The 4-6 Miami Dolphins take a trip to MetLife Stadium to face the 5-5 New York Jets in a pivotal divisional matchup. The Jets have lost 4 out of the last 5 games and are trying to get back in the win column, let’s take a look and see what it is going to take:
Offense- Less bearded Ryan Fitzpatrick leads this Jets offense against a Miami defense that has not lived up to the hype so far this season. They are allowing an average of over 250 passing yards per game and a mind-blowing 139 rushing yards a game. Former Jet, Quinton Coples who was claimed by the Miami Dolphins earlier this week, may see some action this week according to Dolphins head coach Dan Campbell. Ndamukong Suh, who was handled pretty well earlier this year against Brian Winters, will be hungry to make more of a impact. The Jets can take advantage of a weak LB and secondary. With Bilal Powell having a solid game against the Texans, look for him to have a great day today once again. Brandon Marshall, looking to improve after some costly drops the past few weeks, will look to have an early impact.
Defense- I am not going to lie Jets fans, this matchup does concern me. Not really because of Ryan Tannehill but of the weapons around him. Lamar Miller, Jarvis Landry and Rashad Matthews are going to cause some matchup problems for the Jets. With the injury to Darrelle Revis, look for Marcus Williams to start adjacent to Antonio Cromartie. The Dolphins like to use their weapons in multiple ways, motioning them across the field and featuring end-arounds, screens and so forth. One positive, the Dolphins have allowed 30 sacks so far this season, for the Jets to win, the Jets must create pressure, when you get in Tannehill’s face, he is prone to making some bad decisions. The Jets are home, use your home crowd to your advantage, be loud all game long. I am interested to see if Erin Henderson gets more snaps and look for Lorenzo Mauldin to get 20 plus snaps.Prediction: Believe it or not, if the Jets do win today, they are back in one of the two Wild Card spots. Listen folks, I have to believe this week at Florham Park was not a picnic in the park. With the release of Coples, it was a message sent loud and clear to the players. The regime has little to allegiances with the players prior to this offseason, if you are not playing well, you will be replaced. The players have heard that message loud and clear and that is going to show on the field. Look for this offense to get itself going on the ground and in the air. The defense needs and will create pressure and Mauldin will have 2 plus sacks today.
Jets 27 – Dolphins 21