FBG says: Good matchup. Jets running back Le'Veon Bell is banged-up with various knee, ankle, and rib injuries that he has sustained over recent weeks, but he has vowed to play through the injuries once again in week 11. Bell's 2019 struggles on the ground are primarily due to the Jets' patchwork offensive line. One of the league's worst offensive lines took another blow last weekend when starting guard Brian Winter made his way to the injured reserve due to a shoulder injury. Tom Compton will likely start in his place, plugging yet another reserve into the Jets' starting offensive line this season. On the year, Bell has tallied just one game of more than 4.0 yards per carry, and zero games above 5.0 yards per carry. The volume has been there, but without the efficiency levels of years past running behind Pittsburgh's elite offensive line, Bell has failed to run for more than 70 yards in any game this season. This weekend's matchup against Washington's weak run defense is as good of an opportunity as any for Le'Veon Bell to finally get on the board with his first 100-yard rushing day in a New York Jets' uniform.
The Washington Redskins defense has defended the second-most rushing volume in the NFL this season. Missed tackles have plagued the Redskins all season, and have led to the team allowing at least 120 rushing yards in 5 of their last 6 games. Up-front, DaRon Payne is a budding star defending the run. The second-year defensive tackle from Alabama is already one of the league's best run-stoppers, but unfortunately, he gets little support elsewhere in the front-seven. Jon Bostic at the linebacker position is a liability against both the run and the pass. Bostic, now on his fifth team in five seasons, has always struggled in run-support, and his usage as the team's number-one linebacker makes little sense given his shortcomings in this regard. From the secondary, Landon Collins has been one of the NFL's top run-stopping safeties, but missed tackles have been a major issue for him this season. Collins leads the team in tackles, but he has also missed 10 more tackles as well, leaving the defense susceptible to big-plays when he comes down from the defensive backfield and whiffs. This week 11 matchup against a highly-vulnerable run defense is the perfect opportunity for Le'Veon Bell to finally make good on his massive contract the Jets signed him to with a potential 100-yard game.