The New York Jets visit the Miami Dolphins for a week five divisional match-up.
The Jets are coming off a tough loss and are looking to rebound, as the Dolphins had a big win against the Bills and are seeking to keep that momentum flowing. Miami really needs this victory at home to stay competitive in the division, as four losses by week five will be difficult to turn around.
The Dolphins are coming off of a huge game on the ground, but the Jets coach Rex Ryan is a guru against this Wildcat offense. Miami on the other hand is even better against the run, only allowing 61 rushing yards per game. The Jets will have to be successful in their passing game, but the Dolphins will bring the heat to rookie QB Mark Sanchez, who must not turnover the ball against this aggressive Miami defense. The Jets passing defense, one of the best in the league, will look to confuse Chad Henne with their coverage schemes, hoping to force sacks and interceptions in his second NFL start.
Miami has been successful on third down, posting a 36.2% conversion rate. The Jets have somewhat struggled on third down, and must improve on that stat in order to move the ball effectively. New York Jets LB David Harris is having an outstanding season, leading the team in tackles once again, and he will be expected to stop RB Ronnie Brown from having another big game. The Saints ran the ball 32 times against the Jets last week, finding some holes against this New York run defense, so look for Miami to attempt to exploit those fallacies.
It should be a pleasant night in Miami, with a 20% chance of showers, so the weather shouldn't be a factor. The Jets recently traded for WR Braylon Edwards, who will start opposite Jerricho Cotchery (currently nursing a hamstring injury, but should play in the Monday night contest). Edwards will provide Sanchez with a big, dangerous target that he will attempt to utilize often to get this passing game going.
Dolphins LB Joey Porter, LB Akin Ayodele, and DE Philip Merling all participated in practice and look to be on the field in the Monday night battle. The offense that prevails in this defensive showdown will most likely win this ball game. Turnovers will be a key factor, as both teams have young quarterbacks behind center that will be tested often and early.
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Written by Josh Souder