Lions-Jets preview: Stalling N.Y. run will be key

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

New York players to watch

Geno Smith, QB: In in his second season, he is making strides, with 316 passing yards against the Bears and career highs with 26 completions and 43 attempts.

Chris Ivory, RB: He's averaging 5.7 yards a carry and leading the team in rushing yards with 189. He teams with Chris Johnson for one of the top tandems in the league.

Demario Davis, LB: In his second season as a starter, he leads the team in sacks (2.5) and is tied for the lead with 23 tackles.


Go North: The Jets are playing their third straight NFC North opponent, losing to the Packers and Bears the last two weeks.

Familiar face: Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is a former Lions coach, so there could be some familiarity with his scheme.

It's up ...: K Nick Folk is 7-for-7 on field goals, giving the Jets an advantage over Alex Henery, who was signed by the Lions this week after Nate Freese was cut.

Injury bug: The passing game could be affected if Eric Decker (hamstring), limited in the loss to the Bears and hasn't fully participated in practice this week, is out.

Iron man: LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson has started all 131 games since he was drafted in 2006. Protecting Smith against one of the top defensive lines in the league will be critical.

Facts and figures

■ The Jets defense, ranked second overall behind the Lions, has allowed 2.5 yards per carry the first three games. The longest run allowed was 12 yards.

■ The Jets running game is ranked second in the NFL, averaging 157.3 yards with Ivory and Johnson.

■ In three games, the Jets are without an interception, but Smith has thrown four.

■ The Jets haven't allowed the Lions a 100-yard rusher the last three meetings (James Stewart, 164 yards, 2000).

■ LB David Harris, in his eighth season, has been working his way back from injuries. He had a career-best 149 tackles last season.