Jets TakeOff! Week 3 Preview: Jets vs. Dolphins

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September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) passes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE


Mark Sanchez has played well against the Dolphins so far in his career, with 6 TDs vs only 3 INTs, and a 90.1 passer rating. He has also played well in September, with an 8-3 record as starting QB, 20 TDs vs. 7 INTs for a 93.9 passer rating. However, after a strong opening game, Mark did not fair well in Pittsburgh, throwing 10-27 for 138 yards and 1 TD.

The Dolphins don’t have a great secondary, and that has shown in the statistics so far. In 2012 to date, the Dolphins’ defense has been brutal against the pass, allowing 313.5 yards per game through the air.

Mark Sanchez needs to be on point today. This is the type of game that should play out with the passing game opening up the run. Conversely to how they have played the pass, Miami has been terrific against the run so far, allowing only 53 yards per game. The lanes are not likely to be there early. Obviously we don’t want to see Mark drop back 50 times, but they may want to throw it a bit to open things up, and that means Mark has to be on point.


I am talking to you, Jeremy Kerley. The punt return against Buffalo in week one was terrific. The muff last week was not. Often times, the smallest little thing can turn these games around. Catch the ball when returning a punt. These types of turnovers can be back breakers.


Last week, on both sides of the ball, the Jets were brutal on third down. On defense, they allowed the Steelers to convert 8-15 third downs. Terrible. You have to close out offensive drives by getting off the field on third down. It starts with tackling. Get the job done, give the ball back to your offense.

Conversely, the Jets were 4-12 on offense on third down. That is not close to good enough. Third down conversions tire, and break the will of a defense. When the defense is one play from getting a break, and you extend the drive, you take the defense out. The Jets need to convert these plays, and take the defense out.

There are your keys to the game. Enjoy.

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