NFL Predictions Week 4: New York Jets and 2 Offenses in for Long Days

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets passes  against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on September 25, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Offense has not been hard to come by so far this season. Teams have been scoring points at a torrid pace and defenses have fallen flat.

As defenses settle in and get a better idea of how to attack these powerful offenses, I expect that offensive production will slow down to some degree.

For some teams, creating offense hasn't come so easily. In the coming week, these three teams will have a ton of trouble putting points up.


New York Jets

Try as they might, the Jets have yet to do anything that makes me think they are anything more than a mediocre offense. Mark Sanchez is a decent, but not great, quarterback, and their running back situation is unsettled.

They do enough to get in their own way when they aren't facing a top-tier defense. Unfortunately for them, they are taking on a top-tier defense this week against Baltimore

The Ravens' defense is fast, physical and disciplined. The Jets' offense will be no match for that unit.


Miami Dolphins

We knew coming into the season that the Dolphins were going to lose their fair share of games. At the very least, you had to figure they would pile up points and make some of those losses interesting.

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Starting quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins passes down field during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Get
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They started off that way, but as the season rolls on, the Dolphins' offense continues to fall apart. Head coach Tony Sparano has failed to utilize all the weapons at his disposal, namely Reggie Bush, and Chad Henne is turning the ball over like we figured he would.

Their matchup this week against the San Diego Chargers isn't conducive to improving their play on the offensive side of the ball. The Chargers' pass defense is as good as any in the league, and that means that you can expect Henne to turn the ball over more than once.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Normally you wouldn't say that any offense facing the Houston Texans will have a tough time, but this time around will be different.

The Texans are improved on defense. Wade Phillips has put together a system that works, and they are getting contributions from every position on the defense.

The Steelers' offensive line has been a huge issue so far this season. Expect Mario Williams and company to get into the Steelers' backfield at will.