GAMEDAY CROSS EXAMINATION: JETS AT RAMS

Shonn Greene | New York Jets

What matchups to watch for on Sunday in St. Louis.

When the Rams are on offense:

Former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who now leads the Rams' offense, has a chance to stick it to his old team this weekend. The Rams have been tough up front as of late, paving the way for a revived Stevan Jackson and Daryl Richardson.

When the Rams are on defense:

Only three teams have given up more rushing touchdowns than St. Louis, which surrenders first downs on the ground at a 27 percent rate. Conversely, the Rams have been decent against the pass, amassing 26 sacks and giving up very few big plays through the air. A Rams strength:

The Rams have amassed seven plays of 40 yards or more through the air. They're not regularly explosive, but quarterback Sam Bradford is very good at locating the ball accurately on deep passes to give his receivers room to run.

A Rams weakness:

Despite their respectable pass defense, the Rams give up a high percentage of completions to opposing quarterbacks (66.3). We'll see if that does anything to help Mark Sanchez's incredibly low completion rate.

Matchup to watch:

Chess match between Jets coach Rex Ryan and Rams' Schottenheimer. The two spent three years together working with and against each other's respective offense and defense, so they're extremely familiar with one another. Both will look to exploit tendencies.

Final thoughts:

The Jets have to have this one, and I think they get it. They'll run the ball more in the red zone to take advantage of St. Louis' poor run-scoring defense, taking away opportunities for the pass rush and aggressive secondary to tee off on Sanchez and his receivers.

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