PREVIEW: NY JETS (1-1) @ Miami Dolphins (1-1)

The New York Jets look to rebound after a loss in the form of their long time division rival, the Miami Dolphins.  Darrelle Revis will play after missing the game against Pittsburgh with a concussion that took place Week 1.  Tight end Dustin Keller is questionable with a hamstring and fullback John Conner and linebacker Bryan Thomas are doubtful.

The Jets look to bounce back from an offensive effort that raised some eyebrows at the conclusion of last Sunday’s game.  After marching down the field and scoring a seemingly effortless seven points on the first drive, the offense could only muster up another three points in the rest of the contest.  An out of sync, no rhythm performance seemed to bring expectations down to Earth after a dominating performance against the Bills.

“Just too many incompletions, I took a couple shots down field and didn’t complete them. That’s what happens when you don’t hit those and it looks good the first week when you hit some of those deep balls and things work,” said Mark Sanchez on the poor offensive effort.

The strength of the Miami defensive is their front seven, which provides a rush defense that completely shut down one of the most explosive running backs in the NFL last Sunday, the Raiders’ Darren McFadden.

“The emphasis is on our front five, the tight ends blocking, our receivers blocking down the field and me putting us in the right running play,” said Sanchez on Miami’s run defense.  “We see the same thing every year, a physical, tough strong defense that’s great in the back end. It’s one of the toughest front sevens we will play, similar story to the week before. We have to hold up in protection. We have to run the ball well and it’s up to me to find more completions than I did last week.”

Rex Ryan should be able to make Tannehill feel like a rookie quarterback on Sunday.

The Dolphins biggest offensive threat is running back Reggie Bush, who is coming off one of the best performances of his career.  “Reggie Bush is, everybody knows, he is a special player,” said Rex Ryan.  He has great speed, that’s the first thing that jumps out at you.  He’s shifty, he runs with a little bit more power than people give him credit for.  But, I think the big thing is, his last three home games, he’s rushed for over 100 yards. So he likes playing at home, he’s doing a tremendous job. This past week in particular, he had some explosive runs.  He made a great run, the touchdown run and he broke like five tackles.  Obviously, we have to do a great job of getting a lot of guys to him and getting him on the ground, put some hot sauce on him, if you will.”

The Dolphins roll out rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is playing in his first AFC East division game.  “They did a good job against Oakland at getting him out, much more boot-type action, sprint-type action,” said defensive coordinator Mike Pettine of Tannehill.  “He’s a guy that doesn’t look out of place in there, he looks very comfortable and the reason being, he’s running his offense.  This is the offense he’s been running since he was in college.  Again, our guys have been prepping for it and forewarned that this is a guy that has a big arm and can make all the throws, but he can just as easily beat you with his feet.”

The Jets should have no problem throwing the ball against Miami after the Dolphins traded one of their top cornerbacks, Vontae Davis to Indianapolis during training camp.  The only true threat the secondary presents is cornerback Sean Smith.

WHEN: Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 1:00 p.m. EST (Can be seen on CBS or heard on ESPN Radio).

WHERE: Sun Life Stadium / Miami, FL (capacity: 75,000)

SERIES HISTORY: Jets lead all-time regular season 48-44-1.

LAST MEETING: Dolphins 20 — Jets 17, Sun Life Stadium

NOTABLE: Jets playoffs hopes were slim heading into Week 17 last season, but slim turned to zero when the Jets couldn’t win against a 5-10 Dolphins team.

NOTABLE: Tony Sparano coached the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2011 until he was fired after going 4-9.

COACHES:

  • JETS — Rex Ryan / Fourth Season
  • DOLPHINS — Joe Philbin / First Season

INJURY REPORT:

  • JETS — OUT – OL  Dennis Landolt (knee). QUESTIONABLE – TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), CB Ellis Lankster (back). DOUBTFUL – FB John Conner (knee), LB Bryan Thomas (hamstring). PROBABLE – LB Nick Bellore (shoulder), DE Quinton Coples (illness), CB Antonio Cromartie (shoulder), DT Mike Devito (calf), DT Kenrick Ellis (illness), S LaRon Landry (heel), C Nick Mangold (wrist), G Brandon Moore (hip), LB Calvin Pace (achilles), DT Sione Pouha (back), CB Darrelle Revis (concussion), QB Mark Sanchez (back), WR Chaz Schilens (ankle), LB Bart Scott (knee), S Eric Smith (hip, knee), CB Isaiah Trufant (ankle), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (not injury related)
  • DOLPHINS — OUT – DT Tony McDaniel (knee). DOUBTFUL – WR Marlon Moore (hamstring). PROBABLE – WR Anthony Armstrong (hamstring), LB Kevin Burnett (foot), LB Jonathan Freeny (thumb), CB Richard Marshall (back), RB Lamar Miller (ankle), LB Koa Misi (foot), DE Jared Odrick (thumb), RB Daniel Thomas (concussion), S Jimmy Wilson (back)

KEY MATCH-UPS:

  • Jets Defense vs. Reggie Bush — The only way I see an upset happening is if Reggie Bush runs wild on the Jets defense.  Revis can cover Brian Hartline while sleeping and the next wide receiver in line is Devone Bess who doesn’t scare anyone.  If Bush is shutout and rookie quarterback Tannehill has to beat the Jets with his arm, that sounds like a favorable matchup the Jets would drool over.
  • Sanchez vs. Miami Secondary — As mentioned earlier, the strength of the Miami defense is their front seven.  If anyone was hoping for a Shonn Greene dominating performance, it is time to alter those expectations.  The secondary doesn’t present elite talent and if Sanchez wants to be an offensive threat, he should start by carving up this Miami secondary.

X – FACTORS:

  • Anthony Fasano, TE, Dolphins — If Tannehill is going to have success through the air, it would be in the middle of the field where the Jets linebackers are forced to cover.  Fasano, or any tight end for that matter, is a rookie quarterback’s best friend and he could be effective against the weak spot in the Jets defense.
  • Joe McKnight, RB, Jets – Earlier this week, Ryan has stated that McKnight will see more carries than the previous two games.  Greene hasn’t looked to explosive to start the season, look for Sparano to try and create some home-run run plays for McKnight.

THE PICK: I don’t see a scenario where the Jets blow this game.  It is too important for the Jets to start 2-0 in the division, especially with San Francisco and Houston approaching.  Ryan’s defensive genius should be expected to stump a rookie quarterback and Bush will be contained for an easy Jets W.

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