New York Jets Know Your Opponent Week 13 (Miami Dolphins)

TOJ Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio breaks down the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets Week 13 opponent.

The New York Jets enter their Week 13 match up riding a two game losing streak, their first such streak of the season. They now host a division rival, the Miami Dolphins. It’s time to know your opponent for Week 13.

Week 13: Miami Dolphins, 5-6 last week: loss v Carolina, 20-16

2013 Offensive Rankings: 23rd in Points Per game (20.8 ppg), 28th in total yards (310 per game), 20th in passing yards (224.63 per game), 11th in passing attempts (37 per game), 26th in passing touchdowns (10), 20th in interceptions thrown (15), 27th in yards gained per attempt (5.5), 26th in rushing yards (85.3 per game), 30th in rushing attempts (21 per game), 19th in rushing touchdowns (7), 17th in yards per carry (4.1), 44 of their 134 drives have ended with a score (31.3%), 18 of their 134 drives have ended in a turnover (13.4%), average 5.2 plays, 25.3 yards and two minutes and 20 seconds per drive.

Overview: The Dolphins blew a 10 point second half lead last week against the Carolina Panthers, thanks in large part to their team’s 51 rushing yards on 17 carries and 3.1 yards per carry average. Lamar Miller, clearly the better runner in comparison to Daniel Thomas, has 475 yards on 114 carries and has found the end zone twice. Thomas continues to get carries though, as he’s rushed for 277 yards on 77 carries and has 3 TDs. The Dolphins are now 1-3 when they run for less than 90 yards. The Dolphins are averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a team when they do run it, but they don’t run the ball enough, instead putting the game in their QB’s hands repeatedly.

Ryan Tannehill outplayed Cam Newton, as Tannehill completed 28-42 for 310 yards and a touchdown, but he did throw one INT. Tannehill has now thrown for 2784 yards, 15 TDs, and 12 INTs. The passing weapons are former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Wallace (49 REC, 661 YDS, and 2 TDs), TE Charles Clay (46 REC, 501 YDS, 4 TDs), and WR Brian Hartline (53 REC, 677 YDS, 2 TDs). Tannehill was sacked 3 times by the Carolina front seven. The Dolphisn are 0-3 in games that they’ve had multiple turnovers. The offensive line has allowed 44 sacks so far.

Key Injuries

RB Daniel Thomas (OUT)
WR Rishard Matthews (PROBABLE)
C Mike Pouncey (PROBABLE)

2013 Defensive Rankings: 10th in points allowed (22.2 per game), 20th in yards allowed (358 per game), 14th in passing defense (234.7 per game), 5th in passing touchdowns allowed (12), 6th in interceptions (14), 13th in yards per completion allowed (5.9), 25th in rushing defense (123.8 per game), 20th in yards per carry allowed (4.2), 24th in rushing touchdowns allowed (11), and 17th in total turnovers forced (18).

Overview: The Dolphins defense held Cam Newton to 178 passing yards, a TD, and an INT, and a 50% completion percentage last week. Their defense is led by Cameron Wake (6.5 sacks) and Rashad Jones (55 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, and 2 passes defended). Free agent signing Brent Grimes has played very well for the Dolphins, as he’s had 12 passes defended, 3 INTs, and a defensive TD. Free agent signings Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe are 1st and 3rd on the team in tackles with 60 and 52. In fact, Mike Wallace’s lack of $16M a year production gets all the attention, but the three defensive free agents signed by Jeff Ireland have played some good football so far. The Dolphins sacked Cam Newton twice last week, and now have 33 sacks on the season. Their leading sack artist is Olivier Vernon, with 7 sacks so far.

Key Injuries

DE Jared Odrick (PROBABLE)

Special Teams

Marcus Thigpen is the team’s primary kick returner and punt returner. Thigpen is averaging 23.6 yards per kick return and 8.6 yards per punt return. Rookie Caleb Sturgis is 20-26 so far this year, with 4-6 misses coming from 40+. Brandon Fields is averaging 49.2 yards per punt.

Series History

The Jets lead the season series 49-45-1. Rex is 3-5 against the Dolphins as the Jets head coach. The Jets lost the last two matchups.

Series Highlight

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.