The New York Jets have done a good job putting together a balanced approach on offense so far in the playoffs. The running game has led the way but they haven't been shy to attack down the field and put the ball in Mark Sanchez's hands in key spots. There is no reason for that to change this week.
Yes, Pittsburgh has a terrific run defense. However, that is no reason to abandon the running game and look to throw 40 times, especially considering their pass rush. Should the Jets run a little less than they did in previous weeks? Probably, yet they still must make sure Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson can combine for 30 carries to keep the Pittsburgh defense honest.
Brad Smith is going to play on Sunday, which will allow the Jets to also get a few running plays out of the Wildcat. They don't need huge plays out of this formation but if they can steal 5 or 6 yards running the football a pop, it is worthwhile to give Smith 4-6 snaps under center.
In the passing game, the Jets can attack Bryan McFadden and Ike Taylor with Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. The Jets receivers are playing at a high level and somebody has to be in single coverage, so give them a chance to make plays. Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller should find space to operate in the middle of the field with the attention Holmes and Edwards will be getting on the outside.
Mark Sanchez needs to protect the football and hit the big plays when they are available. The Jets are nearly impossible to beat when Sanchez is on his game, like he was last week in New England.