Know Your Opponent: Week 4 vs. Miami Dolphins

Dalbin Osorio previews the New York Jets week 4 opponent, the Miami Dolphins

The New York Jets travel across the pond to take on the Miami Folphins in their first division match-up. This cross continental trip takes place after a disappointing loss against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets are tied with the Buffalo Bills for second place in the AFC East with Buffalo already beating Miami once. Let’s get to know the Jets opponent for Week 4…

Offense
QB Ryan Tannehill
RB Lamar Miller
WR Jarvis Landry
WR Kenny Stills
WR Greg Jennings
TE Jordan Cameron
LT Brandon Albert (OUT)
LG Dallas Thomas
C Mike Pouncey
RG Jamil Douglas
RT Ja’Wuan James

Analysis
The Dolphins enter this divisional matchup 27th in points and 19th in yards. Make no mistake about it: through 3 games, this is a bad offense despite having an ascending QB in Ryan Tannehill. They’ve struggled to push the ball down the field, as they only average 6.1 yards per attempt. Tannehill is 8th in yards and 10th in touchdowns so far, and he’s completed 61% of his passes. He’s been sacked 7 times as his OL has been terrible and is now without top player Branden Albert. Lamar Miller is their primary RB, but he’s averaging 35 yards a game on 10 carries and he’s yet to find the end zone. Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews, and Jordan Cameron rank first-third in targets so far. Landry is, also, the team’s primary punt returner and he’s followed up a stellar rookie season with a torrid start to his sophomore campaign.

Defense
LDE: Cameron Wake
LDT: Nmadukonh Suh
RDT: Earl Mitchell
RDE: Olivier Vernon
LOLB: Jelani Jenkins
ILB: Kelvin Sheppard
ROLB: Koa Misi
LCB: Brent Grimes
SS: Rashad Jones
FS: Walt Aikens
RCB: Brice McCain

Analysis
The Dolphins defense is in the bottom 3rd in the league in both points and yards allowed. Their secondary is allowing a 4th worst 7.9 yards per attempt. They’ve allowed the last two quarterbacks they’ve faced to go over 270 yards passing. The defensive line hasn’t been any better as they only have one sack through 3 games. Underrated Safety Rashad Jones leads the team in tackles. The aforementioned Suh has 6 tackles and 0 sacks and, although it’s early, has been a bust through the first 3 games. Brent Grimes has been the team’s best defensive player, with two passes defended and an interception so far.

Special Teams
P Matt Darr
K Andrew Franks
LS John Denney
KR Jarvis Landry
PR Jarvis Landry

Analysis
Andrew Franks is 3/4 on field goals and 4/5 on extra points through 3 games. Matt Darr has been phenomenal so far averaging 50 yards a punt. Landry is averaging 19.7 yards per punt return and 18 yards per kick return.

Prediction
Jets 26, Dolphins 6
Record: 2-1

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.