FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- -- Each week we will select two players on the New York Jets -- one on offense, one on defense -- who figure to play a key role in the upcoming game. They face the Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium:
Breno Giacomini, right tackle: Assignments don't get much tougher than this: Giacomini faces the league's leader sacker, Justin Houston, in one of the loudest stadiums in the league, a difficult place to play for visiting offensive linemen. With the lefthanded Michael Vick at quarterback, Giacomini will be protecting the all-important blind side. Even though Rex Ryan believes Tamba Hali is a better pass-rusher than Houston (Hali will be D'Brickashaw Ferguson's responsibility), it's hard to ignore Houston's 10 sacks. He's halfway to Derrick Thomas' team record. Giacomini has allowed only one sack, according to Pro Football Focus, but he has surrendered too much pressure. He has yielded seven quarterback hits (fourth among right tackles) and 18 hurries (sixth). The Jets can help Giacomini by putting a tight end on his side and by establishing a ground game, reducing the number of obvious passing situations.
Damon Harrison, nose tackle: The Chiefs run the ball well (ranked No. 3 in the league), and they do it the old-fashioned way: a lot of two-back and double-tight end packages. In fact, no team has run fewer plays with three-plus wide receivers than the Chiefs, according to ESPN Stats & Information. This means Harrison will get more playing time than usual. Because he's not involved in the sub packages on passing downs, Big Snacks has played only 46 percent of the snaps. But if the Chiefs operate their usual game plan, he'll have a heavy workload. Harrison will be the key to containing Jamaal Charles and speedster Knile Davis, the Chiefs' 1-2 punch in the backfield. This will be the biggest test for the Jets' run defense since the Chicago Bears' Matt Forte in Week 3.