1. Red zone, red zone, red zone. This has turned out to be our biggest liability this season, even more than our 3rd WR problem, our problems on D, and the playcalling. We have been to the red zone 45 times in 9 games! The only team with more are the undefeated New Orleans Saints. Yet we are converting only half of our red zone possessions. I think that this is where our sporadic problems with the running game flares up, and our tendency to overpass bites us in the a**. 2. Stop the run. Jets running offense is #1 in the NFL. We not only need to stop that, but in stopping that we will also put pressure on Sanchez to carry the game, something we know he has not shown consistency in. For Sanchez to feel like he has to do everything is to create opportunities for our defense to disrupt him even further. With Ty Warren hopefully returning today, we will go in the 3-4 as our base and depending on what degree we stop the drive with, we may see extensive nickel or dime. 3. Scooter To borrow Jays52's nickname for Welker- Welker is one of the best in the business at feeling the backs behind him or upfield and making in-route adjustments (when he and Brady have been on the same page; see Denver). With the Jets absolutely certain to bring blitz on at least half their defensive reps, Welker will be key in making sight adjustments. For all the crap Revins is spouting, we know damn well they will play zone over/man under, and this where Welker will assassinate them. I see a 10+/100+ day for him if Patriots are able to exploit that. 4. Trick formation/plays The blitz is oriented towards keying on the QB. But what if there was no QB to key on? Miami was able to sweep the Jets this season by keeping them back on their heels by feinting or bluffing with the wildcat. Now I am not suggesting that Brady is going to go line up or be taken out of the game, but it would be nice if we have a trick formation that just throws off the cadence of the blitz, just enough to create doubt to disrupt the rhythm and timing of the blitzes. In the first game, the Jets were blitzing at will and got in a great rhythm. We cannot let that happen again. 5. Pass-rushing Yes that tired old cliche. It still needs improvement, and still is the achilles heel of our defense. In the Colts game, we saw major improvement from Burgess. And up to the point where TBC and Ninkovich went out of the game, we were generating consistent pressure on Manning. TBC will probably play, but Ninkovich is probably inactive today. One of the underrated aspect of Sanchez's game is his ability to throw on the run. He loses very little power while throwing on the run, and if we let him scramble around back there all day long, he will eventually connect with someone. Our pass rushers have to take away that opportunity.