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What are your predictions for the New York Jets vs. the Miami Dolphins in week 9?
Joe Caporoso – The formula for the New York Jets to beat the Miami Dolphins, like they did twice last season by double digits, is not overly complicated. Continue to play dominant run defense so the surging Jay Ajayi does not beat you, double team Jarvis Landry in the slot and send blitzes after Ryan Tannehill while forcing him to beat you vertically and outside the numbers. On the other side of the football, stick with Wristband Season and run the football down Miami’s throat with Matt Forte and more (much more) Bilal Powell. Let Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa win in the short passing game and create YAC.
Unlike Baltimore and Cleveland, the Jets cannot afford to get behind 10-0 in this game. This will be a step up in competition/talent but Todd Bowles coached two of his better games against Miami last year and the Jets match-up relatively well with them. If the Jets have any designs on a second half run, moving to 2-0 in the AFC East and 4-3 in the AFC is a critical next step.
Full prediction coming in Friday’s 12 Pack…
David Aitken – The Jets have won two straight, and on paper their schedule (outside of two massive road blocks left in the New England games) looks favorable. There is some hope that the Jets can get to 5-5 over the next two games and enter a “well anything can happen!” type scenario for the Sunday night game at home versus New England at the end of the month.The Jets beat Miami handily last year twice, and the Bowles coached Jets if nothing else have avoided being surprised by outright bad football teams. But Miami is an improved team from last year, and in back-to-back wins the Jets have done amazingly little to instill any confidence that this is a team capable of a real turnaround. The Jets are still getting bad quarterback play despite opposition pass defenses lightening up. There is the classic “rely on the veterans over young guns” feel to team strategy that reeks of a hopeless playoff push despite the fact that focusing the team around the likes of Fitzpatrick, Marshall Forte, and Revis defensively is not even in the team’s best interest in the short term. The season may not officially be over for a while yet, but it is hard to get excited nonetheless.
If the Jets come out and build offense around a heavier dose of Powell and Enunwa while causing Tannehill problems they were able to cause last year, there is a real chance for victory. That, for one, is going to require the type of pressure the Jets have recently been unable to create. But this Jets defense if well equipped to handle the recent surge of Jay Ajayi is going to have a hard time handling Miami’s pass defense. The Jarvis Landry screens will be a problem with the sad effort coming from the secondary and Kenny Stills catching a 50+ yard pass at some point is the easiest lock to make all week.
I expect a close game, but I think the last AFC East undefeated team within division play™ finds a way to win. 24-21 Jets.
Joe Malfa – All of a sudden, it seems there is some optimism among fans that the Jets could get to 5-5 heading into the bye week. They could, but I do not think they will because the Dolphins will come out on top this Sunday.The defense has improved over the last two games, and both Forte and Powell are running the ball well. Fitzpatrick has been tough to watch these last two weeks, but the silver lining is that he has been a bit more careful with the ball. Even so, the Jets only beat the worst team in football by three points, and they were down 20-7 at half — not ideal.
I think the Dolphins will come out of the bye week clicking on all cylinders, hoping to build on their two-game win streak at home. They looked impressive in both of those wins over the Steelers and Bills thanks to Jay Ajayi. He probably won’t run for over 200 yards for a thrid straight game going up against this Jets defense, but he is still a threat to put up solid numbers and lead the Fins to a win.
It is a fairly even matchup, but I just have a bad feeling about going on the road against a rival who is coming off a bye. 24-20 Dolphins.
Kevin Zielaznicki – After an awful start to the season, the Jets are now on a two game winning streak and playoff hopes are alive (although they are very dim). Against the Cleveland Browns last week, Ryan Fitzpatrick played below average and nearly cost the Jets the game. If it wasn’t for Quincy Enunwa breaking up an an interception and then having that monster touchdown, Fitz’ stat line would have looked even worse. The Jets defense has drastically improved over the past few weeks and I expect them to give Ryan Tannehill some trouble. If the Jets front can limit Jay Ajayi and force Tannehill to beat them, the Jets will have a great chance of winning. However, I think Fitz will continue his streak of poor play and the Jets will fall short. Dolphins win 28-20 and the Jets fall to 3-6.
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