This is the second part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Jets matchups to watch Sunday, 10 a.m. (FOX-TV), at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Matchup No. 3: Ricky Jean Francois vs. Nick Mangold
49ers LCB Carlos Rogers vs. Jets WR Santonio HolmesTale of the tape
Rogers (22): 6-foot, 192 pounds, eighth season, Auburn
Holmes (10): 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, seventh season, Ohio StateNew York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez's completion percentage ranks last among all NFL starters.But even with a 50.5 accuracy rate, Sanchez can team with his favorite target to form a dangerous duo.
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes has actually caught fewer than 50 percent of the balls in which Sanchez has thrown his way. But Holmes' average reception has gone for 15.2 yards.Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers said he expects Holmes to move around a lot in the Jets' offensive formations. But he figures to be matched up against him for a good portion of Sunday's game."But I'm pretty sure I'll be on him a lot," said Rogers, thumbing through his defensive game plan this week in Youngstown, Ohio, where the 49ers practiced. "They have a right-handed quarterback, and most of the time the strength in your receivers will be on our left-hand side. And that's where I play. So it's going to be real test for our team. They get him the ball a lot."Holmes was the key figure for the Jets' offense a week ago in a 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Holmes caught nine passes for 147 yards.The Jets' leading rusher, Shonn Greene, has averaged just 2.8 yards per rushing attempt. And while the Jets' passing game has been inconsistent, their objective is fairly simple to identify. Rogers figures to see a lot of Holmes, but this does not figure to be a one-man job on Sunday.
"They want to get the ball to Santonio Holmes, first and foremost," 49ers safety Donte Whitner said. "We have to know where he is at all times. The main thing is to know where No. 10 is."