Although Favre has developed an outstanding rapport with his fellow teammates, his timing and consistency has been less than spectacular. None the less, Favre has managed to throw for 646 yards and six touchdowns in the team's first three games. Furthermore, he's completing 70 percent of his passes and has a QB rating of 98.7. While Favre has picked up right where he left off in Green Bay, the New York offense struggled last week against the San Diego Chargers. Favre and company could experience similar problems this week, facing another aggressive defensive scheme.
RB Thomas Jones
In addition to the newcomers on offense, the Jets obtained key free agents on the defensive side of the ball as well. Former Arizona LB Calvin Pace was brought in to help fortify the Jets linebacking unit. Pace has yet to make a big splash but he's been sufficient totaling 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks with his new team. LB Bryan Thomas has demonstrated outstanding pass rushing skills and currently leads the team with three sacks. David Harris and Eric Barton patrol the inside linebacker positions and have combined to make 44 stops on the year.
The Cardinals' offensive line will need to keep a close eye on Thomas and the Jets' pass rush in order to provide QB Kurt Warner with a clean pocket. Warner has already been sacked seven times on the year and if given time, he should be able to pick apart a suspect New York secondary. The Jets are allowing 211 yards per game through the air and seven yards per pass attempt. Cardinals' wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald could be in store for a big day at the Meadowlands.
NT Kris Jenkins was acquired from the Carolina Panthers in the offseason to help anchor the team's 3-4 defense. Jenkins has been a force in the middle and already has three tackles for a loss on the season. Jenkins is joined by defensive ends Shaun Ellis and Kenyon Coleman, who the Jets are hoping to get more production from as the season progresses.
On special teams, the Cardinals must stay disciplined in order to limit the success of New York return specialist Leon Washington. Washington has been tremendous up to this point averaging 33 yards per kickoff return while racking up nearly 13 yards on punt returns. His season-long return of 94 yards came last week in San Diego.
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