Preview: Jets At Dolphins
Kickoff: 8:20 PM ET, Sun Life Stadium (Miami, FL)
Records: Miami 2-0, New York 1-1
Spread: Miami by 2
Last Week: Dolphins over Vikings (14-10), Jets over Patriots (28-14)
Dolphins Injuries: DE Jared Odrick (Out – Ankle), LB Channing Crowder (Questionable – Groin), OL John Jerry (Doubtful - Illness)
Jets Injuries: DL Kris Jenkins (Out – IR), CB Darrelle Revis (Out – Hamstring), Calvin Pace (Out – Foot), OL Nick Mangold (Questionable – Shoulder), OL Wayne Hunter (Out – Ankle), LB Jason Taylor (Questionable – Elbow)
Miami Offense against New York Defense: It’s no shocker that Miami is going to place a premium on the running game. Without mammoth Kris Jenkins stuffing the middle of the Jets defense they will be vulnerable up the gut. Miami will have to open up the offense at home against one of the league’s top defenses.
New York is not going to let Miami run the ball at will. Brandon Marshall should have opportunities down the field with Revis out and a favorable matchup against Antonio Cromartie.
Sunday night we will learn a great deal about quarterback Chad Henne. I want to see him make some plays and take some risks, although the coaching staff’s number one priority with him is protecting the football.
New York Offense against Miami Defense: The Jets have a similar mindset on both sides of the ball. They want to establish the run and have quarterback Mark Sanchez manage the game while limiting mistakes. Linebacker Cameron Wake should see some double teams after dominating his matchup in both of the first two games.
Guys like Koa Misi and Karlos Dansby are going to need to get after the quarterback. Miami corners Vontae Davis and Jason Allen have advantageous matchups on the outside, especially considering Braylon Edwards iffy status after getting a DUI this week. He will dress but will not start.
Miami Impact Player: LT Jake Long—After Long’s dominate performance against the Vikings’ Jared Allen last week he proved to the league he just might be the top offensive tackle in football. When Miami runs the ball don’t be surprised if a majority of the carries are off the left side of the line behind Long and guard Richie Incognito.
New York Impact Player: RB Shonn Greene/ LaDainian Tomlinson—If the Jets can’t run the ball it’s going to be a long, gruesome night for Rex Ryan’s crew.
Running back: EVEN
Offensive Line: EVEN
Prediction: The Jets are hurting. They’re missing two of their best defensive players in Revis and Jenkins. Miami has to have more of an attacking mentality on offense because the defense isn’t going to play lights-out every game.
There is going to come a point in time when Henne will have to put the the team on his shoulders. Whether Monday night is that time remains to be seen. Unless the Jets get out in front early and force Miami to play from behind for most of the game, the Dolphins will win their third consecutive game in a row.
Miami 23 New York 16
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