Jets TakeOff! Week 8 Preview: New York Jets vs Miami Dolphins

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Oct.14, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during a game against the St. Louis Rams at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE


To his credit, Ryan Tannehill is rapidly improving. With every snap he takes, he is providing the Dolphins more and more evidence that he is becoming the franchise quarterback that they have been looking for since Dan Marino’s retirement. The stats bare it out as well. Over the last two games, Tannehill has completed over 69% of his passes, not thrown an interception, and put up a passer rating of over 100. This is not the same guy that the Jets faced in week 3.

The key to making any quarterback uncomfortable, especially a young one, is a good pass rush up the middle. A rush from the outside will help, but a quarterback can step up against a rush from the outside. If you get in the quarterback’s face, up the middle, consistently, he will fluster. It gets him running from the pocket, and having to make snap decisions. His reads are off, his timing as well. The offense becomes disjointed, startign with the quarterback feeling uncomfortable in the pocket. Tannehill has had a tough time on the road, with only 1 TD and 5 INTs. Quinton Coples, both as we said before against the run, and against the pass, will have a chance to make a huge impact on this football game.


October 21, 2012; Foxboro, MA USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) throws the ball down field during overtime against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

This could be a point we bring up every week, but it will be extra important this week. Why? Because of the weather. All of us long time Jets fans know that the wind has an interesting swirl to it, both in the old stadium, and at MetLife. It has a history of giving visiting quarterbacks fits, and always plays to the advantage of the home team quarterback, who should be acclimated to the situation. It does, however, put the spotlight directly on Mark Sanchez to be accurate as ever on Sunday.

Mark has been playing well. Despite the loss last week, Mark did post the 7th 300 yard game of his career, and did complete 68% of his passes. He makes his curious decisions, but is improving overall. With the weather likely to be rainy, he probably won’t be given the opportunity to throw for 300 yards, but they will need to throw a bit. He will have to be accurate when given the opportunity if the Jets are going to win.

There are your keys to victory. Thanks for reading.

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