New York Jets Week 5: Preview

Steven LernerContributor IOctober 10, 2009

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 07:  Calvin Pace #97 of the New York Jets lines up on defense against the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium on September 7, 2008 in Miami, Florida. The Jets won 20-14.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Weekly Storyline: After suffering their first loss of the season, the 3-1 New York Jets battle the 1-3 Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football.


The Jets need to make several improvements this week after committing many mistakes against the Saints. They remain hopeful that the addition of Braylon Edwards to the receiving corps could be enough to spark  this offense.


After an off-season featuring back and forth taunts between Rex Ryan and Channing Crowder, the Jets-Dolphins rivalry expects to be as intense as ever.


Player Profile: This week's player profile is going to Calvin Pace. After spending his first four weeks of the season on suspension, the seven-year pro out of Wake Forest is anxious to make an impact on this defense.


Pace spent his first five seasons as an Arizona Cardinal. Last season, in his first year as a Jet, Pace compiled 80 tackles and a team-leading seven sacks.


During his suspension, Vernon Gholston took Pace's place in the lineup. The Jets will get a huge boost on defense with the addition of Calvin Pace.







Jets Passing Offense vs. Dolphins Passing Defense: Mark Sanchez cannot make the same rookie mistakes as he did last week, coughing up the ball many times. Despite an excellent cornerback in Will Allen, the Dolphins are weak against the pass, and the Jets need to expose this.


The addition of Edwards could be a big help, especially if Jerricho Cotchery might miss the game because of an injury. If the Jets can open up the field against the Dolphins, Gang Green could be unstoppable.


Jets Rushing Offense vs. Dolphins Rushing Defense: The Dolphins boast one of the league's top rushing defenses. This could be a huge advantage for the Dolphins. As for the Jets, they need to break out the running game this week, a running game that has been mediocre at best this season.


Shonn Greene saw his first action last week as a Jet; if Thomas Jones struggles again this week, expect Greene to see more opportunities in the backfield.


Dolphins Passing Offense vs. Jets Passing Defense:  Chad Henne is in for a long game. Despite a winning- appearance during his first NFL start last week, Henne is going up against Darrelle Revis and one of the best defenses in the league.


With Calvin Pace back on the field, the Jets will pressure Henne from all ends, and Revis will try to shut down Ted Ginn, Jr.


Dolphins Rushing Offense vs. Jets Rushing Defense: The Dolphins explosive wild cat offense, led by Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, remains one of the finest running tandems in the league. The Jets will have their hands full on Monday night against the run.


Last year, Rex Ryan's Baltimore defense shut down the Wildcat offense and expect Ryan to employ a similar strategy against Miami. The Jets must create fumbles and stop the Wildcat.



Weather: Humid, in the 80's.



Start: Dustin Keller. Against a weak passing defense, Keller is a must-start tight end.


Sit:  Chad Henne. He's not a starter in fantasy football, especially this week.


Sleeper: Mark Sanchez. If your starter is on a bye, Sanchez might make an excellent last-season replacement.


Final Prediction: The Jets win in Miami, 27-10. The defense comes up big and the offense looks well-tuned at times.