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Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets Preview and Predictions

Aaron NaglerNFL National Lead WriterOctober 1, 2016

The New York Jets will need to regroup after a brutal overtime loss to the New England Patriots and get ready to face another division rival in the Miami Dolphins. 

The Dolphins are coming off their bye week and should be relatively healthy heading into MetLife Stadium. As surprising as quarterback Ryan Tannehill's play has been so far this year, I think this game comes down to the Jets' ability to deal with the Dolphins' front seven on defense. The Jets were surprisingly effective on offense, especially through the air, against the Patriots. 

For the Jets to do this, they'll have to feature tight end Dustin Keller. Of course, Karlos Dansby and company may have something to say about it. But with Cameron Wake bearing down on Mark Sanchez on most obvious passing downs, the Jets need to stay ahead of the sticks with short passes to Keller and a variety of off-tackle runs, be they counters or simple zone stretch plays. Working straight power between the tackles against the Dolphins is not the way for the Jets to go.

As for the Dolphins, you can be sure Reggie Bush will see the ball early and often. While Brian Hartline is enjoying a career year, I would expect Antonio Cromartie to effectively take him away as an option on most plays where the Jets play man-to-man. Look for Tannehill to try to find Anthony Fasano early.

Let us know in the comments below which matchups you will be watching and give us your pick for the game. 

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