Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets: How the 'Phins Can Win

Devin NoonanCorrespondent IIISeptember 22, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:   Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins tries to get away from  Jim Leonhard #36 of the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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I know it's early, but the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets will be battling for the top spot in the AFC East as they square off at Sun Life Stadium this Sunday.

Reggie Bush ran his way onto every team's radar in Week 2 as the Dolphins pummeled the Oakland Raiders, while the New York Jets suffered a disappointing loss in Pittsburgh.

Both squads have proven to be a tale of two teams thus far in 2012, so it's still unclear as to what we should expect in this weekend's matchup.

If the Dolphins hope to emerge victorious, however, here's a few things that must happen.


Reggie Bush Needs the Ball

I don't know how many times I have to say it, but Reggie Bush is an elite running back.

After a few seasons of injuries and splitting carries in New Orleans, too many people seemed to forget the magic that was Reggie Bush at USC.

After his first 1,000-yard season last year in Miami, Bush has come out in 2012 ready to make a statement and prove critics wrong.

Despite a Bills loss in Week 1 against the Jets, C.J. Spiller ran for an impressive 169 yards on just 14 touches against Gang Green.

Reggie Bush is just as quick and electrifying as Spiller, and should be able to put up a similar performance if the Dolphins can create space for their feature back.


Keep the Pressure on Sanchez

The Dolphins have proven their ability to stop the run in the first two weeks of the season, holding the very talented Arian Foster and Darren McFadden to a combined 101 yards on 41 carries for an average of 2.46 yards per attempt.

It would be foolish to think that Shonn Greene's skill set is even close to either of those two backs, which could mean trouble for the Jets ground-and-pound hopes.

It's no secret that the Dolphins secondary is lacking, which could prove to be problematic if Sanchez gets comfortable early.

The Steelers did an excellent job in Week 2 of sending different looks on the pass rush while also jamming Jets receivers on the outside.

If the 'Phins put the pressure on early and often, Sanchez will struggle to get any kind of offense going.

Who knows, it could even prompt some more looks for Tim Tebow.


Ryan Tannehill Must Minimize Mistakes

This may be the most important factor in determining whether or not the 'Phins come away with a W versus the Jets.

In Week 1, the rookie quarterback struggled against the powerful front line of the Houston Texans with four tipped passes and three interceptions.

In Week 2, Tannehill looked like a different man, throwing for one TD while running for another. He was able to avoid the costly passes, and the Dolphins were able to roll through the Raiders.

With Darrelle Revis back on the field for the Jets, Tannehill will likely have to look away from his favorite target, Brian Hartline.

Look for some shorter passes out of the backfield to challenge the Jets linebackers, while also reverting to Davone Bess on some quick slants out of the slot.

Tight end Anthony Fasano may see his looks increase as well if the Dolphins start showing any signs of their alleged West Coast Offense.