Week 3, and the Jets head to Miami to take on Ryan Tannehill, Reggie Bush, and the rest of the Dolphins. Both teams head into the game with a 1-1 record, looking to earn a leg up in the all important divisional race. The Jets are already 1-0 in the division, beating the Bills week one. Let’s take a look at the history between these two teams.
The Jets lead the overall series 48-43-1, but the Dolphins have had the upper hand recently, winning 5 of the last 7. The Jets are 2-4 against the Dolphins during the Rex Ryan era, and the Jets will be looking to change that trend tomorrow afternoon. The Jets have done will against divisional opponents recently, winning 4 out of the last 6 games.
Here are some keys to victory for the Jets:
STOP REGGIE BUSH
We have talked about this all week long. Reggie Bush is the type of running back that has driven the Jets crazy in the past. Like Darren McFadden last year, and CJ Spiller in week 1, Reggie Bush is the on the edge, speed running back that has run all over the Jets. As we talked about yesterday, the Dolphins like to run a lot of mis-direction running plays, sending the line one way, and Bush going the other direction. A major key to the game tomorrow is going to be the Jets defensive front seven setting the edge, and not overcommitting to the direction of the line. If they do, Bush won’t have the backside edge to run on. If they don’t, it could get ugly.
TACKLE, TACKLE, TACKLE
This is becoming a troubling issue for the Jets, and it needs to stop before it’s too late. We saw it at the end of the Bills game, and most of the Steelers game. The Jets are not tackling well. You know the stat “YAC(Yards After Catch)”? Well, they could invent a new stat for the Jets “YAAT(Yards After Attempted Tackle)”, and the stat would not be pretty. Whether it was in the backfield on the quarterback, or down the field, the Jets have not been tackling well. To win tomorrow, and to be the elite defense that coach Ryan talks about, the Jets have to tackle. If they don’t, not only will this game get ugly. The season will too.