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Matchups to Watch: Week 9 Vs. Jets

Matt Eberflus Vs. Mike White

Mike White surprised everyone in his NFL debut against the Bengals last week, throwing for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. Now while he certainly balled out, there are some obvious reasons to believe this was an outlier and not the debut of a future NFL star. White’s average depth of target was 4.2 yards, the worst in the NFL last week, and he still threw two interceptions. Matt Eberflus excels against “bad” quarterbacks, so most likely White will be in for a long night.

Rock Ya-Sin Vs. Jamison Crowder

Inexperienced quarterbacks typically struggle to go through their reads and end up force-feeding the ball to their first read. It is highly likely that Jets’ receiver Jamison Crowder will see plenty of balls thrown his way, and hopefully, Rock Ya-Sin, who has been having himself a tremendous season, can prevent Crowder from making damage.

Quenton Nelson/Chris Reed Vs. Quinnen Williams

Quinnen Williams has been the Jets' best defensive player since being drafted with the 3rd overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Williams has 5 sacks this season, more than any Colts’ player, along with 17 pressures. Nelson and Reed struggled against the Titans, one still getting back to form after an injury while the other is probably getting used to switching sides on the line.

Michael Pittman Jr. Vs. Bryce Hall

Cornerback Bryce Hall has been a pleasant surprise for the Jets this season, playing in all 7 games, allowing just 19 receptions on 33 targets (57.6% reception rate), getting 6 pass breakups. Standing at 6’1’’, Hall also is tall enough to hang in with MPJ, who has been on a tear this season and is starting to establish himself as a top 15 wide receiver in the NFL. While the Colts will probably like to focus their offense on the ground after such a spotty game from Carson Wentz, Pittman Jr. will be getting his fair share of targets, and once again this year he will be matched up against a good cornerback.

Darius Leonard/Bobby Okereke Vs. Michael Carter

After a tough start to his rookie year, running back Michael Carter exploded last week against the Bengals, rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown while adding 95 yards and another score through the air. After being held for 333 yards on 75 touches during his first 6 games (4.44 YPT), Carter gained 172 yards on 24 touches against Cincy (7.16 YPT). The Colts’ linebacker duo has been improving more and more each week after a terrible start to the year, and I have no doubt that Darius Leonard will be looking to add to his already long turnover list.