled as the game went on and eventually Smith and the Jets lost 24-31. Smith threw 16/32 for 176 yards, one TD and zero interceptions during the game, while hooking up with Eric Decker for the TD (Decker had eight targets for 4/63/1 to lead the Jets in receiving). Unfortunately, Decker re-injured the same hamstring that hampered him in training camp, and the aggravation is said to be more severe than the original injury (which cost Decker a couple of weeks during training camp). Stay tuned to the Footballguys.com Players in the News to see how much Decker is able to practice later this week (indications are that he is unlikely to play in the game, but the Jets are being vague in their comments early during the week). If Decker can't go, Jeremy Kerley (13 targets for 8/60/0 so far this season) and David Nelson (two for 2/23/0) would be the starting wide receivers. Jeff Cumberland (seven targets for 5/64/0) and Jace Amaro (five for 3/13/0) would likely be more involved from the tight end position if Decker misses time.
The Bears' pass D averaged 233 passing yards allowed per game (tied for 14th in the NFL) last season, and begins 2014 averaging 199.5 net passing yards (10th in the NFL) with two passing scores given up balanced by four interceptions generated. However, the Bears lost their best cornerback, Charles Tillman, to a torn triceps (the second time he's torn the triceps in two years) - he has now gone to IR, weakening the Bears' secondary significantly. Tillman led all Chicago CBs with eight tackles before the season-ending injury. We'll see how the Chicago secondary responds to the roster shuffling this week.
The Jets have a so-so passing attack, while the Bears' pass D has been weakened - this looks like a fairly even matchup to us, given current circumstances. Also, Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson have a great matchup in the other phase of the game, so the Jets may not need to pass the ball very much as the Jets will ground and pound the football with glee if that is working for them.
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