The New York Jets travel to South Beach on Sunday to take on the Miami Dolphins in a seemingly bland inter-divisional matchup. However, anything involving Rex Ryan’s bunch is always engaging, and running back Reggie Bush is doing his best to prove that last season was no fluke.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez shows flashes of brilliance at times, as evidenced in Week 1, but he also has shown that he is capable being on the sour end of that spectrum as well.
It seems that most expected Miami to suffer from a Hard Knocks hangover, but the team has surprisingly held serve this season. While last week’s 35-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders is probably more the exception than the rule, the 30-10 loss in Week 1 to the Houston Texans probably was too.
While the Jets appear to be the better and more experienced team on paper, this game could end up being the classic “this is why we play the games” contest.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in Sunday’s matchup:
Mark Sanchez Throws for More Than 300 Yards and 3 Touchdowns
The Dolphins run defense has played surprisingly well this season against two of the better teams at running the ball in the NFL. The Jets have struggled at times to gain any traction with its own rushing attack, so this game could be decided by Sanchez’s ability to spread his passes around.
Luckily for Sanchez and Co., Miami is tied for second worst against the pass through the season’s first two weeks at 313.5 yards allowed per game.
The Dolphins, while keeping Matt Schaub somewhat in check in Week 1, allowed Carson Palmer to have a field day in last week’s victory.
Although the Raiders were in catch-up mode the entire second half, Sanchez should be able to take advantage of the Miami secondary; especially if Shonn Greene is unable to get going.
Reggie Bush Cracks the 200-Yard Mark for Second Time in Career
Reggie Bush is on a mission. The talented running back is finally coming through with all the promise he had coming out of USC.
While never really getting a chance to shine in New Orleans with the Saints, Bush is doing his best to prove that he is indeed a featured running back in the NFL.
Bush is a do-it-all running back in the similar mold of the Bills’ C.J. Spiller. The Jets allowed Spiller to run for 169 yards on just 14 carries after replacing the injured Fred Jackson in Week 1. While the Jets won the game, a huge weakness was exposed.
The Miami running back is coming off a huge game in which he ran the ball 26 times for 172 yards, the second highest total of Bush’s career (25 carries for 203 yards in a Week 15 win against Buffalo last season).
Look for much of the same this week against the Jets on Sunday.