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How can the New York Jets bounce back from their first loss of the season and win a critical divisional game against the Miami Dolphins?
Joe Caporoso – The Jets will need to find some semblance of a running game, which will be a challenge against Miami’s defensive line and with Brain Winters starting at guard. Hopefully, Chris Ivory will play but they will still likely face the challenge of a stacked box. In the passing game, they need to hit a few throws in the intermediate to deep passing game to somebody not named Brandon Marshall to help loosen things up against a poor Dolphins secondary. If Eric Decker plays, this could be a big game for him. Devin Smith should be able to find some space against Dolphins corners who have been very passive this season and giving up exaggerated cushions.
Defensively, the Jets need to come after Ryan Tannehill and Miami’s generally one-dimensional offense. Nobody is expecting five turnovers every week but if they can increase their sack total and grab one or two from Miami, it should be enough support for the inconsistent offense. They also must avoid any special teams mistakes, particularly with Jarvis Landry taking occasional opportunities on punt returns.
Overall, this is a Dolphins team who is a Landry punt return away from being 0-3 with losses against Washington and Jacksonville. They no showed at home last week in a divisional game and look ready to give up on their current coaching staff. Step on their throat early and get them mentally out of it.Cole Patterson – Is it possible to have a trap game following a loss in a trap game? If so, this is it.
As Joe said, Miami is a Jarvis Landry miracle away from being winless. The losses came against Jacksonville and Washington, two teams likely to be picking in the top ten come the spring. Despite their apparent disfunction however, Miami is a talented team. More over, Miami is a desperate team.
The Jets will be starting Brian Winters at guard, may be without Eric Decker for a second consecutive week, and could be relying on a gimpy Chris Ivory to ignite an offense that plummeted back to earth against the Eagles. How can the Jets get back on track in London? Unfortunately, it relies on the three players listed above.
The Jets defense isn’t going to take the ball away five times every week. Still, they locked the Eagles down in the second half. They are more than capable of handling an anemic Dolphins run game and the Jarvis Landry show (ticket to Revis Island). The key will be the health of Eric Decker and Chris Ivory. It is clear that to be effective on offense the Jets need a balanced attack. However, without those two players, both the run and the pass will continue to stagnate. If Brian Winters is more prepared this week, after a pitiful game in pass protection, and Decker and Ivory can return to health, the Jets should be able to control the game and bring a W back to the states.Dalbin Osorio – I think the New York Jets did some good things last week, such as limiting Sam Bradford to under 150 yards passing and coming back from 24 down to make it a game late, but there were some red flags that showed up in the first two games and that finally broke through on Sunday. They can’t repeat these things if they want to beat Miami.
Their run defense has been a little shaky without Sheldon Richardson. Buster Skrine has given up 11 receptions on 14 targets. Demario Davis still cannot cover. The Jets have an anemic pass rush. Those are 4 things that they’re going to have to rectify as they go along, minus the absence of Sheldon Richardson who returns Monday. Skrine has been better than the numbers indicate but allowing 70% of the passes thrown your way won’t get it done especially with a talented WR like Jarvis Landry coming to play. The Dolphins OL isn’t very good, so the Jets will have opportunities there but they don’t have the pass rush that Buffalo does. Bowles and Kacy Rodgers will have to get creative with how they generate a pass rush against a QB in Ryan Tannehill that gets the ball out quick. The Jets need to take advantage of a team that’s in disarray and not let them hang around like they did with the Colts because games like that are usually decided by which team has the better QB. The Jets need a win, and a division win puts them at 3-0 against the AFC in a year where it seems tiebreakers will be very much in play. Prediction: Geno Smth finishes this game.
John Hargaden – To get things back on track, it is vital for the Jets to get the running game back on track. Chris Ivory did not play a single snap on Sunday and his running downhill threat was missed significantly. In the first three games the Dolphins have allowed 435 yards on the ground. If Ivory is healthy, I can see him getting 20-25 carries this week. Chan Gailey must have a better game plan in place this week, before the Jets blinked, it was 24-0 near the end of the first half. The Jets had to stray away from any run game because of the score of the game. It was clear how much the Jets missed Eric Decker, if he returns on Sunday, look out for him to be all over the place.
On the defensive side of the ball, this is not a offense that should keep you up all hours of the night. Get after Ryan Tannehill early, cause him distress early and force him into making bad mistakes. The Dolphins running game does not scare me and there is a wide gap between the Dolphins rushing and passing yards. Get back to the basics this week. Create distress, crush their spirits early and send the Dolphins back to the United States with their tails in between their legs.