The Jets have come into Miami for a week 17 match up with hopes to end the Dolphins playoff hopes. Its a warm, rainy day at a half empty Sun Life Stadium. Lets take a look at how the first half has played out.
Dee Milliner vs. Mike Wallace:
The rookie corner continues to show improvement as he has matched up with the speedy number one wide out. Wallace beat him for a touchdown in the red zone as the Jets brought a house blitz. Wallace also had Milliner beat deep a few drives later but quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed him. Other than those two plays, Milliner has held up well and already has two pass deflections. Tannehill seems intent on testing him much like the Browns tried last week, which will be interesting to see how it plays out in the second half.
Geno Smith hasn’t blown up the stat sheet, but he has used is legs and precise throws to keep the chains moving. Most importantly, he has avoided turning over the ball against a solid Miami secondary and punched in a touchdown with three seconds left in the half. The Jets offensive line has not held up too well and will need a much improved performance in the second half to grind out a win. The biggest takeaway from Smith’s performance so far has been his much improved reads at the line of scrimmage. Unlike previous weeks, he is doing a nice job avoiding the corner blitz and using his legs outside the pocket.
The Jets Wall:
The Dolphins are trying to develop the ground game but have had no success. Running back Lamar Miller has only averaged 2.9 yards per carry and has been continuously stuffed in the backfield, outside of one 12 yard run. The Jets run defense has been excellent all year and looks to finish the season on a strong note.