Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: Game Breakdown


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First a few updates:

1. Nick Mangold didn’t practice for the second day in a row but is still expected to start Sunday night.

Jets vs. Dolphins Round 1: Game Breakdown

Offense: Let’s go with the assumption that Braylon Edwards is going to play the overwhelming majority of the snaps on Sunday night. The Jets are going to have match-ups to exploit in the Dolphins secondary. Mark Sanchez had two of his better games last season against Miami, including a 265 yard performance. There is no reason to bring the reigns back in on the offense. Let Sanchez attack down the field to Dustin Keller, Jerricho Cotchery, and yes Braylon Edwards. Miami’s defensive backs have played well so far this season but they are far from proven and can be beat down the field.

PhotobucketThe Jets have done a good job with the amount of touches they are giving LaDainian Tomlinson. 15 is the perfect number for him. I’d like to see Shonn Greene get 17-18 carries instead of 15, but if Tomlinson keeps playing so well that might not happen. I am not sure how banged up Brad Smith is but if David Clowney gets the same amount of reps he did last year, maybe he will get a shot down the field. Don’t forget in their Monday night match-up last year, The Clown pulled in 4 receptions for 72 yards.

Beyond that, I think you may see the Jets get a little more creative than usual against Miami. Maybe it is time to have Brad Smith throw a pass or let LaDainian Tomlinson throw one.

Defense: The Dolphins have scored two touchdowns through two games. Chad Henne hasn’t really been pushing the ball down the field and Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown have both lost fumbles so far this season. Williams seems to be struggling a little bit, while Brown has racked up impressive yardage totals.

Obviously, the two key players the Jets need to stop are Brown and Brandon Marshall. Antonio Cromartie will draw the assignment of Marshall and have another chance to show the Jets could survive without Darrelle Revis. Cromartie has the size to compete with Marshall, but he has given up some big days to him in the past. After dealing with the receivers he has the past two weeks, Kyle Wilson should be more than ready for Brian Hartline and Davone Bess. Drew Coleman and Dwight Lowery did good with extended playing last week, let’s hope they don’t lapse into old habits on Sunday night.

Jason Taylor will be charged up to face his old team and the Jets need him to lead their pass rush, unless Bryan Thomas is going to play the way he did against Baltimore every week. How about Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito are #2 and #3, respectively in leading the NFL in tackles for defensive lineman? It is very difficult to run the ball on this Jets defense, which means it will be up to Chad Henne to beat the Jets.

Special Teams: Nick Folk and Steve Weatherford have been beasts through the first two weeks and they need to keep it up in week three. This will be a close, low-scoring game where field position is crucial and missed field goals can’t be afforded. Fortunately, the Jets don’t have to worry about kicking to Ted Ginn Jr. this year.

It is that time of the year

Author: Joe Caporoso

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  • Tony C

    This will not be an easy game, it will come down to about 3-7 points at the most. The keys for the game will listed as Keller, Cromartie, Sanchez, Pouha, and Edwards.

    Miami struggled with passing TEs last week so maybe if our WRs can’t cut it we go with a two-three TE system to get Keller where he needs to be. He needs to play like he did last week and rip apart the defense.

    Sanchez needs to play like he did last week with the Pats, they need to release the boy and let him be a man in this game again. Above all keep spreading the wealth, give every body a touch and keep them guessing, or trick them with priorities. Hell give the kid a few trick plays with his “Your my guy” look he had with his receivers and completely go other side on a pass.

    Edwards, he needs to keep making big plays from the moment he hits the field. They need to make Miami double cover him with his effectiveness. I know he won’t be that guy but they need to thin the line. Maybe Turner/Smith/J-Co become the fast slot receivers. If nothing else, passing wise… if they know Miami is able to break the line, dial up more LT plays and make that man a screen play back up every time because I truly believe that if Miami is going to be that aggressive they need to pay up on Screen plays and slants.

    Cromartie needs to lock down Marshall, plain and simple. I do not believe that Miami can win with only Bess and Hartline. I believe they can make some plays, but I don’t believe if your on Miami 20, 30 or 40 that they are going to be the guys who can make the first downs you need on third and long. Coleman played like a man seeking redemption last week, he had a few good runs but nothing special to say all is forgiven for AFC Champ Game.

    Pouha, he needs to keep doing what he did game one and keep the runs dead. The only light at the end of the tunnel should the Train of linebackers sending Williams/Brown to the IR list.

    Linebackers, they had Henne training on three second buzzer drills for preseason. That means they need to break the line in two seconds and get him off his game early and often.

    Overall if they stop the run, stop Marshall and keep any KRs from being the next Ted Ginn, which I truly believe will never happen again after last year’s burns than I think this team can win.

  • Joe Caporoso

    Well written and well said…well done Tony C, haha

  • jetssuck

    first off sanchez isnt facing a defense even close to new englands…ryanwas nolans student and nolan taught him a lot…even though that article was strictly jets based you havent faced a oline like ours with the kind of rbs we have…new england had what 20 carrries total last week? Hennes the only qb to go 2-0 against the jetslast yer and he killed u guys on short passes im not saying im not worried about the game but u jets should be more worried after u didnt score a td against a good game and we handed AP a touchdown by giving him the ball at the 2 yard line…jets fans should be real worried

  • Tony C

    Haha, thank you. I had way too much free time in between classes in the library and I had a lot to say since a lot of people are putting Miami over Jets. And rightfully so, they have the momentum going into this game, 2-0 overall, both on the road, first game home after that against a divisional rival. The stage is set and the war is on, if the Jets can do to the Dolphins what the Ravens did to them, that would be a big time move.

    Secondly, its a massive game just outside of that, this sets the stage for the divisional standings. If the Jets win they go 2-1 with Dolphins 2-1, but the Jets will be 2-0 in divisional matches. That’s the bigger win because if Sanchez or the team starts to suffer later in the season, as long as they hold AFC 2nd place, with at the very least a 3-3 in divisional games, they’ll be in good shape for a wild-card.

  • Tony C

    Jetssuck, thank you for your input as you probably won’t be here again to read this I will say this:

    No one is questioning your defense, or your offense. We are here looking at ways that we CAN win based on the defense and offense we have as you at your blog are doing with your offense and defense about our team. The only difference is, I’m not coming over there and trashing your team and using a fake name to further show my bias.

    Do I want the Jets to win? Absolutely. Do I think they can win? I don’t know, nothing in this game is certain not a Dolphin SB, not a Jets SB, not a Pats SB, not even a Colts SB, or a Rams SB. Point is, any team with enough talent or tactics to use what they have in their best possible way can win a game. So please, don’t be rude and next time please come with respect, grammar and a positive discussion of ideas about our two teams.

    Thank you,

    Tony C

  • Joe Caporoso

    Tony C,

    Those Dolfans struggle with things like respect, grammar, and a positive discussion of ideas about our two teams.

    Jetssuck…clever name, and nobody over here is worried…thank you for your concern though