This week the Jets (3-4) welcome the Dolphins (3-3) to Metlife stadium in a battle of AFC East divisional foes. The Jets won the first meeting 23-20 off the OT leg of one Nick Folk after the Jets and Dolphins went back and forth attempting to give the game to one another. As inconsistent as Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense was that day, it was the arm of Mark Sanchez that ultimately ended up putting the Jets in position to win it in overtime by way of a beautiful 38 yard pass from Sanchez to Holmes that set up Folk’s game winning FG in overtime. Both teams are playing much different than they were when they first met about a month ago, which should make for a better, cleaner game from both teams.
One thing that is certainly different is the play of Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannenhill. Tannenhill has found a bit of consistency as he is spreading the ball around pretty effectively within his WR corp and is effectively getting all of his weapons involved on a more of a consistent basis. One drive that I want to focus on this week takes place 2 weeks ago when the Dolphins matched up against the Rams. The drive is the microcosm of what the Dolphins offense has become under the leadership of Ryan Tannenhill. They are nothing flashy or fancy, but simply somewhat methodical and effective. We’ll see Tannenhill complete passes to 4 different targets on this key drive in the 3rd Quarter that saw the Dolphins go up on the Rams and never look back.
- 1st and 10 at MIA 38, the Dolphins come out in a 3 WR set, I formation with Bush as the lone RB in the backfield. The Rams appears ready to defend the run and defens this run quite well as Bush takes the handoff from Tannenhill and runs to the right end for only 2 yards.
- 2nd and 8 at MIA 40, the Dolphins once again come out in a 3 WR set, but in SHOTGUN formation with Bush as the single back. Tannenhill hits Bush out on the right flat and Bush runs for 9 yards. Tannenhill was initially looking downfield for one of his WRs but nothing was open and he didn’t want to force anything so he did the smart thing and dumped it off to Reggie who ran for a great pickup of 9 yards.