First a few updates:
1. The Jets signed corner Justin Miller today to replace Leon Washington as a kick returner. Miller was a pro-bowl returner for the Jets in 2006 and their second round pick in 2005. He never developed into the corner the organization hoped he would be, however he has four career return touchdowns between his time with the Jets and Raiders. Maybe Rex Ryan will be able to get something out of him as a defensive back but for now this move was done for strictly special team purposes.
2. How about those Yankees? I am using my fan bias in picking them to beat the Phillies in 7, but any baseball fan should be excited about what should be a terrific match-up.
NFL Week 7 Recap/Jets vs. Dolphins Part II First Look
Wrapping Up Jets/Raiders
Defensive Player of the Game: Calvin Pace – This was an easy choice. Mike Pettine gave Pace more pass rushing opportunities this week and he responded with 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 7 tackles. Pace had a rough game against Miami a few weeks ago and will no doubt be looking to validate his claim that the Wildcat is nothing more than a “gimmick.”
Offensive Player of the Game: Thomas Jones – I was critical of Jones early in the season and he has emphatically shut me up the past two weeks. The guy is running like a 25 year old and remains one of the most underrated players in the NFL. He is currently on pace to have a better year than he did last season, when he won the AFC rushing title. Through 7 games, Jones has 7 touchdowns.
Honorable Mentions: David Clowney for stepping up with 4 catches for 79 yards…Shonn Greene for having a monster game off the bench to replace Leon Washington…Darrelle Revis for his acrobatic interception…Dwight Lowery for being a great replacement for Lito Sheppard…Wallace Wright for recording his first two receptions of the season…The entire Jets offensive line for dominating from start to finish.
AFC East Observations
New England Patriots – The Patriots beat up on two of the worst teams in the NFL and every NFL analyst is giddy with excitement that the “Pats are back.” Give me a break. The Jets have a chance to pull within a half game of New England with a win this week.
Miami Dolphins – I guess we should hold off on anointing Chad Henne the next Dan Marino for another week. The Dolphins might be the best 2-4 team in the NFL…but guess what? You are what your record is, so Miami is 2-4 and in last place in the AFC East.
Buffalo Bills – The Ryan Fitzpatrick era is in full swing, as the Harvard product has led the Bills to two straight wins. I will take them seriously if they can beat the Texans this week…then again the Texans aren’t really that good either.
TOJ Top Ten
- New Orleans Saints – Impressive comeback win over the Dolphins made my Sunday even better than it already was.
- Indianapolis Peyton Mannings – Didn’t even break a sweat in their win over St. Louis.
- Denver Broncos – Good challenge this week in Baltimore.
- Minnesota Vikings – Tough loss to Pittsburgh, followed by tough game in Green Bay.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – The champs appear to be back with 4 straight wins.
- Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday must have been sweet for Cedric Benson.
- New York Giants – Where is the defense? Big game against Philly this week.
- Dallas Cowboys – Miles Austin is making Jersey proud.
- New England Patriots – They racked up plenty of BCS points the past two weeks.
- Atlanta Falcons – Weak showing against Dallas but they will give NO a run this weekend.
Jets vs. Dolphins Part II FIrst Look
The Opponent: We all know the Dolphins story and we all hate them. Miami kicked the Jets in the mouth on national television only a few short weeks ago by running the ball down their throat and making Rex Ryan look inept against the Wildcat. Since their Monday night victory over the Jets, Miami had a bye and then choked away a 21 point lead at home to New Orleans last week. Miami can run the football as well as anybody in the league, including our Jets and will certainly be licking their chops to break out the Wildcat against a front seven that is now missing Kris Jenkins. Make no mistake, this is an absolute must win for both teams, as I will detail in tomorrow’s article.
Miami Dolphins Starters/Key Reserves
- Quarerback: Chad Henne – 62/103, 659 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs
- Running Back: Ronnie Brown - 109 carries, 491 yards, 7 TD’s
- Running Back: Ricky Williams – 70 carries, 396 yards, 5 TD’s
- Wide Receiver: Ted Ginn Jr – 18 receptions, 211 yards, 1 TD
- Wide Receiver: Devone Bess – 26 receptions, 188 yards
- Wide Receiver: Greg Camarillo – 19 receptions, 174 yards
- Wide Receiver; Brian Hartline - 10 receptions, 157 yards, 1 TD
- Tight End: Anthony Fasasno - 11 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD
- Left Tackle: Jake Long
- Left Guard: Justin Smiley
- Center: Jake Grove
- Right Guard: Donald Thomas
- Right Tackle: Vernon Carey
- Defensive End: Kendall Langford – 14 tackles, 1 sack
- Defensive Tackle: Jason Ferguson - 15 tackles
- Defensive End: Randy Starks - 19 tackles, 2.5 sacks
- Defensive End: Phillip Merling - 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks
- Outside Linebacker: Joey Porter - 10 tackles, 2.5 sacks
- Inside Linebacker: Channing Crowder - 22 tackles
- Inside Linebacker: Akin Ayodele - 25 tackles
- Outside Linebacker: Jason Taylor - 16 tackles, 5.5 sacks
- Outside Linebacker: Cameron Wake - 9 tackles, 3 sacks
- Corner: Sean Smith - 11 tackles
- Corner: Vontae Davis - 10 tackles, 1 INT
- Safety: Yeremiah Bell - 43 tackles, 1.5 sacks
- Safety: Gibril Wilson - 39 tackles
- Kicker: Dan Carpenter
- Punter: Brandon Fields
- Kick Returner: Patrick Cobbs
- Punt Returner; Devone Bess
Key Players: Everything starts and ends with stopping Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. On defense, Miami can get after the quarterback with a variety of different players led by Jason Taylor, Cameron Wake, and Joey Porter.
Injuries: Miami’s starting corner Will Allen is out for the season. On the Jets side, expect to see Jerricho Cotchery back in action but Brad Smith and Lito Sheppard miss another game.
Highlights of Miami’s Choke Job Last Week