The Dolphins need a road win now more than ever, as the Jets look for revenge after a game losing drive to their divisional foe during the previous week five nail biter in Miami.
Miami (2-4) at NY Jets (4-3)
If this game is even half as exciting as their first battle a couple weeks ago, make sure you don't miss this one. The Dolphins have proved to be one of the most fun teams to watch this season, but also one of the unluckiest. A terrifyingly tough early schedule has left the Dolphins sitting in last place in the AFC East, the exact opposite of where they found themselves at the end of last season. The Jets on the other hand are looking to build off of an absolute drubbing against the Raiders, dominating Oakland in every aspect of the game with a 38-0 victory. One thing is for sure, both of these teams can score points, but that being stated, each team will look to diminish the amount of scores they allowed to each other in their first meeting. The Jets have the home field advantage and will be seeking revenge, but Miami will undoubtedly play their hearts out in this must win road game.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan is out to prove that Chad Henne is not as good as his team made him seem in Week 5. Henne will attempt to look like Dan Marino once again against this elite New York pass defense. Ryan didn't have too many answers for the Wildcat offense the first time around, but don't expect the Dolphins to have the same success in this rematch. Ryan really let his defense have it after their previous loss to Miami, so look for New York to eliminate those holes that were exposed and apply more pressure on Henne during this divisional clash. Miami, coming off yet another tough loss in which they held the lead, will attempt to apply the same strategies that worked before on the Jets during this profound effort to take out New York once again.
The starting lineups will look different this time around for both teams, as rookie Shonn Greene will replace injured running back Leon Washington (out for the season), with Greene coming off of a huge game where he rushed for 144 yards with two touchdowns. Miami is looking to shake things up and might start wide receiver Brian Hartline in place of Ted Ginn Jr. Chad Henne is attempting to rebound after a second half collapse against the Saints last week, seeking to regain the rhythm and poise he flashed against the New York in their first face off. Miami will need Ronnie and Ricky to keep this running game on track, as both backs are coming off of dominating performances once again. Despite Brown and Williams success against New York, the Jets proved last week, despite playing a woeful opponent, that they are capable of dominating on both sides of the ball, completely eliminating the Raiders rushing attack (not that there was much of one to begin with though).
Miami, who seems to play up to their competition, needs this win to regain some face in the AFC East, as the Jets are trying to creep on the division leading New England Patriots, currently on a bye week. The Dolphins will apply severe pressure on quarterback Mark Sanchez, hoping to force another multiple interception ball game out of the rook. This game should come down to ball control and points off of turnovers, so look for the team that can win those battles to come away victorious. The Dolphins abstained a huge loss to starting cornerback Will Allen with an ACL injury, and really need first round pick Vontae Davis to fill those big shoes. Davis is a very talented player, but Sanchez will keep an eye on him, waiting for the rook to make coverage mistakes. Davis will hope to force the rook Sanchez to make errors as well, so keep an eye on that contest.
The Dolphins have the potential to be a very explosive unit, seemingly scoring at will and averaging over 24 points per game. The Jets are always looking to beat you with their stout defense, but have proven that they are capable of scoring a ton of points as well. Considering the defensive talents on both teams, one would expect this to be a low scoring contest, but each team is currently playing with a lot of confidence on offense, as this game could light up the scoreboard once again. Head coach Tony Sparano took the blame for the second half loss to the Saints, so look for him to take extra caution with his calls if Miami can grab a lead on New York. Miami can not afford to lose another game they should have won, just as the Jets can not afford another loss to a divisional opponent. This should be another really fun game to watch, but the edge goes to the Jets because of the home field advantage. But Miami has proved that they are capable of hanging with any team in the league, so expect them to do so once more against New York.
About the Author
Written by Josh Souder